BJALIN family from Sweden #canada

Paul Silverstone

I am looking for information on the BJALIN family who came from Sweden
to Winnipeg. Esther Bjalin was born in Sweden in 1881 (or 1868) and
married Jacob Greengard in Winnipeg in 1906. She died in 1946 and is
buried in Shaarey Zedek Cemetery. She had brothers named Sam and Max.
Her wedding article describes her as a niece of David Ripstein with
whom she was living since arriving in Winnipeg in 1897, also that her
father was living in Goteborg, Sweden. The article also says she was a
cousin of Hattie Shapira of Duluth, Minn. I believe they lived in
Russia before Sweden.
Paul Silverstone
West Vancouver, BC


The Becker's Email

It is not clear exactly what information you are looking for.  Ancestors of Esther or descendants or both including extended relations such as Hattie Shapira.

Esther married 3 Sept. 1907.  There is an very long article on the wedding in the 4 Sept. 1907 Winnipeg Tribune. source:
Prior to 1907, Esther is living in the household of David Ripstein. 
On the 1901 Census (Ripstine):  Ester M Rjelskoskri age 18, b. Sweden 7 Mar. 1882 and Isaac Rjelskoskri age 17 b. Sweden 19 Sept. 1893.  It is possible the "R" is a "B".  Both Ester and Isaac immigrated 1900.
On the 1906 census (Ripstein):  Ester Beyalen age 23 b. Sweden, imm. 1897.  Max Buyalen age 22 b. Sweden, imm. 1898.

I also found a US declaration of intent for Sarah Bjalin, wife of Sam in San Francisco, California.  This has the marriage date in Gotenberg for her and Sam and also gives his DOB/place and lists children and where born. Ancestry has a 22 Oct. 1899 marriage record for Moses Sandal Bjalogarsky to Sarah Schwartzberg in Gotenberg.  IN addition, there are birth records for some children as well as passenger lists.  Sometimes Bjalogarsky doesn't appear as the surname in some of the records, but Josefson.  Worth checking out records on Ancestry for Sweden.

There are a lot of directions you could go to research this family.  I suggest you start w/ which is free.  Many public libraries have subscriptions to Ancestry and you should check your local  library.  I found some records on familysearch and some on Ancesty.  Ancestry seems more likely to have originals in addition to transcriptions but that's  not always the case.

Johanna Becker
Newport, RI, USA


For the Swedish part of the family, go to    (Anbytarforum )     there is an English page there and enthusiastic locals will give you all info from the available church records.
Peter Weinstock