Presentation of the proposed new Board members
I am 58 years old and became curious about my German roots a few years ago. Living in
Skoghall. Have researched a lot of my Swedish ancestors, but not my German. Was advised about the G-Gruppen group of
genealogists on Facebook pages. So I thought why not. Found the website and notified me as a member. Have greatly
benefited from my membership in the association and I want it to remain.
Becomes 69 years this year, married, living in Södermalm, Stockholm. Born in Germany,
was three years old when we came to Sweden in 1951. Retired last year as CEO of Sjöbefälsföreningen. Far back in time,
he has been a short time at Landsarkivet in Härnösand. Has great computer skills, including built and run the
association's first website. Speaks and writes German and English.
I am 46 years old, single and living in Malung, Dalarna. Since my very early age,
I am severely hearing impaired and I am a member of the board of the Dalarna district of Hörselskadade Riksförbund and
chairman of a local association called HRF Malung-Vansbro. I'm in general busy in several associations and member of a number of genealogy associations and in a couple of family genealogy associations. I had been a member of the Swedish Genealogical Association for a few years when I found out that G-gruppen existed. Then I became a member here as well.
I have studied humanistic for 5 years at the university in Uppsala. History, ethnology (folklore research, although less traditional than it was in the 1940s), archeology and also a short course in Nordic languages. A valuable thing was that at 2-3 different times I had the privilege of studying an academic course in handwriting. After that, I have studied for a year at the Härnösand Mitthögskolan in Archives and Documentary Education. P>
In 1997, in the same year I completed the course, I got a job at Malung municipality and has remained there since then. I work as an archivist in a municipality with individual archives as a specialty. Malung's local history archive has been my "nursing child" for many years. With genealogy I started many years ago. Initially through my grandfather's own interest. Have a particular interest in the von Knorring family and about the unintroduced nobility branch of the family, of which there are still relatively many of in Dalarna.
Gustaf Eichbaum was born in Berlin in 1935. The father came from Metz in Lothringen, which before World War I belonged to Germany. The mother came from Anhalt. When the family 1943 was bombarded in Berlin, dramatic years followed for the eight yeqar old boy: First evacuation to Pomerania, one year later to Bohemia-Mähren, from which they where expelled, during the flight Gustaf was separated from his parents and ended up in Schlesien which became a Polish area at the end of the war. In 1946 he was expelled from Poland to Westphalia in West Germany. Eventually, Gustaf could reunite with his parents, in Passau, Bavaria. It was a dramatic year for a little boy in a fragile age. p>
The school years ended with four years in high school. Then Gustaf became an apprentice in the agricultural industry, including one year's internship in Sweden, more precisely in Skåne. The basics of the Swedish language, Gustaf learnt a year earlier in Germany. A course in Swedish on gramophone records. In Blentarp in Skåne, however, he learned mainly Danish by watching Danish television. Swedish television was not available at that time. But on Sundays he went to church to get acquainted with the Swedish language. He still reads and understands Danish, Norwegian and Swedish well, keeping the languages alive through reading and correspondence. p>
Back in Germany Gustaf served at the air force (radar) 1961-1969. Later, he educated as a teacher at the University of Göttingen and practiced the profession from 1973 until 1997 in Hesse. He now lives in Fuldabrück-Bergshausen. p>
In 1993 Gustaf was elected Chairman of the "Gesellschaft für Familienkunde in Kurhessen und Waldeck e.V.", a genealogical association with 350 members and a mission he still takes care off. Gustaf became an early member of the G-gruppen, was very active in the discussion list and was appointed in 2003 as G-gruppen's second honorary member during the German genealogy days in Schwerin. p>
Through his different family branches Gustaf is familiar with all German-speaking areas, especially with Palatinate, northern Hesse and Brandenburg, not to forget about the hugenots in France. p>
When Gustaf is not researching, he stays in trim through athletics, as well as active coach within i.a. running, in the winter indoors. Gustaf has also devoted himself to orientation in Denmark, Sweden and Scotland as well as run three marathons. But that was then ...