I am looking for any information on an Ekelund family living in the Bralanda parish in Dalsland, Sweden in the 1860s. My great, great-grandfather was Charles August Ekelund born April 21, 1864 in Bralanda. He emigrated to the United States in 1881. In 1888 he married a Mary Peterson, also from Dalsland, who had emigrated to the US in 1883. The family settled in Hennepin county and Aitkin county in Minnesota. Charles had five brothers who I believe also came to the United States and settled in Minnesota. Their names were Axel, Robert, Edward, Harry, and Frances (possibly Frans). My understanding is that the original family name was not Ekelund, but it was something more like Mood, or Mud, or perhaps Modh. I understand that around the 1860s Sweden was going through a period of abolishing the patronymic naming system, so many people may have been changing their names. If anyone has information on Ekelunds from Dalsland or Bralanda, or any info on the changing of the name I would appreciate it. I am in the process of ordering death records for my great, great-grandfather that will hopefully tell me who his parents were and then I can order the parish records from LDS.
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