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 Magda Fritzine

Magda Fritzine

Lund, Lunds kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
Death 14 Jan 1900 (aged 7)
Torrlosa, Svalövs kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
Burial Torrlosa, Svalövs kommun, Skåne län, Sweden
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Sverige, namnindexerade födelseuppgifter, 1880-1920; Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1880-1920

Child's Given Name: Magda Frikine
Birth Date: 9 Jan 1893
Birth Place: Lunds Stadsförsamling, Malmöhus (Skåne)
GID Number: 100012.116.52400
Roll/Fiche Number: SC-1719
Volume: HIAA:1074

Source Citation: Malmöhus; Lunds Stadsförsamling; Volume HIAA:1074; Födde (Births); 1893 - 1893

Sweden Burials, 1649-1920

Name: Magda Fritsine
Gender: Female
Burial Date:
Burial Place:
Death Date: 14 Jan 1900
Death Place: Malmöhus, Sweden
Birth Date:
Marital Status:
Spouse's Name:
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Sissa Larsson
Mother's Birthplace:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I03231-3
System Origin: Sweden-EASy
Source Film Number: 1644712
Reference Number: (fosterdr)
(from the FamilySearch website; see below for more information regarding this database.*)

"First of all: her middle name is spelled "Fritzine", of that I´m 99.9% sure. The hand writing of the clergymen in the church books can be a bit tricky to read...
Another thing I found during my research (perhaps you know this but I couldn´t find it in your notes about Magda) is that before she came to Sissa Larsson (Nilsdotter), Magda was the foster daughter of farm-hand Anders Nilsson (not Matilda´s brother)and his wife Johanna Cecilia Petersson in Lund. Magda stayed there until the 31st of December 1897. I suppose she came to Sissa Larsson after that date. Everywhere Magdas name appears it´s followed by "mother unknown" and "illegitimate child". The father is not mentioned at all, not even with a "father unknown"."

Mattias Åkerblom, Malmö Sweden

"We don't know what she died from, it does not say. She lived with a widow and her children in Torrlösa parish. At least that is what we believe now. She was a foster daughter of Widow Sissa Larsson (who obviously was named after her husband in the records). Sissa's last name was Nilsdotter. She had a whole bunch of children (older) herself.
I am now waiting for more info, but so far we know she died in that parish on Jan 14 in 1900."

Susanna Auerbach, Albuquerque, N.M.

The following is a letter written by Judy(Nelson)Way of Elizabeth, Co. to Bo Holm, a genealogist from Malmö, Sweden. Until a more "formal" biography of Magda is written, this can serve as a "prelude" of sorts. T.N.

"Dear Bo,

I don't want to be a bother by writing you, but my brother Tommy thought that you might like to hear a few of my observations about Magda, partly based on my discussions with our Aunt Ebba, the oldest American child of Matilda, before I wrote my family history in 2001. With your help and that of Susanna and Carol, of course, we have learned so much about Magda, the mystery child, in such a short time. Thank you so very much.

When I was taping my aunt in 2001[sic], she said that she had always had the feeling that she had a sister. This feeling became overpowering when she visited a fortuneteller who told her that she had a sister. Ebba asked her mother about this and Matilda denied it, but Ebba said that she was very nervous and upset during the discussion. A year after Matilda died, Ebba took a trip to Sweden to meet her mother's family for the first time. She stayed with Aunt Augusta, Matilda's younger sister and youngest child of the Waldemarssons. Aunt Augusta confirmed that Matilda had had this child, but gave erroneous information on several counts. She said that the child died of diphtheria, which I have no reason to doubt, but said that she died when she was ten years old, not seven. She also said that Matilda was sixteen years old, not almost twenty, when she gave birth to Magda. She said that Matilda met the father when both were attending a trade school in Malmo. She said that the young man was well to do, and that both he and Matilda were able to visit the little girl at her foster family's home. When you wrote, Bo, that Anders and Anna Chaterina probably intended to take care of Magda, but something happened to change that plan, I think it could have been as simple as the fact that their own baby daughter was born the same year as Magda, and they needed to devote their time to her and the other children. It makes such sense to me to think that Anders would arrange for a good foster family, and a school teacher and his wife sound like ideal foster parents. I'm sure that either the Waldemarssons or even Magda's natural father paid for her care since both the family and the father seemed to have money. (Ebba said that the Waldemarssons were well to do, and even had servants.) I would imagine that Matilda stayed with her brother and his family on those occasions when she wanted to visit Magda, and perhaps Anders and his family visited her occasionally as well. I like to believe this is what happened, because it makes her life sound much happier to me than it did before this new information came to light. Another stray thought I have about why Matilda gave Magda up is this: She was a single mother who had to work and couldn't stay home to take care of a child. Knowing how independent a woman she was, I don't think she would have gone home to live with her parents. At one point, in fact, she was co-owner of a dry goods store with her sister Augusta in Klagstorp. She sold her share to Augusta when she moved to America, and eventually Augusta ran the store with their young cousin, Hilda.

Although I'm sure by now that we'll never know the name of Magda's father or anything about him, I may have a picture of him. Among all of the pictures that Matilda brought to America, there was only one of her that included a man. The picture shows Matilda sitting down with another woman to her right, and behind both women are two young men. In 2001 I briefly considered that the man behind Matilda might be Magda's father, but quickly dismissed the idea since we thought that Matilda gave birth when she was sixteen, and she was obviously older than that when this picture was taken. The picture was taken in the studio of Frans E. Arvidsson in Helsingborg which I just discovered is a resort some distance south of Hoganas. I will send you a copy of the picture soon, followed by one of the back of the picture, and finally, another picture; showing Matilda with her friend, Berllia, that was taken in Klagstorp. I couldn't tell if she was the same woman as the one with Matilda and the two young men; you can see what you think. While I realize that the man behind Matilda could be a completely different man, I do think it may be Magda's father since the photo was so important to Matilda.

Thank you for reading all of this. In the future I'll just read anything that you send to Tommy, and he can forward it to me. Thanks again for helping the pieces of Magda's story fall into such logical shape."

*Utdrag ur ministerialböcker, födda, vigda, döda, 1860-1920

authors: Sverige. Statistiska Centralbyrån (Malmöhus län), (Main Author)
format: Manuscript/On Film
language: Swedish
publications: Salt Lake City, Utah : Filmat för the Genealogical Society of Utah av Rekolid och SVAR, 1959, 1963, 1968, 1989
physical: 193 mikrofilmspolar, 35 och 16 mm.

Mikrofilmer av manuskript i Statistiska Centralbyrån, Stockholm.

Utdrag ur födelse-, vigsel- och dödslängderna för Malmöhus län. Ett register i början av varje födelselängd anger i vilken följd de olika församlingarna äro upptecknade.

Extracts of births, marriages, and deaths from church records of the county of Malmöhus. An index at the beginning of every roll of birth records will list the order in which the different parishes will appear in the records.

Sweden, Malmöhus - Civil registration

Family Members

Gravesite Details Magda was buried on January 20th, six days after her death. It is unknown at this time if her grave was ever marked but a search of the cemetery was made in February, 2011 and no gravestone could be located. Her grave may have been "reused" later.
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Magda Fritzine (9 Jan 1893–14 Jan 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 53559146, citing Torrlösa Cemetery, Torrlosa, Svalövs kommun, Skåne län, Sweden ; Maintained by Tom Nelson (contributor 47054245) .