A Brief History
The Falkenberg family in Sweden is separated into three main branches (living today): Falkenberg af Trystorp (friherrlig=barons), Falkenberg af Bålby (grevlig=counts) and a branch which is noble without inheritable titles (adlig) also (due to adoption) called Falkenberg af Bålby. The numbers under the image of the Coat of Arm (eg. Falkenberg af Trystorp, friherrliga ätten nr 255) simply indicate in which order the titles have been registered at the House of Nobles. The Falkenberg af Trystorp line is descended from Conradt von Falkenberg (b. 1591) while the Falkenberg af Bålby line are offspring of his brother Melchior (b. 1597).
The brothers came to Sweden from Livonia (Latvia) as young boys with their father Heindrich. The origin of the family is German from the region Mark Brandenburg, north of Berlin. In this region persons with the Falkenberg name are known from 1258, but it is not known how or if they are related to us. Our line starts with Diedrich von Falkenberg (1450). The von was dropped in the 17th century. The spelling of the name Falkenberg also varied in the early generations as you can see in the report.
One line goes up to Charles the Great (Karolus Magnus or Charlemagne), coronated as Roman Emperor year 800. Other lines include Saints, Holy Roman Emperors, Byzantine Emperors, Grand Princes, Kings and Dukes. The family tree increases exponentially once it has reached into these Royal Houses since meticulous records have been kept for the nobility in Europe since the early Middle Ages. Any lines prior to Charlemagne (and there are some in the genealogies that we can claim descent from – one bloodline of particular interest shows descent from the Roman Emperor Claudius and through him to Octavian, or the Emperor Augustus) become increasingly dubious.
The “Trystorp” coat of arms has a boat in the upper right corner. This is from the coat of arms of the family Bonde (the name actually means farmer or peasant, even if one member of this family once was king of Sweden). The chess-squares in silver (or white) and red are the old Falkenberg arms. It is common that the old coat of arms is simple. It had to be for practical usage as they were used for identification on the battlefield. Later, when only being used for decoration, it was popular to add new parts when receiving higher titles, and preferentially these parts were added from the coats of arms of more famous families if there was a relationship. This naturally went in and out of fashion. When the Bålby branch of the family were made counts in the 1770s, the king loved to play knight games, and thus the family retained only have the original shield. However, the number of helmets on the shield tells the rank; one - noble without title; two – barons; three – counts, which is the highest noble title in Sweden aside from royal titles.
I am attempting to trace all descendants of Baron Gerhard Knut Alfrid Falkenberg in North America. Gerhard came to New York and later Quebec City as the Swedish-Norwegian Consul to British North America. He married Elizabeth Kimball, daughter of Mary Howard and Timothi Kimball "gentleman and land proprietor" of New York.
I am also attempting to trace ancestors and descendants of George Millward McDougall or his father David McDougall. George McDougall was involved and in part responsible for the orderly settlement of the Canadian prairies and was one of the first settlers on the site that is now Edmonton. I would love to hear from any of his descendants.
On my mother's side I am interested in the Woody line. I am also interested in the Labossiere family.
Other names of interest (all names are of interest!) are:
James Dean (shipbuilder partnered with a man name Gillespie) and his wife Annie Coffin of Montreal.