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The family name of "SKONBERG" originated from the small town of Skönnerud in Värmland, Sweden. Typically of some Scandinavian countries, it has been common practice to change your last name, if you wanted to, when leaving the place from which you came. Thus, if you came from "Skönnerud", it was acceptable to change your name to "Skön(berg)".

Our family descends from Anders Andersson (1817 - 1896) and Karin Persdotter who lived on a farm called "Tomta" built in the early 1700's where they raised nine children. In 1872, five of their children immigrated to America to escape the famine and poverty that existed in Sweden during the middle 1800's. Of the five who immigrated, Nils and Olof, changed there name to "Skonberg" and settled in Clinton, Iowa. Two other sons, Adolf and Jon kept the family name of Anderson and moved to Elbow Lake, Minnesota. The only daughter to emigrate, Marta [Andersdotter], married an "Olson" and at one time lived in the Chicago area.

I am currently researching descendants of:

Nils Skonberg. Two son's, Albert Robin(b. abt 1886) and Rudolph Sunderlin (1884-1939).

The three children of Olof Skonberg (1855 - 1915) by his first marriage to Lena [Bryngelsdotter]. They were: Oscar Wilhelm (b:1882), Arthur Ferdinand (b:1884) and Maria Elvida (Burlingame) (b:1886).

Marta [Andersdotter] Olson who we believe produced at least one son named Adolph Olson, was a Professor and lived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1915.

Contact my E-mail if you have information pertaining to any of the above names or if you are interested in the "Skonberg/Andersson" connection. A copy of our family book is available in ".pdf" file format upon request.

I am also researching the "Robinson" name and descendants of Edward and Eunice (Rix) Robinson.

Skonberg Family Home Page
Updated February 10, 2012

Earl Lance Skonberg
334 Augusta Court
Winchester, OR 97495
United States
(541) 229-2700

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