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Documents295 of 306Brazillian Money ?Jewish Wedding Invitation c. 1920
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Magnus Broberg was my great great great grandfather. I recently found a photocopy of this document amongst family records. It shows that he was originally named Magnus Magnuson. As the document shows, he changed his named in 1872. This is particularly confusing because by this time, he had been in America for roughly 18 years, had served in the Civil War, and had fathered five children, including my great great grandfather. No one is left to explain why this happened and an explaination has been lost to time. John P. Hall was a longtime friend of his, who also served in the war with him. If I remember correctly, he was also a relative of Magnus's wife, and was later a pallbearer at Magnus's funeral.


  1. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 6 years ago
    Another interesting note: He applied for and was granted citizenship on January 20, 1902, eighty years to the day before I was born.
  2. thriftfan thriftfan, 6 years ago
    Wow! Wish I could find info like this on my family. Good for you!!!
  3. VikingFan82 VikingFan82, 6 years ago
    Yeah I put that that up lol

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