Birth Name: Erik James Stolhanske
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States
Date of Birth: August 23, 1968
Ethnicity: Swedish, Norwegian, Scottish, English, 1/32 German
Erik is the son of Linda Louise (Hanson) and James Gordon Stolhanske. His father is of 3/8ths Norwegian, one quarter Swedish, 5/16ths British Isles (Scottish, English), and 1/16th German, descent. His mother is of part Swedish descent.
Erik’s paternal grandfather was Gordon Oscar Stolhanske (the son of Oscar Walfrid Stolhanske and Lulu/Lula R. Avery). Oscar was born in Värmland, Sweden, the son of Johan Fredrik Jansson Stålhandske and Wilhelmina Stake. Lulu was the daughter of Thomas Milton Avery and Mary Ann Gilpin, and likely had English and Scottish ancestry.
Erik’s paternal grandmother was Clara Mabel Fink (the daughter of Eddie James Fink and Jennie O. Frederickson). Eddie was the son of John M. Fink, who was born in Canada, to a German father and a Canadian mother, of Scottish descent, and Ellen Mary Strum, who was Norwegian. Jennie was born in Wisconsin, to Norwegian parents.
Sources: Genealogy of Erik’s paternal grandfather, Gordon Oscar Stolhanske – https://www.findagrave.com
Erik’s great-great-grandparents, John M. Fink and Ellen Mary Strum, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Marriage record on Erik’s great-great-grandparents, John M. Fink and Ellen Mary Strum – https://www.familysearch.org
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