Birth Name: Markus Alexej Persson
Place of Birth: Stockholm, Sweden
Date of Birth: 1 June, 1979
Markus Persson, also known as Notch, is a Swedish video game programmer and designer. He is known as the founder of Mojang, the video game company he founded alongside Carl Manneh and Jakob Porsér, in late 2010.
His mother, Ritva Päivikki (Rantala), is Finnish, from Jyväskylä, Central Finland. His father, Karl Gösta Birger Persson, was Swedish. He has a daughter with his former wife, Elin Zetterstrand.
Markus’ patrilineal ancestry can be traced back to his sixth great-grandmother, Anna Tuomaantytär Pikkarainen (1708, Paltamo – 1779, Paltamo).
Markus’ paternal grandfather was Gösta Vilhelm Persson (the son of Carl, later Karl, Vilhelm Persson and Alva Greta Sofia Hall). Gösta was born in Högalid, Stockholm. Karl was the son of Per Jönsson and Anna Lovisa Andersdotter. Alva was the daughter of Carl Johan Johansson Hall and Selma Theolina Städe.
Markus’ paternal grandmother was Birgit Viola Fredriksson (the daughter of Gustaf Viktor Fredriksson and Anna Elisabet Höglund). Birgit was born in Högalid, Stockholm. Gustaf was the son of Karl Johan Fredriksson and Klara Elisabet Karlsson. Anna was the daughter of Johan Wilhelm Höglund and Erica Sofia Holmberg.
Markus’s maternal grandfather was Unto Jalmari Rantala (the son of Frans Samuli Rantala and Hilda Severiina Vormisto). Frans was the son of Samuli Jacobinpoika Rantala and Wilhelmina Kallentytär Ekkös. Hilda was the daughter of Emanuel Vormisto and Hilma Välimää.
Markus’ maternal grandmother was Kerttu Anna Määttä (the daughter of August Määttä and Anna Sofia Mattstytär Kovalainen). August was the son of Paavo Olofpoika Määttä and Anna Kustaava Matintytär Pulkkinen. Markus’s great-grandmother Anna Kovalainen was the daughter of Matti Vilhelm Matinpoika Kovalainen and Eeva Sofia Heikintytär Heikkinen.
Source: Genealogy of Markus Persson – http://www.geni.com
Birth record of Markus’ paternal grandfather, Gösta Vilhelm Persson – https://search.ancestry.com
Baptismal record of Markus’ paternal great-grandfather, Carl Vilhelm Persson – https://sok.riksarkivet.se
Baptismal record of Markus’ paternal great-grandmother, Alva Greta Sofia Hall – https://sok.riksarkivet.se
Baptismal record of Markus’ paternal great-grandfather, Gustaf Viktor Fredriksson – https://sok.riksarkivet.se
Baptismal record of Markus’ paternal great-grandmother, Anna Elisabeth Höglund – https://sok.riksarkivet.se