Greta Garbo, the
famous Swedish-American actress, was born in Stockholm in 1905. Her surname was originally
Gustafsson, but was later changed to Garbo. She started acting in minor roles in some
Swedish movies and was soon discovered and went to Hollywood. After a number of successes
she stopped acting in 1941, and withdrew from public life for many years. She died in New
Greta Garbo's family came from the eastern part of Småland province. The family is
connected to the noble family Sabelsköld. Here is Garbo's Sabelsköld connection.
Carl Sabelsköld, born 1666 in Kristdala
Elisabet Dureus, born 1666 in Kristdala
Elisabeth Sabelsköld, born 1699 at Bråhult farm, Kristdala
Olof Nilsson 1700 at Krokshult farm, Kristdala
Greta Olofsdotter, born 1736 at Krokshult farm, Kristdala
Sven Nilsson, born 1727
Maria Svensdotter, born 1766 at Krokshult farm, Kristdala
Nils Andersson, born 1757 at Stora Bråbo farm, Kristdala
Anders Nilsson, born 1795 at Ekeberg farm, Mörlunda
Kristina Hemmingsdotter, born 1799 at Skrikebo farm, Döderhult
Maria Andersdotter, born 1828 at Skruvshult farm, Högsby
Adam Gabrielsson, born 1825 at Häggstugan, Högsby
Emma Kristina Adamsdotter, born 1849 at Skruvshult farm,Högsby
Johan August Karlsson,born 1848 at Applehult, Högsby
Anna Lovisa Johansson, born 1872
Karl Alfred Gustafsson, born 1871
Greta Lovisa Gustafsson(Garbo), born 1905 in Stockholm.
Obviously, Greta Garbo has a large number of relatives in Kristdala and other places in
eastern Småland, so if your family comes from this area there is a chance that you are a
distant cousin of Greta Garbo!
"Greta Garbos anor" by Barbro Sander and Britt Maria Ekstrand,
PLF-nytt Nr 44, Feb. 1998.
Genealogy research by Marianne Linden, Kristdala
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