Threads of Gold and Rose
The family history of Phil and Cheri Sletten
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Charley Carlson
Charley Carlson

This website starts with two people, Phil and Cheri Sletten, and reaches back in time to document their ancestry.

The information on this site represents the results of a massive review and organization project. The possibility that I know more than is currently available on this site is pretty good. Please contact me if you are looking for something or someone in specific.


Swedes and Colonial New England

Cheri's ancestry provides a lot of variety!
The paternal side of Bud Berg's ancestry came from Sweden in the late 1860s.
His maternal side has strong ties to New England going back to Colonial times.


An offshoot of the Swedish research is the Swedes of Pope County project. John J. and Anna Berg came from Sweden and settled in Pope County, Minnesota. There is a cluster of people there that came from the same location in Sweden. This project is looking at the ancestry of these people from Sweden to see if there were existing family relationships between them before their departure from Sweden.

For more information about this project click on Histories on the left side of this page.


Danes and Colonial Virginia

Cheri's maternal side includes a great-grandfather that came from Denmark in the mid 1800s and a lot of southern connections reaching back to Colonial Virginia and North Carolina.


Illena has now passed away, and her research has come to me. Not only is there a lot of it, there is a lot for me to learn about it. If you corresponded with Illena in the past, I would be thrilled, and grateful, to hear from you.



Phil's father was an ethnic Norwegian, meaning his father and grandparents were all born in America, but have completely Norwegian ancestry.



Likewise, Phil's mother is an ethnic German, with her ancestors coming from Ostriesland.

Sources Available upon Request


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Tapestry of My Life

I wonder what the other side will be when I have finished weaving all my thread. I do not know the pattern nor the end of this great piece of work which is for me. I only know that I must weave with care the colors that are given me, day by day, and make of them a fabric firm and true, which will be of service for my fellow man. Sometimes those colors are so dark and gray I doubt if there will be one line or trace of beauty there. But all at once there comes a thread of gold or rose so deep that there will always be that one bright spot to cherish or to keep and maybe against its ground of darker hue it will be beautiful!

The warp is held in place by the Master's hand. The Master's mind made the design for me; if I but weave the shuttle to and fro and blend the colors just the best I know, perhaps when it is finished, He will say, "Tis good," and lay it on the footstool of His feet.

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Latest News
3 Mar 2018 - Photos have been added for grave markers in Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.

20 Mar 2017 - Images of Swedish birth records are being added.

10 Nov 2016 - Photos of individuals are being added.

Photographs Wanted

As photos of grave markers are being added, an attempt is being made to add a photo of individuals at the same time. Photos needed include:
  • Johanna Berg Friedman
  • August Friedman
  • Walfrid Friedman
  • Arthur Friedman
  • Other descendents of August and Johanna Friedman
  • Eddie Berg
  • Emma Erickson Berg
  • Ellsworth Berg
  • Bernice Halvorson Berg
  • Beverly Berg
  • Janet Berg
  • Leander Berg
  • Adelaine Rorvig Berg
  • Other descendents of Eddie and Emma Berg
  • Carl Friedman
  • Lovisa Friedman
  • Other descendents of Carl and Lovisa Friedman
  • John Nilson
  • Gustaf Erickson
  • Johanna Erickson
  • Lovisa Erickson
  • President Roosevelt on Earl Chandler's ferry - see Most Wanted for a more detailed request
  • Carrie Melissa Dunaway Sonney
  • Rudolph and Arlene Nelson