I am researching a family that I strongly believe has Carpatho-Rusyn roots, at least on one side. However, I have not been able to find any birth information for any of the children, their parents, or THEIR parents. I've conducted a very thorough search at this point for birth information without any success.
Strangely, I've discovered birth information for 3 individuals that match perfectly to this family...IN SWEDEN. Until discovering these birth records there was absolutely NO connection to Sweden, or anywhere outside of present-day Hungary, Ukraine, or Slovakia. None whatsoever. Everything matches - names, years of birth. Just the location is wrong.
Is there a historical reason Austro-Hungarians in the 19th century would have traveled to rural Sweden? (Kalmar, Lönneberga)
Could it have been for work or military, for example?
On the reverse end, would there have been a reason for Swedes to travel to the Carpathian Mountain region?
The male has a surname that isn't striking me as "Swedish" (Almas), while the female has a definite Swedish ring to it.
Could a Swede and an Austro-Hungarian have met somewhere?
I find this so unlikely, but I want to investigate all of the possibilities before I dismiss these records since they fit perfectly.