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Kahnberg and Related Families


The Kahnbergs arrived in the United States from Sweden around the turn of the century. Ernst Kahnberg sailed to the United States in 1893 followed by his son, Alvar, in 1905.  Originally from the southern Swedish provinces, including Göteborg and Götland, they settled in Bronx, New York and, eventually, northern California. While information is lacking on the origin of the Kahnberg name, “berg” is Swedish for “hill” or “mountain.”

Related families in this tree are largely from Ireland and England. The Coe family moved to California from Madison County, New York by way of Wisconsin and Minnesota during the mid-1800s. The Coes moved from upstate New York to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin between 1860 and 1870. By 1880, the family was living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and for reasons currently unknown, they moved from Minnesota to Santa Clara County, California between 1880 and 1890. Descendants largely remained in the State of California.

Other surnames are listed in the Index of Names on this website. It is believed that there is a connection between one of the branches in this family tree and the Donner Party -- the group of California-bound emigrants who were trapped in the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846-47. We have been unable to establish the connection, so please contact us with any clues!