Thank you for making that clear Anna. I wasn't even thinking about the LDS search when I made that statement - I had switched gears already for broadening her search on to the the internet. It is good that you caught my mis-statement.
Most computers can do the special vowels; many users just don't know where to find the character map on their computer or how to do the input on their number pad.
Lois: The book called History of the Swedes who settled in Clay County, South Dakota and their Biographies by August Peterson, is still available for sale and I am sure that Ron Johnson from the Dalesburg Scandinavian Association will post the info.
I don't believe that this Hans Backlin in the book is your Hans Backlund. It doesn't seem to jive with information I found earlier on the censuses which *seemed* to include your Mabel. You'll need to sort it out.
By the way, Mrs. Adelene Siljenberg who was Sec. Treasurer of the organization who sponsored the printing of the book, helped edit the book.
...just a little something to look at ... http://www.dalarna.se/templates/categorypage____4605.asp