Gustav Anjou

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Gustave Anjou ( December 1, 1863 – March 2, 1942 ) was a self-professed genealogist who has been accused of fakery.

Born in Katarina Parish in Sweden, Anjou was the illegitimate son of Carl Gustaf Jungberg and the latter's housekeeper Maria Lovisa Hagberg. After serving a prison term in 1886 for forgery, Anjou changed his name to Gustaf Ludvig Jungberg ( or Ljungberg ), and then began using the alias Gustave Anjou ( which was based on his fiancé's maiden name, Anna Maria Anjou ). Usually he used the alias "Gustave Anjou," but occasionally he also used the aliases "H. Anjou" and "M. Anjou." Gustave and Anna Maria married in 1889. After emigrating to the U. S. in 1890, Anjou took up residence on Staten Island ( Richmond County, New York ), and became a naturalized citizen in 1918.

Few if any names in genealogical circles draw the outrage that Anjou enjoys. He presented himself as a professional genealogist, and his services were employed by many East Coast families in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Anjou initially earned a reputation for providing copious amounts of research to back up his findings, much to the delight of his clients. For his "findings," Anjou's services were expensive for the day and he became quite well off.

However, scholarly investigation of Anjou’s findings has revealed flawed research with the intent to defraud. A 1976 article by George E. McCrackenGeorge E. McCracken, "Title...
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