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The blog has full articles as well as copies of instagram posts with particulary intersting photos.
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The Swedish tomte is a small creature that lived on the farms along with our Scandinavian ancestors.
The word tomte comes from the word tomt, the plot of land around a house. Other names for the same little guy is tomtenisse, tomtegubbe, gårdstomte, hustomte, or nisse.Continue Reading
I’m a firm believer in looking at data to understand the world. That includes the world our ancestors lived in.
But some things are hard to capture in charts. Fiction can be a great tool for understanding how our Swedish ancestors lived.
The books below will give you a sense of what Sweden was like when your ancestor emigrated. All books mentioned here are available in English on Continue Reading
In this post I’ve gathered everything you need to know about geography and place names in Sweden for your family history. Bookmark this page and come back, because this page is continously updated.
Historical geographical terms
Get a good start by reading about the words used. ...
You might think of the provinces as states in the early Sweden. They had their own laws.
In the south of Sweden, where the majority lives, the provinces are often an important part of the local ...
The importance of counties in Swedish genealogy
In Swedish genealogy it’s important to know what county your ancestor lived in. This is because an address ...
So you want to connect with your distant cousins in Sweden. They are the great grand nieces and nephews of the Swedish immigrant in your family tree. Who are they? What happened to the relatives who stayed in Sweden? Where might your ancestors have been if they had never ventured out in the world?
After the church records are available
The church records available online stop 70 years ...
Where you find the mantal number
Have you seen that number in the margins of the Household records? It’s usually a fraction. The number may also be written above the household. Sometimes it’s followed by the word mantal. Often it also says oförmedlade, förmedlade, or for short ofm mtl, fm mtl or just m. How can all that be connected? Let’s look closer at it!
The Swedish genealogy records are easily available online. You can even use some of them for free. But you have to read them in Swedish. One of the first thing you’ll notice is that the Swedish letters å, ä, and ö are commonly used.
The question is, to which degree do you have to use them? Do you have to care about the difference between a, å and ä, or o and ö?
Latest update: 25 July 2020.
These are the most important resources for Swedish genealogy. You can use them online to find your ancestors in Sweden.
Genealogy records in Sweden are written in Swedish. Google Translate is surprisingly good at handling old Swedish texts. It’s common to find Latin phrases in the church records.
Most of the websites can be used in English. Those are marked ENG.