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Have a seat, look around, and read the blog. Here I write about genealogy methodology, Swedish history, and Swedish culture.
The blog has full articles as well as copies of instagram posts with particulary intersting photos.
The posts are filed under categories. You can find all the categories at the end of each post. If you are reading on a computer you will also see them listed in the sidebar.
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that keeps being told.
She became my tour guide through the Sweden she was getting to know. My daughter Sara was studying abroad and invited me to join her for a whirlwind mother-daughter experience.
While we made new memories together, she was sharing her perspective on the moments she had already added to her growing list of life snippets before my arrival.
Most Swedish emigrants left the country from the ports in Gothenburg, Gothenburg and Bohus County. It’s now the second largest city in Sweden, filled with trams, with the main port of Scandinavia and industries like Volvo and SKF.
Central Gothenburg in 2018 with a peak of the town hall to the right. Photo by Continue Reading
In many ways, family history in Sweden is easy. All Swedish residents were listed in Household records. In them are usually notes about moves, births, deaths, and other events. The earliest you will find start in the 17th century.
So you can learn a lot about your Swedish family. At least as long as you find the right records and they are readable. But there are pitfalls as well. You may ...
A lot has changed since 1850
The Swedish emigration started 170 years ago. A lot has changed in the world since 1850. Sweden may be one of the countries that have changed the most. When you think about Sweden today, it’s not obvious what life was like for our ancestors.
Many things are different now. In this post we will have a look at some of these changes.
Poverty and ...
It’s always fun to see a picture of an ancestor for the first time. I don’t know whether the eyes are really the windows to the soul. What I do know is that you can often learn a lot from a portrait just by the way the ...
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 ...