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Glad midsommar! Midsummer in Sweden is an old tradition. Swedes often joke about it being our unofficial national day. Midsummer was first documented in Sweden in the year 1555. At the time it was celebrated with dancing in the light of bonfires in the fields or in the town squares.
You might think that Midsummer has pre-Christian roots. There is no evidence for that. For centuries, the Swedish Midsummer’s Day was celebrated on the Nativity of Saint John the ...
Maybe you have seen the word torp, croft, in your Swedish genealogy. An ancestor may have been a crofter, torpare. Or your ancestor was a soldier and lived at a soldier’s croft, soldattorp. But what is a Swedish croft?
The modern Swedish Croft is an old cottage
Today the word croft makes Swedes think of a little red cottage. Many crofts are now vacation homes. ...
Like all Swedish Church records, the Swedish Birth and Christening records vary. They look different in different parts of the country. The difference between a record from the 18th century and the 20th century is even larger. But each entry in a book is fairly similar, making it a little easier. Learn to start reading the records here.
There’s usually at least a date of birth, a name, and set of parents. Reading the handwriting can be a challenge, especially in the 18th ...
You will get a little closer to your ancestors, when you understand the meaning of place names in Sweden.
First a word of caution. We want to be careful with making conclusions. The origin of a name might be more complicated than it appears, which is why this post only include some of the clearest ones.
Bear in mind that over the centuries the pronounciation of a place name can change. Eventually it may be written as something other than the original wording. On ...
There are few hard rules when reading a household record. Parishes used different books. Record keepers emphasised different things. But there are some things that are more likely than others to appear in the Swedish household records.
One out of five Swedish emigrants came from Småland. It’s a province (landskap) in the south of Sweden. Many know Småland as the birth location of their ancestor and don’t have any other clues. So let’s have a look at Småland!
Can you imagine being forced by law to leave the farm your family has lived on for generations? That was the reality for many Europeans in previous centuries. Sweden implemented land reforms in the 1700s and the 1800s. The last one was laga skifte. If you haven’t stumbled upon the term before, it provides a good tool for Swedish genealogy. More on that later.
The land reforms are also useful to know about if you want to understand the life of your Swedish ...
Almost every Swede has poor ancestors
Most people with Swedish ancestors, have ancestors who were poor. Because every other Swede was poor in 1850.
You will see it in the titles. They were crofters, backstugusittare or inhyseshjon, maids, farmhands, and day laborers. Sometimes there’s a comment saying utfattig (penniless). Or they were living på socknen, without steady residence in the parish.
Rural Swedes ...
Your family has probably told you a few things about your Swedish ancestor. Did they say she came from Storegården, Äspered Parish, Älvsborg County? I would guess not. (If she did, please say hi!) Chances are that the name you have for your ancestor’s home in Sweden needs to be interpreted in some way. It is a key part in answering the question where did my Swedish ancestor come from.