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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.
Perhaps you want to start with these 45 most used categories. Enjoy!
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 ...
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?