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
Lucia in memory of saint Lucy Swedes celebrate Luciadagen, St Lucy's Day, on 13 December. You have probably heard of it before, but what is it? It is an event in memory of the catholic saint Lucy, Lucia. Originally, St Lucy's Day fell on winter solstice. This was when Sweden followed the
In our times, when Sweden has been among the top in various global rankings for half a century, it may seem odd that so many Swedes emigrated to America in the 19th century. For instance, in 2017 Sweden was number 8 on the OECD Better Life Index, while the US was number 10 . Why would
What did the Swedish emigrant need to know before coming to America? “The emigrant’s interpreter” (Utvandrarens tolk) from 1882 gives some clues. Talking to customs in England is on the list. They would ask, or demand, that you opened your trunk and showed your tobacco. "Yes, that is true but
Children on the road between Tranås and lilla Rud [Lilla Ryd?] in Småland.
Women baking thin bread (tunnbröd) in Kopparberg County and Dalarna.
Brewery workers. Münchenbryggeriet Södermalm, Stockholm.
Rooms for travelers available on Sillgatan, Herring street, in Gothenburg Sweden. The State Line office is on the right. About 1.2 million people emigrated from Sweden between 1850 and 1910. Nearly one million emigrants passed through the Gothenburg harbors. Sillgatan, currently Postgatan, led
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