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
Arriving in Hull Alma Kjellander was on her way to immigrate to the US from Sweden. This is the second and last part of her story. Read the first part here. Alma had departed from Gothenburg, Sweden at 1 pm on Friday 11 October 1895. With her was her brother Oscar Lönnqvist, Sven Åsberg and
Alma Kjellander and her family On 11 October 1895, Alma Kjellander set off on a journey to emigrate from Sweden to America. Alma Kjellander lived on Storegården (The big farm), Äspered Parish, Älvsborg County in the south of Sweden. The rest of the household was: Alma's mother
The trains connected Sweden in the second half of the 19th century. Sweden is slightly larger than California and in 1890 it had a population of 4.8 million. The train station in Åre, Jämtland County, was built in 1882 and made Åre a leading ski resort. The photo is from the 1890s.
Today is the last day of Christmas in Sweden. January 13 is Twentieth Day Knut, when the Christmas tree is thrown out, the decorations are put away and the gingerbread house gets eaten. One last chance to come together and dance around the tree. The celebration is named by the plundering of
Merry Christmas! The Swedish-Norwegian flag and a cup of coffee at the turn of the century. A doll and a book for the girl. Christmas Eve is when gifts are exchanged in Sweden. What's next Traditional Swedish Christmas food How your Swedish ancestor celebrated Lucia. Or
The fog was thick on the west coast island Orust in 1898. The photographer Hedda Ekman was awarded for this picture the same year. From Gullholmen fishing village, Gullholmen Parish, Gothenburg and Bohus County.