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
Glad midsommar! Swedes celebrate Midsummer’s Eve today. It still looks almost the same but this photo is from 1910, probably at Högbacken chalets, Hamrånge parish, Gävleborg county.
In total 1.2 million emigrated from Sweden between 1850 and 1910. Of those 950,000 left for the USA. The majority, nearly one million, traveled through the ports of Gothenburg, Sweden. Transatlantic shipping companies arranged the journey via England to America. They had agents all over the
Christmas Day in Sweden starts with julotta, an early Christmas service. Sometimes as early as 4 am. Here is Anders Magnus Andersson from Dalaryd, 65, on his way to julotta in Svinhult Parish, Östergötland County, in 1915. What's next Traditional Swedish Christmas food How
Decorating the Christmas tree with garlands and style. This Swedish couple is likely to be Hjalmar Flodstrand in Munkedal and his wife. From Foss Parish, Gothenburg and Bohus County around 1910. What's next Traditional Swedish Christmas Food How your Swedish ancestor celebrated
Glad Lucia! Swedes celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day on December 13. With candles in their hair, songs, and saffron buns. One of these women was Hulda Sundberg. They were photographed in 1914 by Ingeborg Enander, who had a studio in Stenungsund, Gothenburg and Bohus County. What's next How
One of my most interesting brickwall is my 2nd great grandfather Pehr Wilhelm Lundin who disappeared. When I heard of him, my relatives had found out enough about him that it was fairly easy to trace him from his birth in Stockholm in 1843 and his ill single mother, to his foster parents in
Soldier Karl Magnus Berglund from Jönköping regiment I 12 with his wife Hulda Emilia Sundell and children. The soldier croft is still there, outside Gränna in Jönköping County.