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
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
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
Just walking my pigs in the main street. The boys were shepherding pigs at Storgatan 15 in Falköping in 1895.
Knallas cottage at Kungslena Church in Kungslena parish, Skaraborg County 1897. The house looks like it belongs in Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
The 19th century was fun too! Here is a wedding couple at a carnival in 1890 in Falköping, Skaraborg County. Falköping is a town in southern Sweden that was founded in the Middle Ages.