Maybe you have seen the word torp, croft, in your Swedish genealogy. An ancestor may have been a crofter, torpare. Or your ancestor was a soldier and lived at a soldier’s croft, soldattorp. But what is a Swedish croft? The modern Swedish Croft is an old cottage Today the word croft makes
Can you imagine being forced by law to leave the farm your family has lived on for generations? That was the reality for many Europeans in previous centuries. Sweden implemented land reforms in the 1700s and the 1800s. The last one was laga skifte. If you haven’t stumbled upon the term before, it
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
Just walking my pigs in the main street. The boys were shepherding pigs at Storgatan 15 in Falköping in 1895.
The old man Fredriksson. Possibly in Funbo Parish, Uppsala County.
Working in a cowshed in Värmland. Mangskog parish, Värmland County, 1911. The cows were leaner than usual due to drought.
Farmyard in Hulterstad Parish on Öland, Kalmar County, 1906.
Potato picking in Tännäs Parish, Härjedalen, Jämtland County, 1910. Tännäs is in the Swedish alpine region where potatoes were grown on mountain slopes. In the photo are member of parliament Ingebrikt Bergman (1864-1956) and his family.
A Finnish farm in western Sweden. The Forest Finns moved to Sweden from the 16th century an onward to cultivate forests in Sweden. At the time Finland was a part of Sweden. In 1916 this was one of the wealthiest of the Finnish farms, run by four siblings known for their hospitality. In