Take a genealogy trip to Sweden and discover your Swedish roots!

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Do you have Swedish roots? You may wish to take this opportunity to participate in a customized genealogy trip to Sweden: Genealogical Adventures – August 3rd – 11th, 2020.

This customized travel package offers participants the possibility to walk in their ancestor’s footsteps, visit the places where their ancestors lived and maybe even meet living relatives. The trip is customized for each individual who participates in the trip.

The Genealogical Adventures 2020 Tour is a joint partnership between Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden and the Adventure Skaraborg Society.

The Adventure Skaraborg Society has experience in arranging customized genealogy and heritage tours to Skaraborg county and the surrounding area. Many people have inquired about customized genealogical travel to other parts of Sweden and up until now the Adventure Skaraborg Society has had to regretfully turn down these requests. But now with the partnership between Network Genealogical Adventures and Adventure Skaraborg Sweden, these requests can now be accepted.

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Network Genealogical Adventures has members all over Sweden, and with the help of the Network members, Adventure Skaraborg Society can arrange a travel package where participants with ancestors from other areas in Sweden can have a local guide to show them their unique Swedish roots.

The exclusive travel package includes:

  • Customized travel itinerary and a personal genealogist.
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites.
  • Travel itinerary includes one day in Gothenburg, two days in Skaraborg county, four nights at your ancestor’s area. The trip ends in Stockholm where the participants gather again after their individual genealogy days in Sweden.
  • Cost is approximately 4,000 USD and includes hotels (double room, additional price $500 for single room), a local genealogy researcher, transportation in Gothenburg, Skaraborg and the area of your ancestors.
    • Note – Extra costs for those who have ancestors elsewhere than in Skaraborg to your destination and to Arlanda airport.

Not included in the price are airfare, travel and medical insurance.

Genealogists specializing in Swedish research will communicate with trip participants prior to their travels in helping them discover more about their Swedish roots. The participant doesn’t need to have any genealogical research skills.

Click here for more information and a detailed itinerary of the exclusive travel package.

Click here to view a flyer.

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Svenska Gods och Gårdar (Swedish estates and farms)

Svenska Gods och Gårdar is a series of books published during the 1930’s and 1940’s describing many estates and farms throughout Sweden.  The books include information about the farm owner and family, history and size of the farm, livestock and even a picture of the farm. ArkivDigital is beginning to photograph these books and today 21 volumes are now available in ArkivDigital’s online archive.

You can locate these books in ArkivDigital by:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Enter Svenska Gods och Gårdar in the box under archive holder

Or

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select printed litterature under archive type
  • Select archive Svenska gods och gårdar

Sometimes the whole county is included in the same book, while other books only include parts of the county such as in the following books: Skaraborg:Norra, Skaraborg:Södra and Skaraborg:Västra.

Each book begins with a general chapter about the agricultural region followed by hundreds of pages of farm descriptions, congregation by congregation. Each congregation begins with a short parish description followed by descriptions of farms within the congregation. Please note that not all the farms are included. At the end of each volume there is a table of contents where you can quickly find the section for each parish.

As an example, we can search for Lillaröd 4 in Hammarlunda parish in Malmöhus county.

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select archive type, printed litterature
  • Select the Svenska gods och gårdar archive
  • Open the volume for Malmöhus:Mellersta
  • Go to the back of the volume and look for the Table of Contents (Innehall) and look for Hammarlunda. You will see that the beginning page for Hammarlunda is page 351 in the below image.

hammarlunda table of contentsSvenska gods och gårdar (M, o) Malmöhus:Mellersta (1944) Image 14120 / Page 1412 (AID: v948977.b14120.s1412)

Go to page 351 and page forward till you find the farm Lilleröd 4. See image below.

lillarod 4Svenska gods och gårdar (M, o) Malmöhus:Mellersta (1944) Image 3590 / Page 359 (AID: v948977.b3590.s359)

In the caption next to the image, we see the following family information:

Äg.: Arnold Larsson f. 16/12 1889. Son till Lars Hansson o.h.h. Maria f. Andersson. Gift 6/7 12 med Emilia, dotter till Anders Andersson o.h.h. Elna f. Nilsson. Barn: Hilda f.13, Margit f.15, Arvid f.17, Henry f.19, Edit f.21, Sven f.23, Assar f.25, Hilmer f.28, Signe f.30.

Owner: Arnold Larsson born on the 16th of December 1889. Son of Lars Hansson and his wife Maria born Andersson. Married on the 6th of July 1912 with Emilia, daughter of Anders Andersson and his wife Elna born Nilsson. Children: Hilda born 1913, Margit born 1915, Arvid born 1917, Henry born 1919, Edit born 1921, Sven born 1923, Assar, born 1925, Hilmer born 1928, Signe born 1930.

In addition, we can find additional information about the family in the church books and other documents.

larsson 1940Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:273 (1940) Image 590 / Page 10 (AID: v884831.b590.s10, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

In the above image, we see the family in the Population of Sweden 1940.

In 1944, a questionnaire was sent to the owners and users of Swedish farms. You can find Arnold Larsson’s response to the questionnaire in the Agriculture Statistics 1944 index as shown below.

larsson agriculture 1944Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Byrån för jordbruksstatistik, Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944 H1AB:299 (1944) Image 3530 (AID: v835953.b3530, NAD: SE/RA/4204012004)

If you want to research even further, you can search for the estate inventory for one of the family members who lived on the farm. Arnold Larsson died in 1963 and his estate inventory has not yet been digitized, but his wife Emilia Kristina died in 1954 and her estate inventory is in ArkivDigital. See image below.

larsson estate inventoryFrosta och Eslövs domsagas häradsrätt (M) FII:9 (1954) Image 2900 / Page 273 (AID: v499318.b2900.s273, NAD: SE/LLA/11599)

Click here to read original blog in Swedish.

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Genealogical Adventures in Sweden!

The Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden – is a network focused on promoting genealogical and heritage travels to Sweden for Swedish-Americans and other interested persons.

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The Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden was formed to help those who are planning a trip to Sweden to visit one’s ancestor’s homeland by:

  • Providing genealogical research or assistance.
  • Planning your trip and stay in Sweden.
  • Contacting relatives in Sweden.
  • Providing a guide to show you the places in Sweden that you wish to see, specifically where your ancestor lived.

You may want help with all four items or only one. You can travel on your own, with your family, with friends, with a group or in a tour.

The Network will arrange for you to get in contact with a genealogist and/or guide in the area of Sweden where your ancestors lived. Network members work together to make your trip easy and as rewarding as possible.

It can be difficult to visit a new country without knowing anyone. One previous traveler commented:

“Without knowing the language and how to research in the country; it is difficult to find other places or people who are living relatives or know about ancestors of one’s family.”

The Network was created in March 2019, by Anna Broman of Takvandring AB (Rooftop Tours) in Sundsvall and Annelie Jonsson, chairwoman of the Adventure Skaraborg Society in Falköping after a travel agency in the United States asked the Adventure Skaraborg Society for a recommendation for a researcher and guide in the province of Medelpad. After this initial contact was made, the Network was created.

The network membership consists of many experienced genealogy researchers as well as guides who are skilled in arranging small group trips and tours for Swedish-Americans.

The number of members in the network has grown since March 2019 and continues to grow. Members come from Lappland in the North to Skåne in the South.  The Network includes members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Visit our website, The Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden to learn more about our services and discover how we can help you search your Swedish roots and locate living relatives.

All of us in the Network look forward to inquiries or requests for genealogy work of any kind from you.

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