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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Dean C. A. Landberg’s Diary

Many of us are used to browsing in the church books, estate inventories and other documents and discovering information about our ancestors. As we gain more knowledge about them, we still want more.  Many of us  will visit the farms or places where they lived. But we become ecstatic if we find some old letters or diaries that help us better understand our ancestor’s life. If you are lucky, maybe one of your ancestors wrote a diary describing his or her daily life.

Dean Carl August Landberg was born in 1802 in Uddevalla and died in 1871 in Naverstad in Bohuslän.  He studied in Lund and received his master’s degree in 1829 and was ordained as a minister in the same year. He was a teacher at Gustafsberg orphanage until 1841 when he became the vicar in Narverstad and Mo. His diary from 1817 to 1845 has been preserved at the Regional Archive in Göteborg. Archive Digital has photographed this book which contains many interesting insights about his life as well as the daily weather.

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Prosten C A Landbergs dagbok (Privatarkiv A0591) 1 (1817-1845) Image 8 (AID: v3586.b8, NAD: SE/GLA/10548) Link.

In his diary, he created special symbols so that he could quickly summarize the day’s weather and his mood as shown in the above image. In addition there were some symbols used in connection with his work. A few of the symbols are translated below:

snö – snow
snö med yra – whirling snow
blåst – wind
åska – thunderstorm
regn i myckenhet – heavy rain
mulet – cloudy
frost – frost
vackert klart väder – beautiful clear weather
särdeles märkvärdig händelse – particularly remarkable event
glada underrättelser – good news
ledsamma underrättelser – bad news
glatt lynne – cheerful
dåligt lynne – poor temper or bad mood
opasslig - unwell
sjuk – sick
Convivium – festivity

In the image below on the right side we see his entry for Wednesday, December 17, 1834.

diaryentryProsten C A Landbergs dagbok (Privatarkiv A0591) 1 (1817-1845) Image 39 (AID: v3586.b39, NAD: SE/GLA/10548) Link.

Onsdagen den 17/12. Vackert klart väder och frost. Marschalk på bröloppet till Mattilda Lignell och Schultz – circa 40 personer – Björklund war min Embetsbroder – kl 2 på natten slut – låg hos Björklund. Convivium (= fest)

Wednesday, December 17th. Beautiful clear weather and frost. Usher at the marriage between Mattilda Lignell and Schultz – around 40 persons – Björklund was my fellow clergyman – ended at 2 AM – stayed over at Börklund’s.  Festivity.

You can read the original article in Swedish here.

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Introduction to the Certificate of Poverty (Fattigbevis)

The certificate of poverty (fattigbevis) was an application by a deceased’s surviving relative requesting to waive the performance of the estate inventory (bouppteckning) because the deceased’s estate was of little value or worthless. This certificate has genealogical value because it usually lists the immediate relatives. The certificate of poverty usually contains the following:

  1. Information about the deceased – name, age and death date
  2. Names of immediate surviving relatives
  3. Statement requesting waiver of the estate inventory
  4. Signatures of applicant and witnesses

fattigcertificateStockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelning EIId:29b (1899-1899) Image 460 / page 40 (AID: v554426.b460.s40, NAD: SE/SSA/0145a)  Link

Above is an image of a certificate of poverty that shows the deceased’s son, Alfred Gottfrid Sundgren, is living in Omaha, Nebraska.

You will find certificates of poverty for Stockholm for the years of 1756 to 1910 on ArkivDigital.  Click here to read more about certificates of poverty and how to search for these records on ArkivDigital.

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Newspaper Clippings from Falkenberg 1899-1965 in ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital’s archive includes many types of historical documents. One interesting collection is a set of newspaper clippings from the Falkenberg Cultural and Local Historical Society (Falkenbergs hembygdsförening). These clippings were collected by a postal worker, Charles Moberg in Falkenberg. This collection includes many news items about events and individuals in Falkenberg.

Four of the volumes are titled, death records. In these volumes, you will find death notices and in many cases a photograph and an obituary of the deceased. Each of the death record volumes includes an indexed name register in the beginning of the book.

The other volumes include clippings about big and small events such as birthdays and events in Falkenberg and the surrounding area. These books also begin with an indexed name register.Falkenbergs hembygdsförening Urklipp14 (1911-1945) Bild 210 - sid 13 (1)
Falkenbergs hembygdsförening Urklipp:14 (1911-1945) Image 210 / page 13 (AID: v764390a.b210.s13, NAD: SE/LLA/9999999)
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If you have relatives living in Falkenberg during this period, this is a collection you should investigate.

To find these in ArkivDigital, you can enter “Falkenbergs hembygdsförening” in the search box in ArkivDigital or you can click on advanced search and search for archive type “hembygdsförening”.

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