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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Memory Album (Minnesalbum) from Frederic Trade Lake Baptist Church in Wisconsin

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Iowa – 60 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 106 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest. In the archives for the Frederic Trade Lake Baptist Church in Burnett County, Wisconsin, you will find a minnesalbum or a memory album.

This congregation was established on the 5th of June 1869 in Knut Anderson’s schoolhouse. Below is an image listing the names of the early congregants and where they came from in Sweden.

frederic trade blogFrederic Trade Lake Baptist Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:25 Image 58 (AID: v904644.b58) (left side of the image)

Below is an image of John Ring, the first pastor of the church, and his wife.

john ringFrederic Trade Lake Baptist Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:25 Image 58 (AID: v904644.b58) (right side of the image)

John Ring or Jonas Ring was born in Delsbo, Gävleborg, Sweden on the 16th of February 1829. (Note – the record in the album states that he is from Ilsbo but he was actually born in Delsbo but did live part of his life in Ilsbo.)  He and his wife and children emigrated from Sundsvall, Västernorrland. Below is the household record showing them moving to America along with a notation that he and his wife are Baptists.

ring household recordSundsvalls Gustav Adolf (Y) AI:6b (1851-1866) Image 179 / Page 468 (AID: v122499.b179.s468, NAD: SE/HLA/1010190)

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Norrland seamen houses are currently being photographed

ArkivDigital has photographed many records for Swedish seamen houses (sjömanshus) over the past few years. There is a good coverage of seamen houses for Southern Sweden in ArkivDigital but the coverage for Norrland seamen houses has been limited. Now for all who are interested in seamen houses in Norrland, new records are being added.

The photographing of the Norrland seamen house records began in spring 2017. We have now added records for four seamen houses from the oldest times to 1940. The four houses that are now complete are Haparanda, Luleå, Piteå and Skellefteå. Currently, we are photographing records for the Umeå seaman house. We are photographing a selection of documents from each seaman house primarily different types of rolls, such as muster and seaman rolls.

We will be adding more seamen house records from Norrland in the future. Our first goal is to complete photographing the Umeå seaman house records. Then we will continue with the seamen houses in Härnösand, Sundsvall, Örnsköldsvik, Gävle, Hudiksvall and Söderhamn.

seamanSkellefteaA page out of the Skellefteå sjömanshus mönstringsliggare for the year 1935, referring to the steamship, Sirius. Link.

You can find seamen house records in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New archive search.
  • Select category, sjömanshus, and click search.
  • Then, you will see a list of the seaman house archives that are currently in ArkivDigital.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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