|Find your Swedish Family|
Do you, too, have family in Sweden?
I have worked with Swedish genealogical research for many years, and have much experience and knowledge when it comes to finding families here in Sweden. In fact, there are few cases where I have not found a relative in Sweden! I’m very familiar with Swedish archives, church records, and most important, the Swedish language, the one I grew up with!
An initial consultation - for free!
Here is the information that would be useful, if you have it:
Name and date of birth
Province and parish in Sweden (where born or lived)
The year of emigration and the destination in the US, Canada etc.
Travel companions (mainly spouse/children)
Here is an example:
Remember that the names used by your emigrant in an English speaking country usually were different from the ones used in Sweden. Here are some common name changes:
Justsend an email, email@example.com, or a letter to Bridge to Sweden, Marie Louise Bratt, Merkuriusvägen 14, 76164 Norrtälje, Sweden, and I'll check the following databases, when appropriate.
1.Emigranten, especially Emihamn, based upon the Swedish passenger lists, when people boarded the ship, usually in Göteborg or Malmö. This database is quite complete, but starts only around 1869.
2.Emibas, an incomplete (unfortunately) database of emigrants, with information taken from the church records. Often very useful when you know the emigrant’s date of birth (if he or she is included, of course)
3.Sveriges befolkning (Swedish census) from 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1950, 1970, 1980 and 1990
What if I don't find your ancestor in one of the emigration databases, Emigranten or Emibas, nor in the Swedish census records? There are several possible reasons:
First, the name of your emigrant might be the one used in your country, but not in Sweden. As you know, many emigrants changed their names at the time of emigration.
Second, you might not have enough information (no date of birth, no name of the parents etc.). It's true that I might be able to find the person anyhow, especially if the name is unusual. However, if your ancestor's name was Johansson, Andersson or another common name, and there is no date of birth, the search might be complicated, and sometimes impossible.
Conclusion: Try to get a hold of as much information as you possibly can, even if the piece of information does not seem important to you! So send me that sister's name or that strange place name, even if it does not seem correct or relevant.
If this initial search does not give any result, which is possible, I'll give you a price estimate for doing more work. I'll then use any means that I have available to me - many times successfully, but at other times without any results.
research - for a fee
With enough information
from you and our initial research, I can usually find your emigrant's parents
and siblings, with dates and places of birth, and their residence(s). You
might also be interested in finding out what happened to those siblings
who stayed in Sweden (assuming some did), especially if they married and
had children, and grandchildren, perhaps alive today!
Note that it could happen, but rarely, that records are so poor (or simply lacking) that it's impossible to take the research up to the present time.
links for your research (all in English):
About genealogystrongly recommended
Swedes in America
Swedish shoppingto buy Swedish foods, books, gift items and much more. Yes, you can find Vilhelm Moberg's books about emigration here (The Emigrants etc.)