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really go back home?Of course, you can... to that farm
or homestead, where your Swedish family lived and where your grandparents
married, in a small country church. I can help you get there, to that little village in Sweden
that your family
left behind, and walk those streets, where grandpa walked and played as a child, so
experience you'll never forget!Listening
to many of those who went back to Sweden, to the home of
those who emigrated, has convinced me of many people's strong need
to reconnect with their past - and remake those ties that were once
broken. Going back to that village and that farm could be deeply meaningful to you also.
And even more special: to meet your relatives there!
We'll help you make that trip
all you hoped forMy husband, Lonny, and I spent many summers traveling with
Americans, Canadians, Australians and others through Sweden, visiting the places where
their ancestors lived. We drove
our vans on winding country roads,
and arrived at the small cottage where grandpa or grandma lived. We visited old churches,
often as old as from the 12th century, where a grandparent was
baptized or great grandparents married. So many moving,
exciting, wonderful times with many of you! Not to mention the times we
spent with your Swedish relatives, leaning over old photographs, family
charts and old letters. Let's not forget all the great meals we shared with
your Swedish cousins. Who could forget those Småland cheese cakes...
Friendships developed across the ocean and many
of you traveled again across the oceans to visit you newly found
Swedish relatives. Many of the Swedes also visited you in the USA, in
Canada, in Australia and New Zealand.
However, we got older, Lonny and I, and realized that we no longer have the
stamina for all that travel after 18 years. We had taken a break a few years ago, but
returned since we kept missing these wonderful trips. Now we have to stop.
With much regret!
I can still help you with that trip
though! This is what I can do:
- Help you plan
how to go from the Swedish airport (usually Arlanda in
Stockholm) to the little town where your family lived. You might want to
rent a car and drive there, or perhaps take the train or a bus, all
depending upon your destination and your interests.
- Find the town and
village you'll want to visit and even help you to find detailed maps to
- Find a knowledable
person in the area who can help you find the cottage, even if only a
foundation and an apple tree remains. Often I can find someone
who speaks English.
- I can
also do the necessary research
for you and, if you wish, find your Swedish relatives, the
descendants of those who reamined in Sweden.
- If this interests
you, send me all you know about the emigrant from Sweden, (see
send it all to me, and I'll give you a proposal with my
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