Why I Love Having Swedish Roots

undefinedI feel so incredibly lucky to have Swedish roots.  Let me count the reasons…..

  1. I have absolutely fallen in love with the beautiful St. Lucia Day celebration.  I am bound and determined to attend one.  One of my favorite pictures is of my grandmother, participating in one of these lovely ceremonies.
  2. IKEA.  Who doesn’t love IKEA??:)
  3. The landscapes in Sweden are breath-taking.
  4. I always loved the Swedish chef from The Muppet Show.  Yes, I’m a child of the 80’s.
  5. For some reason, I really like Swedish names.  Lars. Gunnar. Brita. Elvy. And it cracks me up that my great-great grandfather’s middle name was Magnus.  I imagine him as a huge hulk of a man just because of that name.:)
  6. But by far my favorite thing about having Swedish roots is the fact that they kept such fantastic parish records!  Births, Deaths, Baptisms, Marriages, Moving records, and Household Examinations that list everything from birth dates and places, immigration information, shot records, and lots of other really helpful stuff.  Most of them go back to the early 1700’s and some further than that.  I have been having so much fun trying to decipher what I’ve found.

Do you have Swedish roots?

Have you traveled to Sweden to do research or simply visit?  Did you find long lost relatives still living there?

I would really love to go there someday.


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  • Mike B. - April 5, 2011 - 7:21 am

    What resources do you use to find the birth and marriage records? I’m researching my wife’s family and their names seem to be extremely popular. Gustaf Gustafson and August Lindstrom. Other than being from Goteberg and eventually moving to Ohio, I have not been able to find any Swedish documentation. But they were married in front of the Queen of Sweden.ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - April 5, 2011 - 8:27 am

    My husband is 50% Swedish so I am very
    familiar with those clerical surveys.
    I used to joke that if you sneezed,
    the minister made note of it!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Palmer - April 5, 2011 - 1:10 pm

    I love the photo! Are you aware of living relatives in Sweden? I had a distant cousin from Sweden find my blog last year! My goal is to go to Sweden this year!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - April 5, 2011 - 2:13 pm

      I wish I knew of some living relatives in Sweden! I am hoping that by posting about my Swedish ancestors, one of them will find me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - April 7, 2011 - 12:32 am

    got a few Swedish roots on my “Anderson” side… but I haven’t been digging on that side just yet :) But they stayed close to their roots in the states, living amongst many swedish communities & towns :)ReplyCancel

  • Hillary - April 8, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    I have Swedish roots. My Great-Great Grandmother Boel Christina Nilsdotter was born in Skane, Onslunda Sweden in 1865. After imigrating to America alone at the age of 16 her surname was changed to Nilson.

    This is a line I’m currently working on an dwould love to know what sources you are using?ReplyCancel

  • Adam Glenn - April 8, 2011 - 8:59 pm

    I don’t have any Swedish roots but my brother lived there for a couple years and I would love to go there. Until then, though, I’ll have to be satisfied with IKEA.ReplyCancel

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