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Sweden and Swedish Ancestry

This group is for anyone interested in Swedish ancestry, or resources.

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Latest Activity: Oct 1

Links To Help You With Your Swedish Research

Find names of place in Sweden in Swedish
Eniro-English Translation
Find names of places in Sweden-Translated in English
Swedes in the U.S. Follow Your Ancestors Mirgration Trails

This is an amazing site with a clickable map to track your ancestors migration in the U.S.

Discussion Forum

Place names in Sweden 2 Replies

Started by Dana Kelly. Last reply by Dana Kelly Jul 15.

Traveling in Sweden for genealogy 8 Replies

Started by Lynn Milton Anderson. Last reply by Linda Ruth Billington Stewart May 19.

Carlson 8 Replies

Started by serena clarkson. Last reply by serena clarkson Mar 15.

Svensdotter-Duckett 8 Replies

Started by Jasper Ann Stain. Last reply by serena clarkson Mar 15.

H-Swedish Patronymic and Common Name 12 Replies

Started by Ron Townsend. Last reply by M Graham May 25, 2013.

wahlen 2 Replies

Started by beverley whiting. Last reply by beverley whiting Dec 22, 2012.

Berg/Zatterlund ancestry 5 Replies

Started by Virginia Bunn. Last reply by Virginia Bunn Oct 11, 2012.

New Volunteer Site! 1 Reply

Started by Nancy Walker. Last reply by Nancy Walker Sep 17, 2012.

New Volunteer Site!

Started by Nancy Walker Sep 17, 2012.

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Comment by Lorraine Hladik on June 22, 2014 at 2:52pm

I think an ancestor had several children after she was 40, all illegitimate.  Could not find a different mother that would work.   Have you had ancestors giving birth in their 40's.

Comment by Diane Victoria Calhoun on June 3, 2014 at 8:09pm

Thank you Jean.  I just looked at that site and after this month, but before July 1st, I will sign up for them.  The site I am on is which looks very similiar and what is funny after I signed up for one month a few days ago, I saw the 2 month deal on there.  Then by accident I downloaded the app to my iPad for your site and realized I had the wrong program.

Thanks everyone for the help. 


Comment by Jean Larson on June 3, 2014 at 6:12pm

Arkiv Digital is a subscription site in Sweden. They are going around Sweden scanning the church records and other other records. There is an English version of the software you can download to look at the records. They are having a sale between now and July 1 where you can get a two months subscription for $38. I have used Arkiv Digital for several years and I like it. You could try it for two months and see how you like it. The website is

Comment by Diane Victoria Calhoun on June 3, 2014 at 5:17pm
Yes, I have a subscription to ancestry, but they don't have all the records yet, but Imliked going thru the pages of the church books. Genline shows the new records they are working on, but it seems odd that I can't just join them as I did in past. Plus, ancestry doesn't always show the hard copy, only a typed version like on the death records.
I am slowly learning my way around this Riksarkivet website. Is Archivdigital another website and excuse me for not knowing or is it encompassed within Riksarkivet?
I also agree that this Riksarkivet website is tricky.
Appreciate your thoughts on this topic.
Comment by Lorraine Hladik on June 3, 2014 at 5:08pm

Genline was bought by Ancestry a few years ago and was to be folded into Ancestry, which has the Swedish records, but I don't like it.  When that happened,  I switched to ArchivDigital and find it a better database but had a learning curve to use it.

Comment by Diane Victoria Calhoun on June 3, 2014 at 4:30pm
I am trying to renew a subscription to the Swedish Genline. I have had subscriptions in the past and I see on their website there are no subscriptions listed. I contacted them, but no response so far. Anyone else have this issue?
I did join the Riksarkivets archives and have found some great census off it.
Thanks for your replies.
Comment by Mike Freund on June 3, 2014 at 3:01pm

Hello! I am researching my maternal grandfather's family.  Last name is Peterson (go figure!) and I have traced it back to a man named Per Johansen

He had a Daughter named Gertrude.

Gertrude married a man named Peter

Peter and Gertrude had a son named Oscar William Peterson. He is my great grandfather.

It is said that Per raised Oscar.  

I have these notes regarding Oscar William Peterson:

Lived with grandfather Per Johansen in a log cabin on a little
farm until 22 years old.
Received money from a friend, Carl Dahlgren, who went to
America. Oscar traveled to Copenhagen in the fall of 1910, and
bought a ticket on Cunard Line Maueritania. Took the train from
Ellis Island to Chicago, Duluth, and Hibbing, arriving 3 Nov
Just wanted to see if anybody can confirm this or knows anything more. Thanks!
Comment by Lynn Milton Anderson on May 19, 2014 at 10:55pm

... and I should add, too, it is very important to get all 3 of the unique Swedish letters right and type them in when searching for place names.

Comment by Lynn Milton Anderson on May 19, 2014 at 10:51pm

Allan, other places to learn more about a parish in Sweden (they will all be in Swedish!):

The Swedish (state) Church seems to have some web posting for most parish churches...    is   Ljung kyrka    including a picture of the church


Rosenberg, C M.  "Geografisk-Statistik Handlexicon  Over Sverige." book published in 1880s gave brief notes on most place names in Sweden. Available on microfilm and on line thru Project Runeberg. Not yet finished but all page images are up. 

"Svensk Ortförteckning."  book in some big libraries. Published periodically by Swedish postal service, telephone service and railways in the 1960s. Down to farm names.

Comment by Allan H. Merrill on May 19, 2014 at 10:48pm

Thank you, Lorraine and Lynn, for your very helpful comments!  I am excited to learn about these resources that are helpful in locating old place names.


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