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Your Swedish Roots: A Step-by-Step Handbook (softcover)
Media: BOOK - paperback, 224 pages
Author: P. Clemensson & K. Andersson
Other: b&w photos, sketches, appendixes, bibliog, index
Today millions of people with Swedish background are researching their family history. Until now a comprehensive, step by step genealogical handbook for Swedish research has not been available in the English language. "Your Swedish Roots: A Step-by-Step Handbook" fills that gap.
A person searching for his or her Swedish roots has many advantages, as well as some challenges. Since Sweden has not been at war for close to 200 years, Swedish sources and archives are very extensive and complete. The records are in good order and are easy to find. In fact, the most commonly used church records are now even available on the Internet. Guidance for how to access and use these resources is found in this book.
Even with the abundance of records, family historians must first know some basic facts to be able to interpret these old documents. "Your Swedish Roots" provides this background information and walks the researcher through the steps necessary to have success. Another challenge is a combination of the languagenot many Australians (or Americans) speak Swedish and the antique script that so many creators of original documents used. A special emphasis has been given to translating and interpreting individual documents to help researchers who may have little or no background in the Swedish language or in reading script.
Spectacular research results in Swedish genealogy are possible only if you know where to find the records, and how to use them when you do. This book is the ultimate, step by step guide.
Please note: this book has lots of examples (and addresses) that specifically relate to Swedes who went to America.
1. A Name on a Gravestone
2. Clues to Your Family's History
3. The Emigration from Sweden to America
4. How to Find the Place of Origin in Sweden
5. Swedish Names and Swedish Spelling
6. Where to Find Your Sources
7. The Rapp Family in U.S. Records
8. Gustav Adolf Rapp's Family
9. Anna Christina Carlsson's Family
10. Finding your Ancestor in Swedish Passenger Lists
11. Early Emigration
12. Traveling with the Swedish American Line
13. Old Records
14. Finding your Family in Sweden Today
15. Prepare for a Trip to Sweden
16. Meeting the Swedish Family
17. Swedish Provinces
- Church Records Destroyed (usually by fire)
- Genealogical Societies in Sweden
- Websites etc.
- Illustrations in the Book