Sunday, October 29, 2006

Swedish websites and when will the DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR return?

Swedish websites and when will the DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR return?

From: Anna-Karin Schander
First I would like to tell you how much I enjoy your podcast and columns. For me a Swede it was especially enjoyable to hear the last Family History hour June 20 were you spoke about Genline and their Swedish church records online. They are however not the only site offering church records online SVAR (Swedish Archival information in Ramsele) is a branch and a company founded by a branch of the Swedish National Archive (Riksarkivet) they have microfilmed Swedish church records and other archival material on microfische and in later year as scanned images on the internet. They have some material that Genline do not have (and also the other way around) so they both overlap each other I subscribe to both. They also have the searchable version of the Swedish census 1890 and 1900. Their website are at

If you click the little English flag to the left on the screen you will get to a English language version of the site.

I also wonder when the next Family History Hour will be available as podcast. I enjoy the columns but it is still not the same as the Family History Hours with its interviews. I also hope you will tell something about searching for people who immigrated to the USA from Europe from the perspective of us European listeners who has relatives who immigrated to USA and want to search after them.

In my hometown Växjö in the province of småland we have a Museum and Archive about Swedish Immigration to USA, the Swedish Immigrant Institute

Bye from
Anna-Karin Schander

How's your English? My Swedish is terrible.

As a result of your email, I have written to to ask if there is a representative who is available for an interview in an upcoming DearMYRTLE's FAMILY HISTORY HOUR podcast. I hope to schedule guests within the month.

Your website is cool. I particularly like the picture of your maternal grandmother Jenny Elise Strinnholms.

It may interest you to know that Bruce Buzbee, the developer of RootsMagic was at two of the genealogy conferences I attended in October. In fact, at both conferences, I demonstrated how to use the RootsMagic SHARE CD WIZARD to create a read-only version of my RootsMagic database, complete with all pictures and scanned images of documents attached to each ancestor. He will be delighted to hear that you've found his program useful. In fact, let me send a copy of this email to him.

On the topic of tracing relatives who emigrated from Sweden to the US, we need to keep talking. Usually we here in the US talk about ANCESTORS, but many breakthroughs come from COUSINS. We do have some Swedish research experts, who mostly explain to Americans about the Swedish records. I'll try to arrange an interview with one to talk about the migration patterns among Swedes who entered the US. I am only personally familiar with the very early group that settled on the Delaware River, in the 1600s, long before the US was established. It is a challenge with the US being so large, to know about every migration pattern. I think with your input, I should study this subject for the next while. THANKS, kiddo, for the assignment!

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)

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