Sunday, June 24, 2007

Swedish podcast spotlights summer traditions

I am happy to see that you have published a new episode of your podcast 19 June 2007. I have listened to most of it and thought it interesting. The part about the software that could merge genealogical data was interesting. I personally never merge my files directly with anyone others research but write everything in by hand to be able to check things out if they are correct.

The part about African American genealogy was good, too. It reminds me about how lucky I am with my own Swedish ancestors and all the well kept Swedish records.

I have published a new episode of my own podcast. It is not very long. In this episode I do not speak directly about genealogy but about Swedish traditions and holidays during summer time. You are welcome to listen to it at:

Bye for now fromAnna-Karin Schander


GLAD you are feeling better after your appendicitis. THANK-YOU for a delightful podcast, posted 20 June 2007.

Ol' Myrt thinks your podcast about traditions was VERY GENEALOGY oriented.

Click to find out more about the book YOUR SWEDISH ROOTS.Hearing about holidays and traditions serves to help us understand the day-to-day life of our ancestors. They become more than names and dates on our family tree when we can place them into historical context, and learn about customs and traditions such as those you've described about people who live in Sweden.

While I don't have any known Swedes at this point, it is interesting that in the 1950s here in Seattle, Washington we danced around the maypole. I didn't realize it was a Swedish tradition. On May Day (1 May) we did this during school as elementary (under age 12) students. Our teachers affixed colorful streamers around our tether poles, and taught us to dance around, weaving in and out of others who were dancing in the opposite direction. It was considered an honor to be chosen to do this.

Our teachers also helped us make little "May Day Baskets” out of pastel-colored construction paper. These were cone-shaped, with a long strip of paper curved over with both ends stapled to the cone as a handle of sorts. We were to then pick flowers from our mothers' gardens (with permission of course) and leave these little flowery gifts on the door knob of an elderly or widowed person to cheer them up. The trick was to ring the bell and run away quickly so as not to be discovered. This was my first lesson that gifts given without thought of recognition are perhaps the most sincere.

Although my children didn’t have either of these May Day practices in school (1978-1985), I did help them make the little May Day baskets after school on 1 May. We spent the week before deciding on the special paper, and what flowers they were going to include. Sometimes they remembered to match a favorite color flower to one of the ladies we would visit. In this manner we could so our love to the elderly people in our neighborhood.

I wonder what spring and summertime traditions our readers and listeners learned from their parents and grandparents, and have shared with their children and grandchildren.

(We're talking 5 generations right there!)

-- Midsummer Eve in Sweden (with picture of an elaborate maypole)

-- Your Swedish Roots: A Step by Step Handbook by Per Clemenssson

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
Your friend in genealogy.

(c) 2007 Pat Richley All Rights Reserved.

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