Monday, April 16, 2012
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Just a few days ago it was 100 years since the sinking of Titanic
Of the passagers several were from Scandinavia.
Swedes and Swedish -Americans 123
Danes and Danish-Americans 14
Finnish and Finnish- Americans 63
Norwegians and Noregian-Americans 31
In all 231 Scandinavians on the ship only 66 survived
Around 28% saved. And 72 % lost
Most of the scandinavians were emigrants travelling in second and sterage class.
They were around 17.6 % of Titanics around 1310 passagers
and only 13,3 of its saved passagers. Only one of Titanics crew were
Scandinavian ( a Dane) and he went down the ship.
Do any of My readers have any connections to Titanic and its passagers
Or do you want to hear more about the scandinavians on Titanic.
Sources for this post: Titanic. By Claes-Göran Wetterholm 1999 (in Swedish)
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Saturday, December 3, 2011
Swedish folklore has many strange beings. one of them is the feared Gloso.
A Terrible sow with burning red eyes and a razorsharp back. She is believed to reside near cemeteries or cross roads.
She usually tries to run between peoples legs thus dividing or scratching them up completely. Nowadays she is not seen that often but since there seem to be so many people with split personalities she must still be around.
At the yearly Christmas Fair at the Smalands Museum in Växjö this year a little Gloso piglet was shown.
Historian Håkan Nordmark acted as its keeper
apparently the little beast has taken a liking to him.
The little animal seemed calm when I saw it but who knows
what will become of it when it becomes bigger !
The little gloso was feed by giving it decorated swedish ginger breads eagerly decorated by the visitors to the
Christmas Fair. In the future the inhabitants of Växjö
obviously have to keep their legs crossed ! ;)
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
This years Minnesota Day was held not i Växjö as usual but in The Parish of Ljuder. It was held in
the beatiful church is build in thew begiining of the 1840-thies . Soon after that the mig emigation to USA started .the writer Vilhelm Moberg chosed the area as home area for the main characters of his Emigrant -epos.
Some of the emigrants from the area returned to Sweden
and was buried in there home soil as can be seen on this grave stone from the cemetery by the church in Ljuder
Among the activities during the Minnesota Day was welcoming the Swedish-American of the Year Kerstin Lane from Chicago.she told about her work as the director of the Swedish-American museum in Chicago .
Saturday, March 12, 2011
A popular event was "Ask the expert"where the visitors could book a 20 minute talk with a genealogist and get advice about their family research and similar subjects
Several genealogical Magazines was represented among them
Who Do you think you are Magazine all trying to get as many new readers as possible !I would gladly have subscribed but it is a bit expensive to pay postage forMagazines from England to Sweden. I bought a couple of back issues instead.
(Do anyone know the name of the lady holding up the Magazine ?)
Another popular event was interviews with persons featured in the TV series Who do you think you are . I listened to Ainsley Harriott talking about finding out about his black and white ancestors in the West Indies.the program
about his ancestors were first shown in England in 2008.
Lisa Louise Cook from Sand Francsisco host of the
gave a lecture about how to use Google in genealogical
research. She has even written a book on the subject.
Deceased Online is the largest UK online index off burial and cremation records .
Searching the database is free. seing the orginal record cost a small fee.
Friday, March 11, 2011
A Few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Who do you think you live conference in London .It has taken place since 2007 in The Olympia National Hal. It is organised by and sponsored by among others BBC Magazines Ancestry.co.uk .Society of Genealogists.
Many different genealogical and Historical Societies and genealogical service providers exibited and there were also many workshops and lectures given on a variety of different subjects
had one of the biggest booth in the exibition with a lot of visitors
According to the England 1901 Census around 5000 Swedish born lived in England.
They even had a special lounge at the second floor were Ancestry.com subscribers could meet and relax and discuss their research.
Find My Past also has a lot of english records(Census,Military and parish records online. at the Exibitions there was time for a lot of inetrested visitors to take a look in their records or buy a subscribtion .
There were also demostrations and small workshops held by the staff for people interested in how to do Family research and how the site works and the content of its collections
This nice lady in old fashined clothing helped
me to get my subscription to to work
(Do anyone know her name ?)
Scotlandspeople is a website with similar content as Find My Past but for Scotland even here the visitors were shown the content by helpful members of the staff like this lady (who is she ?).
Friday, December 10, 2010
it is a little film about the Swedish actress Emilie Högqvist 1812-1846. she was a popular actress in the 1830thies and 1840thies .One can almost say that she was a 19th century swedish eqvivalen of Marilyn Monroe. since she was for time mistress to king Oscar I (before he became king).
She was a contemporary of the famous swedish singer Jenny Lind.