Saturday, August 30, 2008

Genealogy Days in Malmö Day 1

This years Swedish Genealogy Days the yearly conference of the Swedish Federation of Genealogical Societies was held in the city of Malmö in the province of Skåne in southern Sweden .Over 100 exibitors crowded in the convention center at Europaporten in Malmö.Everything from genealogical societies, archives to companies offering original sources online.

Among the exibitors was the Swedish Emigrant Institute from Växjö. They were friendly to let me go with them in their car.
Here we can see archivist Kristina Persson and Bo Björklund study some of the Institutes databases containing swedish emigrants to USA and other places.

Erik Gustavson from the Kinship Center in Karlstad in the province of Värmland.

Spoke about EMIWEB a new project launched by the Kinship Center the Swedish Emigrant Institute. Göteborgs Emigranten and some others.EMIWEB is a webbplace aimed at housing some of the databases containing swedish emigrants to USA and other countries for example databases of swedish emigrants taken from swedish churchrecords and also members of swedish-american societies.In time the databases should be searchable over the web for a subscription fee. I was lucky to get an interwiev with Erik Gustavson wich I hope to use in a later podcast episode

Friday, August 29, 2008

Aug 27 I posted a new episode of my podcast Anna-Karins Genealogical Podcast.
It this episode I speak about the Minnesota Day at the Swedish Emigrant Institute and has 2 interwievs with the chairman of the Swedish Fedration of genealogical societies Ted Roswall
and one with the swedish-american professor H Arnold Barton. I wrote about the Minnesota day in a blogpost on Aug 11 in this blog.

Family researchers at the Malmö Festival

Each year around aug 15-aug 22 the yearly Malmö Festival takes place in the city of Malmö in the province of Skåne. The city fills with cultural and music evnts and food from the whole world is served on the Gustaf Adolf square as well as many shops and sellers sells their products in the streets. sometimes I go to Malmö to attend the Festival.

This Year in the both of the Malmö city municipality some genealogists where present.
The little tent had a sign "prata med en släktforskare" (Meet a family researcher)
It was the Malmö Genealogical society.
Wich was telling about family research and showing people a bit about how to find their ancestors. and andvertising
this years Genealogy Days wich is the yearly confernce of the Swedish Federation of Genealogical Societies.
wich takes place in Malmö Aug 30 to Aug 31.
I will attend and try to make some interview to use in a podcast episode.

Here Niclas Hertzman from the Malmö Genealogical Society shows my friend
Marie how to do family research.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Child on the Titanic reidentified

Here is a tips from Collen Fitzpatrick the forensic genealogist.

A body of an unknown child who perished on the Titanic has been reidentified.
Among the around 1500 people who perished on the Titanic were several children.
Around 300 bodies of Titanic victims were recovered and some of them buried in Halifax at the
Fairview Lawn Cemetery
Many of the victims were unidentified. Especially one of a little boy captured peoples imagination and a memorial was erected over him. No one knew his name. But for many years it was thought by some that is was the body of Gösta Pålsson a 2 year old swedish boy who died with his mother and 3 siblings in the sinking.
In 2002 the childs body was dug up very little was left only a pair of small theeth. using DNA the body was identified as a little finnish boy Eino Panula who also died with his mother and siblings. However the DNA result and other circumstances made some researchers unsure about the identification and further research and testings have now reidentified the body
as that of Sidney Leslie Goodwin a 19 month old english boy.Who also died with his family on the Titanic. The first misidentification may partly have come from that the scientist were under some pressure from TV who was making a documentary about the case.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Karl Oskar Days and Minnesota Day

This weekend In Växjö. saw the Karl-Oskar Days and the Yearly Minnesota Day.
The Karl-Oskar Days are named after one of the main characters in the author Wilhelm Mobergs Emigrant Novels.

Today it is a kind of city festival held around the second weekend of August every
year. Alot of acitivities are going on in the city with the shops moving out on Storgatan(Main street) as well as differend food sold outside. In the evening artists are performing in the city square.

The Swedish Emigrant Institute also took part and had a vendor both on Main Streat In the picture we see archivist Kristina Persson selling books and giving information. The Swedish Emigrant Institute is an archive and museum over the swedish Imigration to other parts of the world it has extensive collections of letters microfilms and interviews.
However its economy is in bad shape and its future is very uncertain since the politicans in Växjö wants to merge it with the county museum
Smålands museum but the Emigrant Institute is afraid of loosing its independence.

On Sunday the Minnesota Day took place. The Minnesota Day is a yearly celebration of the Swedish imigration to other parts of the world especially Minnesota it is usually held in the park outside the Swedish Emigrant Institute but this year it was rainy so we had to stay inside.

First we Were entertained by by two comedians performing songs once performed by
"Olle i Skratthult" a famous swedish-american comedian. his real name was Hjalmar Peterson 1886-1960.

Afterwards several speaches were made among others by the county governor and we were also entertained by the Växjö Male choir.

The Swedish -American of the Year this year was
Barbro Osher swedish consul general in San Francisco. The person chosen swedish-American of the Year is chosen by the Vasa Order of America.

Among the other speakers was Lars Hansson the present head of the Swedish Emigrant Institute
and H Arnold Barton
Arnold Barton is a swedish-american history professor of swedish-descent who has written
several books about swedish and scandinavian history. I managed to get a little interview
with him as well as with Ted Rosvall the chairman of the Swedish Federation of Genealogical societies I plan to use the interwievs
in a later episode of the Podcast.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Today we have a terrible rain so it is a perfect weather for doing your family research by the computer or sorting paper at home ;)
Earlier this year I made a little video about "The Day of Family research" wich was held March 15 Here in Växjö it was held at the library and members of
The Kronobergs Genealogical Federation wich is our local Genealogical society
they showed people how to do their family research in the video I also have an interview with its former chairman Aron Axelsson

I have been interviewed

This is my first posting so welcome to my blog. I am a swedish Family researcher intrested in genealogy and especially about swedish immigrants to USA and other countries.

Recently I made a trip to USA wich I hope to tell about in this blog.
during the trip i took part in the Southern Californian Genealogical jamboree in Burbank California.

At the Jamboree I was interviewed by representatives from Rootstelevision
Here is the interview