Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Review: "Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research," by Robert Johnson, JD, CG

 The Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore has published another in its series of "Genealogy at a Glance" laminated research guides - this time for Swedish Genealogy Research, by Robert Johnson, JD, CG.

This "Genealogy at a Glance" booklet has four laminated pages on one 11" x 17" paper (folded). It is designed to give the user the basic elements of genealogy research in the allotted space. They provide an overview of the facts a researcher needs to know in order to begin and proceed successfully with research in the subject.

The description of the Swedish Genealogy Research  booklet includes:

The first notable Swedish migration to North America took place between 1638 and 1655, when the colony of New Sweden was established along the lower reaches of the Delaware River. The vast majority of Swedes immigrated during the period of the Great Migration, 1850 through 1930, and by the time the 2000 U.S. federal census was taken, there were 4 million Americans claiming Swedish roots.

In just four laminated pages, this “at a glance” guide by Robert Johnson, JD, CG, gives you all the information you’ll ever need to begin tracing your Swedish ancestors. After a discussion of Swedish immigration and migration, Johnson offers details about the Swedish language and Swedish surnames that will help you unlock your Swedish family history. He then goes on to highlight the major record sources, repositories, and online resources. Sprinkled throughout are tips and additional references for you to consult.

If you have Swedish ancestry, there’s no better place to begin or proceed with your family history research than Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research.

The booklet has these sections:
  • Contents
  • Quick Facts
  • Swedish Immigration to North America
*  New Sweden 1638-1655

                    *  Sweden's Great Migration 1850-1930

                    *  Migration Records
  • Unlocking Swedish Family History
           *  Names

  • Major Record Sources 
                     *  Household Examination Records

                     *  Birth/Christening, Banns/Marriage, and Death/Burial Records

                     *  Moving Records

                     *  Tax Records

                     *  Census Records

                     *  Estate Inventories

                     *  Court Records

                     *  Military Records

                     *  Land Records
  •  Repositories
           *  Riksarkivet (National Archives)

                     *  Landsarkiven (Provincial Archives)

                     *  Kirsarkivet i Stockholm (Military Archives

  • Other Online Resources
                    *  www.arkivdigital.net 

                    *  www.swedishgenealogyguide.com

                    *  www.isof.se/Sprak/Namn/Ortnamn/Ortnamsregistret/Sok-i-registret

                    *  www.soldatreg.se

                    *  www.ddss.nu

                    *  www.stadsarkivet.stockholm.se

                    *  www.malmo.se/stadsarkivet

                    *  www.lantmateriet.se

This booklet is designed primarily for the person who has little experience and understanding of Swedish Genealogy Research and provides an overview of the basics of finding Swedish genealogy resources.

For someone like me that teaches and talks about genealogy a bit, it is invaluable because I can pull it out and provide some guidance to my student or colleague interested in the subject.

The beauty of these "Genealogy at a Glance" booklets is that they are very light and portable in a briefcase or laptop case. They are fixtures in my research case.

This four-page laminated booklet costs $9.95,  plus postage and handling. You can order it through the Genealogical Store, or use the link for the Swedish Genealogy Research booklet and click on the "Add to Cart" link.  I recommend buying these booklets at seminars and conferences where they are offered in order to avoid the shipping costs.


Disclosure: Genealogical.com contacted me recently and asked me to provide a review of this booklet. They mailed me a review copy for my personal use as remuneration for this review.

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