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March 24, 2021 By: Virginia Taylor
Swedish Genealogy Research Books
If you haven't purchased a Swedish genealogy research book in the last 5 years or so, I strongly urge you to consider looking into purchasing one of the following  books for your ongoing research.  All three were published in 2020, and are very up-to-date on how the information you need for research is presented.  Using these books will make your research efforts more knowledge based and efficient.  They are available for purchase on Amazon.
    by Robert W. Johnson and Elizabeth Williams Gomoll
Household Examination Records are the foundation of your Swedish ancestral search. Each chapter is devoted to a specific column in the HH Examination Record, and the history and purpose of the column is explained. The authors examine the abbreviations, symbols, and other markings used by the priests in this record to make your research more complete.
   by Geoffrey Fröberg Morris 
The reader of this book is taken from the very beginning of a person search, and goes through their birth, marriage, household examination, moving in and out and death record. Along the research way, the author gives us the history and reasons for each record. Photos of each of these records from differenct time periods and different counties gives a broad view and explanations of the old script and language used in the records.
  by Håkan Skogsjö 
This book familiarizes the researcher with the AkivDigital database and the online access to the registers and indexes available on AD.
The Children of Ash and Elm
 by Neil Price
This book is the definitive history of the Vikings and their time.  The author, Neil Price, has been studying Viking culture for 35 years, and wanted, through this book, to present the story of the Vikings on their own terms, not through the distorted lens of others throughout history. 

December 19, 2020 By: Virginia Taylor
All Tidningen Back-Issues Now on Website
We have completed the process of uploading ALL the Tidningen back issues encompassing 1997-2020 on our website.  This is available to all of our members and we will add new issues as they are published. Everyone will continue to receive their printed copies in the mail, but if you haven't received your Winter 2020-2021 issue yet, it is already on the website for you to access.  You may have heard about people binge-watching their favorite TV programs, well now you can binge-read your favorite newsletter.  A number of members have told me that they have saved all the issues, but if you aren't one of them that have, now you can see all the issues too.  
The Tidningen has changed somewhat over time, such as the length of each issue and the use of more color.  But one thing is exactly the same in every single issue - they all say "Editor: Ronald Swanson". So, give a shout-out to Ron for publishing 95 issues over the years, and for now digitizing those issues for the website.  Of course, there have been many other contributers of articles and stories, some of whom contribute to almost every issue and others less frequently.  As you look thru the Tidningen issues you will see many familiar names in the bylines, but you will also notice some articles contributed by members too humble to attach their names.  All of these contributers have provided the grist for Ron to work with.  Contributing your articles will help keep the Tidningen vital as well as memorialize your family stories. 
You can find the Tidningen back-issues in the "Tidningen Archive" under the Member Login.  If you have fogotten your Username or Password, contact us at membership@sgsmn.org for assistance.  There are directions on that website page about how to locate and access these issues using a comprehensive alphabetical article index and an index for each issue.  
 Tip - On the "Tidningen Online Resources" page for each issue, you can click on the hyperlinks to take you to the respective website rather than typing the long URLs.  Links from the "Online Resources" page of recent issues can also be found on the "Links From the Tid" website page.
Happy Holidays! 
SGSM Membership 
September 12, 2020 By: Virginia Taylor
Research book by Geoffrey Fröberg Morris
Here is exciting news for all you Swedish genealogists: Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, Nordic research specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, has written a long overdo book on researching the Swedish church records. We all know that the world of Swedish genealogy has changed so much, and with that we need up-to-date research help. Struggling with those old Swedish documents is no fun, so instead of wasting time struggling, let's be able to put our research time and efforts into results. Morris' book is titled "A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records" and is process-focused.  One chapter, alone, is on problem solving.  The reading chapter is the largest chapter in the book as that is probably the biggest challenge we all have faced in Swedish record research - actually being able to read what the record says.  Morris gives samples of records from parishes all over the country from five differenct time periods.  How wonderful is that, since our research spans many generations.  This book offers 148 pages of depth, guidance, and tools in researching the Swedish church records.  I guarantee this is one book you will be glad you have on your library shelf.
If you order by Sept. 30th, 2020 you can get the book at a much reduced price, along with free shipping. Go to The Swedish Genealogy Guide website for ordering details.
July 26, 2020 By: Virginia Taylor
SGSM Survey Thank You
A very big Thank You to all members who took the time to fill out the survey we sent you.  The information you gave us is very valuable in helping us to determine how best to deliver what you origainally became a member for, and to continue to keep you informed and interested in this society for years to come.  The SGSM Board is thoughtfuly considering every question with the answers you gave so you can be assured that your opinions are important to us.  If you deided to not respond to the survey, for whatever reason, we respect that decision. I just want every member to know that this is their society, and we want and need to know what our members expect from us.  
If there is just one thing I do want to stress for all members, it is this:  if you have any questions, suggestions or comments on anything concerning SGSM, or if you need any research help, please contact us at: sgsm1983@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you for being an SGSM member.