Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Researching Swedes and Swedish Immigration Worldwide

Website Guide

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The goal of this website is to provide a way for us to stay in touch with our members, as well as provide some essential tools for Swedish genealogy. We include things that you won’t find elsewhere, such as material published by our members. We also have links to other resources to help you with your research.

We suggest you try each of the website pages, preferably on a computer or tablet since we don’t have a smartphone app. In order to access the Members Area information, you'll need to login to your account. If you have misplaced your login details or need help logging in, email us at membership@sgsmn.org for assistance.


Website Main Navigation

1. Home – Every website has a home page, and Swedes always want you to feel at home.
2. Website Guide – You are here.
3. Events – Details of upcoming and past events. You can 'Filter by Category', 'Timeframe', and 'Search'.
4. Our Blog – Blog on various topics.
5. Tidningen – Newsletter information and a sample newsletter for non-members.
6. New Memberships – Join using a credit card, PayPal or print a membership form to mail with a check.
7. Members Area – Log in to your member account to access the following:
  • Tidningen – Issues from 1997-Present with a complete article index and an issue index.
  • Speaker Handouts – Speaker handouts from past Quarterly Meetings and Fall Conferences.
  • Your Profile – Displays your member information, along with:
  • Surnames - To post surnames, click Add Surname, to edit, click Edit, and to delete, click Delete
  • Member Settings - You can change your Login Name and Password, but you need to contact membership@sgsmn.org to change other information.
  • Logoff – Remember to logoff for security.
8. From the Grab Bag – Vignettes based on the personal Swedish genealogy and heritage experiences of our members
9. Surname Research – You can email members to collaborate on research. If you find a surname you are interested in, click on View Details to see their details. Anyone can email a member by clicking Email Inquiry to send a form. Only members can add / manage surnames in the Members Area.
10. Research Tools - Articles and resources that are useful for your Swedish genealogy research.
11. Library & Archive – This is a listing of our library at the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center, 1385 Mendota Heights Rd, Suite 100, Mendota Heights, MN 55120. Search using the following methods:
  • Filters – Location, Subject, Media Type, and Search allows you to specify what field you want to search on.
  • PDF List will display a PDF list that can be downloaded or printed.
  • View Categories. If you click on this, you will see a Filter drop-down menu which is just another way to filter the entries. To return to the full listing page, select “All Listings” in the Select Filter dropdown menu.
12. Links for Research – Websites to use in your Swedish research. There are Filters by Category and Timeframe that the link was posted on. Entries are labeled as “New” for 90 days to see which ones were recently added.
13. Links from the Tid – Website hyperlinks that were listed on the Online Resources page and in articles of recent Tidningen issues. Clicking on the link will take you directly to that website. There are Filters by Category (i.e. by Tidningen issue, Resources for Getting Started) and Timeframe that the link was posted on. Entries are also labeled as “New” for 90 days to make it easy to see which ones were in the most recent Tidningen.
14. Store – Check our store for Swedish genealogy items.
15. Donate & Volunteer – This describes the ways you can become an SGSM volunteer and has a donation form for memorials. One of the ways you can volunteer is to write stories and articles to help make the website and Tidningen even better.
16. About & Contact – Our Mission, Executive Board and Board of Directors, as well as email links for the board.

Additional navigation options available on some pages, like 'Events' and 'Surname Research' include:

  • Filters – Click on the down arrow to show a drop-down menu of choices that you can select from to narrow the number of items displayed and make it easier to find what you are looking for.
  • Search - Enter the information you want to search for and click on Search
  • Sort a column - Position your cursor over the column heading. If that column can be sorted, your cursor arrow will change to a hand pointer (this may vary by computer). Clicking on a column heading once will sort that column in ascending order and display , a second click will sort it in descending order and display Clear and reset your entries to the default by clicking on Clear All Selections next to the field.
  • Use Listings Per Page to select the number of entries you want to display on the page at one time.
  • Advancing and skipping forward and backward to display additional entries for that website page.
  • Return to the previous screen by clicking on Return to Category List.