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

From the Grab Bag

From the Grab Bag is a collection of vignettes based on the personal Swedish genealogy and heritage experiences of our members. We welcome SGSM members to submit their own stories of 500-750 words. Articles can be submitted in electronic form to info@sgsmn.org. SGSM reserves the right to edit submitted articles for length and editorial standards. Suggested topics are:
  • Success stories.
  • Brick walls.
  • Genealogy adventures and misadventures (e.g. travel, cemetery, visits to the old homestead, serendipity).
  • Tips on travel to Sweden.
  • Swedish customs and traditions your family kept alive in America.
  • Family "skeletons in the closet".
  • DNA connections - how you have made family connections thru DNA testing.‚Äč
Click on the entries below and that story will open in a window for you to read.
Title Contributed by
Searching - and Finding - Our Roots Elaine Ekstedt July 2018
Cultures Shared! Jan Carlson April 2018
Box and digging up Axel - $11 Dan Anderson March 2018
A Royal Fairy Tale Judy Trepka November 2017
A Small World John von Walter July 2017
Heritage Plants Jan Carlson January 2017
Gould Is Not a Swedish Name, or Is It? Kathy Meade December 2016
Found Living Relatives Karl Ekstrom November 2016
Song of a Settler - A Poem from Sweden Jan Carlson October 2016
Devils in the Water Patricia Anderson August 2016
An Unusual View of One's Ancestors John von Walter July 2016
Jan Carlson May 2016
Lost But Not Forgotten Wayne Dahlsten April 2016
Welcome Back Steve Larson April 2016
New Year's Eve 1943 Virginia Taylor April 2016