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



Research & Travel Resource Recommendations

If you are planning on doing research at the Hoffman Research Library or traveling to Sweden, here are some videos and other resources we want to highlight to give you a jump-start.

What's Swedish on the Shelves, in the Drawers and on the Web? If you missed the presentations on June 11 or want to watch them again, you can find the following three videos on the Research Tools page. The presentations include a tour of the Hoffman Research Library at the Minnesota Genealogy Center featuring a wealth of resources available for Swedish research there. This information is valuable if you visit the library to research your family tree and free admission to the library is included in your SGSM membership.

  •  SGSM immediate past-president Virginia Taylor showcases our collection of Swedish books and maps.
  • Jan Carlson explains our collection of microfilmed church records, the 3rd Thursday Swedish Research Team, family histories, county histories and cemetery records, Minneapolis and St. Paul newspaper films.
  • Bob Johnson gives us a close look at the online card catalog and online subscription resources, including ArkivDigital and EmiWeb, as well as the Swedish deaths, graves, and census databases. Equipped with this overview of the wide range of resources available, you will be set to dig further into your Swedish ancestry. The topics presented not only tell you what is available, but also provide an overview of how to use the resources.
Documents (Research Tools page)

Researching at the Hoffman Research Library: Plan your visit before you go.

Swedish Databases Guide: Swedish research databases available at the Hoffman Research Library; Swedish death records from 1830 to 2020, burials, decennial census record from 1970 to 2000, databases specifically for Stockholm research, miners’ court records and Walloon employment contracts.

Swedish-American Church Microfilm Collection

If you want to research the microfilmed early Minnesota church records, they are available for viewing on Swedish Research Day (3rd Thursday of the month except December). Always check www.mngs.org before you go to make sure the library is open. Viewing them may also be scheduled after quarterly and conference programs.

  Planning a trip to Sweden or just want to learn more about Sweden?

How to Travel Trouble-free and Absorb Your History in Sweden in the Members Area under Video Links is an excellent resource. Jan Carlson shares hints regarding the ins and outs of traveling in Sweden, what you need to know before you go, what you need to know once you get there, and how to glean the most about your family's history when you finally set foot in the old country. Jan has been to Sweden eight times, often for extended periods of time. This program was recorded on January 15, 2022.


January 28
Life and Death: the thoughts of the Viking warrior on the afterlife
What were the beliefs of the Viking-age people about what happened to them after their death? William R. Short and Reynir A. Óskarson will discuss their beliefs, including: Valhöll (Valhalla) the realm of Óðinn; Freyja and her field for the slain at Fólksvangr; the walking dead roaming with their battle wounds; Orðstírr (word glory) ...
January 29
Monthly Member Offering - Fika!
You are invited to Fika! As a free benefit to members, SGSM is offering a monthly, hour-long virtual gathering called Fika. Grab a cup of coffee and logon to join your fellow Swedish family researchers for conversation, learning, and getting to know each other.   Fika is not a class or presentation, but ...
March 25
Finding the Home Parish of Your Swedish Ancestor
One of the most difficult pieces of information to find for American descendants of Swedes can be the home parish of their immigrant ancestor. We will review many tools that can help the family historian determine the home parish including databases, US church records, newspapers, and other resources. Once the ...
April 22
SGSM 40th Anniversary Celebration
Save the date!   Remember back when you were 39 years old and on the verge of turning 40? That’s exactly where SGSM is, and we’re planning a celebration of our society’s history, what we’ve become, and also celebrating ourselves as members of SGSM. Please join us as we gather ...
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