I have the great pleasure of introducing you to Yvonne Henriksson and her blog, Swedish Thoughts, described as, “. . . My name is Yvonne and my main interest is genealogy! I will write about genealogy, recipes, show old photographs, info about emigrants fromSweden and much more.”
How Yvonne Got Started in Genealogy
Yvonne’s “homevillage” is Södra Säm and she has been doing genealogy for about five years now, “. . . It becomes more and more interesting . . . from the beginning it was about my own ancestors but when I started finding emigrants, I was more and more interested in them.
It all started when my husband found an old photo. He knew it was his grandmother, but not so very much more. He began researching his family history and then I started researching my own. I had some information that I received when I was younger but at the time I was not interested. Now I’m glad I saved the info! For example, I have received old photographs of my mother’s grandparents and I’ve got an old photo album from my grandmother and grandfather.
One more thing that has made me interested in genealogy is: my grandmother Judit had three siblings who immigrated to theUnited States, one brother, Emil Johnson in 1882, and one sister Jennie and a brother Johan August Johnson in 1891. Emil got married and lived inMichigan. Jennie got married to Andrew Chilberg and they lived inSouth Bend. But . . . Johan August, where did he go? I will not give up until I found him! This is what genealogy is all about, searching and searching . . . until you find!
I think they were as brave as they could go fromSwedento theUnited Statesand other countries, some may be left without being able to speak the new language or know much about the new country.
In the years 1820 to 1930 approximately 1.3 million Swedes emigrated, some to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South America but the overwhelming majority immigrated to the United States. So, now I mainly help Swedish Americans to find their Swedish roots. It is my great interest. I also have a web page, Swedenroots – Genealogy for you, with information about genealogy, emigrants, old photos, etc.”
Yvonne’s Thoughts on Blogging
Yvonne’s interest in starting her blog, “I want to share my and others photos and also other info about genealogy and aboutSwedenthat might be interesting.”
Yvonne’s biggest blogging concern, “I really did not expect anyone to read or follow my blog. I had followed other people’s blogs and thought that they are so interesting and nice blogs, with great tips, ideas, and information. I was inspired and wanted to try to show old photographs and other things of interest to genealogists and others.”
How Yvonne Follows the Rest of Us
“I find them through other people’s blogs and by searching the internet. It’s great fun to read others’ blogs; you can get tips and ideas.”
The amount of blogs that Yvonne follows will differ from day to day, “I would like to follow more but it takes time.”
What Yvonne Loves the Most About Genealogy
“To find out much interesting information about other people and to make contact with so many people. Since I mainly try to help those who have Swedish roots to find their ancestors in Sweden, it feels very inspiring and rewarding when you can help someone to find their ancestors and perhaps also living relatives in Sweden. Testimonials here and here. It is my great pleasure. Although, of course, to find interesting people in my family history. I also like to try to collect old photographs. Right now I have scanned old school photos from village, Södra Säm, one of them is from 1895.”
Yvonne’s Time Capsule Message
“Take care of your ancestors’ history, their stories and photographs.”
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Please take a moment to head on over to Yvonne’s blog. Leave her a comment to let her know you stopped by. Welcome Yvonne, it’s great to have you here!
© 2012, copyright Gini Webb
Gini Webb lives in San Diego, California and manages her own blog, Ginisology, while also researching her own German heritage, recently retired, enjoying life with wonderful husband Steve and visiting with her now seven grandchildren!
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