I was born in Jämtland in the north
of Sweden and have since lived in
many different places, both in Sweden
and in Europe.
I have always been interested in history and old things and have been doing genealogy research back and forth for more than 40 years, depending of my job situation and my family situation at the time. Like most genealogists, I started to sort out my own family, but this has over the years expanded to become major projects with the mapping of all the people who lived and worked in some areas. (Preferably in areas where I had my own roots, but then my family is quite diverse and come from various parts of Scandinavia, therefore it has been numerous and large areas)
Something that is very close to my heart is my research on the Finnish immigrants who came mainly from the eastern parts of Finland, around the turn of 16th-17th, with the hope to create a life in Bergslagen in Sweden. I have worked many years to rediscover the family names of the Finnish families, which when they arrived in their new homeland were almost completely excluded by Swedish clerks. I have also tried to follow how their migrations took place in this country, which is not easy giving that these immigrants were of a mobile kind of people… I have reported my findings in ‘Finnsams’ family name database (http://www.mmbr.no/sndb/).
The project I’m working on since some years, is a survey of families who lived and worked in Jämtland, mainly in the jurisdictions around Storsjön (The Great lake). This involves a lot of reading of court records, all of the various tax records that exist and the incredible treasure of medieval diplomas that are preserved from Jämtland. Eventually, my thought is that these projects of mine will come out in the form of books one day, but like all genealogists know, there is no end to this kind of research. Something new to immerse oneself in will always turn up, so I’m continuing my work without any deadline.
The research I am most engaged in now consists of much reading of the old court records, Swedish of course and Norwegian before 1645 (when Jämtland became a Swedish county). It’s amazing what you can pick up in them, and often it is a way to get further back in time where no church records exist. For example, if you have unknown fathers in your family tree, it is not impossible to find them in the court records, as it usually was an investigation to see if the child’s father really was whom the mother claimed, and if the conception occurred during a marriage vow or not.
Besides my research projects, I do different genealogy assignments for people who can not or do not want to spend time on sorting out their own ancestry. Lately there has been much research for Americans that through DNA tests want to find their Swedish family. Or simply want to find their now living relatives in Sweden.
I am also a member of the APG (Association of Professional Genealogists)