Swedish Genealogy

18 07 2021

The immigration of Swedes to Wisconsin started in 1840’s, and the 1850 census reported 88 Wisconsin residents born in Sweden. During the 1850’s the number increased to 673. The first big wave came in the late 1860’s, and the second in the 1880’s. In 2011 there were 149,377 residents claiming Swedish heritage.

Finding one’s Swedish roots can be an interesting as well as a challenging task. SAHSWI’s Swedish Genealogy Research Group (SGRG) has been collaborating and supporting this effort for many years. The good news is that the resources for doing genealogical research today has been greatly improved as records have been digitized and made available in databases on-line.

A new main page for Swedish Genealogy is being added to our website to include suggestions from our SGRG leader Marge Jothen and Bev Wenzel to assist beginning Swedish researchers. In addition, a packet of more intensive information is being compiled with suggestions from John Engel, Eva and Roger Wall and other member researchers and will include language notes and typing of Swedish vowels, Swedish websites, occupational titles, patronymics and many other topics. This packet will be shared with members of SAHSWI and SGRG. Please consider joining SAHSWI by completing the membership application in the “About Us” heading (membership). Be sure to indicate your interest in Swedish Genealogy Research Group and Bev Wenzel will include you in all future SGRG mailings, packet material being compiled and continuing activities.

To go to the Swedish Genealogy page press the link below.

Swedish Genealogy | Swedish American Historical Society of Wisconsin (sahswi.org)





2021 Scandinavian Midsommar celebration

13 07 2021

held on on Sunday, June 27, 2021 in Heidelberg Park, Glendale, WI

After over a year of isolation due to the Covid-19 virus about 130 people were able to join in the traditional Scandinavian Midsommar Celebration.

The celebration began with decorating and then a formal procession led by Goda Vänner violinists Mary Stetson and Carol Gustafson. The pole was raised and the dancing could begin. Pictures provided by SAHSWI member Bob Stetson.

Participants enjoyed making and wearing the flower crowns.

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Everybody joining in a dance around the Midsommar Pole….

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…and then an afternoon of games and entertainment by Goda Vänner and Lykkeringen Dancers

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Goda Vänner, Mary Stetson and Carol Gustafson

Norwegian Lykkeringen Dancers