To do Genealogy
|We hope that you will be interested about your roots as we are! Sometimes it can be like work for a detective and you never know what you will find !
|Start interviewing your closest family members!
One good start is to write down all information about your closest family, parents, siblings, grandparents.
How far back can you search?
Following is regarding Europe. If you have ancestors in Sweden and Finland you can nearly
without any problems search back to the end of 1600.
If you have farmers in your family you can continue further back some hundred year.
The time for records are to approx 1530, during this time we started to keep track of all
farms and persons living at the farms and who kept the farm going.
If you have relatives within the higher "layer" (nobility or royalty) you can come even
further back in time.
Noble families had often relatives within the royal family, and due to this you can also
search back to approx the year 600. At year 600 you can say that it ends, even thought
some people in matter of fact have found people further back in time...
Why start with Genealogy?
The interest to search your roots have increased the last years even thought we have been
interested since school, year 1980. In 1983 when we went to school Genealogy could be
choosen in school as a subject field. There were some students who choose
Genealogy in school but not so many.
We can happily inform you that some schools even have Genealogy on their schedule today.
Pupils at Norra Reals upper secondary school in Stockholm can now choose this topic.
|Today when the tempo is high and the development is fast people lose their grip about where
they belong. In former times we lived together in two-three generations and we had the
knowledge about where we came from. Today we also move faster and often and sometimes
also far away in the world. Then we lose our verbal tradition and we know less about our
Maybe you will know more about your grandmothers mother, was she of nobel
extraction ? or
your grandfathers father, was he a simple soldier or maybe just a crofter.
Can it be that you even have some "blue blood" and that you soon will have an invitatation
to our Crown Princess wedding.
Which genes am I carrying around ? will I be old ? What did my relatives die of, which
diseases etc? By finding your relatives you will find more facts than you know. The person
you are today and will be tomorrow, then we think mostly about your physiological parts
(as hart, lungs, brain and stomach). We also viewed a program on TV where they also
informed that our genes hereditary characteristic are handed down from many generations
and that it is even important how they lived, what kind of food the ate, if they had
heavy duties or lived a life in luxury.
Everything affect us.
| How shall I start?
The first thing you have to do is to have something to take notes in... because you
will have a lot of names in your research, also time of birth, villages,
in which kind
of church records you have found your information and other stuff you want to
One good start is just to have a simple paper to take notes in, just to get
We did it like that. Then put it in a folder.
|If you are very ambitious you can buy a small tape recorder (to interview
your grandmother/grandfather, mother/father etc). Eventually it can be time for a computer
and a program
Your history and family story really begins at your closest relatives. Your
surely have something interesting to tell you that you will not find in the
The information that your closest relativies have will disppear when they
You probably hava a lot of pictures in your possession that don´t have any
notes at the
backside (we have that). In a couple of years it is quite uninteresting to
have a lot of
pictures without any names. Take time on a weekend and visit your relativies,
photos or ask your relativies if they have any, then sit down and go
through them and you will be pleased when you are done.
You probably get both names and stories about your relativies to
Your relativies maybe also have some old letters in an old worn drawer that
only will be
brought out at family reunions or just when a person ask. Maybe you will
find a letter
from the US/Sweden with an address at the backside. Then you have found a goldmine
our relativies in Montana, that way). A tip - write a letter to the same
address that you
have found and see if some one answers.
Some thing else you can ask your relatives about are diaries,
In former times we took notes more than today (when there were no
(We found a date in a diary were our grandmother have written a date when a
travel to the US and got a name and date to look for in the passengerlists.)
| Important when you start
When you ask your relativies about information, ask in which parish they are
in which county the belong to and of course their time of birth and all
(this information is when you start your research from Sweden).
After this you have a lot of information to start searching for in the church records
kind. (example: Parish, Torestorp in Älsvborgs county)
Also decide on which side you shall start your research on - mothers
or your fathers mother/father - because when you start you will have a lot of
names to keep