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really go back home?
Of course, you can... to that farm
or homestead, where your Swedish family lived and where your grandparents
married, in a small country church. We can help you get there, to that little village in Sweden
that your family
left behind, and walk those streets, where grandpa walked and played as a child, so
experience you'll never forget!
to many of those who went back to Sweden, to the home of
those who emigrated, has convinced me of many people's strong need
to reconnect with their past - and remake those ties that were once
broken. Going back to that village and that farm could be deeply meaningful to you also.
And even more special: to meet your relatives there!
We'll help you make that trip
all you hoped for
My husband, Lonny, and I spent the last ten summers traveling with
many of you through Sweden, visiting the places where your ancestors lived. We drove
our vans on winding country roads,
and arrived at the small cottage where grandpa or grandma lived. We visited old churches,
often as old as from the 12th century, where a grandparent was
baptized or great grandparents married. So many moving,
exciting, wonderful times with many of you! Not to mention the times we
spent with your Swedish relatives, leaning over old photographs, family
charts and old letters. Let's not forget all the wonderful meals we shared with
your Swedish cousins. Who could forget those Småland cheese cakes...
Friendships developed across the ocean and many Swedes later traveled
across the ocean for visits after the initial meetings in Sweden.
Lonny and I took a break, but kept missing these wonderful trips with
our guests from the USA, from
Canada and Great Britain, even from Australia and New Zealand. So we
started again, taking those of you who would like to join us to
Småland or Uppland or Västergötland.
So if you would like to go, it's time to get started with the
me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with all you know about your Swedish
emigrant. I do understand that your information might be
sketchy - more about
that here. I will then send you a
proposal about what I beleive I can do for you. Remember that there is no charge
for your first inquiry!
- It's important to start your research early
so that you can find your Swedish relatives before
making detailed plans for your
trip. Your relatives might still live in the area where your ancestors
perhaps even on the same farm, but they might also have moved to another
part of Sweden. Of course, you need to know where they live before planning your trip,
so that you can visit them.
- I'll do the research to find one or more of
your Swedish relatives for you and contact them. Since not all
Swedes, especially older ones, speak English,
I'll try to find
a relative you will be able to
- I'll also find the places where your grandparents
or great grandparents
lived, usually a farm or a small homestead, but it could also be a
house in the city. At times there is only a foundation
left, but that too is a meaningful experience.
We can take up to 7 people per trip - no
more, so that we can give each of you much time and attention. Each trip
could take up to one week, or just a few days, all depending upon how
many are in our group, and how many places you want to visit.
Many of you ask me about where and how to buy your
plane tickets. It used to be that you bought them from your local travel
agent and that was that! You can still do that, of course, but it's more
expensive than buying them on the Internet. There are many different
sites that sell plane tickets, Yahoo, Expedia and many more.
Some advice when buying from the Internet:
- Check out the individual airlines as
well as Expedia, Yahoo and many others. Their prices might be quite
- Make sure that the stated price includes all
taxes and fees.
- Choosing electronic tickets instead of paper
ones is usually less expensive. Print out the email
you get from the company so that you can show it at the airport.
- I guess I don't have to remind you
about the necessity of having a passport - but I'll do it anyways,
just in case.
Happy travel! Perhaps I'll meet
up with you in Sweden this spring, summer
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