Wed, 27 August 2008
In this podcast I speak a bit about the yearly Minnesota Day held the second sunday in August (this year August 10) at the Swedish Emigrant institute.
the Minnesota Day is held as a celebration to swedish imigration to USA
especially to Minnesota and also to other parts of the world.
It features among other things the giving og the award "Swedish -American of the Year" this year it was Barbro Osher.
Before the celebration I managed to make 2 interviews.
firstly with Ted Rosvall the chairman of the Swedish Federation of Genealogical societies He speaks about the Federation and its website and their yearly conference "The Genealogy Days"in the city of Malmö. aug 29-31 his travels to USA and its work and also what things he think is important for anyone with swedish ancestors should know. He also mentions the Federations website in english. and the CD-ROM The swedish Death book 1947-2006. the CD-ROM is available in the Federations webshop wich is all in swedish but you can ask questions over mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
the other interview is with the noted Swedish_american scholar H Arnold Barton
he talks about his own swedish ancestors and about some of the books he has written.
We will also hear The "Minnesota Day song" performed by the
Växjö Male Choir.
Lastly I speak about my new genealogical blog
Anna-Karins Genealogical Blog.
The blog is losely connected to the podcast and in it I write about swedish genealogy and history and subjects close to that and also a little about my own family research.
I also launch a new possibility to mail me and ask qustions I will then try to answer in the podcast
the e-mail to the podcast is as usual
Fri, 8 August 2008
I have started a new Genealogy blog losely connected to this podcast
it is called
Anna-Karin's Genealogical blog
Welcome to take a look at it !
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05 AM
Sat, 26 July 2008
This is the first podcast episode since I came back from my trip to USA.
I had a great time visiting Minnesota, The Southern Californian Genealogical Jamboree in Burbank California and Washington state.
In this Podcast Episode I have 2 interwiews. The first is made at the Genealogical Jamboree in Burbank and it is with Genline's american representative Kathy Meade and she tells about Genlines services to American and Canadian customers.
The Second Interwiew is with Martin Sandberg and he is telling about
Kindo a new London based social networking site for families (and to some extent family researchers) to keep in touch.
Here are the website mentioned in the podcast.
If you have any comment to the podcast you are welcome to either write a comment here or write me an e-mail at
Sun, 18 May 2008
In this podcast I tell abit about my planned trip to USA this summer. I hope to be present at the Southern California Genealocical Jamboree in Burbank ,California June27-june29th. I speak about a good book about Swedish genealogy Your Swedish Roots.
I have an iterview with Aron Axelsson the former chairman of the The Genealogical Society of Kronoberg /The Genealogical Federation of Kronoberg
It is part of my first little videoproduction "The Day of Familyresearch "
it is also available at rootstelevision
in the rootstube section. Aron Axelssons e-mail is email@example.com
There will be a Swedish Genealogical workshop at the Swedish embassy in Washington may 301th -June 1st. were there will be the possiblility to meat with swedish genealogists for short consultations.
there will be a Emigration Conference in Mellerud in the province of Dalsland aug 15-16. If you want to know more about the Homecomming Year in Dalsland click here.
During the work on this episode i got the news that the Swedish Emigrant Institute here in Växjö is in dagne rof being forced to merge with our local county Museum. I have written about it on this blog may 16 you can also read about it on the Swedish Federation of Genealogical societies english webpage there are also the Institutes former director Ulf Beiboms article
about the supposed merger and links to a petition aginst the planned merger.
This podcast has been nominated to the Swedish Podradioprize I have written about it in an earlier post on this blog in wich I also give instructions on how to vote for the podcast in the diffewrent categories.
Sun, 18 May 2008
Anna-karins Genealogical Podcast has been nominated in the contest "Svenska Podradio priset"= the Swedish Podradio prize"
the podcast is nominated in some different categories the contest is held by a swedish company called Daytona.
If you would want to vote for my podcast please follow this link
Svenska Podradiopriset 2008
when you click the link you will come to the contest page in swedish
a bit down on the page are the different categories in witch you can
vote for your favorite podcast. Anna-karins Genealogical podcast is
nominated in the following categories.
Bästa teknik och Vetenskap= Best tecnical and sciense (podcast)
Bästa amatörkanal = best amateur channel (podcast)
bästa originalkanal = best original channel (podcast)
bästa svenska kanal = best swedish channel (podcast)
you mark the podcast you want to vote for
a bit under that on the page you will se the text
Din e-mail adress = your e-mail adress
you put your name in the box below the text and then go to the button below marked
you press the button shortly afterwards you will resieve an e-mail with swedish text wich asks you to click the link in the mail to confirm your vote you click the link and then your voting is done.
If you like my podcast please vote for it.
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:20 PM
Fri, 16 May 2008
During the work with my next podcast episode the information have researched me that
The “Swedish Emigrant institute “ here in växö the museum and research institution about the Swedish emigration to USA and other parts of the world. Is in danger of being forced to merge with The Smålands Museum “ (our local county museum) It would probably BE THE END OF THE Swedish Emigrant Institutes time as an independent museum and research institute and the museums exhibitions would be in danger of closing or be substansially reduced. Its research department would also be in danger closing and with that the possibility for people witch Swedish ancestors to write or visit it and with the help of its material to find out where their Swedish ancestors came from.
The institute has extensive collections of microfilmed Swedish-american church records-swedish-american newspapers Swedish-american society archives as well as collections of individual emigrants letters back to Sweden and an extensive library with books about Swedish immigrations to other parts of the world. In my podcast of jan 25th I had an interview with the Swedish emigrant Institue’s librarian Yngve Turesson (please listen to it if you want)
The Swedish emigrant Institute has suffered from some turbulence in later years as well as economical problems and the politicians in Växjö want to merge it with the local county Museum and has taken away all economical backing to both the museums until they agree to the merge.
Both Museums are well woth looking at and while I think that a cooperation between them would be a good idea . I think that a total merger could be a disastrous for the Swedish Emigrant Institutes future .
Here are the URL of the Swedish Emigrant institutes webpage in English
on the Swedish version of the website its current head has written about the institutes present situation (unfortunately they have not put up the text on the English version).
The website of the Smålands Museum is here
There is a petition to the politicans (Bo Frank and Kristina Alsén) aginst the merge here are some instructions oin how to sign as wellas an approximate translation of the petition
Go tto the folloving URL
then you will see Swedish text witch I says in Swedish aproximatley wha ti have translated into below
To Bo Frank, Kristina Alsér
Shall the Swedish Emigrant Institute (SEI) be incorporated in a local historical Center under a with The Museum of Småland common head and board of directors .The consequence for the Swedish Emigrant Institute would be that it would abdicate from its role as a national and international research institute and it would become a archival depot under The Museum of Småland wich goes against its statutes and aginst the ideas of The Swedish Emigrant Institutes founder Gunnar Helén and against four decades successful work on both sides of the Atlantic. What reactions would this create on the Swedish level, i on the Swedish-American level, among researchers and in Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s foundation witch have during the years donated 20 million Swedish kronor to the Swedish emigrant Institute and motivated its generosity with the Swedish Emigrant Institutes national and international role Is the Institute witch since its foundation in 1968 has drawn more than one million visitors to The house of Emigrants (the building in witch the Swedish Emigrant institute resides) and witch according to guidebooks in English is of the biggest tourist attractions in the city of Växjö not worth more. Let the Swedish –emigrant Institute remain as an independent unit. Instead of subject it to budget cuts let it expand !
With kind regards
Under it you will see the word “undertecknade” if you click that you will see those who have signed the petition
Somewhere further belowthe petions text you will se a text
“Skriv på listan” it means sign the petition if you click there you will come to a page on wich it says
“emigrantinstitutet, Ny underskrift” it means the emigrant Institute new signer
Under that you will se bowses with the word ”förnamn “witch means firs tname “Efternamn” wich means last name “E-postadress” wich means e-mail address “Postort” witch basically means were you live and “kommentat” wich means comment .
When you have signed your name e-mail and place of residence you click on the button parked “Spara” wich means save
You would then recive a confirmation e-mail called something like “bekräftelse av tillage på namninsamling”
It will say something like
Hej (your name) = Hello (your name)
Klicka på länken nedan för att aktivera din inskrivning = click on the link below to activate your signature
Then follows the link you should click to activate your signature
Med vänlig hällsning = with kind regards
Namninsamling.com = witch is the name of the site that managed the petition
If you want to sign the petion I hope you will be able to follow my instructions
Category:general -- posted at: 10:02 AM
Mon, 25 February 2008
This is the one year anniversery of the podcast.
I have got the podcast a new e-mail adress it is
I am also planning to give the podcast its own website
and possibly a blog or newsletter.
Any suggestions for improvments are welcome I would love to hear
from you what you think of the podcasts first year, what it has meant to you
or what can be improved writ to me or record a voice message as an mp3 file and send to me.
Today I will speak about the Swedish National Anthem "Du gamla du fria"
rougly translated. "Thou Ancient Thou free"
The text was written in 1844 by Richard Dybeck and the melody comes from an old folktune from the province of Västmanland.
Here is the text in swedish
Du gamla du fria du fjällhöga nord
Du tysta du glädjerika sköna
Jag hälsar dig vänaste land uppå jord
Din skog din himmel dina ängder gröna
Din skog din himmel dina ängder gröna
Du tronar på minnen från fornstora dar
då ärat ditt namn flög över jorden.
Jag vet att du är och du blir vad du var.
Ja, Jag vill leva jag vill dö i norden
Ja, Jag vill leva jag vill dö i norden.
Here comes a rough english translation
Thou ancient,thou free thou mountainious North
Thou quiet,thou joyful beauty!
I greet thee,most beautiful land upon earth.
Thy sun Thy sky thy meadows green
Thy sun Thy sky thy meadows green
thou throne upon memories of great olden days,
when honoured thy name flew over the world.
I know that thou art and wilt be as thou wert,
Yes I want to live I want to die in the north
Yes I want to live I want to die in the north
the song is here sung by a singer named Arvid Asplund in an
old recording from 1905 on a wax cylinder it comes from the
Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California in Santa Barbara
Ancestry.com has lately put up some swedish sources
the two largest is called Swedish Emigration records 1783-1951
and it contains among other things some passanger lits.
the other group are Värmland,Sweden Parish records 1661-1895.
it contains scanned images of churchrecords from the province of Värmland
I have taken a look at both groups
the podcasts new e-mail is
Sat, 26 January 2008
Welcome to the first episode of Anna-karins Genealogical podcast 2008
In this podcast I will interview Yngve Turesson the librarian at
The Swedish Emigrant Institute
Founded in 1965 the Swedish Emigrant Institute in Växjö is a museum and archivewith materials and exibitions about the swedish emigration to other
parts of the world (mainly USA and Canada).
In its collections are microfiled churchrecords,interviews,letters,books and databases and much more.
If you want to find out about your swedish ancestor you can write them
Swedish Emigrant Institute
or contact them either at their website at
Their e-mail adress and contactform are at their website.
it also contains information about their researchfee
If you want to comment this show or give any suggestions
please e-mail me at