Nystrom Swanson Project, Sweden

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Nystrom Swanson Project

Our Swedish Dala horse, large

Goal: To share Swedish history, genealogy-relevant news & notes, including what is connected to Nystrom or Swanson, Svensen, Svenssen, Berglund, Bjork, Strandberg surnames and the like. This could also include our modern expressions of our Swedish connections, with each other as well as we looks facts and sources for and share resources clarifying our family trees.

Mål: Att dela svensk historia, släktforskningsrelevanta nyheter och anteckningar, inklusive vad som är kopplat till Nystrom eller Swanson, Svensen, Svenssen, Berglund, Bjork, Strandberg efternamn och liknande. Detta kan också inkludera våra moderna uttryck för våra svenska kontakter, med varandra såväl som vi ser fakta och källor för och delar resurser som klargör våra släktträd.

There are also lovely photos of Sweden in yesteryear, as well as stories and insights into life at the time of our Swedish ancestors before a good number of them emigrated to Sweden. There is also connections for our Swedish cousins who live in Sweden today.

For example, see Anna Rynning profile on WikiTree for an example of a recent photo of a church near where she lived: Public Domain, Flickr, Fellingsbro kyrka, Sweden, by svensmail Fellingsbro, Örebro, Sweden https://demos.algorithmia.com/colorize-photos

Flickr, Fellingsbro kyrka, Sweden

The stories and photos of our Swedish ancestors are amazing, and also come to life with some modern tools of enhancement and color:

1924, Colorized, 7 of Samuel Alfred Brahn's children

You will notice that I don't have all the children listed. If you would like to help document the ancestors of the Brahn, Swanson, Rynning, Bjork, Nystrom families, I'd appreciate the help. Some of the tasks to be done are:

  • Sharing sources and photos for the Brahn, Swanson, Nystrom and other lineage on WikiTree so that the public has access and relatives can be remembered by all, with or without fees required from premium sites like Ancestry and MyHeritage
  • Helping identify family members in group photos
  • Sharing group photos of ancestors. They are priceless for remembering family!
  • Sharing photo of maps of places where our ancestors lived
  • Sharing family immigration history
  • Clarifying who's who, as often first and middle names are switched, and last names are spelled differently over time and by location

Swedish Genealogy • History • Geography Terms • Photos

Recently the Swanson family based in Manistee, Michigan originally, shared history and letters of immigrant: Johan Peter Bråhn (1826 - 1915) [1] 2nd great-granduncle of my husband, Gary P. Nystrom

He is one of several Swedish ancestors who migrated to the United States. The letters are wonderful to read. I am following up to inquire if I can share them for genealogy purposes.

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... ... ... migrated from Sweden to United_States.
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Johan Peter's father was Johannes Ericksson (Bråhn) Brahn (1798 - 1878) and his family are listed here with more links and stories, including a photo and story of his shoemaker's shop. [2] the shoemaker (and snuff trader)

The church were they were likely married is considered one of the most beautiful churches in Sweden, in Ingatorp:

Ingatorps kyrka, church

Excerpt from a genealogy travel journal by Rolf Ström: "At a large open space in front of the church, a stone stands and on it you can read that Södra Vedbo Skavdron at the Royal Småland Houses Regiment gathered at this site. The squadron's 50 riders with horses, officers and officers, troop and the like beamed together before a joint departure. One can easily imagine the life and movement that such a collection entailed." Source: [3]

In the past year I clarified an immigration year for Selma Nystrom, for example.

Swedish emigrants boarding ship in Göteborg

Research note: Immigration, Selma Nyström departed Sweden from the port: Göteborg on the ship named Bantåg, destination: Köpenhamn (Copenhagen) on the 5th of May 1909 and not before. Selma Gustafson must be someone else who departed earlier on the Calypso in 1902. Selma Nystrom was not yet married when she departed Sweden from the port: Göteborg on the ship named Bantåg, destination: Köpenhamn (Copenhagen) on the 5th of May 1909. She arrived to New York on May 18, 1909.

Here's a photo from the dairy farm in Manistee where Johan A. Swanson and Johanna Matilda Brahn Swanson set up their new home after emigrating from Sweden:

Manistee Swanson farm

Sweden chronology of key events excerpted from a BBC article [4]
1905 - Union between Sweden and Norway peacefully dissolved, 90 years after Sweden invaded Norway.

1914 - Outbreak of World War I. Sweden remains neutral.

1920 - Sweden joins League of Nations. During the 1920s Sweden develops from an agricultural into an industrial society. Social democratic governments enact various social reforms.Feel free to join and add to the conversation. Feel free to share a couple Nystrom, Swanson and related family photos via links to your family tree, public photos with those visiting this page.

1952 - Sweden becomes founder member of the Nordic Council, established to further the mutual interests of the Scandinavian countries.

1953 - Swedish diplomat Dag Hammarskjoeld becomes secretary-general of the United Nations; he stays in the post until 1961. Sweden contributes troops towards UN peace-keeping missions.

2000 July - Official opening of new bridge and tunnel linking Malmo in southern Sweden and Danish capital Copenhagen. The new road and rail link makes it possible to travel between the two countries in just 15 minutes.

2009 July - Sweden takes over rotating presidency of the European Union, with the promise of tackling climate change and combat rising unemployment in Europe.

Geography Terms Helpful! [5] Example: Iän – The county is an administrative unit and the local representation of the state. There are 21 counties. They were first established in 1634. Changes are still made to the counties. Skåne län and Västragötalands län were formed within the last 25 years [5]. Most of the counties are listed as categories of this blog.

Swanson Dairy Milk Bottle

Swedes in Michigan Many Swedish immigrants came to Michigan, eager to escape famine and an unsympathetic government. They came from the 1870s to 1890s searching for land and work. Names like Berglund, Strandberg, Swanson (Svensen), Eckholm were known in the Manistee area. See more [6]

John A. Swanson and Johanna M. (Brahn) Swanson Family


There are a few wonderful photos of the Swanson dairy farm in Manistee Michigan. Harold Swanson, the youngest, is depicted in this photo, circa 1926:

Swanson Milk Truck with Harold Swanson, driver

Swedish lineage photos in the Strandberg line could use identification help, connected to Olga Amanda (Strandberg) Swanson [7]

Olga Swanson, with the Manistee women's
church group (women unidentified)

A few photos in the Nystrom line as well, for example: Nystroms in Detroit

Carl Axel Jr. with cousin Allan, Detroit 1935

Please join me. You can post a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or send me a private message.


Swanson family, Manistee, Michigan

Olive Nystrom, with Carl and John, and grandparents

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