Swedish descendants

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Deep Purple Family, General, Jämtland (County)

Did you know that 1,200,000 Swedes arrived in America between 1885 and 1915? Many settled in the Midwest in Minnesota and among the descendants you will find some rather well known people, like Uma Thurman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Charles Lindbergh, Buzz Aldrin, Steven Söderberg, Tommy Bolin, James Franco, Daryl Hannah, Val Kilmer, Mark Hamill, Robert Englund, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey and Kris Kristofferson. The list goes on and on. Hell, Ann-Margret grew up in a village called Valsjöbyn not long from where I live in Jämtland County.

It just occured to me that I never once heard of a Swedish politician that ever suggested a campaign Stateside to see if some of the nearly 5,000,000 descendants of Swedes that live over there these days would like to resettle to the old country. It sounds so obvious to me and still nobody ever thought of that. I for one would have loved that idea.

We live in a strange world.

  1. Marcelo says:

    I, for one, think sometimes of “resettling” to Sweden someday. Who knows? I descend from Swedish immigrants who came to Brazil in 1891. I’ve collected a lot on their story, even having gone to Malmö to search archives, and I’m planning on writing a book about that someday. I found all my grandmother’s grandmother family tree back to the 1750s, but from her onwards I have a bit of trouble. Do you have access to genealogical databases, so I can try to search for current cousins living in Sweden? (Hope some of them are Deep Purple fans like us.)

  2. Marcelo, drop me a line with the name of your grandmother’s grandmother and the name of the parish where she was born (if known) and I will see if I can help. Leopardus.Jacobitus@inbox.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s