Over at Genea-Musings, it's time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.
This time Randy Seaver asked
If you won the grand prize in the Ancestry.com Ultimate Family History Journey Sweepstakes of $20,000 for genealogy travel to places of your choice, where would you go, and what would you do?
Well, I don't think there's any question in my case - the Dear Daughter and I would start packing for Sweden!
We'd look for some help planning our trip first though as there's so many ancestral places we'd want to visit, for instance, Axmar Bruk and Gåsholmen, Hamrånge; Woxsäter and Bollnäs, Gävleborgs; Gallivare, Norrbotten; Brunflo and Hallesjo, Jämtland.
And I'd want to visit the major Archives sites in Sweden and the Swedish Emigrant Institute, if possible. And there seem to be a good number of genealogical events in Sweden, mostly organized by member groups of The Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies.
Of course, if our trip was like the television shows and the commercials, we'd find all the info we're seeking in a very short time, so we might even get to see lots of museums, the Swedish Northern Lights and, of course, we'd have time to visit a real IKEA and buy a souvenir or two (Orrefors for me).
Ancestry.com's Grand Prize is $20,000 travel money for one lucky person, but also an eight hour consultation with an expert genealogist. (Might that be Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak? Way Cool!) And five experts in fields relevant to your personal family history (Swedish military records and bouppteckning/estate inventories...) to help you learn even more and Annual World Deluxe Subscriptions for you and five family members.
Now that last prize is interesting. I often do wish I had five relatives that were that interested in genealogy, but maybe that last prize might bring a 'new to us' relative or two out of the woodwork. Like winning the big lottery, eh?
Our Swedish Surnames:
AXNER, BROSTRÖM, ERIKSSEN, JOHANSON, LOFHOLM, RYDBERG & ZETTERBERG: SWEDEN TO CANADA: http://www.tribalpages.com/tribes/swedesinbc