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Swedish Genealogy & Culture Trip

Welcome to Sweden

Together with SwedGen we now offer this trip for the third time. SwedGen will teach you about genealogy and Saxentours will show you our part of Sweden.

Facts about the trip

Facts about the trip

 

Do you have questions?

  1. Questions for Travel arrangement? Crister and Maria at Saxentours: info@saxentours.com.
  2. Questions for Genealogy workshops: SwedGen: Anna-Lena Hultman annalena@swedgen.se, Anneli Andersson brunshult@telia.com, Charlotte Börjesson charlotte.borjesson@telia.com
  3. Reference in America: Jeff Huset (Minneapolis). Jeff went on our tour 2015 and 2018.  husetjo@gmail.com

 

Reference in America

Reference in America


Jeff Huset (Minneapolis, MN). Participated in the 2015 and 2018 trip.  E-mail: husetjo@gmail.com, Cellphone: 763-784-3151

Bryce Johnson (Mound, MN) Participated in the 2018 trip. E-mail: brycevjohnson@gmail.com, Cellphone: 651-334-1690

 

Comments from travelers

Since retirement I've taken 7 tours in Europe/Scandinavia and this is my absolute favorite. The accommodations, the food, the service, the sites we visited, the relaxed nature and camaraderie of the participants made this a fabulous memory. Plus, Crister, Maria and their family were so welcoming and helpful ... felt like we were traveling with good friends, not tour operators. Just fantastic and I want to go again!! Plus, totally unlike other tours, this one gave us the chance to see how our ancestors lived ... the common/poor folk ... not the ultra wealthy with their magnificent castles and cathedrals. Plus the countryside was spectacular.
Ron (2018)

My wife and I took the Swedish Genealogy & Culture Trip 2018 and were overwhelmed by friendly, flawless and fascinating itinerary provided by Crister, Maria, and their colleagues at Saxentours. The addition of 3 professional genealogists from SwedGen, available to help both beginners and enthusiasts at all levels , made this an unbelievable trip for those interested in following their Swedish roots. The timing was perfect - beautiful June days leading up to Sommerfest - and the value for the accomodations, meals, classes, local transportation, and tickets to museums was exceptional. Do not miss this opportunity in 2019!!
Bryce and Paula (2018)

I attended the 2018 Genealogy Tour. We spent several days with Swedegen learning about Swedish genealogy tools but also toured the countryside learning about many aspects of Swedish life and emigration. In particular, I enjoyed our Sunday morning church service in an ancient church and the ensuing fika. It was a wonderful insight into Swedish life and culture, then and now. And those poppyseed buns!!!!
Christine (2018)

This was an excellent trip, I enjoyed the variety of experiences and the history. Appreciated the water and healthy snacks on the bus.
Susan (2018)

 

Program

  • Day 1: Thursday

    Welcome Dinner 18:00 Grand Hotell, Alingsås

    (-,-,D)*

  • Day 2: Friday

    Genealogy Classes – Hotel conference room

    How to use Estate inventories and Tax records to go on further backwards.
    Help to find records for your own family and also time for practice.

    How to start your Swedish research. Learn how to use Arkiv Digital and how to find the records for your own family.
    How to use Swedish-American church records. What they can be used for and how to find them.
    Work with your own research with our help.

    Swedish “Smörgåsbord” in Nolhaga Castle is waiting for us in the evening. The chef will guide us through traditional Swedish cuisine tastings.

    (B,L,D)*

  • Day 3: Saturday

    Our first stop today is at Crea Diem Book Café for a nice “fika” (coffee) in the country side. Crea Diem peaceful garden is surrounded by old welcoming oaks, an old farm cottage and an art studio.

    Next stop is Åsle Tå. This ancient agricultural settlement contains many of its original houses in their original location. It is now a museum revealing to 21st century guests the lives of this area’s earliest settlers. We are free to walk the streets and step into these homes to experience a way of life from centuries past.

    In the afternoon, we’ll arrive in the 1000-year-old city of Skara, the heart of Västergötland. We will visit the Cathedral of Skara (Skara Domkyrka), known for its interesting history and eye-catching two steeples that can be seen from far away.

    Dinner on your own in Alingsås.

    (B,L,-)*

  • Day 4: Sunday

    Boarding the bus in the morning we drive to Ornunga Old Church. Before the service we’ll have a guided tour of this beautiful sanctuary built in the 11th century and the museum area. At 10:00 service starts. Afterwards we get to enjoy the church’s coffee hour together with local church visitors.

    Next stop today is Anten Museum Railway and Västgötabanan, a 12-kilometer journey through time – travel like your grandfathers did. To re-create the feeling of traveling in the past, the staff is also dressed in old-fashioned attire.

    The train will take us to the beautiful Gräfsnäs Castle Park and the Castle Ruin situated by the Lake Anten. Lunch at the restaurant.

    Back to Alingsås. Opportunity to individual research help.

    Dinner on your own tonight.

    (B,L,-)*

  • Day 5: Monday

    Genealogy Classes – Hotel conference room

    The Swedish military system and how to find records about the soldiers Swedish online records. Try them yourself with our help.

    Swedish culture

    Swedish maps online. How to find them.

    Swedish CD’s and more online records (Charlotte)
    Genealogy help for those who want “one-on-one”

    Free time for shopping or just exploring downtown Alingsås. Dinner on your own.

    (B,L,-)*

  • Day 6: Tuesday

    No studies today, we’re on the road! Ekehagen, a pre-historic village that takes us back to the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. As visitors, we will step into another time and get to see how people lived centuries before us.

    Next stop is Lidköping. Lidköping (founded in 1446) is a typical small town situated by Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. Here you can enjoy free time for shopping and exploring the town.

    Before leaving the town, we’ll pay a visit to Rörstrands Museum. This is where Sweden’s finest china dinnerware was first made 280 years ago.

    Dinner on our way back to Alingsås.

    (B,-,D)*

  • Day 7: Wednesday

    Today we’ll head to Sweden’s west coast and the seaport city of Göteborg (Gothenburg).

    This port marked the point of embarkation for many Swedish emigrants sailing to America between 1850 to 1930. We will visit Emigranternas Hus (House of Emigrants) a migration center for research and meetings between people.

    Next is a guided tour at Landsarkivet, (Swedish National Archive in Gothenburg).

    Opportunity to individual research help – contact SwedGen

    Dinner – Today it’s time to end our week together. Come together for Dinner at the Hotel to enjoy our last night together.

    (B,L,D)*

  • Day 8: Thursday

    We meet for a summary of our experiences of the week.

    This marks the end of our trip, and we send you off with a hearty “Bon Voyage” as each of you leaves for home.

    (B,-,-)*

  • Facts:
    )* = Meals included as shown in the program. B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
    Note! We reserve the rights to make changes in the program.

Map

  • Vi bevakar branschgemensamma frågor och påverkar riksdag, regering och offentliga myndigheter när det gäller utredningar och lagförslag.