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Discovering the History of my Ancestors: A Journey from Sweden to the US

speakers & education
Friday, May 14 1:00PM - 2:00PM PDT


Sally Williams embarked on researching her family history to try to understand why her Swedish grandparents immigrated to the US in the late 19th century. What she discovered was more than she bargained for. She thought she knew about Sweden, but her research uncovered many surprises and that there is much more to Sweden than Vikings and IKEA. Sally will share with us a fascinating account of Swedish history through the lens of migration.

She will take us on a journey from Swedish explorers traversing the globe and bringing home what they learned from other cultures, to the conditions of peasant life in the early 1900s that caused Swedes to migrate to America. Swedish immigrants brought the best of Sweden with them -- skills, achievements, and celebrations -- that make their descendants proud of our heritage.

For those contemplating researching your own family history, Sally will share her experience doing research using Google and doing a DNA test to learn about her heritage. Her story is bound to encourage you to want to learn more about your own family history!

About Sally Williams: Mother, grandmother, telecommunications consultant, and now author, Sally Williams explores her own Swedish DNA and culture and looks for answers to understand why her grandparents left Sweden and came to the United States. In the process, she created two binder books that will be at the American Swedish Museum. 

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