Session Descriptions

Connecting the generations – some options when there are few records available

This presentation will show options for further research when the availability of records is limited. Examples will be shown for the early 1800s (mainly in Skåne), where no household records exist for many parishes, such as using the estate inventories, looking at the baptismal sponsors in birth records, and other examples.

Introduction to DIS and DISBYT

DIS is a Swedish nonprofit organization with the purpose of investigating and developing the possibilities of the use of computers in genealogy. We are probably one of the world’s oldest societies for Computer Genealogy. Their database, Disbyt, helps one find Swedish ancestors and genealogists researching them.

Swedish-Military Research is becoming easier!

So, your research indicates a Swedish soldier in your family. How do you find the records about him and his service? What will those records tell you? This session will show you how to locate your Swedish soldier’s military records. Discover the new name searching tools that make finding your Swedish soldier easier.

Understanding the Naturalization Process in the United States

There are six ways to become a U.S. citizen. We will review each, concentrating on the court option which produced a paper trail and can help with your family genealogical research. This presentation also covers ways in which citizenship was lost & perhaps regained at a later date.

Swedish-American Church Books – Great Genealogical Source!

Many Swedes who immigrated to North America (the United States and Canada) joined a Swedish-American Church. While most of these congregations were Lutheran, there were Swedish Covenant, Swedish Methodist, Swedish Baptist, Swedish Mission, and other free churches. Many of these churches kept detailed records as they did in Sweden. These records are an excellent source to discover where the person came from in Sweden and, in some cases, trace internal migration within North America.

This presentation will highlight the history of Swedish-American churches, the various denominations, what types of records were kept, and where you can find these records both online and offline. We will review a few records to show the immense detail that some of these churches kept and how these records can uncover genealogical mysteries.

In the presentation, we will look at general muster rolls for the infantry, cavalry, and boatsmen, plus show you how to find pension records and records for officers.



Seema Kenney

Seema is an experienced software instructor and a professional genealogist. Her known roots are in New England, England, Germany, and Sweden, with DNA adding The Netherlands. She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from BU, completed ProGen, and is an active member and officer of several societies.

Kathy Meade

Kathy Meade is the North American representative for ArkivDigital AD AB, a company that offers online access to newly photographed color images of the Swedish church books and other historical records. She has been working with Swedish genealogy for about twenty years. Ms. Meade serves on the advisory board for the Swedish American Genealogy Research Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. She volunteers at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington, Heights, Il helping patrons with their Swedish genealogical research. In a previous life, she lived and worked in Sweden and Norway for seven years during the ’90s learning the languages.

Eva Dahlberg

Skåne and Norrbotten Research, VP of DIS computer genealogy society in Sweden.



9-9:10 a.m.

Welcome & Introductions

9:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Connecting the generations – some options when there are few records available + Introduction to DIS


10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Swedish Military Research is Becoming Easier

12:00 – 1 p.m.


1 – 2 p.m.

Understanding the Naturalization Process in the U.S.

2 – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Swedish American Churches – Great Genealogical Source

3:30 – 4 p.m.

Closing, Drawings