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Cradled in Sweden Hardcover – June 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-9996668883 ISBN-10: 9996668886 Edition: Revised

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Everton Pub; Revised edition (June 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 9996668886
  • ISBN-13: 978-9996668883
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By dinska on November 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Before I get into this book's flaws, I have to say that this is the definitive book for English speakers who want to research Swedish genealogy. The meat of this book is excellent, and the details on original source material go beyond what you'll find anywhere.
What I want to let potential buyers know is that the current edition of this book (2002) is a sloppy reprint of the 30 year old original. Putting the two books side by side, I had first thought that only the typeface and binding had been updated, to make it appear new. There is no admission anywhere in the book, copyright notice, preface, frontspiece or otherwise that acknowledges that this is a reprinted edition.
After completely reading this reprint I did notice a few mentions of material made public in the 1990's. In the biblography, there are recent articles included that couldn't possibly have been source material for the pertinent sections of this book.
There is no indication of who added the new material. Was it author, editor or publisher? None of the original material appears to have been altered, thank goodness. What would have been better would have been an acknowledged reprint of the old edition with a new preface covering the release of new source material and a new bibliography/appendix.
Another problem is that the book does not cover ANY online material, databases, organizations or otherwise. Sweden is home to the oldest genealogy organization on the net, DISBYT, founded in 1981. DISBYT is also bilingual; Swedish/English and is essential to anyone online interested in his/her Swedish roots.
It does not cover Swedish census records and parish records available online.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent genealogical guide for those unfamiliar with the Swedish language or the Swedish record system who desire to dig in and do it for themselves. In simple language, the author makes you aware of differences between American spellings and their counterparts in Swedish for both persons and places which is so important in searching original records. Since the records are handwritten, the author includes several pages of examples of how the letters might appear and which could serve as an aid in the name identification process. In several appropriate locations throughout the book there are lists of definitions of terms which would help facilitate understanding the language of the records.
For over 25 years my copy has remained in my office within arms reach and continues to serve as a ready reference to such things as parish listings, archive addresses, maps, feast days, etc. It is the first reference work I use to introduce the process of Swedish research to newcomers at the local FHC. Based on observable outstanding results, this book fulfills its stated purpose.
Written by a respected BYU professor, the book provides a solid knowledge foundation and is a "must-have" for beginning Swedish genealogy researchers who are serious about doing it for themselves. Current edition is 345 pages of single column text on a non-reflective white stock paper. The book provides several illustrations and tables and the chosen font size and style contribute to reading pleasure.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I had many important genealogical documents right in my own home that I would have never Identified without this book. I have nearly worn out my copy of "Cradled in Sweden", I've referred to it so often. Highly recommended!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Sholin Smallwood on January 23, 2000
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As an avid genealogist, I could not be without my copy of "Cradled in Sweden." It can be consulted in the privacy and convenience of one's own home and it answers many questions about Swedish research. "Cradled in Sweden" is the "Bible" of Swedish research for Americans.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2000
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This is an excellent book for genealogy research in Sweden. Especially for beginners. Wouldn't be without it.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2002
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I was referred to this source by the FHC staff and am so grateful for that. It gave me, a beginner in Swedish ancestry research, a good understanding of the Swedish record keeping systems. The guide to interpreting the records is most helpful for those of us who don't speak Swedish. Am happy that the resource is still available through Amazon.com.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By UffdaHmm on December 21, 2010
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This book, although now out-of-print for the most part, was recommended by a professional researcher at a genealogy conference that I attended in the fall of 2010, and for good reason, as it is an excellent resource. The author takes readers through the basics of Swedish pronunciations, parishes, names (and their English meanings), records, writing styles, and quirks (such as the fact that if one enlisted in the military, one's surname was changed to a "military" surname). It is a good book in which to find small, meaty facts that will further supplement the reader's understanding of their Swedish ancestors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Anderson on May 14, 2007
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This book is absolutely fantastic and should be considered a must-have for anyone working on Swedish genealogy. It is well worth the money.
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