ET Genealogi - Swedish American Genealogist

Swedish American Genealogist

Swedish American Genealogist [SAG] is a quarterly journal, published by The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center of Rock Island, Illinois, but founded in 1981 by the eminent immigration historian, Nils William Olsson, Ph.D., F.A.S.G., and edited by him until 1998. Nils William Olsson passed away in 2007.

From 1 January 2004 the editor is Elisabeth Thorsell of Järfälla, Sweden, well-known as the former editor of Svenska Släktkalendern (Swedish Family Register) and other genealogical publications, and also co-author of a number of manuals on Swedish genealogy. She also has an extensive experience in doing Swedish research for Americans.

Send her ideas, articles, copies of old documents, etc.

Contents of older issues can be found here:










An index of all articles in SAG from 1981 onwards can be found here.

Some of the articles in the 2013 March issue of SAG are:

Sweden and I, by Anna Brita Östman Mohr
Excerpts from the Dagbok på resan till Amerika, by Ann Essling
From Kila by Kila to Oxford, by Carl-Johan Ivarsson

Some of the articles in the 2013 June issue of SAG are:

Ruth's Diary of the New Sweden Jubilee in 1938, by Ruth Nathorst
Allt för Sverige on the inside, by Helena Stark
“To my sister mrs. Eleanor Kernor..", by Ronald J. Johnson
Oh. Granny Wahlquist - what secrets, by Helene Leaf
Anna Stina and Nils from Sunnemo, by Jan Kärrman

Some of the articles in the 2013 September issue of SAG are:

Dear little Auntie and the cousins, by Julianna Janssen
My family history and the Baptist connection, by Ron Flodine
Gene Amdahl - a computer pioneer, by Carl-Johan Ivarsson
Was it Batten disease,by Janice Asp
Carla Markell has Swedish roots, by Elisabeth Thorsell

Every issue also contains a query section and often an ahnentafel, sent in by a reader. There are also book reviews and much more.

Do you want to write for Swedish American Genealogist? You can read our Guidelines for SAG Writers here.

Older issues of SAG are available online from the beginning in 1981 to the year 2007.

In Sweden most issues after 1990 are available by sending 40 SEK + 12 SEK (postage) = 52 SEK to Plusgiro 2 60 10-9. Don't forget to note which issue you want and your name!

Issues older than 1989 are available from the Swenson Center.

Subscriptions in the US are $30 per calendar year. If you wish to subscribe, check the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center web site.

Subscriptions in Sweden are 275 SEK/year.
This amount can be deposited into the Swedish Plusgiro account 260 10-9 "Swedish American Genealogist".

The Workshop

An important part of the SAG idea is also the weeklong SAG Workshop, that takes place every year in Salt Lake City. Read more about this here .

Do you want to see photos from previous workshops, then look at this page.

Do you want more info? Send me an e-mail.

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Uppdated 23 February 2014
© Elisabeth Thorsell