Saturday, September 18, 2010

Stepping Back in Time...

As I explore the nooks and crannies of Sweden, I am overwhelmed with the deep sense of history that seems to seep into one's mind and soul. Wandering through quaint villages along winding cobble-stoned streets, there's a sense of stepping back in time...far back.

In America, I was intrigued with "relics" from the 1800's. Here, I'm disappointed to find that the village church where some of my ancestors lived during the 1600's and early 1700's was not even built until 1840! Imagine that!

What I have seen so far are incredible Gothic and Romanesque medieval churches and cathedrals dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries. Swedish life has always revolved around its' churches, perched high above surrounding little villages and farms. They feature some of the finest art work and decor that you will see anyplace in Europe. The history behind these "kyrkas" is fascinating, opening one's mind to endless possibilities for future stories!

I have one of my own amazing stories to share. Something had been nagging me to visit a certain research center here in Ronneby, Sweden on the Baltic Sea. I soon discovered why! The research geneologist who was helping me decipher Swedish records suddenly became very much interested in my family's pedigree chart. She began furiously working at her computer. Finally she turned to me with a big smile on her face, tears in her eyes, and gave me a big hug! She informed me that we were related! It seems that my great-great-great-great grandmother was a sister to Annika's! The two girls, born in 1796 and 1801,came from a family of FOURTEEN children! So, I now have a relative in Sweden whom I plan to stay in touch with.

Amazing things can happen when you embark upon a journey to research your past.

Stay tuned and please stay in touch!

Janet Kay


  1. One more week here which I will spend in the Stockholm archipelago and, of course, seeing the city.

  2. That is an extraordinary event, Jan. Think that qualifies as a marvelous serendipity, which sometimes happens when one follows her heart and intuition. You have most probably met a wonderful new friend and relative that will be of meaningful,happy and mutual benefit.
    ken d.

  3. And now I have talked to another of your relative here in Ronneby...
    His name is Knut and are living in the northern parts of Ronneby. His the one who told me the story of "the strong man" Jöns.
    We have a lot of snow here in the southern parts of Sweden and more is coming.
    Have a nice week, hugs from Annika