Re: Olalf (Ole) Alfred Olafson (Hult-Holt)
I am not going to do a lot since it is almost 3 A.M. right now. However, I checked the fee-based Genline site, which has scans of most of the Swedish parish records online.
I see the family's household in Östmark, as it existed in 1886-1890. Some family members may have moved out or died or not been born yet.
Owner Olof Olsson, born 21? December 1831 in F. (Fryksände??)
Wife Walborg Andersdotter, born 1 January 1831 in F
Anders Gustaf, born 3 September? 1861 in Fryksände
Olof, born 17 December 1861 in F
Johan Edvard, born 1 January 1869 in F
Edla?, born 3 July? 1873 in F
There are lots of comments and notes, but it is time to go to sleep. Ask for help on the board for Sweden. (Put Sweden into the "Jump to Forum" box on the top right of the page.)
This handwritten page can be seen on ;this Genline page (Genline Identification Number or GID #):
GID # 550.43.18900
Here are some ideas about how to research in Swedish records, copied from a post I made a few months ago.
1. The records were kept in the parish, so it is important to see those records. They can be seen for free in Sweden, of course, and can be seen on microfilm you can see for free at the large Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City. However, you will spend a lot of money going to those places and you have to pay for hotels and restaurant meals, so researching in those "free" places isn't really free.
You can order microfilms of the Swedish parish records from any Family History Center. You need to pay approximately $5.50 per microfilm for a month's use at the Family History Center and of course you'd need to pay this for all of the many films you need. You have to go to the Family History Center to order and then you wait a few weeks for the films to arrive from Salt Lake City. Then you have to go back to the Family History Center to view the film or films. If you have problems reading those films, you have to pray that someone there has knowledge of Swedish parish records. If not, then you need to scan the copies you make and post them online somewhere so that you can ask others to look at the record and help you.
You could join the fee-based Genline site. You have a variety of subscription plans to choose from, and there are frequent specials. Just as people seldom pay the sticker price on a new car, it is unnecessary to pay the regular amount for the subscription. Members of certain Swedish American groups or people who read particular genealogical magazines get huge discounts, and if you go to a genealogical conference where Genline has a table, you get the best discounts of all. Each page on Genline has its own unique page number, called a GID number (Genline Identification Number). You can make pages larger or smaller. You can even make the pages lighter or darker and you can't make that sort of adjustment on microfilm. If you have a problem reading a name or a location or a word on a particular page, you post the GID number and someone else with a Genline subscription can look at the record and help you out. Genline is the most convenient way to see the parish records. It is probably even less expensive than microfilm if you plan to see a lot of records.
There are some locations in the U.S. which have Genline.
2. The SweGGate website describes the Swedish parish records and gives advice on how to use them. Follow the Themes --> Church Records pathway on this site.
You can find a huge number of Swedish genealogical words on SweGGate. Go to its home page and click on "Dictionaries & Encyclopedias". That leads you to one of the webmaster's glossary pages. The top of that glossary page provides links to more of his glossary pages plus links to glossary pages developed by others.
You need information on the Swedish naming customs. You can find several interesting and very informative articles about those customs by using the Facts --> Names and Naming Practices on the SweGGate site.
To make the extra Swedish letters, use the Facts --> Language --> Alphabet, etc. pathway on SweGGate.
The entire SweGGate site is a goldmine of information, most of which is in English.
3. There is great information on the Swedish Roots website too. Don't forget to check out the information on the left side of that page.
4. You can obtain a booklet with an overview of Swedish genealogy. The following url has a link to downloading the free booklet and also a link to ordering the booklet to be sent by mail. The booklet comes very quickly, so it is better than using up a lot of ink and paper copying the download.
5. It is best to purchase at least one guidebook. These are excellent. "Your Swedish Roots" is easier to start with and "Cradled in Sweden" is more detailed. I own both.
6.Most of us are not fluent in Swedish and probably most knew no Swedish at all when they started. Even so, most of us are able to get great amounts of information out of these records. If you have problems, just ask for help (using the GID numbers if you are talking about a specific record) on this board and people will try to help you.
I find research in Swedish records much, much, much more easy than research in U.S. records. Swedish records are very complete and very detailed.
Good night! ;-)