The Nobel Prize awards ceremony takes place today in Sweden. Who was Alfred Nobel, and why is there a prize named after him?
Before the award became famous, Alfred Nobel was best known as the inventor of dynamite.
In 1888, Alfred’s brother Ludvig died while visiting France. A French newspaper mistakenly thought it was Alfred who had died and so published his obituary. Alfred was shocked to read the article especially the description of him as “the merchant of death.” One particular line: "Dr. Alfred Nobel, who became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before, died yesterday," got him thinking.
I happen to really enjoy birthdays. The cards, presents, cake, and most of all, bringing the family together.
Having recently passed a milestone, it got me thinking about how birthdays are celebrated around the world.
Traditionally, in most western cultures, the day is commemorated (as above) with cards, presents and of course the famous song - happy birthday to you. There's also the well established custom of making a wish as you cut the first piece of birthday cake.
Maryland Family Magazine has an article listing some interesting customs from around the world. Some include:
Sara, our Scandinavian Community Manager, recently returned from a very successful Swedish genealogy conference in Norrköping and we’d like to share her experience with you...
Among meeting with many big names in Swedish genealogical circles, Sara met with Thomas Furth, Chairman of the Jewish Genealogy Society of Sweden and exchanged many ideas. She also met with Jojje Lintrup, genealogist at the Swedish Genealogical Association.
The Association is currently working on a very interesting project called Genealogy of immigrants, which works to (among other initiatives) get Swedes with foreign roots involved in their ancestry so they can pass the knowledge down. Jojje is both an experienced and knowledgeable genealogist and works as a project manager for the Swedish Federation of Genealogy Wiki Roots.
In late August, our community once again begins to buzz with activity as people return to their daily lives. The program year begins in September for many genealogy societies.
This week has produced event announcements ranging from society meetings, anniversary programs, the start of classes, new tools and databases and more.
Read on for some of the announcements - we couldn't fit everything into this column!
How you can learn more:
-- Google for genealogy and family history events in your own town or city.
-- Join your local family history society.
-- Sign up for a family history class.
Sara has just joined the MyHeritage team and has been given the task of engaging with our 300,000 Swedish users. In addition, she now has her very own MyHeritage Swedish blog to post daily about all the genealogical happenings in Sweden.
Sara, in her first post, talks about her fascinating family history and how she tracked down her uncle in an otherwise baffling situation. Below is a summary of her story, translated from Swedish.
Her maternal line originates from the East coast of Sweden going as far back as the 1700s. However, her paternal heritage is really rather fascinating. Following the Second World War, both of her grandparents emigrated to Sweden.
Her Grandfather Fransesco came from Taranto in Southern Italy and he met Grandma Marietta when she emigrated from Finland. They lived in Sweden together and bore Sara’s father in 1958. A few years later, her grandfather died leaving her father to be raised without a father or siblings.