Swedes in Chicago

In 1910 Stockholm Sweden was the only city with more Swedish-born inhabitants than Chicago, Illinois.  I just stumbled across this this morning and I am surprised I have never come across this before.

The Encyclopedia of Chicago
presented by
Chicago History Museum, The Newberry Library, and Northwestern University

The entire site is a treasure-trove of information on Chicago worth spending a good chunk of your morning on. I did.  I have bookmarked it as one of my favorite links. Reminds me..I haven't been to the Chicago History Museum in a number of years. I have got to get down there.
click below to see the section on the Swedes in Chicago.


134 years ago today - Albin & Anna Abrahamsson

16 July 1881, 134 years ago today, Robert Albin Abrahamsson married Anna Karolina Karlsdotter in Håcksvik, Älvsborg, Sweden. He was 21 and she was 22. Whether it was a union of love we can't know as times and marriage were different then. But stories of them and their nine children all seem to be happy accountings passed on by their children to their grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. There are now close to 300 of us, direct descendants of the couple, my great-grandparents.


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ANN SATHER recipes!

Just saw this on the internet and HAD to post

The famous
Ann Sather's Swedish Restaurant in Lakeview  
909 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, Illinois
Located in what used to be a predominantly Swedish neighborhood, Ann Sather's is THE PLACE to go for authentic Swedish cooking in Chicago
And how Swede it is! The friendly folks at Ann Sather's restaurant have generously offered to share a few of their best-loved recipes, from their Ann Sather's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Cookbook: Ann Sathers Recipes

My favorites are..

Swedish Meatballs
2-1/2 lbs. ground chuck
1-1/2 c. (8 slices) white bread, dampened with water
3 eggs
1/2 c. onion, grated
1/4 tsp. nutmeg, ground
1/2 tsp. allspice, ground
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
1 T. beef stock
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except for the meat. Add the meat and mix well. Roll the mixture into 1" meatballs and bake them uncovered in a lightly greased pan at 300* F for 45 minutes. Serve the hot meatballs with brown gravy.

Makes 25 meatballs

Swedish Rice Pudding
2/3 c. cooked rice
3 T. butter
5 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
2-3 T. sugar
1/3 c. raisins
2-3 eggs, separated
1/2 T. butter
2 T. breadcrumbs

Put the cooked rice into a saucepan. Divide the butter into small portions and stir it into the rice with a fork. Cover the saucepan and leave it in a hot oven at 400* F for about 15 minutes, stirring it often with a fork. Put the rice into a mixing bowl and mix in more cold butter, salt, sugar and raisins. After the rice mixture has cooled, stir in well-beaten yolks and milk. Pour it all into a (2 quart) baking dish that has been buttered, then dusted with breadcrumbs. Bake uncovered in a moderate oven at 385* F for 40-50 minutes. Take the baking dish of rice pudding out of the oven and allow it to cool on a wire rack. Sprinkle the top with cinnamon, if you like, and serve the rice pudding still warm with lingonberry jam.

Hey guys! This is supposed to be fun!

I really need to vent. I am not a total "newbie" to this genealogy pastime but I also know I have lots and lots to learn. Social media has proved to be a HUGE help in my family history research. So many out there sharing their expertise, looking up records, translating documents etc..  BUT..a few, and I do mean a very few, have really got on my nerves with a very rather snobby "I have all the answers and you aren't doing this right" attitude. Telling others their work isn't good, not sourced correctly, and that their questions are simplistic, redundant or in general wasting their time. Hey guys! This is not brain surgery! This is a hobby! This is supposed to be fun! We were all "name grabbers" when we first began. Let us not discourage anyone from continuing this very satisfying journey to find and understand the family that made us who we are.  Amy Johnson Crow said it the best , check it out.


Amen Amy.