In the early 20th century my paternal grandparents, Rikard Severin Källman (1887-1968) and Lydia Abrahamson (1890-1978) immigrated from Sweden. I am exploring my Swedish ancestors immigrant journey to "Amerika" and life in Swedish Chicago. I am searching for cousins everywhere to share family stories, pictures, memories and new discoveries about our Swedish heritage and our family today.

~ This blog, like my family tree, is always a work in process. Please stop back now and again! ~

Tuesday, April 19

Tuesday Trivia

It is well documented that over a period of 80-some years from 1840 to the 1920's some 1.3 million Swedes left their homeland and emigrated to the United States.


"Return migration was also part of the Swedish patterns. Approximately one fifth of the immigrants returned to their homeland. Re-migration was especially strong towards the end of the emigration era, and was more common among men, urbanites, and persons active in the American industrial sector."*

I would think that perhaps some men came to America with the specific intent to make some money to take back to family in Sweden, maybe to purchase land. Unfortunately, I also think that for some, the "American Dream" was only .....a dream. 

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