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Wilsons Go To Sweden


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Homeland Tour June 2008 --------
The Wilsons Discover Sweden June 16-22, 2009
Exploring Sweden Wilson’s homeland.

Tour areas from which the Wilsons originated in Sweden: Gothenburg, Uddevalla and the Parishes of Dragsmark, Bokenas. We met wonderful relatives (3rd & 4th cousins) shared the Mid Summer’s celebrations and fun meals with singing, visited museums, cemeteries & other relevant sites which were prominent in the Wilson ancestral lives.

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Wilsons Go To Sweden

  1. 1. Wilsons Visit Sweden The Homeland Tour June 2009
  2. 6. Your Tour Leader: Helga!
  3. 7. Team Mike
  4. 8. Our adventuring…tour GROUP! Tomima Hilde Alexandra Cassie Claire Jane Mike EMily Tori Nonie
  5. 9. The first few days in Sweden: From The Province of Bohuslan , our Swedish relatives departed Goteborg to the New World: American & places far beyond…
  6. 16. Departing Swedes headed to the New World left from this dock in Goteborg
  7. 22. Do YOU really eat Herring? <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Fish Markets and Fishy Treats </li></ul>
  8. 28. Have mini van…we go sight seeing <ul><li>WE go shopping for clogs, shoes & treasures </li></ul><ul><li>Guess what? … The Sweden ride bicycles </li></ul><ul><li>The Swedish youth are really……into their fashion </li></ul><ul><li>… the comment is made: “Sweden doesn’t look foreign, it looks like home !” </li></ul>
  9. 41. Boats, fishing and the Sea <ul><li>Even Churches …even seem to worship </li></ul><ul><li>… sailors & maritime </li></ul>
  10. 42. Göteborg Church oversees the Harbor
  11. 46. We have dinner with cousin Carl Spalde….and we meet some new family
  12. 55. Cousins take us to the Botanical Gardens in Goteborg
  13. 56. Cousins Andreas & Solveig
  14. 57. Goteborg Botanical Gardens
  15. 65. Bohus Fortress on way to Uddevalla <ul><li>Since the 1100’s, this fortress protected the Swedes from invading tribes </li></ul>
  16. 70. Uddevalla=Largest city near Bokenas. Wilsons originated close by
  17. 76. Cousins Helene & Jonas Larsson
  18. 77. Helene helped to research book. Emily 1 st visited Helen in 1991
  19. 78. Fred Wilson Named one of his ships after this Swedish vessel <ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HASSELO </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 85. Annette’s Grave
  21. 91. Bokenas <ul><li>This is the region outside of Uddevalla from where the Wilsons originated. They lived on farms, raised animals, fished and sailed their boats. The Bokenas Old Church was where they spent their Sundays. </li></ul>
  22. 99. Katarina Hillevi Grave of Charles R. Wilson’s mother
  23. 101. Dragsmark <ul><li>A 13 th Century Monestary and Burial place of other Wilson relatives. </li></ul>
  24. 106. Alice Simonson was daughter of Adolf Carlsson. She was born in Aberdeen
  25. 117. The Secret Chalice
  26. 119. Johan Sterner, he was 6 years old when I last saw him. He likes to watch “Deadliest Catch” a Seattle based TV show
  27. 120. Orrevik <ul><li>Where the father </li></ul><ul><li> of Charles R. Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>was born & raised </li></ul>
  28. 122. Stora Karr <ul><li>Where the parents of Charles R. Wilson </li></ul><ul><li>lived after they were married. </li></ul><ul><li>The birthplace of Charles R. Wilson </li></ul>
  29. 127. Mid Summer’s Eve <ul><li> Light abounds until well after midnight </li></ul><ul><li>Hooray-it’s Midsummer Eve-possibly the BIGGEST holiday in Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>It’s time to meet the WHOLE Family in Sweden </li></ul><ul><li>Most people are free from their jobs & shops are closed. We decorate the Mid-summer’s pole, sing & dance PLUS eat & drink like crazy. </li></ul>
  30. 160. Fiskebakskil <ul><li>“ Fishkill city”…and it rained and rained and rained. We learned that the Norwegians are buying up all the summer homes, cuz they have all the $ </li></ul>
  31. 168. Swedes love Yellow Houses, Decorative Windows & Lots of Flowers
  32. 187. TO the Beach Cottage with Carl Spalde, Solveig & Andreas <ul><li>We meet Carl’s brother’s & sisters; </li></ul><ul><li>they are so happy to meet more cousins… </li></ul>
  33. 202. BEACH BBQ Swedish style <ul><li>We are across from Rolf & Katarina’s house, looking at the Rorback property </li></ul>
  34. 213. Rorback <ul><li>Waterfront Acreage & Farmland </li></ul><ul><li>of </li></ul><ul><li>Christina Elisabeth's family </li></ul>
  35. 215. Christina’s House
  36. 220. All too soon, we must go home
  37. 221. The Wilsons Visited Sweden!
  38. 222. to reconnect with our roots & family