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The Nordic Heritage Club meets the second Friday of the month from September to May.

Genealogy has become an interest to many people in finding their roots.

I too have used the tools and websites to find more information about my Finnish roots. My Swedish roots have been done in Sweden by my cousins back to the 1600s. The immigrant stories parallel one another in many ways and can be informational to others’ research.

Sharon Eklund and I have been translating the Andrew Peterson diaries from Swedish to English, reading old immigrant Swedish. Peterson settled in Carver County at the corner of Highway 5 and Parley Lake Road. The farm is now owned by the Carver County Historical Society. His diaries, which are stored at the Minnesota Historical Society, were used by the Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg to write a trilogy called “The Emmigrants.”

The Nordic Heritage Club of Carver County will present Jeff Huset and Bryce Johnson on Friday, March 8 starting with the gathering at 7 p.m. and the program at 7:30 p.m.

This meeting will be held at the Victoria Lions Park Pavilion, 8339 Victoria Drive in Victoria. There will be refreshments after the program. This event is free.

Jeff Huset will talk about the research he did with the help of Swedish genealogists into the murder of one of his relatives in the Örby parish of Västergötland. Jeff Huset has been doing Swedish and Norwegian genealogical research for over 10 years. He went to Sweden in 2015 to go on a tour with Saxontours and SwedGen. The very same itinerary is being offered in 2019 if anyone reading the article has an interest in going to Sweden.

Bryce Johnson will describe how the area covered by the tour paralleled his own ancestral roots and those of many Carver County Swedes, and how several of the excursions gave context and life to his Swedish family tree. Since the tour ended as Midsummer approached, Bryce will conclude with a little about Midsummer in Gothenburg.

Bryce and Jeff will each present separate presentations that relate to their experiences before, during, and after their tour.

Jeff works as a technical writer for a software company in Roseville and lives in south Minneapolis with his two dogs.

Bryce grew up in West Union, became a college professor, transitioned to a business career at 3M and followed that by running a small biotech firm. He is retired and now enjoy working on private and public parks and doing both historical and genealogical research. Bryce and his wife live in Orono, where they share a house with a dog named Chopin.

The Nordic Heritage Club meets the second Friday of the month from September to May, at the Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Lane. (The March 8 meeting is at Victoria Lions Park Pavilion.)

Refreshments are served after the program. These meetings are open to everyone and are family friendly. For more information, write Carolyn Spargo at

Carolyn Spargo lives on the border of Chaska and Victoria, and is active in all things Scandinavian, including the Nordic Heritage Club. Her column appears monthly in the newspaper.

Community Editor

Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.


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