Background & Research
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I have a great interest in history, which is why I try to understand how life was in the past. Closely connected to this interest, I have performed extensive genealogy research on my relatives, who mainly come from southern part of Sweden. In conjunction with a division of an inheritance in 2007, I was allotted two steamer trunks which had belonged to my grandfather and grandmother, Alfred and Rosalie, the principal characters in this book. Both trunks contained stacks of postcards as well as letters and photos linked to my relatives’ emigration trips to the United States in the early 20th century.
I soon started to dig into the findings in the trunks. After I had sorted places and dates from the postcards an “itinerary” became clear to me as well as a genuine wish. Namely, to travel “in the footsteps” of my grandparents. It started with a couple of tourist trips then turned into four detailed “research trips” planned and set up according to my relatives’ earlier journeys and activities. Local museums were visited for gathering information and several experts were contacted for my research. By the time the trips were over, my wife and I had visited all the places where my relatives had stayed, except northern Alaska.
The journeys and profound research gave me information, in the early 2016, to start writing a book with an almost true story. I wanted to include a lot of facts and at the same time write so exciting that it became a “page turner” for my readers. While writing, I have imagined life through my main characters and moved more than hundred years back in time. I hope with this story that I can share this amazing pleasure with my readers.
The book with the Swedish title Skräddare och Äventyrare was published in Sweden in the autumn of 2018. Given the great interest in the USA for the topic of European immigration in the late 1800s and beginning of 1900s I also started to think of a translation to English. A decision to translate was taken in 2019 and one year later The Swedish Tailor and Adventurer is being published.
Hopefully, my book will give American readers a deep understanding of why the immigrants left their native place and the struggle they went through in the new country.