About SSGG

In December 2014 twelve of the leading genetic genealogists in Sweden came together and founded SSGG, the Swedish Society for Genetic Genealogy:

Peter Sjölund
Härnösand
Peter As one of the pioneers in Swedish Genetic Genealogy, I tour the country giving talks to inspire genealogists to start using Genetic Genealogy in their research. I am very fascinated by the ability to use DNA for finding and verifying family relations in the time prior to written sources and I lead several projects examining medieval families in Sweden. My area of expertise is deep investigations of Y-DNA and mtDNA genealogies. I am also an administrator of the Swedish DNA Project and the I1-L1302 Project.
Mats Ahlgren
Vällingby
Mats

Interested in that Genetic Genealogy becomes an equal part to traditional genealogy and that all genealogy societies contributes to this.  I have contributed by arranging DNA-days in the Swedish Genealogical Society and would like to see that kind of arrangement and knowledge sharing is spread across Sweden. I’m retired with long work experience in the IT industry.

Karin Bojs
Stockholm
 KarinObeskuren Science journalist and author. Honorary doctor with Stockholm university. As a journalist, I have covered the science behind today’s DNA genealogy since 1997. For 16 years, I was the science editor and head of Science desk for the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter. Since then, I have worked as an independent writer. I am deeply fascinated by the potential of DNA to solve the mysteries of the past, from the pedigree of a single family to the routes of ancestral migrations thousands of years ago. I consider it very important that information about DNA and heritage should be based on the best possible science, and not exaggeration, speculation or wishful thinking.
Eva von Brömsen
Landvetter
EvaVB I work for getting more of genealogy researchers to discover the power and allure with genetic genealogy and since spring 2014 I give lectures in the field. I have a special interest in Landvetter and Alingsås as my relatives have lived in these places and vicinity for several hundred years. Genealogy is a great interest and I have to say that genetic genealogy is even more enriching. To be able to combine these two areas and to investigate kinship with the help of DNA is very rewarding and exciting.

Magnus Bäckmark
Åkersberga
Magnus Self-employed since 1998 working exclusively with genealogy and heraldry. I am the editor of the Swedish Family Register, one of the administrators in the Swedish DNA Project and writer of a Swedish handbook in Genetic Genealogy.
Christina Sagersten
Sundsvall
Christina Genealogist with roots mostly in Norrland and Finland. My interest for genetic genealogy comes from the possibility to find any of all my unknown fathers and be able to build another branch on the familytree. The puzzle is not solved yet, but one part of the excitement is the knowledge that the next batch may held the clue for another branch. I am self-employed and my main business is education and leadership. i also work with education and support for genetic genealogists.
Eva Sjöqvist Persson
Hagfors
EvaS DNA in genealogy has opened a new dimension for my research, in recent times as well as historical. My DNA genealogy research is spred all over Sweden. My goal is to be able to break some brick walls as well as to find some clues to a special ancestry story. However, in a historical view, it is also very interesting to learn more about the movement of the haplogroups. I am also co-administrator in FTDNAs Swedish DNA Project.
Olof Cronberg
Växjö
Olof Family physician and genealogist. Even though I have been an active genealogist for more than 35 years, I am fascinated that it is still possible to find new ancestors. For many years, I have been an active member of the Computer Genealogy Society of Sweden (DIS), including some years as the president. I have developed the Swedish genealogical database, Disbyt. My ancestry is from whole Sweden including priests, craftsmen, merchants, soldiers, some nobility and of course peasants. Since some years I have also one foot in Cameroon, Africa.
DNA provides new possibilities for family history. When I look at the DNA result for me, my parents, other relatives, I get a feeling for how genial the inheritance of DNA is, to create lagom serendipity. I think the knowledge about interpreting DNA will develop the coming years. We are only at the departure of an exciting journey.
Anders Berg
Stockholm
Anders I have been doing genealogical research since the late 1980s. My interest in DNA genealogy started in 2011, and I have tested with both Family Tree DNA and 23andMe. I am especially interested in deep ancestry, from the dawn of humanity, that can be traced through the haplogroups on the direct paternal and maternal lines. As co-admin of the Swedish DNA Project I am the contact person for southern Sweden and responsible for the project statistics of haplogroups presented in the Swedish Haplogroup Database (SHD).
Jakob Norstedt-Moberg
Örnsköldsvik
Jakob Master of Science in Computer Engineering with experience of teaching and media. I use DNA to get a few steps further in my genealogy research, to confirm and extend the common knowledge. Of special interest are the relations between the old families of Stora Kopparberget, the ancient Copper mine in Dalecarlia listed as a World Heritage. I am mostly into Y-DNA, handling a few surname and haplogroup projects. Advisory and lecturing stimulate me a lot.
Rolf Berlin
Järfälla
RolfB My ancestors are for the most part from the west coast of Sweden. I spend a lot of time updating my web site www.morlanda.se which is dedicated to the people of Morlanda parish, most of whom were fishermen and skippers. With the help of DNA testing, I hope to show that many fishermen immigrated from Germany, Holland, and Scotland during the 1500s. I became the administrator of the Swedish DNA Project at FTDNA in 2011 and shortly thereafter founded the Swedish Facebook group DNA-anor.
Sture Bjelkåker
Linköping
Sture Started my family research 50 years ago reading original church records, got a renewed interest in 1980 when the DIS Society of Sweden introduced use of computers as a research tool, and another renewed interest in 2010 when DNA testing offered a new dimension making it possible to trace ancestry 10000´s of years back. Now being a leader for courses in DNA testing in Linkoping, giving valuable DNA insight in dialouge with the course participants.

What and why is SSGG?

In the year 2013 the number of genealogists doing genetic genealogy started to rise rapidly in Sweden. The growing number of newcomers to the genetic genealogy scene and the rapid development in technology creates a need for information and education on how to utilise the powerful tool of genetic genealogy in genealogical research.

The aim of SSGG is to support the genealogists with knowledge and to promote genetic genealogy in Sweden. We are not a traditional society with a board, a member fee and traditional physical meetings. We are a network where we meet over the Internet (but of course also now and then meet in person) where everyone can join. There’s no fee for being a member of SSGG. instead everyone contributes with their particular interest and passion in the area of genetic genealogy.

SSGG is working in cooperation with the Swedish Federation of Genealogical Societies.