Planning for the Trip

In planning for the trip, Anne spread out an enormous map of Sweden on the pool table. She stuck push pins in the locations associated with the eight great grandparents, using Google maps as her guide. Daryl searched on the internet for a centrally located rental house that would accommodate their needs. He found a four-bedroom, two-bath house on an estate called Rödjenäs.

This estate was centrally located in southern Sweden so that every destination would take a 2-hour or less drive. This made day-tripping possible and thus required no additional hotel rooms.

 

In consultation with Swedish friends, Anne drew up an itinerary that covered every day for every participant in the adventure. As well as designating a day for each of Daryl’s great grandparents, the itinerary also revolved around a Lövgren family reunion. Daryl, his son, grandson and two second cousins were all Lefgrens or descended from Lefgrens, an Americanized version of Lövgren. Jan Lövgren and his family planned this reunion to include their American cousins.

Outside our cottage at Rödjenäs, Nancy and Judy wave goodbye to Barbro and Åke as they start on their trip home, 164 km to the northwest.

Outside our cottage at Rödjenäs, Nancy and Judy wave goodbye to Barbro and Åke as they start on their trip home, 164 km to the northwest.

During the four weeks, various other guests, both from Sweden and the U.S., would be staying at the Rödjenäs house with Daryl and Anne. There were plenty of beds and a large kitchen to prepare meals and a table to accommodate ten. Åke and Barbro Bogelius, Swedish genealogical hobbyists, spent the first week at Rödjenäs and guided the day trips to many of the ancestral parish churches, villages and home sites. From the U.S., Daryl’s son Aron, wife Lilly and their two-year-old son Jack, would spend ten days and Daryl’s second Lefgren cousins, Nancy and Judy, who are sisters, would spend five days.