• The Swedish-Finn Historical Society? What do we do?

    Welcome to the web site of The Swedish-Finn Historical Society!

    SFHS Mission

    To gather and preserve the emigration history of Swedish Finns across the world, to connect Swedish Finns with their roots in Finland and to celebrate our cultural heritage.

    History

    The Swedish Finn Historical Society (SFHS) was founded in 1991 by descendants of Swedish-speaking emigrants from Finland interested in preserving the cultural heritage of their families. There are now about 700 members from around the world in this unique organization.

    SFHS Mission (''Building Bridges'')

    To gather and preserve the emigration history of Swedish Finns across the world, to connect Swedish Finns to their roots in Finland and to celebrate our cultural heritage.

    SFHS Vision
    • To document every Swedish Finn emigrant
    • To develop resources for connecting Swedish Finn families worldwide
    • To collect and archive materials pertaining to Swedish Finn emigrants
    • To fund a permanent home for SFHS archived materials
    • To share past and contemporary Swedish Finn history, including our heritage and culture, with members and others
    • To celebrate our Swedish Finn background wherever descendants are located
    • To keep Finland aware of Swedish Finn emigrants
    • To collaborate with other genelogical and cultural groups
    What SFHS Offers
    • Archives (Historical materials about Swedish Finn emigration, books, artifacts, newspapers, tapes and video recordings; International Order of Runeberg Lodge records; Genelogical data; Exhibits)
    • Genealogy/Family History (Search for lost families, Queries in the Quarterly, Translations, Finlander discussion forum, Talko (over 1.7 million names)
    • The Quarterly (Articles about Finland's culture and history, Emmigrant history across the world from diaries, letters; Family trees from genelogy collection; Letters to the editor; Membership updates, New accessions to the Library and Archives
    • SFHS Web Site (Access to key information; Links; Articles; Discussion Forum)
    • Connection with Others (FinnFest; Annual Meeting; Membership Roster)