Saturday, December 31, 2011

SweAme 2011 Annual Report

Swedish America Heritage Online (SweAme)
As 2011 comes to a quick conclusion, we the Board of Directors of the SweAme non-profit organization would like to thank ALL of you for your participation this past year. 
This year was our first year as an incorporated entity and we are getting started on accomplishing our primary purpose and goals.
Our purpose as stated in our IRS 501(c)(3) status request document and the SweAme By-Laws is:

A. SweAme is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
B.  In particular, the purpose of SweAme is for educational and historical research; 
·        by the  digital preservation of genealogy data, records, documents, and images related to persons of Swedish ancestry,
·        by promoting public knowledge of and an interest in the history of persons of Scandinavian - and particularly Swedish – ancestry,
·        by presenting the contents of the Online Internet data base as a FREE and open resource for all public users,
·        by facilitating an environment of learning and participation by Swedish Emigrant’s Swedish and American descendants in the documentation of their own separate branches.

Our goals and objectives to accomplish this purpose are being met by a growing volume of Registered Users and the accumulation of multiple types of historical information.  This growth has been the result of a strong growth in the interest in family genealogy and historical documentation by Swedish American and Swedish descendants and, of course, the increased availability and functionality of the Internet.
The SweAme focus will continue to be the digitization of the Swedish immigrants who were living in America and documented in the 1900 census records.  This basic immigrant family information is being updated by Registered Users on both sides of the Atlantic with information on their own expanding family branches.

 Our SweAme ( website (aka as has been well positioned to facilitate this growing interest in digitizing our past and present and therefore has exceeded our expectation.  As of the end of December, 2011, the data base statistics are:
Individuals:                    124,473
Families                             32,526
Registered Users:                 684
Photos:                               15,154
Headstones:                         1,030

This year’s effort has also been high-lighted by the support and financial awards provided by two very prominent Swedish American organizations:  The Swedish Council of America (SCA) based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation (BOPSF) based in San Francisco, California.
With the SCA award received on 16 May, 2011, contracted Registered Users have completed the digitizing of the Swedish born individuals who were living in St. Louis County, Minnesota, in the year 1900.  This project added 8,734 immigrants (plus their families) to the SweAme data base. 
The SCA project brought our total emigrant counts on the data base up to 25,340.  This is 4.8% of the total of 591,969 emigrants that were documented in the 1900 U.S. census.  (See the end of this article for a complete list of the states that have been completed that resulted in the documentation of these 25,340 emigrants.)
With the BOPSF award received on 25 October, 2011, contracted Registered Users have initiated the effort to add an additional 17,424 immigrants to the data base who were living in the states of Maine and California in the year 1900.  This project will be completed by October 1, 2012.

2011 Summary Financials:
Income:                                                          $ 6,467.71
Expenses:                                                      $ 2,097.50
Committed to on-going projects:           $ 4,370.21

Board of Directors:
Doug Anderson, Richmond, Texas
Lissa Bengtson, San Antonio, Texas
Larry Blomquist, Mesa, Arizona
David Borg, Salem, Missouri
Elin Criswell, Georgetown, Texas
Jason Eckhardt, Jersey City, New Jersey
Pam Hicks, Tyler, Texas

Organization Advisor:
John Norton, Moline, Illinois
(For management team bios, go to: )

Management Request:
Since you have read this far in the annual report, please take a moment to Post a comment about this article and/or our SweAme website.  Submit a comment that we can utilize for future marketing efforts.  We would like to hear from you if our SweAme website has been of any benefit to you in your pursuit of documenting your family history or if our website has assisted in any manner with helping you identify and make contact with a living cousin on either side of the Atlantic.  Thank you again for your participation in the SweAme website project.

Finest regards,
David Borg, Chairman

 Completed States/Territories:

District of Columbia
Indian Territory
New Mexico
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia
Minnesota (St. Louis County)

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