Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Return To Sweden, Part 11

This 11th installment update submitted by David Anderson includes a return meeting with Nils-Erik Nilsson.
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June 11, Wednesday

In genealogy one thing leads to another to another.  The job is never done, and tangents take you to most fascinating places.  A few years ago I found a book from the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair at an antique shop in Aurora, Oregon.  I thought it would make a great present for someone here in Sweden. 

The book's binding was loose and it was about ready to fall off.  Otherwise, the body of the book was in fairly decent condition. 

The book ended up with Nils-Erik Nilsson, in Folk√§rna, who has taken up book binding, among other things, as a hobby in his retirement. 

He called this morning to let us know that he was going to work on the book, and would we be interested in watching.  Well, of course we were!

When we arrived he had some work finished and was ready to finish gluing the covers back on.  After gluing the covers back on the book was put in a press where it will remain for about a week as it dries.  You have to be patient to achieve good results!  It was a pleasure to see Nils-Erik again and watch him at work at a Craft that hopefully will not be a thing of the past.  We both agree that there is something about a book, and both admitted that we both still collect them.

I would never have had the pleasure in meeting Nils-Erik had I never been infected by the genealogy bug.  It is a pleasure owning a book he wrote, and to have watched him at work in repairing a very old book.

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  1. Thanks for your postings. I'm enjoying reading them, and it is inspiring me to go back to Sweden someday to learn more about my own Swedish Heritage. The last time I was there I was 16 (much longer ago than I care to admit) living with a family (not my own) as a summer exchange student, and not anywhere near the place my ancestors emigrated from in 1880. Now I look forward to doing what you're doing now.

  2. Yes, thank you...I look forward to each one!
    My great-grandparents were from the Ostergotlands and Orebro counties.and I plan to visit one day.