Testimonials: Examples from Swedish Clients

The research that Martha Garrett did on my roots opened a new world for me and my children. Earlier we only had a fragmented picture, but now we have a full history going back to the 1700s, with dozens of fascinating life stories. Reading about our ancestors has been a pleasure because Martha writes so well and can be very funny. She ended our family history with a poem of her own creation, which made me laugh out loud.  Anders W, Stockholm

Many Swedish families have had a child whose father was unknown, but my family's paternity case was more interesting. Records pointed to two men as the father of my great-grandfather Sven. After analzying the evidence in light of Swedish civil and ecclesiastic law about family relationships, Martha Garrett concluded that certain critical information was probably in an archive in southern Sweden, so she went there . . . and found it! The work took time, but Martha was able to identify Sven’s father with a high degree of confidence. I recommend Swedish Homecoming to anyone who has a knotty Swedish genealogical problem that they want untangled. Sven R, Uppsala

I haven't known very much about my maternal grandmother, who was turned over to the Stockholm orphanage as an infant. But through research in the Stockholm City Archives, Martha learned a great deal about mormor’s parents and why they had to give up their child. She also traced both sides of the family back to the early 1700s and discovered remarkable people—poorhouse inmates, wealthy merchants, master craftsmen, and scholars. Martha's report about them was written in such a way that my family and I now see our own history in the framework of Swedish history. Tack tack, Martha!  Margaretha M, Stenkyrka


In 2016, my Swedish and Swedish-American relatives had a reunion. Martha prepared a short family history for the event. It contained historical information about the parishes where the family has its roots and described the lives of our grandparents and their children. The text was illustrated with maps, old photographs, and lineage diagrams—one line going back to the early 1600s, when the area was part of Denmark. In addition, Martha included family stories she had collected in interviews. This history is a treasure not only for us cousins, but also for our children and grandchildren.  Staffan G, Örebro