Revolutionary War & Swetland Homestead
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Welcome, readers, to the autumn edition of
our newsletter. Yes, time passes quickly; the summer is nearly over and
before long another year will have flown by. Our Swetlands, Sweatlands
and Sweetlands find that attending the Family Association reunion every
couple of years provides a meaningful and enriching way to mark the
passing of time. We are hoping to see many of you at the next reunion
coming up in 2012. We will bring you more on the plans for the 2012 SFA
reunion in the winter newsletter, but first we would like to receive
input from you.
your ideas and comments to me at President@swetland.org
or send a letter to my address as it appears in the sidebar on page
three. Reunions are a great way to share stories and bits of your family
history with other Swe(e)/(a)tlands.
Reunions are a
way to preserve one’s family history by bringing documentation,
pictures, and books to share as well as to learn and assimilate what
others have to offer. Reunions combine two of the main goals of our
organization, i.e., to preserve our family history for future generations
and to bring together current generations. We attempt to collect
genealogical information from our members (births, deaths, weddings)
through letters written to one of the officers or by sharing the
information at the reunions. Quite often we get recent information of
current and new generations. Sometime we get information on past
generations dating back to Civil or Revolutionary times or even earlier.
newsletter we will begin to examine records of our Revolutionary War
soldiers and research that has been collected recently. We will also
share the importance of reunions to individuals and their family history.
Also, read of a successful effort to maintain a sense of place through
donations to Swe(e)/(a)tland structures such as the Swetland Homestead.
God Bless and Good Fortunes to All,
Welcome to www.swetland.org,
the Swetland Family Association's home on the World Wide Web. It is our mission to link you with your
Swetland/Sweetland/Sweatland ancestry and others that share the same name
as you. And with that statement, be
sure to try to attend one of our family reunions. As more information becomes available on
up-coming reunions, be sure to check the Reunions page.
There can be many variations of the namesake based
upon people’s grammar, spelling, and writing from those that have
passed before us. Consider these for
example: Svetland, Swetlin,
Sweetlin, Svetlana, Sweatlana. Take
a look at your handwriting. I have
noticed sometimes I do not finish off my‘d’ all the way and
someone could read Swetland for Swetlana.
Or what if you write the ‘w’ quickly at it looks like a
‘v’. Or someone
phonetically spells out what sounds like ‘lin’ when the person
spoke ‘land’; Swetlin for example.
For the Swetland Family Association, you will see
that we refer to it as just stated or as the Swe(e)/(a)tland Family
Association to try to be all inclusive of the three main spellings. We chose the Swetland Family Association
as the official naming to be indoctrinated in our accounts and original
documents as it goes back to the first formation of an such organization of
the ‘family’ in 1896 by the Swe(e)/(a)tlands that attended the
first documented reunion. Regardless
of the spelling of the name, be sure that we accept, honor, and love any
and all with any of the spellings of the surname.
Please, take the opportunity, now that you have found
this website, to bookmark us (Ctrl-D will work as a shortcut) and browse
this site at your leisure. Review
the information provided. When information is available on other
websites, we will try to direct you there to eliminate multiple copies of
items being on the internet compounding your searches or just duplicating
someone else’s hard work. I
will take comments and suggestions on design, structure, and content of
this website into careful consideration in updating and expanding this
site. So, please, be sure to send along an e-mail with your comments
to me and I will do all I can to incorporate suggestions.