I think that a DISBYT membership is essential once you've gone back a few generations
in Sweden. Many of us have found living relatives by contacting a researcher on that site,
and if you submit a GEDCOM file of your own Swedish ancestry, you will get a better
password to help you "climb the family trees." It helps to know specifics about
your ancestors (dates, parishes, etc.) Much more is usually available than is listed on
If you just know you have Olssons, however, and start contacting each researcher of
Olssons to see if your Olssons are related just because of their last names (without
regarding parishes and dates), it doesn't work well. (I know a Swede who quit DISBYT
because she got tired of people contacting her with silly questions about people who
couldn't possibly be connected. She also was a bit annoyed because someone would ask
for EVERYTHING she had on a particular family without anything to share and without any
real chance of being related.)
This article tells a lot more about DISBYT.
I think DISBYT is well worth the small yearly fee.
Orland Park, Illinois
Sent: 2:43 P.M. U.S. Central Time, February 28