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Most popular DNA testing company in Sweden

I’m researching some genealogy in Sweden and have run across an oäkta great grandmother, I’m considering a DNA test to fill in the gap, but want to use the most popular DNA testing company in Sweden, so I’m wondering what that might be.

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Thanks, I'll give it a go.

Also: The dynamic surnames in Scandinavia are very challenging, whether it's the --son or --dotter system in Sweden or the Norwegian custom of changing one's surname to match the name of the farm one lives on.

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Tom, this is very interesting that you found this is Norway - “ or the Norwegian custom of changing one's surname to match the name of the farm one lives on.”

That happened in Germany, also. My maiden name is the name of a husband who died before having any heirs. His wife’s second husband took the surname of the first husband because it was tied to the farm land.

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Jean: a little curious where in Germany that happened. The oäkta girl was born on a farm named Spelhester, but I don’t think Swedes took the names of farms

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Tom, I’ll send you a PM with a few details. The farm was near Hanover, Germany.

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Actually farm names where once common in Sweden and is to some extent still used, mainly in Dalarna.

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I can also speak to the fact that Swedes took the names of their farm (or nearby landmarks). My great-grandparents changed our family name from the endless chain of -ssons to a landmark name near where they farmed in Småland before they came to the US in 1869.

I know you asked about the most popular DNA site in Sweden, but I've had good luck with Ancestry DNA. Ancestry has access to extensive records in Europe and we've been able to trace our family tree well back into the 1600s on the Swedish side, and to the late 1400s on the Scottish/English/Irish/etc side.