During a 10-day visit to Sweden I visited Norberg, the home parish of my paternal grandfather Carl Albin Jacobsson. The train station (photo above) is where he started his 1902 journey to America. The town is located in Västmanland, a mining region about a 2-1/2-hour train ride north of Stockholm. I found the landscape of the region quite similar to northern Maine.
Structures survive from the 1300s and 1700s in the town1 including the remains of a blast furnace that “may be regarded as the type site for the medieval blast furnace.”2 Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson, a commemorated leader of rebellion against the King in 1434, was born on a farm outside the town in the 1390s.
Norberg is in Västmanlands län [county], which was created in 1634. The area around the town was once composed of Norbergs and Västanfors pastorats [parishes].3 The seat of government for the modern Norbergs Kommun [municipality] is the town of Norberg.
All photos and text by Bruce Jacobson: this work is licensed under Creative Commons 4.0 License—Attribution-ShareAlike.
- Wikimedia Foundation, “Norberg Municipality,” at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norberg_Municipality : page last edited 31 December 2018).
- Wikimedia Foundation, “Lapphyttan,” at Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapphyttan : page last edited 25 November 2016).
- FamilySearch International, “Norberg Parish, Västmanland, Sweden Genealogy,” at Family Search Wiki (https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Norberg_Parish,_V%C3%A4stmanland,_Sweden_Genealogy : page last modified 19 September 2018).