chapter that describes the life of the farmers, fishermen and craftsmen
and their way of living is interesting reading even for an outsider.
The rumble from the wars and years of calamity can be heard somewhere
in the background while Sundom residents managed to get along somehow
through the centuries. Everything is described here - from the small
farms of the 1500's when cultivation comprised only about two and
a half acres to the considerably larger modern farms of today. For
about 500 years the farms were dominated by the cultivation of grain.
In order to support his family, the farmer also had to fish and hunt
1600's the raising of livestock gradually became important as well
as navigation to Stockholm, while at the same time farmers could also
sell a large part of their harvest in Vasa. The village grew and craftsmen
as well as a tailor, shoemaker, boat builder, tanner, clockmaker,
blacksmith and building constructors were added to the population.
lives of crofters and servants and farm hands are described here.
Later on one can read of the first emigration wave to the west. The
labor migration and commercial travel are also described. Sundom's
history also relates of Söderfjärd, the creek that became
first part of Sundom's history is worth reading. There one meets the
village residents of today and days gone by. The other part, the genealogy
analysis, naturally has its value to Sundom residents and their families.
This part is also of interest to the genealogists but for all others
it is difficult to read.
History of Sundom consists of a series of articles written by Kurt
Jern, Marianne Blomkvist, K. A. Bäckström, Bertel Bäckström,
Bertel Sund, Sigurd Ståhls, Börje Backholm, Uno Mitts,
Eric Sanden, Levi Backholm, Karl-Erik Mitts, Henry Höglund, Meta
Sahlström, Tor-Leif Westman, Adele Östergård, Matts
Andersen, Gerd Hagman-Grönblom, Thor Granfors, Erik Cederholm,
Hilding Rönnqvist, Torsten Ostergård, Ingmar Sundin, Göran
Björk, Agnes Nordlund, Ulla Höglund, Barbro Bäckström,
Göran Heinonen and Måns Ekholm.
other part of the book that is a widespread and comprehensive genealogy
analysis was written by Ragnar Hagman, Leo Achrén, Göran
Berglund, Ulla Höglund and Eric Sanden.