Carola Häggkvist

Carola Häggkvist Made History — and So Did Her Ancestors

Carola’s family records and DNA results reveal a deep connection to the history of her homeland. Her family history can be traced back through 9 generations, not only to Sweden, but also to music.

How appropriate that she made such an impressive contribution to her country in the 20th and 21st century through her Eurovision successes

MyHeritage was able to trace Carola’s family history back to Hans Månsson Visslander, her 7th great-grandfather — that’s 9 generations back! Hans’s brother, Magnus Huss was known as Vildhussen, or Wild Huss. When he was 38, King Gustav III of Sweden approved a project to dig a bypass canal from Lake Ragunda to create a smooth channel for transporting logs and lower the water level of the lake. Vildhussen managed the project.

MyHeritage was able to trace Carola’s family history back to Hans Månsson Visslander, her 7th great-grandfather — that’s 9 generations back! Hans’s brother, Magnus Huss was known as Vildhussen, or Wild Huss. When he was 38, King Gustav III of Sweden approved a project to dig a bypass canal from Lake Ragunda to create a smooth channel for transporting logs and lower the water level of the lake. Vildhussen managed the project.

Nils Säverström, a maternal ancestor of Carola’s was a professional bell ringer. Bell ringers had to have a strong musical sense, as the bells were essentially a musical instrument, requiring careful timing and precision. They often taught and led the singing in church, and played the organ in churches that had one. He had 9 children from 2 different mothers, and his sons and grandchildren inherited the profession and continued the tradition in the family.
So it appears that Carola’s musical talent goes back at least 6 generations.
Carola’s 3rd great-grandfather, Lars, was born in 1804 and is the first of her ancestors to take the name of Häggkvist, according to the birth and death record.

Lars was a juror and an innkeeper in Nässland, Sweden. Lars had a daughter named Lydia Häggkvist. She gave birth to Abraham Häggkvist, and his daughter, Ruth Emilia Häggkvist, had a son named Jan Ove. Jan Ove is Carola’s father.

Carola’s great-grandfather, Lars Magnus Rusk, was born in the Karlstad country parish. He served as a soldier in the Alsters Company, Närke regiment. He wasn’t called upon to fight in any wars, since this was a peaceful era of Sweden’s history, but his 1856 enlistment at age 17 shows his commitment to serving his country—a commitment his great-granddaughter Carola inherited.

This enlistment record shows that Lars served in the army when he was 19 2/3 years old, and that he is 6 feet tall.


Unsurprisingly, Carola’s DNA is 100% Northern European.
Carola has over 3,300 relatives from 30 different countries on MyHeritage site that she can now reach out to directly from the MyHeritage platform.

Unsurprisingly, Carola’s DNA is 100% Northern European.
Carola has over 3,300 relatives from 30 different countries on MyHeritage site that she can now reach out to directly from the MyHeritage platform.

86.3%
Scandinavian
13.7%
Finnish

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