A History of Swedish-Americans of Minnesota

Among the Swedish-American church books collection, you will find some scanned books. One is the 3-volume set, A History of Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, published in 1910.

You will find the three volumes by:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select archive type, printed literature
  • Select tryckta skrifter, Minnesota, USA
  • Then you will find the volumes:
    • Swed.AmericansOfMinnesota:1
    • Swed.AmericansOfMinnesota:2
    • Swed.AmericansOfMinnesota:3

You will find a table of contents covering all three volumes in the first volume. Some of the chapter titles are:

  • A Glance at the History of Sweden
  • Minnesota as a State
  • The Swedish Lutheran Church in Minnesota
  • The Swedish Baptists in Minnesota
  • Swedish Methodism in Minnesota
  • Swedish-American Press in Minnesota
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Leading Citizens of Minnesota

You will also find a name index in the first volume covering all volumes.

The chapter, Leading Citizens of Minnesota, begins on page 1028 in volume 3. Below is an image and short biographical sketch of Oscar Anderson, born March 24, 1847, in Åtvid parish in Östergötland county who emigrated from Sweden in 1868. Note – Oscar Anderson is his Americanized name.

leading citizen of minn


Introduction to the Certificate of Poverty (Fattigbevis)

The certificate of poverty (fattigbevis) was an application by a deceased’s surviving relative requesting to waive the performance of the estate inventory (bouppteckning) because the deceased’s estate was of little value or worthless. This certificate has genealogical value because it usually lists the immediate relatives. The certificate of poverty usually contains the following:

  1. Information about the deceased – name, age and death date
  2. Names of immediate surviving relatives
  3. Statement requesting waiver of the estate inventory
  4. Signatures of applicant and witnesses

fattigcertificateStockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelning EIId:29b (1899-1899) Image 460 / page 40 (AID: v554426.b460.s40, NAD: SE/SSA/0145a)  Link

Above is an image of a certificate of poverty that shows the deceased’s son, Alfred Gottfrid Sundgren, is living in Omaha, Nebraska.

You will find certificates of poverty for Stockholm for the years of 1756 to 1910 on ArkivDigital.  Click here to read more about certificates of poverty and how to search for these records on ArkivDigital.