Search passenger ship manifests by name!

We have some exciting news! You can now search by name approximately 1.4 million passenger ship manifests of persons emigrating from Sweden.

The ship manifests for emigrants created by the local police authorities in Göteborg, Malmö, Stockholm and Helsingborg have been available in ArkivDigital for a few years. Now, these manifests have been indexed by name so it is much quicker to search for the emigrant you are seeking.

You can search for the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date or calculated birth year
  • Departure date
  • Departure port
  • Vessel or name of the ship

Search Tips

One tip is that you may wish to be a little creative in your search. Many names have been abbreviated so you should search with the full name and also use various abbreviations.

For many persons, only the age is shown on the manifest. We have calculated a birth year based on the mentioned age at departure. For persons who emigrated in the 1900’s, sometimes a complete birth date is noted in the manifest. If you search by the exact birth date and you do not get a match, you can search by birth year and also by the year before and year after the birth year.

Once you have found the right person in the search results, you can click on the link to see the original manifest. The original record will often include additional information such as the person’s home parish in Sweden along with the destination where the emigrant planned to travel.

emigrant register

The following information is included in the register:

  • Stockholm police (överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden): Approximately 38,000 posts from 1869 – 1940.
  • Gothenburg (Göteborg) police: Approximately 1.24 million posts from 1869 – 1951.
  • Malmö police: Approximately 169,000 posts from 1874 – 1939.
  • Police in Helsingborg: Approximately 11,000 posts from 1907 – 1908, 1929 -1949 along with 1956 – 1964.

Once you find the right person, you can search other archives within ArkivDigital. If the person was still alive in 1940 and living in the United States, you can find more information in the register, Swedes in US 1940. ArkivDigital also has many Swedish-American church books primarily in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska and a few other states. You can find the Swedish-American church books by going to Archive Search and selecting United States as the country. You can also limit the search by state.

To search in the new emigrant’s index:

  • Login at app.arkividigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Select the index, Emigrants, under index source.

The index was created in partnership with Ancestry.

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Jumping the pond becomes easier with the Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The biggest challenge for many persons with Swedish American ancestry is to identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from and his/her Swedish name. For many beginning their research, often one has limited or incorrect information. Many emigrants changed their name and often little information was passed down to the next generation.

But today, it is becoming much easier to find out where an ancestor originated from in Sweden by using the Population of Sweden 1860-1847 index. Even when the information might be incomplete or incorrect, this riddle often now can be solved. The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 index is a searchable name index of all the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years between 1860 and 1947.

Here is an example of a search request. The request is to locate where in Sweden, Swain Pearson, originated. Given information includes a birth date of the 6th of October 1860. Two different emigration dates appeared in the U.S. sources: 1877 and 1875.  The father’s name was Paer Pierson and the mother’s name was Hannah Swans. Also, a sister was named, Bessie Pearson Moline born on the 11th of October 1852 whose emigration dates in the U.S. records were recorded as 1877 and 1866.

One needs to be flexible in the search and use various search criteria. The advanced search offers a variety of possibilities. In this case, we will try a search based on an assumption that the birth dates are correct for Swain and his sister, Bessie. It is better to start wide and then narrow the search.

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We were successful in finding the correct person by doing the following as shown in the above image.

  • Go to Index Search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1846-1847 under Index Source
  • Got to Advanced Search and enter the following information in the following fields:
  • First Name – Look for name beginning with letter S or enter S*
  • Gender – Male
  • Birth date – 1860-10-06

Under the Household section – enter the sister’s birth date – 1852-10-11.

By doing this search, we receive two hits, both for Sven born on the 6th of October 1860 in Djurröd parish in Kristianstad county.

result list sven

We also see in the index record below that he has a sister, Bengta, born on the 11th of October 1852.

sven index record

In doing further verification with other records, this was the correct person. Luckily, the given birth dates were correct. On the index record, Sven’s father is noted as Per Lustig and his mother’s name is Hannah Nils or Nilsdotter. Sven emigrated in 1880. His sister Bengta later known as Bessie emigrated in 1872. One sees the challenges working with incomplete and often incorrect information but with the Population of 1860 – 1947, many of these challenges can be overcome.

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Passenger Ship Lists for Helsingborg and Norrköping

In a previous blog written last December, we stated that passenger ship manifests for emigrants leaving from Göteborg (1869-1935), Malmö (1874-1939) and Stockholm (1869-1940) ports are available on ArkivDigital.  We have recently added passenger lists for persons leaving from Helsingborg. For  Norrköping, we have added the passport journals  (passjournaler) for persons traveling both in and outside of Sweden.

An example of a manifest for a ship leaving from Helsingborg is shown below.
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Polisen i Helsingborg DXII:2 (1907-1908) Image 580 / page 56 (AID: v800539.b580.s56, NAD: SE/LLA/10560)  Link.

The above record shows the following passengers departing from Helsingborg on April 4, 1907 on the ship, United States, traveling to New York.

  1. Worker Otto H. Jönsson 19 years from Kvidinge, Kristianstad going to New York.
  2. Widow Anna Timansson, 58 years from Kvistofta going to Boone, Iowa.
  3. Widow Sigrid Kristensson, 34 years from Kvistofta going to Boone, Iowa with her son Nils T.B. age 1.

You can find these records in the police archives in ArkivDigital.  To search for passenger ship records in ArkivDigital online, click on advanced options in the search window and select police archives and in the list you will find the following entries:

Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900)
Norrköpings poliskammare. Huvudarkivet
Polisen in Helsingborg
Poliskammaren i Malmö
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 1 (ÖÄ): Äldre poliskammaren  (Stockholm 1869-1904)
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 2 (ÖÄ): Poliskammaren (Stockholm 1905-1940)

You can find an article, Introduction to Swedish Passenger Ship Manifests, on our website that gives mores information about the manifests as well as heading translations.

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Hands-On ArkivDigital Workshops in “Little Sweden U.S.A”

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ArkivDigital and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, have a partnership whereby the museum sponsors spring and fall ArkivDigital workshops. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

The 2015 spring workshop will be held the weekend of March 28-29 and the fall workshop will be held on the weekend of September 26-27. We still have a few openings for the spring workshop and registration is open for the fall workshop.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish roots using ArkivDigital. One participant from a past workshop, Leslye from Missouri, summed up the weekend experience by saying, “This weekend was wonderful….personally I learn so much quicker when I can be involved with a hands on approach. I was able to accomplish more in two days than in the past 5 years”.

Lindsborg, Kansas is known as “Little Sweden U.S.A.” because it was settled by Swedish emigrants in 1869 from Värmland. The town is well known for the Svensk Hyllningsfest, and other celebrations promoting its Swedish heritage. The Svensk Hyllningsfest has been held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941.

One of the local attractions is the McPherson County Old Mill Museum with exhibits in 12 buildings showing the lives of early Kansas settlers. One of the buildings is the Swedish Pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum archives include many county records not stored at the local courthouse as well as microfilms and scanned images of Kansas Swedish American churches. The museum receives many visitors exploring their Swedish ancestry and requests for Swedish research.

Attend one of these workshops and discover your Swedish roots and explore the Swedish community of Lindsborg.

Click here for information about the March 2015 workshop.

Click here for information about the September 2015 workshop.

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