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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United States Naturalization Records in Nebraska Collection

We now have 118 archives in our Nebraska collection. Most of these archives are Swedish American congregation records but not all are church records. One interesting collection in the Nebraska archives consists of declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization and final papers for United States citizenship. These records are from the District Court of Polk County in Osceola, Nebraska.

The process for United States citizenship was generally a two-step process. After a person lived in the U.S. for two years, the person could file a “declaration of intention” to become a citizen. After three additional years, the person could file a petition for naturalization. After the petition was granted, the person was given a certification of naturalization and became a citizen. Click here for more information about the naturalization process.

These applications for citizenship primarily the “declaration of intention” are often used to help a person identify where their ancestor came from in Sweden. Below is the declaration of intention for Axel Theodore Norstrom.

declaration of intentionDistrict Court of Polk County, Osceola, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1907-1922) Image 47 / page 33 (AID: v896407.b47.s33, NAD) Link.

The “declaration of intention” includes such information as physical description, age, occupation, birth date and birth place, emigration place, often name of ship along with date of arrival and arrival port.

In the above record dated 18th of January 1909 we see that Axel was born in Skinnskatteberg parish in Sweden on the 10th of September 1863. He is now living in Stromsberg, Nebraska. The record states that he emigrated from Göteborg, Sweden on the ship, Arabic, and arrived in the port of Boston, Massachusetts on the 14th of October 1905. His last residence in Sweden is Malma. (Note – in the declaration of intention it looks like Malmo but as we do more research, we discover that the last residence in Sweden is in the parish of Malma in Västmanland county).

With the above information, we can jump into the Swedish church book records and verify the information on the declaration of intention. We can search for the birth books for Skinnskatteberg parish and look for his birth record in 1863. Below is his birth record.

norstroms birth recordSkinnskatteberg (U) C:11 (1862-1878) Image 26 (AID: v74059.b26, NAD: SE/ULA/11336) Link.

We can follow him in the household books from the time of his birth until his emigration. Below is the household record showing him emigrating from Malma parish in Västmanland county to America in 1905. You notice that his Swedish name is “Axel Teodor Norström” and the American version is ” Axel Theodore Norstrom”.

norstrom hfl emigration recordMalma (U) AII:2 (1902-1914) Image 150 / page 3 (AID: v263759.b150.s3, NAD: SE/ULA/11056) Link.

You can find the “declarations of intentions” in the District Court Polk County, Nebraska Archives in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New Archive search.
  • Select county, Nebraska.
  • Select District Court of Polk County, Osceola, Nebraska USA archive.
  • Select the book with the years that you are interested in.
  • Each book contains a name register in the front of the book.

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