Swedish American Church Book Photographing Project in Minnesota Begins

Many Swedes who immigrated to the United States settled in Minnesota. Thus, we are excited to announce that we have begun to photograph Swedish American church books from congregations in Minnesota. Our first stop was in Dalbo, Minnesota, where we have been able to photograph records from several Minnesota congregations. None of these volumes are yet available online, but we will be soon adding these records.

minnesota filming projectAnna Björkman and Janet Carlson in  Dalbo, Minnesota.

Photographing the church books in Minnesota is our second United States project. In 2015, we photographed over 1,100 church books from Kansas. We have posted a number of blogs about the Swedish American church books in Kansas. Below are links to a few of these blogs.

Swedish American Church Books from Kansas (Link)
Overview of the Swedish American Church Books in Kansas (Link)
Search for a parish of origin in the Swedish American church books (Link)
Biographical sketch in the Swedish American church books (Link)

Read the announcement in the Swedish blog.

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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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George Washington born in Nederkalix

While researching our family history, many of us have discovered unusual or odd names in our family or sometimes when browsing in the church book records we have encountered one.

In the parish of Nederkalix in Norrbotten county, a child born on March 6, 1880 was named George Washington.  The image of his birth record is shown below.george washingtonNederkalix CI:8 (1877-1894) Image 61 / page 58 (AID: v138293.b61.s58, NAD: SE/HLA/1010131)  Link.

George Washington’s parents were inspector, Axel Brattberg, and his wife, Maria Kant. All his siblings had ordinary names. As to why he was named George Washington after the first President of the United States, one can only speculate.  You can see the household examination record showing the family group at the following reference.
Nederkalix AI:10c (1879-1890) Image 196 / page 638 (AID: v138260.b196.s638, NAD: SE/HLA/1010131)  Link.

Have you discovered any of your Swedish ancestors named after a historical figure?

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