New Database: Swedish Emigration Records, 1783-1951

Stockholm, Sweden-Art Institute 1897.bmpThis past week, Ancestry added Swedish Emigration Records, 1783-1951 to its database collections. This collection contains various Swedish emigration records from 1783-1951. Specifically it includes the following five databases:

1. EmiHamn: Passengers traveling to North America (with a few to Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, and Russia) from:

  • Göteborg, 1869-1951 (1,135,888 records)
  • Hamburg, 1850-1891 (21,708 records)
  • Helsingborg, 1929-1950 (413 records)
  • Kalmar, 1881-1893 (3,338 records)
  • Köpenhamn, 1868-1898 (56,127 records)
  • Malmö, 1874-1928 (165,876 records)
  • Norrköping, 1859-1922 (8,545 records)
  • Stockholm, 1869-1940 (34,887 records)

2. EmiLarsson: Written letters to the agents Larsson Brothers & Co, 1879-1911 (consisting of 50,000 letters from the emigrants and about 12,000 answers from the Larsson Brothers). The original letters are bound into 109 volumes. The Larsson Brothers archive in Göteborg is the only emigrant agent archive in the world. The reference code for each record gives reference to the actual letter held at the county archive in Göteborg.

3. EmiPass: Passport holders from 1783 to 1860, compiled from original records kept at the county archive in Göteborg (16,012 records)

4. EmiSal: Passengers from the Swedish America Line, 1915-1950 both to and from America (242,000 records)

5. EmiSjo: Sailors who were listed in the sailor houses in Göteborg, Lysekil, Marstrand Strömstad, and Uddevalla and who are recorded as discharges, escapees or dead outside of Europe, 1812-1930 (16,996 records).

Information available in these records will vary according to database and original record type. The following is a list of the type of information that may be found among these records:

  • Name (given and surname)
  • Age and/or birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Gender
  • Occupation or title
  • Residence or place of origin
  • Emigration date
  • Destination
  • Port of departure
  • Ship name
  • Database name (EmiHamn, EmiLarsson, EmiPass, EmiSal, or EmiSjo)

Click here to search this database.

10 thoughts on “New Database: Swedish Emigration Records, 1783-1951

  1. Would I be correct that this database requires a Deluxe membership to access? If this is true, when you write up these announcements would be please indicate this.


  2. Think I left out one word – World- Deluxe. Or would Ancestry offer this for a month only if this would be the only world database one wants to check?


  3. Regarding both of Eileen Holt’s comments about the Swedish Immigration Records: I am in agreement with her. Thanks Eileen.


  4. I agree I hate to be fished in and not realize its an advertising ploy. My favorite is Canada not being part of North America.

  5. I know that many people think is a ripoff, but my comment is about the actual Swedish Emigration records. I have used Swedish church records obtained from FHC and genline, plus even some ship records looking for sailors- all without knowing Swedish, there are helpful hints plus Swedish-English dictionary which help. Once you know what the column titles are, and many are Swedish words that just look like what they are, you can read names, dates, towns and parishes and make real progress. Transcribing these would just add another level of possible error, things are already complicated by names changes, finding the right town or parish. My point is-don’t be afraid to dive into Swedish records because you don’t know Swedish. There is way too much value in these Swedish records to let that slow you down.

  6. At various times I too am frustrated with my searching on Ancestry – but I will say membership has been worth every single penny I’ve spent – For the comforts of allowing searches at my availability – as my time permits! My main interest is Swedish also, and I too purchased this Emigraten CD several years ago. It is easy to decipher the info found within it. Had I not known about or purchased this CD before Ancestry’s offering, I’d be signing up for the World deluxe membership right now! I feel the addition of these Swedish records (if that is your interest) will make the deluxe membership very worth it! It might save you a trip to Sweden, or better yet encourage a trip there to meet actual relatives and visit actual roots!!
    I know the deluxe membership has saved me many trips to many places that otherwise I would not be able to visit and search until retirement! So for that I’m thankful. This Swedish information is wonderful – I think most would be thankful to have the easy access to it. I know deluxe membership is a lot
    but I am serious about my ancestry and this is the least expensive way to search it – and when I find something I say my membership is worth it!

  7. The picture at the top of this page is showing the main building at the big 1897 Exhibition that took place that year at Djurgården in Stockholm, to celebrate King Oscar II:s 25 years as a king. The exhibition ran for the whole summer, and my grandmother who was then 12 years old, had many wonderful memories from it. She had a season ticket as her father was one of the exhibitors.

  8. I, also am very serious about my ancestry, and have been searching for a long time to find proof of ancestors…The problem with having to upgrade is that , those of us that cant afford the extra money to give out…there are those of us that, love and enjoy very much doing our history, but dont make enough to have memberships to these types of things, ive been stuck on 4 paticular people for months now, because i cant afford to get the memberships, although I believe that finding your roots should be free, after all they are family, I think it would be awsome if they could offer some of these things free for a time, to give the rest of us a chance…It gets very discouraging when you can’t get anywere…

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