Source Information

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
Ancestry.com. U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017.
Original data: Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths/Burials (Swedish Churches), Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, Minnesota, USA.

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, USA.

About U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1947

The records in this collection consist of administrative records from select affiliates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. There are also select records from Canada. Indexes have been provided for baptisms, marriages, burials, and membership records (arrivals, dismissals, and member lists), as well as congregational histories and biographical files of church leaders. The member lists in particular have a wealth of information, including vital dates and emigration information. Some member lists may include the location in Sweden an individual or family was originally from. Records are written in either English or Swedish.

Records vary, but the information found may include:

Baptism

  • Name and Gender
  • Name of the Mother
  • Name of the Father
  • Birth Date and Place
  • Baptism Date and Place
  • Church

Marriage

  • Name and Age
  • Name and Age of the Spouse
  • Marriage Date and Place
  • Church

Burial

  • Name, Age, and Gender
  • Death Date and Place
  • Burial or Funeral Date and Place
  • Church

Member List

  • Name, Age, and Gender
  • Birth Date and Place
  • Baptism Date
  • Marriage Date and Place
  • Death Date and Place
  • Arrival Date and Place
  • Departure Place

Patronymic Surnames in this Collection

Although the patronymic naming system was still in use in Sweden during the early period of these records, most of the records follow a family surname pattern.

Questions about Swedish American Genealogy?

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