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The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center has these church records for
Elk County, Pennsylvania. I have learned a great deal about my family using
these church records but you need to either go there to research or pay them to
research for you. If they joined these churches, you will learn where they
were born in Sweden and much more, but even nonmembers had ministerial acts in
HIST = congregational history, MINS = meeting minutes, MEMB = membership
records, M/A = ministerial acts (baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals)
*(Remember that these microfilms are reference materials and are not
available via interlibrary loan.
PA ELK DAGUS MINES MARIA LUTHERAN CHURCH L 1890 S-670
MINS 1887-1906;MEMB 1890-1956;M/A '92-56
PA ELK INSTANTER GUSTAF ADOLFS FÖRSAMLING L
S-6942 MEMB 1893-98;SEE NAZARETH LUTH WILCOX
PA ELK JOHNSONBURG MISSION COVENANT CHURCH C 1890 S-814
MINS 1889-1935;MEMB 1889-1944;M/A 1889-1944
PA ELK RIDGWAY BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN CHURCH L 1882 S-695
MEMB 1882-1959;M/A 1892-1971
PA ELK RIDGWAY EVANGELICAL COVENANT CHURCH C 1884 S-818
HIST-1934;MINS '85-99;MEMB '84-22;M/A-1960
PA ELK WILCOX EVANG MISSION COVENANT CHC1893 S-819
MINS 1893-1921;MEMB 1893-1945
PA ELK WILCOX NAZARETH LUTHERAN CHURCH L 1875 S-6941 MINS 1875-1930
PA ELK WILCOX NAZARETH LUTHERAN CHURCH L 1875 S-6942 MEMB 1875-1930;M/A
The Swenson Center has extensive materials and they may be able to tell you
what church that minister was affiliated with. Usually "Minister of the Gospel"
wasn't a term used by a Lutheran minister.
Orland Park, Illinois
Sent: 7:31 P.M. U.S. Central Time, August 31
Mark D. Johnson wrote that he had Swedish relatives from Halland, Sweden
who had settled in Elk County, Pennsylvania in his posting earlier, and
he knew that it had been a destination for a good number of Swedes.
Mark - may I impose to ask a couple of questions about research in that
area? I have found a marriage record in Elk County where John Johnson
married Mary Larson in Ridgeway 8 July 1892. The license was issued 6
July 1892 and the certificate was filed by the county on 9 July 1892.
It records that the marriage was performed by E.J. Nordan, Minister of
the Gospel. [Marriage License Docket of the Orphans' Court of Elk
County, Book 2 - LDS microfilm No 11288525] Do you have any experience
that might point to the church that E.J. Nordan was affiliated with?
I haven't found any really good birth records for Elk County in the time
period of 1893 through 1899 - have you found any?
I should explain that I am a long time devotee of the LDS Family History
Library films and fiche that I can use at my nearby Family History
Center. Mark, if I have access to any Elk County records in that format
that you might find useful - please don't hesitate to ask.
This week I'm heading back to rescan the passenger arrivals microfilm
that I'd searched for 29-31 yr old arrivals - perhaps I can find a
matching arrival for the 28 yr old that you've detailed to me. The
Ridgeway connection was too exciting to ignore.
Thank you Bonnie. My notes in my new notebook for this foray into
Swedish research are growing exponentially! I feel the need to draw
back and study some maps and geography - "get my bearings" so to speak.
I also saw a Swedish-English dictionary at the used book store the
other day - I'd better hurry back down there and grab it!
We've had quite a few persons who have already ordered microfilms and
microfiche for various parishes of Sweden at the LDS Family History
Center nearest to me - I also need to check what is already there and
available for me to look at. I also have a friend who is half Swedish
and half Norwegian - I'll have to send an email to that friend too -
they may have suggestions for my continued study.
Bonnie Gruber wrote:
> Yes, GID is the Genline identification number. The numbers before the
> first period identify the parish, the number(s) after the first period
> indicate the book (span of years and type of record--births, deaths,
> etc.), and the last group of numbers indicate the page (not the actual
> page number in the book).
This is the url for the public library, perhaps they have a genealogy section
and documents and city records, newspapers or clippings.
Ridgeway Free Public Library (Elk County)
Yes, GID is the Genline identification number. The numbers before the
first period identify the parish, the number(s) after the first period
indicate the book (span of years and type of record--births, deaths,
etc.), and the last group of numbers indicate the page (not the actual
page number in the book).
On Aug 31, 2004, at 5:11 PM, PR wrote:
> I'll assume that gid is some sort of id number associated with
> genline - unless you tell me differently -
Mark - That is far more interesting than I'd ever imagined possible!
Ridgeway, Elk County, Pennsylvania is where this John Johnson later
married Mary Larson. The family always claimed that his first
employment was in McKean County - but it so close in location - I'm as
happy as I can be.
You've also given me a quick and concise geography lesson.
I have some verification to do in the best sources I can get hold of!
I'll check for records in the parish to try to match the parents. I've
used other Scandinavian church records - I can learn to use the Swedish
Thank you! Thank you! If every I can return the favor - I'd be happy to.
Mark D. Johnson wrote:
> Hej -
> This record from the Emigrant CD may be of interest:
> First name: JOH
> Last name: JOHANNESON
> Age: 28 Gender: M
> Parish: TVETA County: S [code for Värmland]
> Port: GÖTEBORG
> Date: 1888 05 25
> Destination: RIDGWAY
> Fellows: NEJ [= no, that is, he traveled alone
> on his ticket]
> Source: 35:465:21053
> Ridgway is in Elk County, Pennsylvania, and was a destination for many
> Swedes at about this time, including a couple of my relatives from
> Halland. Note that there are several parishes named Tveta in Sweden,
> in different areas of the country - this record refers to the one in
> Hope this helps -
> Mark Johnson
> Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
Is it possible to get more information on these people. I would love to get
more. I would also like to know if there is any family to contact as well.
Svenska kyrkan. Mora socken, Födde 1828-1873 CI:8-10, Anteckning om
Baptistbarn som undandragits dop 1855-1868 CI:10; inkl. Våmhus socken vol
(Swedish church. Mora parish. Births 1828-1873 CI:8-10 (the fiche this film
was made from, I think. C are records for births, marriages, and deaths, if
I recall correctly). Notes of Baptist children who "evaded" baptism
1855-1868 CI:10; includes Våmhus parish vol. CI:8-9.)
Before coming to the United States his Swedish name was Anders Persson. He
was born 29 Aug 1837 in Indor (Mora)Sweden. He is the son of Bagg
Petermatsons or Pehr Matsons his mother was con'e Andersdaughter
According to the (Swedish church. Mora parish. Births 1828-1873 CI:8-10 (the
fiche this film was made from, records for births, marriages, and deaths).
Notes of Baptist children who "evaded" baptism 1855-1868 CI:10; includes
Våmhus parish vol. CI:8-9.)
Here you will find information about Anders Persson.
Before coming to the United States his Swedish name was Anders
Persson/Pehrsson (Andrew Peterson. He is the son of Bagg Petermatsons or
Pehr Matsons and his mother was con'e Andersdaughter. He was born 29 Aug
1837, Mora, Koppargerg, What is most interesting is that it shows his
mother Carin Andersson was also born in Indor, Mora, Kopparberg, Sweden.
Margarett Jonson was born in Ora, Stockholm Sweden. Her parents are Jonas
Erickson or John Ericcon her mother was Maragaretta Jonson from Stockholm
Sweden is a country where by law everyone had to go/belong to a the church
and records were kept of every event including when they moved into and out
of a parish and where they went and came from.
I am trying to find more information on Marten Persson Harves,born in
1692. The HFL did not show a place of birth but I am assuming it was in
Sala,Vastmanland as his children were born there. He married Catherina
Ersdotter who was born in 1695. Their daughter was Madame Regina M.
Harves,born in 1738 and married Anders Lilja. Does the name "Harves" have
any meaning and could it be a soldier name? The last year listed in the
HFKL is 1692 and I was unable able to find him there,or maybe I just
missed it.I would like to find his parents as well as Catherina's.Also,
what would be the meaning of the title "Madame"? Thank you.
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There are various prices of subscriptions to Genline. Look at this page. The
price is slightly over a dollar a day.
Genline offers special deals, from time to time. Some of them are truly
reasonable (such as the soon-to-be completed summer subscription deal and another
one which cost $13 or something like that for two weeks (if I recall
correctly), and if you have a lot of Swedish research to do and if the parishes you need
are available, the cost is not very high if you figure out what it costs you
per day. To rent the microfilms from a Family History Center costs at least
$3.25 per microfilm for a month's rental and you need to order many films and
then you have to wait for the films to arrive at the Family History Center and
you have to view them at the Family History Center.
From the Genline site:
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Genealogy is not a cheap hobby but I don't think that Genline is necessarily
very expensive, as your source said. You certainly don't need to subscribe for
a year at a time. There are several short term options.
Orland Park, Illinois
Sent: 11:32 P.M. U.S. Central Time, August 30
In a message dated 8/30/2004 11:18:10 PM Central Standard Time,
What does it cost to subscribe to Genline? I read comments about the high
cost of it, but how high is high? Jeanine
> Skattefri = tax-free, exempted
> Krympling = cripple
Thank you Gladys. I'm thinking he was too old (in his late 70's) to be
productive, his last son left in 1842. His son-in-law John Larsson was
living with him but maybe one person wasn't enough. My goodness, how did
they live? (Of course if I worry about this now, I'll use up my hours!)
Crunch time: only 14 more hours of Genline....
Could I ask someone to please look at GID 1470.6.26400. The note for Nils Svensson (at the very top of the page). I think it begins "skat___". Does it apply to tax? His wife also has a note which I can read; she is crippled. I am wondering if the note applies also to an illness; he died in 1854. Nils was my farfar's mormor's far.
(I learned in 1963 I can't do an overnighter. Oh dear.)
Thank you, thank you. This is definitely them. I expect Bernadine is
"Henrietta". My cousin had an approximation of Skövde, but we truly needed
this to get the parish name and province.
Don't know what I'd do without you all.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark D. Johnson" <mdjonson(a)nconnect.net>
Sent: Monday, August 30, 2004 7:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Sweden] Emigranten Look-up: Carl Linden
> Hej Janet -
> Here is a possibility for Clara:
> First name: CLARA S
> Last name: LINDÉN
> Age: 40 Gender: K
> Parish: SKÖVDE County: R [code for Skaraborg]
> Port: GÖTEBORG
> Date: 1888 09 07
> Destination: NEW YORK
> Fellows: JA
> Source: 36:570:23341
> She was traveling with:
> LINDÉN AUGUST 15 SKÖVDE R 1888 NEW YORK
> LINDÉN ESTER 4 SKÖVDE R 1888 NEW YORK
> LINDÉN HENRIETTA 11 SKÖVDE R 1888 NEW YORK
> LINDÉN JOHAN 9 SKÖVDE R 1888 NEW YORK
> May not be yours, as they are not from Skåne and there is no Bernadine
> listed, but this is the closest match I could find on the CD.
> If the above is them, this may be your Carl:
> First name: KARL GUSTAF
> Last name: LINDÉN
> Age: 38 Gender: M
> Parish: SKÖVDE County: R
> Port: GÖTEBORG
> Date: 1887 03 25
> Destination: CHICAGO
> Fellows: NEJ
> Source: 31:264:1171
> Hope this helps -
> Mark Johnson
> Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
> Janet Evertsen wrote:
> >I would appreciate an Emigranten CD Look-up for Carl Linden, his wife
Clara, and daughters Bernadine and Esther; Bernadine would have been about
13. We think they emigrated in 1888, but it could be 1887 or 1889. We
think they came from Skåne.
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genline Tveta (S) Births 1860
gid is 535.32.106800
In 1860 there are two Johan born to a father named Johannes:
-Feb 2 bapt 5th
Johan August, f. Johannes Olsson in Karud. No mother's name written.
-Dec18 bapt 23rd
Johan Petter, f. Johannes Pettersson & m. Maria Sofia Uppvall in Getebol
I don't see a likely match for Bengt, but this may be your Olof:
First name: OLOF M
Last name: JOHANSSON
Age: 18 Gender: M
Parish: QVENNEBERGA County: G [code for Kronoberg]
Date: 1891 03 13
Fellows: NEJ [= no, that is, he was traveling
alone on his ticket]
Also traveling from Kvenneberga (modern spelling) to Chicago the same day:
First name: MINA
Last name: NILSDOTTER
Age: 25 Gender: K
Parish: QVENNEBERGA County: G
Date: 1891 03 13
Hope this helps -
>Could I have a lookup up, please for the emigration of Bengt Aron Johnasson, born 11 April 1869 in Släthög, Kronobergs, sometime in March 1891, probably with his brother, Olof Magni, born 25 April 1872, also in Slähög. Destination was Chicago.
Can anyone help me find the Birth District of Goteberg for Johan Edvard
Olsson born between 1872 and 1876. With that information I will be able to
access the District Census and Church Records.
His parents were Jacob Olsson and Annie Olsson (nee Johansdotter).
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> title: man of the house
> Witness at the christening: Carpenter Jöns Weland in Skabersjö
> and his wife Elna Nilsd-r (susc.)
> Notes: Father 36 y. Married for 6 1/2 y.
> Also the following...
> title..farm labourer but sometimes used for son
and title..maid but sometimes also just daughter
> Notes..Written consensus from the fiancés mother Erikan Bengta Nilsdotter
Lena A L
If that is the only info. that you have, it is not a simple matter to find him
Have you first looked in the LDS
for Johan Olsson
b. 1872 + or - 2 yrs
One listed with middle name Edvard (among hundreds of Johan Olsson )
is shown below. There might be others.
Perhaps writing to the G�teborg Landsarkivet will help to get started.
Click Sources, then National Archives, to find the Landsarkiven link.
Johan Edvard OR twin Olausson Male
Event(s):Birth: 25 FEB 1872 Vasterlanda, Goteborg Och Bohus, SwedenChristening: Death: Burial:
Parents: Father: Olaus Petersson Family Mother: Brita Christina Svensson
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