In a message dated 11/30/00 12:59:17 AM Central Standard Time,
I'm just getting started on researching my Swedish
ancestors who were in Chicago in 1890. I understand
there was quite a large population of Swedes in the
Chicago area. What was the usual port of entry for
I'm from a Chicago suburb and had several Swedish relatives live here. I
found that my paternal grandparents came from the port of Göteborg in Sweden
and they traveled to Southampton in England. They then went to the port of
New York. That was in 1898. I haven't yet found my grandfather on his
original trip to Chicago, as Johan (John) Olson is hard to distinguish from
others of that name.
My great aunt also left from Göteborg but she went to Liverpool before going
to New York. She also lived in Chicago. That was in 1896.
I had always assumed that Swedes went directly from their Swedish port to the
U.S., but based upon these relatives, I assume now that they must have
changed ships in England. Maybe there were ferries that took them to England.
I have other relatives who lived in Chicago and probably left from Göteborg
too. I haven't found them yet, but have been searching the port of New York
first based upon the results of the ones I found.
This is a very good question and I am interested in any responses you might