The Swenson Center focuses on materials made by Swedish-Americans. They have
little in the way of Swedish parish records. I think they have all of
Kopparberg läns parish records which have been filmed and part of Kronobergs records.
They have Swedish emigration records and other indexes such as various cds and
lots of books written in Sweden but they don't have (nor do they have room
for, most likely) the rest of the Swedish parish records. (They do sell some, of
course, by contacting SVAR for us, but the cost would be prohibitive without
a specific parish.)
It would be nice to live close by the Swenson Center but I should not
complain too much. I have other resources (such as the Chicago branch of the National
Archives) about a half hour from my home. It was nice to meet Helene Leaf and
Chuck Maki at the Swenson Center on this trip. Maybe I'll run into you some
Good luck and have fun!
Orland Park, Illinois
Sent: 10:58 A.M. U.S. Central Time, July 29
In a message dated 7/29/2005 7:39:05 AM Central Standard Time,
I had thought the Swensen Center might have info after 1900 but they said
that they didn't.