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Re: NILSSON/NEILSON family, Gothenberg Sweden area.
Posted by: Judy Baouab (ID *****7724) Date: February 07, 2011 at 10:11:13
In Reply to: NILSSON/NEILSON family, Gothenberg Sweden area. by John Nadolski of 663

There is a forum for Sweden which you really need to be using. Type Sweden into the "Jump to Forum" space at the top right of this page. Use this link to provide what has been worked on so far, so that the helpers won't have to waste their time "reinventing the wheel".

http://genforum.genealogy.com/cgi-bin/pageload.cgi?sweden::neilson::645.html

Nilsson was not a family name which would have been passed down from father to son for generations. You don't come from a never ending line of Nilssons.

Nilsson was a patronymic last name. The father's given name (probably Nils in this case; his last name could be anything) plus (usually, not always) a possessive s, plus "son" for male children and "dotter" for female children formed the patronymic last name.

People in cities were quicker to adopt a "family name", and the patronymic customs were coming to an end near the late 1800s and ended with the name law in 1901. Therefore, it is possible that your ancestor's father had Nilsson as his patronymic last name and it is possible your ancestor left Sweden with Nilsson. However, you will have problems if you expect the fathers of each generation to always be Nilsson.

Be sure to read this interesting and informative article about Swedish naming customs. You MUST understand those customs or you will end up researching the wrong lines.

http://web.comhem.se/~u31263678/genealogy/Names.pdf



"Gamlestad, Västra Götaland Län, Sverige" means Gamlestad (a parish), Västra Götaland län = Västra Götaland county, Sweden.

Gamlestad parish was in Göteborg och Bohus county until very recent times (1998). In genealogy, we use the historical counties and not the modern counties. Västra Götaland is a modern county. Göteborg och Bohus is an historical county.

I think Gamlestad is near (or part of) the city of Göteborg.I've seen it referred to as Göteborgs Gamlestad. (Göteborg is the Swedish name for Gothenburg.)

This url has both a map of historical counties of Sweden and a map of modern counties of Sweden.

http://www.algonet.se/~hogman/swe_counties_map_eng.htm

Your post sounds as if you have been looking at Ancestry.com (international version), which has uploaded a Swedish cd with port emigrations. The place of origin from that database (Emihamn) is the place the person was living at the time of leaving Sweden. It may or may not be the parish of birth.

The Emihamn database has been available for a long time and I own that cd (and also the cd from which Ancestry.com uploaded their information.)

I don't see him on Emihamn, however. Please provide the entire lookup (including source: ticket number).

There is an Emibas database just for the city of Göteborg. I found a hit matching the name and birthdate, but the mother's name doesn't fit. This man did leave from Gamlestad parish, so that does fit.


Name: ALEXANDER VIKTOR NILSSON
Gender: M Born: 1869-11-27
Parish: GBG:S KRISTINE (Göteborgs Kristina parish) County: O (Göteborg och Bohus)
Move parish: GBG:S KRISTINE County: O
Title: JÄRNSVARVARE = worker at a steel mill. Civil status: OG (unmarried)
Home parish: GBG:S GAMLESTAD (Göteborgs Gamlestad parish) County: O
Resident: 12 ROTE 18 D
Date of emigration: 1893-05-05 Age: 23
Alone/Family: ALONE
Dest country: NORDAMERIKA Country code: US
Father: JOHAN EDVARD AUGUST NILSSON
Mother: INGA BRITTA NILSDOTTER
Main document: Document No: 015


Using the above information, I checked the 1880 Swedish Census CD.

Nilsson, Johan August       1829       Father
(Saknar efternamn), Inga Britta       1831       Mother
(Barn), Johan Alfred       1853       Child
(Barn), Charls Emil       1860       Child
(Barn), Nils Johan Adolf       1863       Child
(Barn), Alexander Vicktor       1869       Child
(Barn), Hulda Carolina       1858       Child


Record 1880-14-208-3164

Nilsson, Johan August
Arbetare = worker

b. 1829 in Gudhem (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Man, married, father

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Gudhem Skaraborgs län


Record 1880-14-208-3165

Inga Britta

b. 1831 in Gudhem (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Hustru = wife
Woman, married, mother

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Gudhem Skaraborgs län


Record 1880-14-208-3166

Johan Alfred

b. 1853 in Göteborg (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Son
Man, single, child

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Göteborg Göteborgs- och Bohuslän

Record 1880-14-208-3167

Charls Emil

b. 1860 in Göteborg (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Son
Man, single, child

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Göteborg Göteborgs- och Bohuslän


Record 1880-14-208-3168

Nils Johan Adolf

b. 1863 in Göteborg (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Son
Man, single, child

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Göteborg Göteborgs- och Bohuslän


Record 1880-14-208-3169

Alexander Vicktor

b. 1869 in Göteborg (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Son
Man, single, child

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Göteborg Göteborgs- och Bohuslän


Record 1880-14-208-3170

Hulda Carolina

b. 1858 in Göteborg (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Dotter = daughter
Woman, single, child

Huset n:r 18 D Danska vägen
Göteborgs Gamlestad-Kristine-domkyrkoförs — stad rote 12 (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (in the database): Göteborg Göteborgs- och Bohuslän
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1890 Swedish Census CD:

Nilsson, Johan Edvard August       1829       F
(Barn), Charles Emil       1860       Ch
(Barn), Nils Johan Adolf       1865       Ch
(Barn), Alexander Victor       1869       Ch
Andersson, Elin Brigitta Elisabet       1882       Ch


Post 2715842

Nilsson, Johan Edvard August
f.d. Lokom. Eld. = former locomotive fireman/stoker, I think.

b. 1829

Widower (father)

12 Roten 18 D
Göteborgs Gamlestad (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Post 2715845

Charles Emil
filare = filer (I assume he used a file as a tool.)

b. 1860 i Göteborgs Kristine (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

s.
Man, single (child)

12 Roten 18 D
Göteborgs Gamlestad (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Kristine

Post 2715846

Nils Johan Adolf

b. 1865 i Göteborgs Kristine (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

s.
Man, single (child)

12 Roten 18 D
Göteborgs Gamlestad (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Kristine


Post 2715844

Alexander Victor

b. 1869 i Göteborgs Kristine (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

s.
Man, single (child)

12 Roten 18 D
Göteborgs Gamlestad (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Kristine


Post 2715843

Andersson, Elin Brigitta Elisabet

b. 1882 i Göteborgs domkyrkoförs (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

fost.d.= foster daughter
Girl (child)

12 Roten 18 D
Göteborgs Gamlestad (Göteborgs och Bohus län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Domk.fs.

I am not related.

Judy


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