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Axel Wilhelm Leo
Posted by: Judy Baouab (ID *****7724) Date: September 28, 2010 at 06:54:19
In Reply to: Axel Levin and Beda C Bergman Levin by Andrea Flanagan of 1631

Emibas CD:

Post 659839

Levin, Axel Wilhelm Leo
Soldatson = soldier's son. (unmarried man)

b. 7/11/1880 in Österplana, Skaraborgs län (Västergötland)

Emigrated 4/18/1898
from Kohlebäck, Österplana, Skaraborgs län (Västergötland)
to Amerika

Source: Household Examination Roll, p. 269

Emibas migration file ID: Österplana R 1898 001

Emihamn database:

Emihamn was made from registrations with Swedish port police before leaving Sweden. (Swedes also left through ports in Norway, Denmark, and Germany, for example, so this database doesn't include everyone who left Sweden.)

First name: AXEL V L
Last name: LEVIN
Age: 17 Gender: M
Parish: ÖSTERPLANA County: R (Skaraborg)
Date: 1898 04 22
Destination: MITCHELS
Fellows: NEJ
Source: 61:409:4421

1890 Swedish Census CD:

Johansd:r Leo, Maja       1840       M
(Barn), Albert Julius       1877       Ch
(Barn), Axel Wilhelm       1880       Ch

Post 3197448

Johansd:r Leo, Maja

b. 1840 i Österplana (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Widow (mother)

Österplana (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Österplana

Post 3197449

Albert Julius

b. 1877 i Österplana (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Boy (child)

Österplana (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Österplana

Post 3197450

Axel Wilhelm

b. 1880 i Österplana (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Boy (child)

Österplana (Skaraborgs län, Västergötland)

Place of birth (original source): Österplana

1880 Swedish Census: (subscription)

Homeparish:        Österplana
Residence:        Kohlebäck
County:        Skaraborg
Page:        8
Row:        23

August Leo, b. 1845 in Hangelösa Skaraborgs län, Soldat f.d.= former soldier

wife Maja Johansdotter, b. 1840 in Österplana Skaraborgs län


Carl Johan, b. 1868 in Österplana Skaraborgs län
Gustaf, b. 1871 in Österplana Skaraborgs län
Anders Nicolaus, b. 1873 in Österplana Skaraborgs län
Albert Julius, b. 1877 in Österplana Skaraborgs län
Axel Wilhelm, b. 1880 in Österplana Skaraborgs län

Apparently Leo was the father's soldier name. Levin must be a surname adopted by Axel Wilhelm. Swedes LOVE to change names. Read this article about Swedish naming customs.

Chautauqua County, New York is VERY much populated with Swedes, especially the city of Jamestown. A branch of my family lived there and they were the easiest to research of all my lines. (I found enough information to find living descendants of two previously unknown sisters of my farmor (father's mother). Much is available to help find information. The following is at least some of what I used to research there.

1. There are a lot of Swedish American church records for that area at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. They have a website (Google it.) but their extensive collection of records is NOT online. We need to go there to research or pay them to research for us.

2. There are quite a few Swedish American newspapers on microfilm and found at the Swenson Center. The Swenson Center will loan those newspapers (but not anything else) through interlibrary loan. I found some useful obituaries in those papers, plus other useful information.

3. There are quite a few city directories for that area (similar in some ways to a phone book but used before most people had phones. They list occupations, etc.)

4. I used marriage applications (on microfilm that you can order through a Family History Center) to get information on parents, etc. of those getting married.

5. There is a book about Swedes in Jamestown called "Saga From the Hills" or something like that. There is a person index but be aware that there are plenty of people mentioned in the book who are not listed in that index. I learned, for example, that my dad's cousin Lester Eckman was one of those who loved sledding down a particular hill. That is perhaps not important, but it is interesting to know. It makes Lester more "real".

6. There are U.S. Federal Censuses, of course. I'm sure you know about those, which were enumerated in years ending with 0.

7. New York also had STATE censuses, enumerated mostly in years ending with 5, but I remember that there was one in 1892. Those are great because we don't have those long ten year gaps making it difficult to find people if they moved away.

8. There was a city directory just for Swedes around 1910, give or take a few years. That is available through a Family History Center. (I realize that in your case, your Swedes weren't in Jamestown at that time.)

9. Many of our Swedes were buried in Lake View Cemetery. Those records (or at least, the early ones) are available on microfilm through a Family History Center.

10. If you are able to find at least a month and year of death for your relatives, contact this library to get obits. There is a fee but the obits are exceedingly detailed.

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