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Re: Looking for "Carlson" and “Johnson” family information, late 1800's-early 1900's
Posted by: Judy Baouab (ID *****7724) Date: March 18, 2011 at 07:50:34
In Reply to: Looking for "Carlson" and “Johnson” family information, late 1800's-early 1900's by Stephanie Ingram of 374

These are exceedingly common Swedish names, although Wecall is a name I've never seen in Swedish records. Perhaps your spelling is off. I can't find any Wecall in various Swedish database and the name doesn't sound Swedish to me.

At any rate, you should get as much information as possible from U.S. records. For example, the U.S. Federal Census for 1900 provides a month and year of birth and a year of immigration. The 1910-1920-1930 U.S. Federal Censuses provide a year of immigration. Those four censuses may not have the same year of immigration but you should be able to get a better idea of when they left Sweden using that resource.

Also check the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center. The Swenson Center has a website which you can google, but its extensive collection of records is NOT online. We need to go there to research or pay them to research for us. They have records which are difficult or even impossible to find elsewhere and many of us have found the parish of birth in Sweden (essential if you want to research in Swedish records) and we have also learned essential facts (baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and funerals, etc. using their records which go up to about 1930.

The following site has a link to an article called "Tracing Your Swedish Ancestry". It provides an overview of Swedish genealogy and also has ideas for gathering clues.

This page tells what is needed to find Swedish ancestors in Sweden and also provides ideas on how to gather that information.

Have you been able to find Harry James Johnson born 1926 in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census? What does that census say about his family? (the ones coming from Sweden, in particular)


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