The first notable Swedish migration to North America took place between 1638 and 1655, when the colony of New Sweden was established along the lower reaches of the Delaware River. The vast majority of Swedes immigrated during the period of the Great Migration, 1850 through 1930, and by the time the 2000 U.S. federal census was taken, there were 4 million Americans claiming Swedish roots.
In just four laminated pages, this “at a glance” guide by Robert Johnson, JD, CG, gives you all the information you’ll ever need to begin tracing your Swedish ancestors. After a discussion of Swedish immigration and migration, Johnson offers details about the Swedish language and Swedish surnames that will help you unlock your Swedish family history. He then goes on to highlight the major record sources, repositories, and online resources. Sprinkled throughout are tips and additional references for you to consult.
If you have Swedish ancestry, there’s no better place to begin or proceed with your family history research than Genealogy at a Glance: Swedish Genealogy Research.