Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources

hbd1810Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources is a straight-forward listing of resource pertinent to Americans and Europeans searching their Nordic ancestry. Resources are divided into five major Nordic groups, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, and Swedish. Each group, of course, represents a home country. The book lists resources by this home country association, but offers repositories found in that country as well as American location of records.

Actual resource listings cover national repositories, along with local libraries and regional historical societies. Specific information is listed for groups, including contact information as well as ideas on how best to use the resources found at each location or group. This book also lists a selective bibliography of books covering the Scandinavian culture and history.

About the Author

“Dr. [Charles] Dickson is a college chemistry instructor and an ordained minister in addition to being a freelance writer. He holds degrees from the University of Tampa, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Stetson University, and the University of Florida.”

Dickson is a prolific author, having written books and articles on religion, chemistry, and history. His historical publishings have appeared in Scandinavian Review, The American Dane, The Finnish American Newsletter, Genealogical Helper, Heritage Quest, and Ancestry Newsletter.

He is also of Swedish-American descent.

 

Table of Contents

The Author

Preface

Finding Ancestors in America

Finding Ancestors in Denmark

  • Danish American Resources
  • Danish Immigrant Museum
  • Danish Immigrant Archives
  • Danish American Heritage Society
  • Danish American Historical Archives
  • Danish Brotherhood of American
  • Additional Danish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Danish

Finding Ancestors in Finland

  • Finnish American Resources
  • Finlandia University Library
  • Finnish American Heritage Center
  • Swedish Finn Historical Society
  • Finnish American Historical Society of the West
  • Additional Finnish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Finnish

Finding Ancestors in Iceland

  • Icelandic American Resources
  • Everett Psychiatric Clinic
  • Additional Icelandic Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Icelandic

Finding Ancestors in Norway

  • Norwegian American Resources
  • Augsburg College – Sverdrup Library
  • Norwegian American Historical Associattion
  • Luther College – Preus Library
  • Vesterheim Genealogical Center
  • Sons of Norway International Library
  • Concordia College – Ylvisaker Library
  • Augustana College – Mikkelsen Library
  • Lutheran Brethren Schools Library
  • Bethany Lutheran College Library
  • Pacific Lutheran University – Mortvedt Library
  • Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary Library
  • Additional Norwegian Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Norwegian

Finding Ancestors in Sweden

  • Swedish American Resources
  • The American Swedish Institute
  • American Swedish Historical Foundation
  • The Swedish American Historical Society
  • Swedish Colonial Society
  • Gustavus Adolphus College – Folke Bernadotte Library
  • Baptist General Conference Archives
  • Augustana Historical Society
  • North Park College Library
  • Swenson Swedish Immigration Center
  • Bethany College – Wallerstedt Library
  • Additional Swedish Listings
  • Regional Libraries – Swedish

General Scandinavian Resources

  • Nordic Heritage Museum
  • Scandinavian American Genealogical Society
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – Rolfing Library
  • Scandinavian Periodicals and Newspapters
  • Scandinavian Studies and Language Instruction
  • Places with Scandinavian Names

General Genealogical Resources

Bibliography

 

Copies of Scandinavian-American Genealogical Resources are available from Family Roots Publishing; Price: $14.70.

Finding Family Connections in Iceland

Icelanders have a problem few experience elsewhere in the World. With an isolated population of only 300,000, Icelanders face the very real threat of accidental incest. The concern may be more urban legend than not, then again, it seems to be a real enough fear that Íslendigabók, a genealogical information website for Iceland’s inhabitants, plays on the legend in their commercials. Read more in the following article from the Global Post:

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — The television commercial for a local mobile phone company here wouldn’t work in many places outside Iceland.

It portrays a curly-haired couple who just woke up next to each other after what appears to be a one-night stand. (That isn’t the scandalous part in this famously liberal society.)

The two are pictured lingering in bed, on their smart phones, checking out a genealogical website called Íslendingabók. Their smiles freeze when they find out they are related. Closely.

While other nations might find the commercial funny — mainly for its “as if” value — Icelanders can relate on levels unimaginable in larger countries. The commercial works here because, in this isolated island country of 300,000 people, these situations actually happen. Regularly.

Most Icelanders have heard a story of somebody, who knew somebody, who found out a bit late in the game that the subject of their romance is actually an estranged cousin.

A collaborative effort between medical research company deCODE genetics and Friðrik Skúlason, an anti-virus software entrepreneur, Íslendigabók looks to create an complete genealogical picture of the entire country. The database is a collection of “church records, national censuses, inhabitants registers and other public documents, but in addition to these sources there are chronicles, books of convictions, various publications on genealogy, books about individuals within specific occupations, lists of descendants and ancestral records as well as memorial articles to name but a few.”  The site includes information dating more than 1,200 years back

The only downside to the site is the database is in Icelandic, often considered to be one of the most difficult languages learn. The good news is, if you are of Icelandic descent, you probably still have relatives living on the Island who could help you translate

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See the listing below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections – laid out by country, dates included, and the number of records available.

FOREIGN
Argentina Baptisms, 1645—1930 — 4,209,653
Argentina Marriages, 1722—1911 — 150,895
Australia Deaths and Burials, 1816—1980 — 106,767
Austria Births and Baptisms, 1651—1940 — 88,885
Austria Burials, 1768 – 1918 — 31,756
Austria Marriages, 1722 — 1898 — 25,383
Bahamas Births, 1550—1891 — 53,476
Barbados Baptisms, 1739—1891 — 222,010
Barbados Burials, 1854—1885 — 92,226
Barbados Marriages, 1854—1879 — 15,666
Belgium Births and Baptisms, 1560—1890 — 354,038
Belgium Deaths and Burials, 1564—1900 — 67,182
Brazil Baptisms, 1688—1935 — 3,597,609
Brazil Deaths, 1750—1890 — 43,931
Brazil Marriages, 1730—1955 — 475,107
Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661—1959 — 2,160,243
Canada Deaths and Burials, 1664—1955 — 101,189
Canada Marriages, 1661—1949 — 262,982
Canada – British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872—1986 — 928,851
Canada – British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859—1932 — 124,593
Canada – New Brunswick Births, 1819—1899 — 25,414
Canada – Nova Scotia Births, 1702—1896 — 125,791
Canada – Nova Scotia Marriages, 1711—1909 — 32,245
Canada – Ontario Births, 1779—1899 — 455,469
Canada – Ontario Marriages, 1800—1910 — 28,574
Canada – Quebec Births, 1662—1898 — 27,212
Caribbean Births, 1590—1928 — 438,073
Caribbean Deaths, 1790—1906 — 13,088
Caribbean Marriages, 1591—1905 — 88,186
Costa Rica Baptisms, 1700—1915 — 176,574
Costa Rica Deaths, 1787—1900 — 31,505
Costa Rica Marriages, 1750—1920 — 57,849
Czech Republic Births, 1637—1889 — 33,062
Czech Republic Marriages, 1654—1889 — 12,698
Dominican Republic Baptisms, 1726—1924 — 114,209
Dominican Republic Deaths, 1666—1862 — 14,636
Dominican Republic Marriages, 1743—1929 — 31,992
Ecuador Baptisms, 1680—1930 — 593,710
Ecuador Deaths, 1800—1920 — 43,852
Ecuador Marriages, 1680—1930 — 271,061
El Salvador Baptisms, 1750—1940 — 218,500
El Salvador Marriages, 1810—1930 — 28,162
France Deaths and Burials, 1546—1960 — 347,368
France Marriages, 1546—1924 — 1,397,204
Germany Births and Baptisms, 1558—1898 — 33,749,332
Gibraltar Marriages, 1879—1918 — 2,201
Gibralter Births and Baptisms, 1704—1876 — 30,515
Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778—1988 — 69,278
Great Britain Marriages, 1797—1988 — 22,036
Great Britain – Channel Islands Births and Baptisms, 1820—1907 — 41,647
Great Britain – Isle of Man Births and Baptisms, 1821—1911 — 224,489
Great Britain – Isle of Man Deaths and Burials, 1844—1911 — 42,389
Great Britain – Isle of Man Marriages, 1849—1911 — 42,662
Great Britain – Wales, Births and Baptisms, 1586—1907 — 773,392
Great Britain – Wales, Deaths and Burials, 1586—1885 — 15,109
Great Britain – Wales, Marriages, 1541—1900 — 39,630
Grenada Births and Baptisms, 1866—1891 — 33,239
Guatemala Baptisms, 1730—1917 — 466,223
Guatemala Deaths, 1760—1880 — 20,921
Guatemala Marriages, 1750—1930 — 112,610
Hondurus Baptisms, 1730—1930 — 220,317
Hondurus Marriages, 1800—1910 — 31,686
Hungary Baptisms, 1734—1895 — 14,210
Iceland Marriages, 1770—1920 — 42,954
India Births and Baptisms, 1800—1945 — 887,579
India Deaths and Burials, 1800—1945 — 566,529
India Marriages, 1800—1945 — 203,970
Ireland Deaths, 1864—1870 — 51,249
Italy Births and Baptisms, 1806—1900 — 1,940,693
Italy Deaths and Burials, 1809—1900 — 438,494
Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752—1920 — 331,497
Luxembourg Births, 1662—1840 — 7,835
Luxembourg Deaths, 1702—1798 — 1,554
Luxembourg Marriages, 1700—1810 — 1471
Mexico Deaths, 1680—1940 — 362,067
Mexico Marriages , 1570—1950 — 6,232,176
Panama Baptisms, 1750—1938 — 269,054
Panama Deaths, 1840—1930 — 21,463
Panama Marriages, 1800—1950 — 39,839
Paraguay Baptisms, 1800—1930 — 101,337
Paraguay Marriages, 1800—1900 — 14,400
Peru Baptisms, 1556—1930 — 4,013,461
Peru Deaths, 1750—1930 — 101,257
Peru Marriages, 1600—1940 — 443,248
Philippines Births and Baptisms, 1642—1994 — 334,139
Philippines Deaths and Burials, 1726—1957 — 5,128,622
Philippines Marriages, 1723—1957 — 2,247,381
Portugal Baptisms , 1570—1910 — 424,354
Portugal Deaths, 1640—1910 — 100,234
Portugal Marriages, 1670—1910 — 59,735
Russia Births and Baptisms, 1755—1917 — 170,844
Russia Deaths and Burials, 1815—1917 — 100,647
Russia Marriages, 1793—1919 — 33,559
Samoa Baptisms, 1863—1940 — 28,013
Samoa Burials, 1895—1970 — 42,061
Spain Deaths, 1600—1920 — 186,259
Sweden Baptisms, 1611—1920 — 9,280,828
Sweden Burials, 1649-1920 — 1,207,501
Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920 — 2,243,064
Switzerland Baptisms, 1491-1940 — 1,001,685
Switzerland Burials, 1613-1875 — 138,011
Switzerland Marriages, 1532-1910 — 268,739
Switzerland, Basel City Church Books, 1380-1917 — Images Only
Switzerland, Schaffhausen Genealogies and City Directories, 1460-1952 — Images Only
Ukraine, Births and Baptisms — 14,166
Uruguay Marriages, 1840—1900 — 19,810

UNITED STATES
United States 1910 Federal Census (AZ, CA, DE, FL) — 4,078,117
United States Births, 1867—1931 — 20,946
United States Deaths, 1867—1961 — 3,705
United States Marriages, 1733—1990 — 7,176

Arizona Births and Christening , 1909—1917 — 27,483
Arizona Deaths , 1910—1911; 1993—1994 — 10,168
Arizona Marriages, 1888—1908 — 75,094
Arkansas Births and Christenings, 1880—1893 — 11,724
Arkansas Deaths and Burials, 1882—1929; 1945—1963 — 38,956
Arkansas Marriages, 1837—1944 — 1,005,608
Delaware Births and Christenings, 1710—1896 — 30,298
Delaware Deaths and Burials, 1815—1955 — 209,592
Delaware Marriages, 1713—1953 — 70,024
District of Columbia Births and Christenings, 1830—1955 — 121,224
District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840—1964 — 372,173
District of Columbia Marriages, 1830—1921 — 242,760
Florida Births and Christenings, 1880—1935 — 28,301
Florida Deaths and Burials, 1900—1921 — 24,800
Florida Marriages, 1837—1974 — 860,110
Hawaii Births and Christenings, 1852—1933 — 150,992
Hawaii Deaths and Burials, 1862—1919 — 105,519
Hawaii Marriages, 1826—1922 — 103,871
Idaho Births and Christenings, 1856—1965 — 75,881
Idaho Deaths and Burials, 1907—1965 — 31,253
Idaho Marriages, 1878—1898/1903—1942 — 88,588
Kansas Births and Christenings, 1818—1936 — 59,392
Kansas Deaths and Burials, 1885—1930 — 39,907
Kansas Marriages, 1840—1935 — 378,903
Kentucky Births and Christenings, 1839—1960 — 547,119
Kentucky Deaths and Burials, 1843—1970 — 1,971,681
Kentucky Marriages, 1785—1979 — 1,532,718
Louisiana Births, Christenings, 1811—1830; 1854—1934 — 16,890
Louisiana Marriages, 1816—1906 — 129,641
Maine Births and Christenings, 1739—1900 — 940,882
Maine Deaths and Burials, 1841—1910 — 172,879
Maine Marriages, 1771—1907 — 597,508
Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650—1995 — 206,288
Maryland Deaths and Burials, 1877—1992 — 11,686
Maryland Marriages, 1666—1970 — 253,727
Montana Marriages, 1889—1947 — 197,930
New Mexico Births and Christenings, 1726—1918 — 435,411
New Mexico Deaths, 1788—1798; 1838—1955 — 9,627
New Mexico Marriages, 1751—1918 — 93,387
New York Births and Christenings, 1640—1962 — 1,351,166
New York Deaths and Burials, 1795—1952 — 701,396
New York Marriages, 1686—1980 — 859,927
North Carolina Births and Christenings, 1866—1964 — 156,156
North Carolina Deaths and Burials, 1898—1994 — 2,742,609
North Carolina Marriages, 1759—1979 — 2,128,391
Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854—1997 — 2,535,557
Oregon Births and Christenings, 1868—1929 — 70,253
Oregon Deaths and Burials, 1903—1947 — 29,035
Oregon Marriages, 1853—1935 — 57,523
South Dakota State Census, 1935 673,322
Tennessee County Marriages, 1790—1950 — 10,145
Utah Births and Christenings, 1892—1941 — 48,049
Utah Deaths, 1888—1946 — 148,933
Utah Marriages, 1887—1966 — 308,854
Vermont Births and Christenings, 1765—1908 — 402,329
Vermont Deaths, 1871—1965 — 235,415
Vermont Marriages, 1791—1974 — 185,433
Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1853—1912 — 785,241
West Virginia Births and Christenings, 1853—1928 — 544,589
West Virginia Deaths and Burials, 1854—1932 — 56,688
West Virginia Marriages, 1854—1932 — 203,378
Wyoming Marriages, 1877—1920 — 14,070

PLANET EARTH
World Misc Births, 1534—1983 — 616,742
World Misc Deaths, 1767—1950 — 15269
World Misc Marriages, 1662—1945 — 28668

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