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Författare Ämne: Johnson, John Axel b1866 in Sweden. Emigr 1883. Swedish origin ?  (läst 2023 gånger)

2015-03-13, 19:41
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Hello.  I am new to this website and still learning how to navigate the system.  
 
My main purpose is to trace my grandfather back to his origins in Sweden.  My grandfather, John Axel Johnson was born in Sweden 24 February 1866 and emigrated to the USA when he was 17 which would have been 1883.  His brothers Charley and Walfred emigrated about the same time.  They lived for several years in Pontiac, Livingston County, Illinois.  In the early 1890s my grandfather moved to Hancock County, Iowa, where he bought a farm.  He died there in 1913.  Unfortunately, the church he and his family attended in Iowa burned to the ground around 1937 and all family records were destroyed.
 
John Axel's father has been identified as John Peter Johnson.  His mother was Emily Erickson (Johnson?).  John Peter and Emily also had a daughter whose name I do not know.  She apparently lived the rest of her life in Sweden.  I have a photo of her and her husband taken at Norstedt's studio in Vestervik, Sweden, year unknown.
 
I do have photos of my grandfather, his parents and his sister, posing in front of their farmhouse.  I also have photos of my grand uncles Charley and Walfred if that would be of help in tracing the family's origins.
 
Would there be any database in Sweden which would allow me to find a family with that combination of names living in a specific area, for example, in the year 1870 or 1880?

2015-03-13, 20:11
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This might be your guy, from the database Emibas:
 
Post 307360
 
Johansson, Johan Axel
Bondson (unmarried man)
 
b. 2/24/1866 in Hallingeberg, Kalmar län (Småland)
 
Emigrated 12/23/1885
from Smitterstad, Hallingeberg, Kalmar län (Småland)
to Nordamerika
 
Source: Household Examination Roll, p. 403
 
Emibas migration file ID: Hallingeberg H 1885 021

2015-03-13, 20:20
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According to the clerical survey for Hallingeberg, farm Smitterstad  
(Hallingeberg AI:20 (1881-1885) Bild 407 / sid 403) the family looked like this:
 
Father was Johan Peter August Johansson, born 1840 Oct.3 in Hallingeberg, as the rest of the family.
Mother was Ida Carolina Emilia Eriksdotter, born 1842 March 26
S. Johan Axel, born 1866 Feb. 24
D. Anna Mathilda, born 1869 Feb. 25
S. Carl Victor, born 1871 June 5
S. August Wallfrid, born 1873 Nov. 18
D. Alfrida Emilia, born 1880 Dec. 3
S. Erik Verner, born 1884 May 18

2015-03-14, 01:43
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Hello, Elisabeth,
 
This is very encouraging.  All the key facts appear to match except the year of immigration which is two years later than I expected.  But, again, I am relying on family lore--word of mouth passed on to my mother from her mother.
 
My next step is to determine whether I might have any relatives still living in Sweden.
 
Elisabeth, I am so grateful to you and to Anbytarforum.

2015-03-14, 07:40
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Sub-topic opened by moderator for transfer of misplaced posting (and answers).

2015-03-14, 15:45
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At least three of the siblings also emigrated.  
 
Johansdotter, Anna Mathilda
Hemmadotter (unmarried woman)
b. 2/25/1869 in Hallingeberg, Kalmar län (Småland)
Emigrated 10/24/1888 from Smitterstad, Hallingeberg, Kalmar län (Småland) to Nordamerika
Source: Household Examination Roll, p. 557
Emibas migration file ID: Hallingeberg H 1888 052
 
Johansson, Carl Viktor
Hemmason (unmarried man)
b. 6/5/1871 in Hallingeberg, Kalmar län (Småland)
Emigrated 3/16/1888 from Smitterstad, Hallingeberg, Kalmar län (Småland)to Nordamerika
Source: Household Examination Roll, p. 557
Emibas migration file ID: Hallingeberg H 1888 002
 
August Walfrid, b. 11/12/1873 Hallingeberg, emigrated 4/28/1893 to N. Amerika
Source: Hallingeberg AI:22 (1886-1895) Image 277/Page 557

2015-03-14, 15:54
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Here are death records for the parents, from the Swedish Death Index 1901-2009 CD.
 
18401003
Johansson, Johan Peter August
Smitterstad
Dead 5/28/1914.
Registered in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Born 10/3/1840 in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Married man (11/28/1863).
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Corresponding parish(es) as of Jan 1, 2010: Hallingeberg, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland)
Parish of birth in the records: Hallingeberg (Kalmar)
Source records: SCB FS
 
18420326
Johansson f. Eriksdotter, Ida Karolina Emilia
Smittersatad
Dead 12/30/1919.
Registered in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Born 3/26/1842 in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Widow (1914).
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Corresponding parish(es) as of Jan 1, 2010: Hallingeberg, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland)
Parish of birth in the records: Hallingeberg (Kalmar)
Source records: SCB FS

2015-03-14, 16:02
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Here is Erik Verner Johansson's and his wife's death records, also from the Swedish Death Index 1901-2009 CD.
 
18840518-2919
Johansson, Erik Verner
Smitterstad Hallingeb.
590 94 Blackstad
(Address as of Nov 1, 1970)
Dead 8/28/1973.
Registered (1971) in Hallingebergs norra kbfd, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland). Registered for taxation (1971) in the same parish.
Born 5/18/1884 in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Widower (8/16/1970).
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Corresponding parish(es) as of Jan 1, 2010: Hallingeberg, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland)
Parish of birth in the records: Hallingeb. (Kalmar)
Source records: MTL 71 / RTB 73
 
18841006-2924
Johansson f. Jonsson, Elin Elisabet
Smitterstad 1:19
Dead 8/16/1970.
Registered in Hallingebergs norra kbfd, Hallingebergs kn (Kalmar län, Småland).
Born 10/6/1884 in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Married woman (5/4/1910).
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Corresponding parish(es) as of Jan 1, 2010: Hallingeberg, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland)
Parish of birth in the records: Hallingeberg (Kalmar)
Source records: DB, FS / RTB 70 / UTD 70d

2015-03-14, 16:08
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And finally here are death records for Alfrida Emilia and her husband, from the Swedish Death Index 1901-2009 CD.
 
18801203-2903
Karlsson, Alfrida Emilia
Ålderd.Hemmet
594 00 Gamleby
(Address as of Nov 1, 1970)
Dead 1/25/1973.
Registered (1971) in Gamleby, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland). Registered for taxation (1971) in the same parish.
Born 12/3/1880 in Hallingeberg (Kalmar län, Småland).
Widow (3/19/1913).
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Parish of birth in the records: Hallingeb. (Kalmar)
Source records: MTL 71 / RTB 73
 
18770105
Karlsson, Gustaf Arvid
Brånestad
Dead 3/19/1913.
Registered in Lofta (Kalmar län, Småland).
Born 1/5/1877 (no place of birth)
Married man.
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Corresponding parish(es) as of Jan 1, 2010:
Lofta, Västerviks kn (Kalmar län, Småland)
Source records: DB

2015-03-15, 02:25
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Thank you, Carl, for the extremely helpful information.  I have one other mystery that someone might be able to help me solve.  I have a photograph of my great-grandmother, Ida Carolina Emilia Eriksdotter, purportedly taken at a Lutheran Church ladies aid meeting in Hancock County, Iowa, around 1916.  Is it possible she might have visited her sons and daughter in America and then returned to Sweden before her death?  How unusual would such a trip have been in those days?  Would it be possible to locate a record of such a trip in Sweden?  The only other explanation would be that the woman in the photo has been misidentified or the photo was actually taken in Sweden.  If anyone can shed some light on the subject it would be greatly appreciated.

2015-03-15, 22:18
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Hi Gary, there probably wouldn't be a record of that trip in the Swedish parish records since your great-grandmother likely wouldn't have reported it to the parish priest if she wasn't  permanently moving to the United States.  Instead you might be able to find a US port passenger manifest or border crossing record, though I've looked some and haven't been able to find any that look like it could be her.  This might be because her name was mistranscribed by the indexer.  My great-grandfather Måns Jönsson came to the US in 1905 to visit my grandmother and her two sisters but the passenger manifest was tricky to find since he was travelling under the surname Nelson (all of his children who came to the US used that surname since Månsson was too difficult for Americans to pronounce) and the indexer misread his first name as Maris.

2015-03-17, 02:52
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I understand.  Thanks, Carl.  I am also finding it very difficult to find documentation of my ancestor and his siblings arriving at the Port of New York.  I am finding several passengers who could be my grandfather but they arrived in April or June of 1886.  That would have been months after leaving Sweden in December, 1885.  Is it possible some Swedish emigrants took that long to arrive at their destination?  Another question, would my grandfather have carried with him some kind of family history church documents--a kind of letter of transferral to his new church in America?

2015-03-19, 23:29
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Hi Gary, that Dec 1885 date for your ancestor was the date when he went to the parish priest to tell him that he was moving out of the parish.  During that era it usually took about 2 weeks to make the trip once the individual started his journey.  My grandmother's brother went to his priest in southern Sweden on 10 Jan 1893, left Copenhagen on 1 Feb 1893, and arrived in New York on 16 Feb 1893.  So it is possible that your ancestor might not have emigrated immediately after going to see the priest.  Have you checked his naturalization records such as his Petition for Naturalization, those documents sometimes listed the date when they arrived in the US as well as the boat?
 
Your ancestor did receive a document from the priest, called a Flyttningsbevis or Flyttningsbetyg. The purpose of the document was to provide information about the individual to the priest in the parish to which he was moving, so when someone emigrated it was often instead kept by the individual.  You can see an example from 1888 in a document published by the Swedish Information Service of the Consulate General of Sweden in New York at http://www.swedenabroad.com/SelectImage/15063/tracingyourswedishancestry.pdf.  Incidentally, Arkivdigital (a service that offers subscription access to digitized Swedish records) is offering free access to their service this weekend: http://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/try-for-free/?utm_source=newslette r-150317-eng&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter.

2015-03-19, 23:42
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Hi again Gary, I think this is your ancestor from The Swedish Emigrant CD.
 
First name: AXEL
Last name: JOHANSSON
Age: 19     Gender: M
Parish: HALLINGEBERG     County: H
Port: GÖTEBORG
Date: 1886 01 01
Destination: NEW YORK
Fellows: NEJ
Source: 28:5:C1126
 
And this would be him arriving in New York, from New York Passenger Lists 1820-1957 at Ancestry.com.
 
Name:    Alex Johanson
Arrival Date:    18 Jan 1886
Birth Date:    abt 1867
Age:    19
Gender:    Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality:    Swedish (Scandanavian)
Place of Origin:    Sweden
Port of Departure:    Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination:    United States of America
Port of Arrival:    New York, New York
Ship Name:    Republic

2015-03-21, 01:28
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Hello, Carl.  It's interesting how many spelling variations I'm finding for my grandfather's name.  Thanks again for helping me make sense of these records.

2015-03-29, 18:04
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Hello again. I have some additional questions regarding the emigration of the sons and daughters of Johan Peter August Johansson of Hallingeberg, Kalmar, Sweden.  I now have the emigration dates for Carl Viktor, August Walfrid, and Anna Mathilda Johansson, but I've been unable to find the dates, passenger lists, or the names of the ships they traveled on when they left the port in Sweden.  
 
As noted earlier, Carl Viktor Johansson (b. 6/5/1871) emigrated 3/16/1888 to North America.  August Walfrid Johansson (b. 11/12/1873) emigrated 4/28/1893 to North America.  Anna Mathilda Johansdotter (b. 2/25/1869) emigrated 10/24/1888 to North America.  
 
Thanks in advance for any help or guidance you might be able to provide.

2015-03-29, 21:37
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Hi Gary, these are from The Swedish Emigrant CD.
 
First name: CARL VIKTOR
Last name: JOHANSON
Age: 17     Gender: M
Parish: HALLINGSBERG     County: H
Port: GÖTEBORG
Date: 1888 03 23
Destination: NEW YORK
Fellows: NEJ
Source: 34:280:4139
 
First name: ANNA M
Last name: JOHANSSON
Age: 19     Gender: K
Parish: HALLINGEBERG     County: H
Port: GÖTEBORG
Date: 1888 11 16
Destination: NEW YORK
Fellows: NEJ
Source: 37:299:9220
 
First name: AUGUST W
Last name: JOHANSSON
Age: 20     Gender: M
Parish: HALLINGEBERG     County: H
Port: GÖTEBORG
Date: 1893 06 02
Destination: NEW YORK
Fellows: NEJ
Source: 51:268:2658
 
These are from Gothenburg Sweden Passenger Lists, 1869-1951 at Ancestry.com.
 
Name:    Carl Vikt Johanson
Departure Date:    23 mar 1888
Departure Place:    Göteborg (Gothenburg), Göteborg och Bohus, Sverige
Ship Name:    Romeo
Birth Date:    abt 1871
Birth Place:    Calmar, Hallingsbey
Age:    17
Destination:    Hull, England
 
Name:    Anna M Johanson
Departure Date:    16 nov 1888
Departure Place:    Göteborg (Gothenburg), Göteborg och Bohus, Sverige
Ship Name:    Romeo
Birth Date:    abt 1869
Birth Place:    Calmar, Halling Chez
Age:    19
Destination:    Hull, England
 
Name:    August W Johanson
Departure Date:    2 jun 1893
Departure Place:    Göteborg (Gothenburg), Göteborg och Bohus, Sverige
Ship Name:    Ariosto
Birth Date:    abt 1873
Birth Place:    Ralmar Hallingeberg
Age:    20
Destination:    Hull, England
 
And these are from New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 also at Ancestry.com.
 
Name:    Carl W Johnson
Arrival Date:    6 Apr 1888
Birth Date:    abt 1872
Age:    16
Gender:    Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality:    Swedish (Scandanavian)
Place of Origin:    Sweden
Port of Departure:    Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination:    United States of America
Port of Arrival:    New York, New York
Ship Name:    Britannic
 
Name:    Anna M Johanson
Arrival Date:    8 Dec 1888
Birth Date:    abt 1870
Age:    18
Gender:    Female
Ethnicity/ Nationality:    Swedish (Scandanavian)
Place of Origin:    Sweden
Port of Departure:    Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination:    United States of America
Port of Arrival:    New York, New York
Ship Name:    Adriatic
 
There are a few possibilities for August Walfrid.
 
Name:    August Johanson
Arrival Date:    22 Jun 1893
Birth Date:    abt 1874
Age:    19
Gender:    Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality:    Swedish (Scandanavian)
Port of Departure:    Gothenburg
Port of Arrival:    New York, New York
Ship Name:    Italia
 
Name Illegible
Arrival Date:    17 Jun 1893
Birth Date:    abt 1873
Age:    20
Gender:    Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality:    Swedish (Scandanavian)
Port of Departure:    Liverpool, England
Port of Arrival:    New York, New York
Ship Name:    Adriatic
 
Name:    A W Johannesson
Arrival Date:    21 Jun 1893
Birth Date:    abt 1874
Age:    19
Gender:    Male
Ethnicity/ Nationality:    Swedish (Scandanavian)
Port of Departure:    Liverpool, England
Port of Arrival:    New York, New York
Ship Name:    Teutonic

2015-03-30, 17:46
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Thanks, Carl.  As always you've been a great help.

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