Source Information Sweden, Emigration Registers, 1869-1948 [database on-line]. Lehi, Utah, USA: Operations, Inc., 2018.
Original data: Images provided courtesy of ArkivDigital. Göteborgs Poliskammare, 1869–1948, Landsarkivet i Göteborg; Norrköpings poliskammare; Huvudarkivet Polisen in Helsingborg; Poliskammaren i Malmö Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 1 (ÖÄ): Äldre poliskammaren (Stockholm 1869-1904); Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 2 (ÖÄ): Poliskammaren (Stockholm 1905-1940).

About Sweden, Emigration Registers, 1869-1948

Historical Context

From the middle of the 19th century and continuing into the 20th century, many people left Sweden, Norway and Denmark to make a new life in the United States and elsewhere, largely for economic reasons. During this period of Scandinavian emigration, about 1.3 million people left Sweden and made the voyage abroad. These registers, maintained by local police services at the main ports of embarkation, provide details of those who left, where they left from and their intended place of arrival. Many of the passengers travelled beyond the port of arrival, settling in other cities and countries so be sure to check the image for intended destinations to see where they may have eventually established a new home.

What can I find in these records?

You may be able to find the following information (where available):

  • Name
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Date of Birth
  • Place of Birth
  • Place of Departure
  • Date of Departure
  • Arrival Place
  • Ship