Today we’re exploring Chicago Genealogy Swedish Resources.

For links to other Chicago genealogy resources, click here.

Please note: This list is meant to include resources in addition to the ones found at the traditional genealogical sites like FamilySearch, Ancestry, Fold3, and the like. And the lists are by no means exhaustive, so if you know of other digital collections on Chicago and Illinois that you’ve found useful in your research, please let me know.


Anderon, Philip J. and Dag Blanck. Swedish-American Life in Chicago: Cultural and Urban Aspects of an Immigrant People, 1850-1930. Urbana: University of Illinois, 1992.

Beijbom, Ulf. Swedes in Chicago: A Demographic and Social Study of the 1846-1880 Immigration. Stockholm: Läromedelsforlagen, 1971. Newberry Call No. HN80.C5 B413.

Johansson, Carl-Erik. Cradled in Sweden. Logan, UT: Everton, 2002.

Olson, Ernst Wilhelm. The Swedish Element in Illinois: A Survey of the Past Seven Decades. Chicago: Swedish-American Biographical Association, 1917. Newberry Call No. F896.643. Includes biographical sketches, some church and industry information.

Swedish Voters in Chicago, 1888: Based on the Voter Registrations of 1888. Ed. Nils William Olsson. Winter Park: FL: SAG Publications, 1999.

Internet List

COOK-CO-IL. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Cook County, Illinois. To subscribe send “subscribe” to [email protected] (mail mode) or [email protected] (digest mode).

Chicago Genealogy Swedish Resources – Newspapers

Illinois Newspaper Project

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress as part of the U.S. Newspaper Program (USNP) and the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Under the USNP, the INP team traveled throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. A Web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project is available. All microfilm produced for INP is made available through interlibrary loan.

Search here by title or OCLC number for information on repository and holdings for the following Chicago Swedish newspaper titles:

Aftonbladet Skandia OCLC no. 26364581
Chicago-posten OCLC no. 10356528
Chicago-bladet OCLC no. 01554146


Newberry Library

60 West Walton, Chicago, IL 60610 (312) 255-3512

Swedish Genealogy

Nordic Family Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum

Opened in 1994, the Nordic Family Genealogy Center is a research center at the Swedish American Museum assisting individuals with finding out more about their Swedish ancestry. The Genealogy Center offers monthly genealogy events as well as weekly genealogy research time. Annual membership for the Genealogy Center costs $20 for Museum members; non-members pay $10 per genealogy session.  For questions or comments, please e-mail [email protected]. 

Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago, North Park University

Established in 1968, the Swedish-American Archives of Greater Chicago (SAAGC) collects and makes available the rich documentary record of the Swedish-American experience in Chicago. Manuscript collections include organizational records of local Swedish-American groups and personal papers of Swedish-Americans. A library of Swedish and English language periodicals and books, largely Chicago imprints, complement the archival collection. Much of the SAAGC holdings are in the Swedish language.

The collection is owned by the Swedish-American Historical Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1948 with the mission of recording the achievements of Swedish pioneers. The Society is devoted to the mission of studying Swedish emigration and the history and culture of Swedes in North America through research, publications, programs, and archives.

Contact the F. M. Johnson Archives and Special Collections at North Park University. 3225 W. Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625 (telephone 773-244-6223) 

Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College

The Swenson Center located at Augustana College, is a national archives and research institute providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life. In addition to building collections, another major role for the Center is to assist people researching their Swedish-American genealogy.


Swedish American Genealogist. Winter Park, FL: Swedish American Genealogist, 1981-. Holdings: Vol. 1 (1981) – currently received. Newberry Call No. E184.S23 S88. Indexed yearly.

Swedish American Genealogist is a quarterly journal devoted to Swedish American biography, genealogy, and personal history, and is published by the Swenson Center.

Each issue is published in the English language and contains a column for subscribers’ genealogical queries. The editor, Elisabeth Thorsell, is responsible for all editorial matters and subscriber queries. Contact her with ideas for submissions:

Elisabeth Thorsell, SAG editor
Hästskovägen 45
[email protected]

Swedish American Historical Quarterly. Chicago: Swedish Pioneer Historical Society, 1950-.

The Swedish-American Historical Quarterly is an academic journal published continuously since 1950 by the Swedish-American Historical Society. The title of the journal was the Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly from 1950 to 1983. Full of historic illustrations and substantial articles by researchers, noted authors, and leading academics, the Swedish-American Historical Quarterly documents and interprets the Swedish-American presence in North America.

That’s it for Chicago Genealogy: Swedish Resources for today. Let me know about resources that I can add to this resource page.