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Evangelical Lutheran Church in American

Region 7A -- New Jersey Synod
Bishop E. Roy Riley
1930 State Hwy. 33
Hamilton Square, NJ 08690
Phone: (609) 586-6800
Fax: (609) 586-3357

Churches[edit | edit source]

The Swedish American churches listed below have microfilmed records in the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at the Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. These microfilms are not available via interlibrary loan but may be searched in person or a search may be requested for a fee. See  for years of availability, guidelines, and research request forms.

Bergen County

Clara Lutheran Church(see Trinity Lutheran, Tenafly, NJ)
Bergenfield, New Jersey

Trinity Lutheran Church (see Trinity Lutheran, Tenafly, NJ
Englewood, New Jersey

Trinity Lutheran Church
Tenafly, New Jersey

Essex County

Trinity Lutheran Church
Kenilworth, New Jersey

Trinity Covenant Church
Livingston, New Jersey

West Essex Baptist Church
Livingston, New Jersey

First Lutheran Church
Montclair, New Jersey

Valley Road Covenant Church
Montclair, New Jersey

Central Baptist Church
Newark, New Jersey

Emanuel Lutheran Church
Newark, New Jersey

Hudson County

St. Elinor Lutheran Church
Bayonne, New Jersey

Bethel Finn-Swede Lutheran Church
Greenville, New Jersey

Bethany Lutheran Church
Jersey City, New Jersey

Bethel Finn-Swede Lutheran Church
Jersey City, New Jersey

Ebenezer Lutheran Church
Jersey City, New Jersey

First Lutheran Church
Kearny, New Jersey

Christ Lutheran Church
West New York, New Jersey

Middlesex County

Pilgrim Covenant Church
South Plainfield, New Jersey

Morris County

Trinity Lutheran Church
Dover, New Jersey

First Lutheran Church
Morristown, New Jersey

Passaic County

First Lutheran Church
Clifton, New Jersey

Zion Lutheran Church
Patterson, New Jersey

Union County

Faith Lutheran Church
New Providence, New Jersey

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Plainfield, New Jersey

(see New Providence, New Jersey)
Summit, New Jersey

History[edit | edit source]

Early history of Swedes in New Jersey[edit | edit source]

In 1638, the Swedes landed at Wilmington, Delaware and established the colony of New Sweden.  By 1841 some of these Swedes moved up into New Jersey.  For a brief history of the early Swedes in New Jersey see

Swedes in New Jersey[edit | edit source]

Article in the New Jersey Journal

A brief History of Swedesboro, New Jersey[edit | edit source]


Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Swedish American Newspapers in New Jersey

Title of Newspaper and City of Publication

  • Växtaren in Passaic

Many Swedish-American newspapers are available on microfilms at the Swenson Center at Augustana College and are available to borrow via interlibrary loan throughout the United States. See  to see specific newspaper and years you would like to view. Contact your local library if you are interested in placing a request. Supply your library with the following information:

  •  Title of newspaper
  •  The specific years you need for your research

Inform your library that the requests can be sent directly via OCLC (“ICY”), fax 309 794-7230, or via mail to Augustana College Library, 639 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201-2296

Societies[edit | edit source]

The Swedish Colonial Society
916 South Swanson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147-4332