Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center

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Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  sag@augustana.edu

Address:[1]

Denkman Memorial Library
Augustana College
3520 7th Ave
Rock Island IL 61201-2296

Telephone:[1]  309-794-7204
Fax: 309-794-7443

Hours:[2]  Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:30pm

Map, directions, parking, and public transportation:[2]  

  • Directions:[3]
    • from the north (Dubuque, IA):  Merge onto US-61 S toward Rock Island. In Davenport, turn right onto W 2nd St, 0.3 mi. Turn left onto US-67 S/Centennial Bridge. Continue to follow US-67 S (Crossing into Illinois), 1.0 mi. Stay straight to go onto 15th St, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto 7th Ave, 1.4 mi. 3520 7TH AVE is on the right.
    • from the northeast (Dixon, IL):  Merge onto I-88 W/Chicago-Kansas City Expressway W via the ramp on the left toward Rock Island (Portions toll). Stay straight to go onto IL-92 W/IL-5 W. Continue to follow IL-92 W, 11.7 mi. Stay straight to go onto 6th Ave, 0.1 mi. Turn left onto 38th St/IL-92, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st right onto 7th Ave, 0.2 mi. 3520 7TH AVE is on the left.
    • from the southeast (Peru, IL):  Merge onto I-80 W toward Moline-Rock Island. Stay straight to go onto I-280 W, 9.6 mi. Merge onto I-74 W/US-6 W via EXIT 5A toward Moline, 3.3 mi. Take the 7th Avenue exit, EXIT 2, 0.3 mi. Keep left at the fork in the ramp, 0.06 mi. Merge onto 7th Ave, 0.03 mi. Turn slight right onto 19th St, 0.04 mi. Turn right to stay on 19th St, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto 4th Ave/IL-92. Continue to follow IL-92, 1.8 mi. Stay straight to go onto 6th Ave, 0.1 mi. Turn left onto 38th St/IL-92, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st right onto 7th Ave, 0.2 mi. 3520 7TH AVE is on the left.
    • from the south (Galesburg, IL):  Merge onto I-74 W toward Moline. Merge onto I-74 W/US-6 W via EXIT 5A toward Moline, 3.3 mi. Take the 7th Avenue exit, EXIT 2, 0.3 mi. Keep left at the fork in the ramp, 0.06 mi. Merge onto 7th Ave, 0.03 mi. Turn slight right onto 19th St, 0.04 mi. Turn right to stay on 19th St, 0.2 mi. Turn left onto 4th Ave/IL-92. Continue to follow IL-92, 1.8 mi. Stay straight to go onto 6th Ave, 0.1 mi. Turn left onto 38th St/IL-92, 0.09 mi. Take the 1st right onto 7th Ave, 0.2 mi. 3520 7TH AVE is on the left.
    • from the west (Iowa City, Ia):  Merge onto I-80 E toward Davenport. Merge onto I-280 E via EXIT 290 toward US-61 S/Rock Island/Moline (Crossing into Illinois), 11.2 mi. Merge onto IL-92 E via EXIT 11B toward Rock Island, 5.1 mi. Stay straight to go onto 24th St, 0.2 mi. Take the 3rd left onto 7th Ave, 0.8 mi. 3520 7TH AVE is on the right.
  • Parking: Nearby street parking is available along 7th Avenue and 35th Street (see Google map, above). Some visitor parking spaces are available in Lot E.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College is a national organization providing resources for studying Swedish immigration to North America. They also help research the immigrant communities, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life.[4]

For genealogy research they have church records from denominations founded by Swedish immigrants in America, passenger indexes from American and Scandinavian ports, Swedish immigrant aid organizations, lodge records, Swedish-language newspapers, city directories, and censuses for communities with concentrations of Swedish-Americans.[5]

Tips

Go to this page for genealogy research help appointments and what information to bring with you.

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[6]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Swedish-American genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[7]
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Illinois and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[8]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[9]

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Sources

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  2. 2.0 2.1 About Us in Augustana College (30 March 2015).
  3. Based on MapQuest.com.
  4. Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  5. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  6. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  8. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 41. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  11. Genealogy Committee in Illinois State Genealogical Society (accessed 21 March 2015).
  12. Administrative Histories in Illinois State Archives (accessed 30 March 2015).
  13. Printed Materials in Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (accessed 30 March 2015).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 39.
  15. Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia (accessed 30 March 2015).
  16. Dollarhide and Bremer, 134.
  17. National Archives at St. Louis in National Archives (accessed 18 March 2014).