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Background[edit | edit source]

The first Swedes in Pennsylvania came up the Delaware River from the early Swedish settlement called New Sweden.   The Swedes from this settlement came in the 1600's from Sweden and settled first in Delaware and then spread to Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  For more information on the history of New Sweden in America see: http://www.phila.gov/phils/carchive.htm

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Repositories for Pennsylvania Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Regional Archives
Region 7: For all synods except Metropolitan New York and the Slovak-Zion Synod
John E. Peterson
Lutheran Archives Center
Northeast Region Archives ELCA
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794
Phone: 215-248-4616, Ext. 34
Fax: 215-248-4577
Email: mtairyarchives@ltsp.edu 

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Regional Archives
Region 8: For Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Western Maryland
Sarah (Sally) Roth
Tri-Synod Archives
Thiel College
College Avenue
Greenville, PA 16125
Phone: 724-589-2131

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
ELCA Regional Archives
Region 8: General Synod for Central Pennsylvania, Delaware-Maryland and Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Elwood W. Christ
A.R. Wentz Library
Lutheran Theological Seminary
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: 717-334-6286, Ext. 2131
Email: echrist@ltsg.edu
Website: http://www.abs.net/~lhs/


Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 686-5322.
Map Collection (215) 686-5396
Newspaper Center (215) 686-5431
Website: http://www.library.phila.gov/

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St., 2nd Fl.
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699.
Phone: (215) 545-0391
Website: http://www.genpa.org/
Church and cemetery records for most Pennsylvania counties, microfilms of early Philadelphia Orphans' Court estate papers, many county records, including deeds and probate on microfilm; CD-ROM collection. Partial catalog on-line plus indices to some collections.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-6200
Website: http://www.hsp.org/
Library houses the Genealogical Collection that was compiled mainly by GSP volunteers, plus the library of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies. Four card catalogs serve as a guide to their holdings: published materials catalog, published books prior to 1952, manuscript collections, and microfilm collection. Strong in all areas of genealogical and historical research. Online catalog includes most GSP holdings for churches and cemeteries.

National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region
900 Market St. (entrance on Chestnut Street between 9th and 10th)
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone:(215) 606-0100
Website: http://www.archives.gov/midatlantic/public/index.html
Research center with U.S. census, military – WWI and WWII draft cards, ship passenger lists, federal court records, including naturalizations, 1798 U.S. Direct Tax – Pennsylvania (window pane tax). Access to Ancestry.com.

Philadelphia City Archives
3101 Market St., 1st Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2807
Phone: (215) 685-9400
Website: http://www.phila.gov/phils/carchive.htm
Vital records from 1860 to 1915, deeds before 1952, naturalization records from Philadelphia county courts, early Philadelphia tax records. City directories.


Cemeteries in Pennsylvania with Swedish population
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Clearfield County[edit | edit source]

Old Swedish Cemetery
Jordan Township http://www.pa-roots.com/clearfield/townships/jordan/oldswedish.html


Lawrence County[edit | edit source]

Bessemer Swedish Cemetery
Bessemer, PA
Census of the Bessemer Cemetery in Lawrence County, PA, includes the Bessemer Finnish, Bessemer Swedish, Bessemer Jugo-Slav and Saint Anthony Catholic Cemeteries. http://stores.homestead.com/mechlingbooks2/-strse-448/Bessemer-Cemetery%2C-Bessemer%2C-Lawrence/Detail.bok

Warren County[edit | edit source]

New Scandia Cemetery in Elk Township

Old Scandia Cemetery in Elk Township

Swede Hill Cemetery in Pine Grove Township

Swedish Cemetery in Sugar Grove (See: Mission Covenant Church Cemetery)

Swedish Lutheran Cemetery in Brokenstraw Township

Swedish Lutheran Cemetery in Youngsville

Swedish Union Church Cemetery in Tidioute

Triumph Swedish Union Cemetery in Tidioute


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 http://www.augustana.edu/x13917.xml  for years of availability, guidelines, and research request forms.


Allegheny County

Stoneridge Covenant Church
Allison Park, Pennsylvania

Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
Braddock, Pennsylvania

Christ Lutheran Church
Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Zion Lutheran Church
Duquesne, Pennsylvania

Riverview Baptist Church
McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Tabor Lutheran Church
McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Evaline Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran
Ptttsburgh, Pennsylvania

Swedish Congregational Mission Church
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Wilson, Pennsylvania

Cambria County

Hebron Lutheran Church
Patton, Pennsylvania

Clearfield County

Bethany Covenant Church
DuBois, Pennsylvania

Christ Lutheran Church
DuBois, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Lutheran Church
De Bois, Pennsylvania

Grassflat Lutheran Church
Grassflat, Pennsylvania

Bethel Lutheran Church
Houtzdale, Pennsylvania

Evangelical Covenant Church
Lanse, Pennsylvania

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church
Lanse, Pennsylvania

Nebo Lutheran Church
Peale, Pennsylvania

Emanuel Lutheran Church
West Clymer, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Lutheran Church
Winburne, Pennsylvania

Svenska Baptist Förs.
Winburne, Pennsylvania

Clinton County

St. John Lutheran Church
Renovo, Pennsylvania

Crawford County

Emanuel Lutheran Church
Titusville, Pennsylvania

Delaware County

Pilgrim Mission Lutheran Church
Havertown, Pennsylvania

Resurrection Lutheran Church
Havertown, Pennsylvania

Elk County

Maria Lutheran Church
Dagus Mines, Pennsylvania

Gustaf Adolfs Församling
Instanter, Pennsylvania

Mission Covenant Church
Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Ridgway, Pennsylvania

Evangelical Covenant Church
Ridgway, Pennsylvania

Evangelical Mission Covenant
Wilcox, Pennsylvania

Nazareth Lutheran Church
Wilcox, Pennsylvania

Erie County

Bethany Lutheran Church
Erie, Pennsylvania

Calvary Covenant Church
Erie, Pennsylvania

Grace Baptist Church
Erie, Pennsylvania


Svenska Evan. Luth. Church
Brookston, Pennsylvania

Svenska Kristna Friförsamling
Brookston, Pennsylvania

Jefferson County

Elim Lutheran Church
Anita, Pennsylvania

Lawrence County

First Covenant Church
Bessemer, Pennsylvania

Zion Lutheran Church
New Castle, Pennsylvania

Lycoming County

Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran
Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania

McKean County

Emanuel Lutheran Church
Bradford, Pennsylvania

Mission Covenant Church
Bradford, Pennsylvania

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
Clermont, Pennsylvania

Emanuel Mission Covenant Church
Kane, Pennsylvania

Tabor Lutheran Church
Kane, Pennsylvania

Kanesholm Fria Lutheran Church
Kanesholm, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Evangelical Lutheran Church
Kanesholm, Pennsylvania

Moriah Lutheran Church
Ludlow, Pennsylvania

Nebo Lutheran Church
Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania

Sion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania

St. Matthew Lutheran Church
Mt. Jewett, Pennsylvania

Evangelical Covenant Church
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Port Allegany, Pennsylvania

Trinity Lutheran Church
Smethport, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia County

Calvary Lutheran Church
Bustleton (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania

Gustav Adolf Lutheran Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Zion Lutheran Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Potter County

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Galeton, Pennsylvania

Tioga County

(see Lebanon Luth. Ch., Whitehall, MI)
Antrim, Pennsylvania

Lebanon Lutheran Church
Antrim, Pennsylvania

Gethsemane Lutheran Church
Arnot, Pennsylvania

(see Lebanon Luth. Ch., Whitehall, MI)
Morris Run, Pennsylvania

Siloa Lutheran Church
Morris Run, Pennsylvania

Venango County

Zion Lutheran Church
Oil City, Pennsylvania

Warren County

Hessel Valley Lutheran Church
Chandlers Valley, Pennsylvania

Svenska Evang. Luth. Congregation
Clarendon, Pennsylvania

Berea Lutheran Church
Pittsfiled, Pennsylvania

St. Paul Swedish Lutheran Church
Pittsfield, Pennsylvania

Bethany Lutheran Church
Sheffield, Pennsylvania

Evangelical Mission Covenant Church
Sheffield, Pennsylvania

Mission Covenant Church
Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania

Sugar Grove Lutheran Church
Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem Covenant Church
Warren, Pennsylvania

Calvary Baptist Church
Warren, Pennsylvania

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church
Warren, Pennsylvania

Saron Lutheran Church
Youngsville, Pennsylvania

Westmoreland County

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Salem Lutheran Church
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Immanuel Lutheran Church
Irwin, Pennsylvania


History[edit | edit source]

Early Swedes in Pennsylvania[edit | edit source]

Early Swedish colonists came to the New World in eleven voyages between 1638 and 1656 and some of the settlers were in what is present day Pennsylvania.  For more information see the history section of the "Old Swedes' Episcopal Church" http://www.old-swedes.org/History4522.php


The oldest church building in Philadelphia, Gloria Dei was nicknamed Old Swedes because its founding members were Swedish Lutherans who moved from Wilmington, Delaware  in 1643. For more about this church see  http://www.whyy.org/tv12/HolyPhilly/GloriaDei.html

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Swedish-American Newspapers in Pennsylvania

Title of Newspaper and City of Publication

  • Pennsylvania-Posten in McKeesport
  • Svenska Veckobladet in McKeesport


Availability
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 http://www.augustana.edu/x14666.xml 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]

Statewide Historical Societies[edit | edit source]

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-732-6200
Fax: 215-732-2680
Website: http://www.hsp.org/ 

Genealogical society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St., 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699
Phone:(215) 545-0391
Fax:  (215) 545-0936 
Website: http://www.genpa.org/index.html

Swedish Colonial Society
916 South Swanson Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19147-4332
www.ColonialSwedes.org

The American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-389-1776
Fax: 215-389-7701
Website: http://www.americanswedish.org/

Adams County[edit | edit source]

Adams County Historical Society
P.O. Box 4325
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone:(717) 334-4723
Website: http://www.achs-pa.org/index.htm

Berks County[edit | edit source]

Historical Society of Berks County
940 Centre Avenue
Phone: 610-375-4375
Henry Janssen Library
160 Spring Street
Phone: 610-375-4375
Website: http://www.berkshistory.org/library/

Chester County[edit | edit source]

Chester County Historical Society
The History Center
225 N. High Street
West Chester, PA 19380-2691
Phone: 610-692-4800
Website: http://www.cchs-pa.org/index.php

Crawford County[edit | edit source]

Crawford County Historical Society
PO Box 411
Meadville, PA 16335
Phone:(814) 724-6080
Email: crawfordhistorical@zoominternet.net
Research request to: cchsresearch@zoominternet.net  

Cumberland County[edit | edit source]

Cumberland County Historical Society
21 N. Pitt Street
Carlisle, PA 17013
Website: http://www.historicalsociety.com/

Jefferson County[edit | edit source]

Jefferson County Historical Society
172-176 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
Phone: 814-849-0077
Website: http://www.orgsites.com/pa/jeffersoncohistsoc/

Mercer County[edit | edit source]

Mercer County Historical Society
119 South Pitt Street
Mercer, PA 16137
Phone: 724-662-3490
Website: http://www.mchspa.org/   

Northampton County[edit | edit source]

 Northampton County Historical & Genealogical Society
107 South Fourth Street, Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 253-1222
Fax: (610) 253-4701
Website: http://www.northamptonctymuseum.org/index.html

Websites[edit | edit source]