Visiting the Swenson Center
If you wish to search our records yourself, you are welcome to visit the Swenson Center. Our hours are Monday through Friday 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30. Our last day in 2013 will be Fri. 20 Dec. We will open after the holidays on Thu. 2 Jan. 2014. Please contact us by phone (309)794-7204 or e-mail email@example.com for an appointment before visiting us, to be sure that we have space to accommodate you and staffing to assist you on the day you wish to come, and so that we can understand what you specifically wish to find out about your ancestor. Knowing that will help us to determine which of our resources will best suit your needs and help us to prepare for your visit.
When you arrive we will ask you to read and fill out this Researcher Application. To save time, we encourage you to fill it out in advance and bring it with you.
We also ask that you organize your information onto our Research Request Form and bring it with you, being sure to fill in the "Information you are Seeking" lines. Having your information in this format will help us to make good use of your research time. Note, use this Blankett för släktforskning if you are from Sweden and looking for immigrants who came to the U.S.
A comprehensive list of our most-used genealogical sources can be found on this page. Please look at it carefully - some records are not available every day.
While doing research at the Center, we will provide the help you need by pointing you in the right direction and by helping you read the Swedish handwriting.
Consider also that we have over 20,000 books in our stacks and one of them might be the one you need to see. Our books are cataloged and titles are searchable online in the Augustana Library's Catalog "ALiCat."
Before your visit, search ALiCat for pertinent keywords such as name of settlement, name of church, or name of parish in Sweden, and send us any resulting book titles and call numbers at firstname.lastname@example.org before your visit so that we might take the time to retrieve them from our stacks before you arrive. IMPORTANT: be sure to include the name of the book collection listed as part of the call number. Example: Call number: PS3563.A3257 I5 2004, Location: Swenson Center - Immigration Collection.
The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center is a private, not-for-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America. For that reason, the fee for non-members conducting genealogy research at the Swenson Center is $10 per day ($5 per half day).
Please see this page for information about memberships.