Friday, April 15, 2016

Mapping Stenman Swedes' Immigration and Spread 1900-1940's

I made this mainly of the Stenman family of Norrbotten, and their cousins (Minus Helge Jonsson's immigration being included) because that's who most of the immigration information I have at the time is on.

   There is a FANTASTIC website that did exactly what I was looking for.... I can plug in addresses given in censuses or ship manifests and see them all on one map in relation to each other. I have other intentions for using it on the genealogy many of them, but I started off simple by mapping one section of the family. Anyway, the website is called

If we look at the big picture of where the Stenman family settled, with my current information (of course I am sure there is so much more) it looks like this:
Immigration arrival and spread 1900-1940's
Out of the arrivals to Ellis Island, almost no one stayed. The generation before my great grandmother had a couple pauses in New York, but It seems like only one person stayed. Most everyone from my great grandmother's generation, and the one before her disembarked and made their way straight to Chicago. Sometimes having one address as the landing address for multiple people, emigrating over many years.

  As you can see, the spread was a bit slow. It typically follows the pattern you can read about here 
about the history of Swedes in Chicago. You can also see it in the map below.
  If I zoom in on the Chicago addresses, you can see several residences in or around typical "Swedish areas" including the Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville where Clark and Ashland Avenues come together. Out of all the Swedish Neighborhoods in Chicago, this is the one that seemed to draw the Stenman family and they spread out from there, spreading out around Chicago. But pretty slowly.
They truly did stick together. My great grandmother's generation, and the one before hers (Those that emigrated mostly from the 1890s-1920s) brought some of Sweden with them and built their heritage up in these neighborhoods.

There were Swedish businesses, bakeries, clubs, churches, and hospitals in these neighborhoods. They created their own little pockets. The neighborhood of Andersonville in Chicago still has it's Swedish remnants seen in bakeries, shops and the Swedish History Museum that was built there. But as time passed, and the next generation came, and the next, they began to move further out into the suburbs of Chicago like Villa Park, Oak Lawn and Park Ridge.

If you have Swedish family that made their homes in Chicago, you may want to check out some of these links below. There are a lot of history and a lot of information in them! (An original Swedish neighborhood in Chicago)
The Encyclopedia of Chicago - Swedes (A good breakdown on the neighborhoods)
Early Swedish Chicago  
Chicago's Swedish American Museum
Ross Hayne's Chicago Neighborhoods (Not just Swedish ones, but they are there too. Nice little summaries on each of them, giving you an easy way to find history of the neighborhoods all in one tidy spot.) 

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