CASSADAGA – Janet Wahlberg and Jack Ericson were the guest speakers at the recent Chautauqua County Genealogical Meeting held at the Cassadaga American Legion Hall on Maple Avenue.
Both speakers spoke about the number of Swedish immigrants traveling to America during the years 1866-1868 due to the potato famine, smallpox vaccination and population growth in Sweden. At one time, Jamestown had the largest Swedish population in the eastern United States.
They have many resources to help the family with their research. The important part Ericson said is having the person’s name and the birthday. Obituaries, Ericson said, are like “gold mines” because they have so much family history. Ms Wahlberg said they are located at Hall House, 73 Forest Ave., Jamestown.
Much of the information was found in the 25 counties and 91 parishes of Sweden. Complete registers were kept by the parishes. Ms Wahlberg said people doing research should contact them to find out how to use the records.
Gail Dash is the president of the company, with Ruth Nichols as vice president. Wayne Leamer is the editor of the newsletter and we thank Leamer for his excellent work with the recent edition. Debbie Kotar is the treasurer. The company has a research room in the Fredonia Barker Library which stores many family stories.
For more information on the Genealogical Society, write to POBox 404, Fredonia, NY 14063. New members are welcome.