This project is very focused . It only considers people and profiles who arrived in New Sweden between 1638 and 1655.
For many Americans, New Sweden is the gateway to their European ancestors. In turn, for many Europeans, there are lots of 'lost relatives' who simply disappeared from the European records because they emigrated to New Sweden and the 'new world'. The project seeks to further collaboration between American and European Geni users to connect the dots.
What became of the colony
On 30 August 1655, Governor Peter Stuyvesant of New Netherland appeared in the Delaware with seven armed ships and 317 soldiers. The outnumbered Swedish forces recognized that fighting was useless. Their 50 soldiers were divided between two forts. Captain Sven Skute surrendered Fort Trinity on 1 Sept. 1655 and Governor Rising surrendered Fort Christina two weeks later.
After the surrender of New Sweden, Governor Stuyvesant agreed to allow the Swedes to retain their lands north of the Christina Riverand to establish their own government. This new "Swedish Nation," later known as the Upland Court, was established in 1656.
New Sweden Descendants
Links for more information;
- 1671 census
- Bok The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware, 1638-1664 Part.1
- Bok The Swedish Settlements on the Delaware, 1638-1664 Part.2
- Swedish Colonial History site
- Swedish Colonial Society
- Swedish Colonial News
- Gloria Dei Records Project
- Churches of New Sweden
Links in Swedish