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Visiting the Swenson Center

If you wish to search our records yourself, you are welcome to visit the Swenson Center. Our summer hours are Monday through Thursday 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:30 and Friday 9:00-12:00 only, all by appointment. Please contact us by phone (309)794-7204 or e-mail to schedule 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.

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.

For Genealogists

We ask that you organize your information onto our Visitor Research 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 better use of your research time. Bring that form in addition to the Researcher Application. Note, if you are in Sweden and looking for immigrants who came to the U.S., use this Blankett för släktforskning.

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 and some carry additional usage fees.

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 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). Note that a few of our specialty records have an additional hourly usage fee, to help us pay for their subscriptions.

Please see this page for information about memberships.

For Students

We encourage Augustana Students to use our vast resources including books, photographs, newspapers, microfilm, and primary source documents for your original research projects. 

See the flyer below for information about what we have in our collections, answers to common questions, and how to search our collections online before your visit.


Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or for research guidance. We're happy to help!