[above pic: Roy L. Nelson Sr., 1910, Washington Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois, son of Charles F. and Lena (Nilson) Nelson. Grandson of Alic & Aletta Nelson of Sweden.]
“The Swedish Emigration to America Introduction During the period of 1821 until 1930 about 1.3 million Swedes emigrated; some to Canada, Australia, New Zealand South America but the overwhelming majority to the States. Nearly a sixth, in total over 200,000, did return to Sweden, but more than 1 million left their country for good. Among the factors that pushed people from Sweden: down-sizing of farm labourers (better tools, redistribution of land)
the rapid population growth (“the vaccine, the peace, the potatoes”)
the years of bad crops during the second half of the 19th century
discontent with society (military conscript duty, religious intolerance)
Among the factors creating a pull to America:
the supply of fertile land and of work opportunities
Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Nellie Nilson of Sweden. Wife of Charles F. Nelson.Son of Alic & Aletta Nelson of Sweden. Mother of Ruth, William, Harold,Roy Leonard Sr,Russell, Edwin, Helen, and Gurney Nelson.name :Lena Nilson
event:Census event date:1880 event place:Geneva, Kane, Illinois, United States gender:Female age:8 marital status :Single occupation :At School race or color (original) : ethnicity (standardized) :American relationship to head : Daughter birthplace :Sweden birthdate :1872 spouse’s name : spouse’s birthplace : father’s name : father’s birthplace :Sweden mother’s name :Nellie Nilson mother’s birthplace :Sweden page :383 page character : entry number :987 nara film number :T9-0218 gs film number :1254218
digital folder number:004240495 image number:00570 Household Gender Age Birthplace self Nellie Nilson F 35 Sweden daughter Lena Nilson F 8 Sweden son Martin Nilson M 4 Illinois, United States daughter Jennie Nilson F 2 Illinois, United States daughter Fanny Nilson F 0 Illinois, United States Citing this Record “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MXVS-8K1 : accessed 06 Oct 2012), Lena Nilson in household of Nellie Nilson, Geneva, Kane, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 383D, family 1, NARA microfilm publication T9-0218.
name:Lena Nelson titles & terms: event:Census event date:1900 event place:ED 467 Precinct 9 Chicagocity Ward 15, Cook, Illinois, United States birth date:Feb 1868 birthplace:Norway relationship to head of household:Servant father’s birthplace:Norway mother’s birthplace:Norway race or color (standardized):White gender:Female marital status:Married years married:4 estimated marriage year:1896 mother how many children:4 number living children:1 immigration year:1883
page:8 sheet letter:B family number:174 reference number:57 film number:1240264 digital folder number:004113723 image number:00070 HouseholdGenderAgeBirthplace headEmily HeldF33Illinois sonClay HeldM13Illinois sonCharles HeldM12Illinois sonHarold HeldM10Illinois daughterMertle HeldF4Illinois servantLena NelsonF32Norway sonRoy NelsonM2Illinois Citing this Record: “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MS3G-7VB : accessed 08 Dec 2012), Lena Nelson in household of Emily Held, ED 467 Precinct 9 Chicago city Ward 15, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 174, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1240264.
name:Charles Nelson residence:Elgin Township, Kane, Illinois estimated birth year:1868 age:52 birthplace:Sweden relationship to head of household:Self gender:Male race:White marital status:Married father’s birthplace: mother’s birthplace: film number:1820375 digital folder number:4300539 image number:00574 sheet number:7 Household Gender Age Birthplace self Charles Nelson M 52y Sweden wife Lena Nelson F 48y Sweden son Harold Nelson M 21y Illinois dau Helen Nelson F 11y Illinois Citing this Record “United States Census, 1920,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MJ48-TJG : accessed 06 Oct 2012), Charles Nelson, Elgin Township, Kane, Illinois; citing enumeration district (ED) , sheet 7B, family 183, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1820375.
name: Lena Nelson event: Census event date: 1930 event place: Chicago (Districts 1251-1500), Cook, Illinois gender: Female age: 62 marital status: Single race: White birthplace: Sweden estimated birth year: 1868 immigration year: 1880 relationship to head of household: Housekeeper father’s birthplace: Sweden mother’s birthplace: Sweden enumeration district number: 1300 family number: 289 sheet number and letter: 10B line number: 90 nara publication: T626, roll 471 film number: 2340206 digital folder number: 4584272 image number: 00669 Household Gender Age Birthplace head Edward Kociamski M 72 Poland sister Victoria Kociamski F 54 Illinois housekeeper Lena Nelson F 62 Sweden