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The website was started in 1998, when my sons and I needed some kind of activity during a rainy summer week. Since then the website has developed into a huge portal and resource about an important part of 20th century shipping and Swedish corporate history. The site also plays a central part in my interest in the Swedish - American heritage.

Find passenger lists

About SALPosted by Lars Hemingstam Jul 10, 2011 17:39:15
I often receive emails from persons who are looking for passenger lists from their relatives' Atlantic crossings on board the ships of the Swedish American Line.

Of course I had heard of, but I had no idea of the amount of amazing and invaluable information that can be found within seconds. In June this year, I subscribed to the World Deluxe membership and found passenger lists, crew lists, birth and death records, from both the USA and Sweden. performs the search for you if you know a name, a year, and a place..

From now on, I am going to recommend as the best and easiest gateway to historical documents about your ancestors.

Try here.

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Posted by Anne Schreiber Jun 27, 2016 22:12:34

I searched and indeed found my grandparents' and mother's names on a Gripsholm passenger list. That was so exciting to see their names on that list! I have a specific question about the Gripsholm that I am hoping you may be able to answer: the list for the voyage they were on is dated Nov. 24, 1939. Do you know if that was one of the last voyages the Gripsholm made before she was retired during the War? If so, that makes my grandparents' escape from Germany (my grandfather was Jewish) all the more meaningful. I also wonder if there was any connection to picking up passengers in Latvia before starting out from Sweden. My grandparents spent months waiting for a letter of support. When they finally got one, they could sail, but I wonder if they would have left directly from Latvia, perhaps via a smaller ship that took them to Gothenburg where the Gripsholm departed. My last question is, do you have any pictures of that Gripsholm? Thanks much for any further information! Best, Anne Schreiber

Posted by Anne Boleyn Feb 24, 2012 02:14:52

My grandmother and my brother traveled to Sweden on the Kungsholm in June of 1955. Also traveling on that passenger list were my grandmother's sister and her husband as well as another great uncle and his wife whose names I don't remember. Have you had any luck with Kungsholm passenger lists? I have checked Ancestry and other site with no luck. Anne