[TSL] Need Help in Constructing a Search Plan
"Stephen D. Carlile" <> on 03/07/2014

My Swedish ancestors Sven Petter Hansson, wife Carolina Mansdotter, and
sons, John Erik Svensson and Sven Magnus Svensson, were all born in the
Kalmar, Smaland, Sweden area.

Sven was born 12 Jan 1850 and a census record indicates he immigrated in
1851, while his mother's record indicates she immigrated in 1852.

The family is listed in the 1855 Chautauqua Co., New York, State Census, in
the town of Harmony, which indicates the family has lived there 3 years. My
late aunt believed the family first came to Jamestown (also in Chautauqua
County) before moving to Chariton, Lucas Co., Iowa, but I do not have any
confirmation of that.

I plan on searching ship lists for this family in 1851 - 1852, but do not
know where to start, and would appreciate any suggestions.

(1) Given that travel from the east coast to Jamestown and Harmony in
Chautauqua County, New York may have been via the Erie canal, should I
start looking for some type of records regarding travel along the Erie
Canal, and then look to New York ports, other arrival ports, and then back
to Swedish departures, or should I begin looking first at Swedish
departures, then arrivals in New York, and then the Erie canal?

I am assuming, of course, that a shipping company probably booked the
travel from Sweden through the port of New York, and then with another
local company from New York on the Erie canal to Lake Erie and Jamestown. I
don't know if railroad travel from a New York port to Jamestown was
completed by then, and think it may be better to search "on the water" for
my first attempt at locating my family on ships, than to digress to
railroad traffic after arriving in America.

Carolina Mansdotter had a brother, Gustaf Mansson, whose family
also emigrated from Sweden about 20 years later, 3 May 1872, and ended up
in Lucas County, Iowa close to his sister. A Swedish researcher found the
family listed on passenger lists in the Police Chamber or Goteborg. The
ship was the "Orlando" destined for Hull, England. The emigrant agent was
B. B. Petersson. I am told that the "Orlando" was not the type of ship that
would have crossed the Atlantic, but one that could have taken passengers
from Sweden to England, where they would have transferred to a larger,
ocean crossing vessel.

(2) If the ship named "Orlando" did not cross the Atlantic, (a) would Hull,
England be the port from which passengers would depart for America, or
would the passengers have had to travel overland to another port in England
or Ireland before boarding an Trans-Atlantic ship? (b) Where would I look
for such records, or are there any?

(3) What are the chances that, even though the emigrations are 20 years
apart, both parties used the same agency for travel to America?

Thanks for your help and suggestions.
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