Sweden: Organized L.D.S. Emigration Groups
Organized LDS Emigration Groups Organized emigration from Scandinavian began in 1852 and continued up until about 1890. Leaders were called to assist the emigrants in the journey. Missionaries who had completed their missions would travel home to Utah with the emigrants. One or more of the missionaries were called to be the leader/s of the group. Most of the organized groups began in Copenhagen. The groups leaving from Copenhagen would be Danish and Swedish Saints. Often Norwegian Saints sailed out of Oslo and went directly to Liverpool where they would join with other Scandinavian Saints. The Scandinavians usually joined saints from other places in Europe and Great Britain in Liverpool. Detailed information about each company and names of missionaries, may be found in Andrew Jenson’s book, “History of the Scandinavian Mission”. Pages listed in the table below are for Andrew Jenson’s book. The number of Saints leaving shown in the table below includes children. Organized emigration was closed because of the "Utah War" (Johnston's Army) early in 1858 and announced at the end of 1858 that it would resume.
|Depart.Date||Place of Depart.||Number in Comp.||Arrival Date||Arrival place||Page number||Notes|
|Jan 1852||Copenhagen||9 Swedes||In England 1 Month, Joined by 19 Danish Saints. Sailed from Liver pool 1 March on the ship “Italy”.|
|20 Dec 1852||Copenhagen||294 Saints||30 Sep 1853||Salt Lake City||70-72||Only 3 Swedes - John Eric Forsgren, and 2 siblings.|
|22 Dec 1853||Copenhagen||301 Saints||5 Oct 1854||Salt Lake City||87-89||Leader was Chr. J. Larsen|
|26 Dec 1853||Copenhagen||200 plus||5 Oct 1854||Salt Lake City||88-89||Leader was Hans Peter Olsen|
|24 Nov 1854||Copenhagen||about 300||7 Sep 1855||Salt Lake City||97-99||Leader was Elder Peter O. Hansen. Group joined by 149 more emigrants from the Aalborg and Vendsyssel conferences.|
|29 Nov 1855||Copenhagen||447||106-107||Leader was Elder Canute Peterson. Group was joined by 42 British and 30 Italian Saints.|
|23 Apr 1856||Copenhagen||161 Saints||9 Nov 1856||Salt Lake City||112-113||Leader Elder Johan A. Ahmanson. Joined with about 600 saints from Great Britain in Liverpool. About 100 of the Scandinavian saints were in the Willie handcart company which got caught in the snow storms in Wyoming and were rescued by saints from Utah.|
|18 Apr 1857||Copenhgen||536 Saints||13 Sep 1857||Salt Lake City||120-122||Leader to England was Elder Hector C. Haight|
|20 May 1857||Copenhagen||286 Saints||122||Leader to England was Elder Hector C. Haight. Joined by a large number of emigrating saints from the British Mission.|
|21 Feb 1858||Korsör, Denmark||75 Saints||9 Jul 1858, 20 Sept 1858, or 7 Oct 1858||Salt Lake City||129-131|| Leader was Elder Iver N. Iversen. Joined by 5 more Scandinavian saints, 9 English saints, and about 600 Irish emigrants. The combined group came in 3 different groups from Iowa City and arrived at the three different dates.