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Summarized by Eileen Bell

BYU Professor Publishes Mormon Passenger Lists
(Book sheds light on past)
Provo UT Daily Herald 29Jun00 A6
By Karen Hoag: The Daily Herald

PROVO, UTAH -- A new two book set should greatly help those doing family research involving LDS Scandinavian emigrants. The volumes were the idea of BYU professor Shauna Anderson whose grandmother Clara Anderson had travelled from Sweden to Utah during 1880s.

Sister Anderson says "I'd been looking for my grandmother's ship records from Sweden. I even went over to Sweden searching. After I was there I wondered, 'Now how would she even come to Utah?' "

It took 15 years of looking before Clara's name turned up in a listingfrom Copenhagen. "I didn't realize she would go to Copenhagen to New York to Utah."

Sister Anderson is the chair of the Department of Microbiology at BYU. She asked Ruth Maness from the Family History Library for some help. Susan Easton Black came on board as well, and now the project is done.

"Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen 'Mormon' Passenger Lists 1872-1894" is a two volume set, totalling almost 15 hundred pages.It covers emigrants from Sweden and Denmark. Sister Anderson is also planning a volume on emigrants from Norway, and a book of missionary experiences of early Scandinavian Latter-day Saints.


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