Casefile Clues

24 August 2011

Gotta Watch Those Genders-Finding Hedvig Olson


This is the index entry for Hedvig C. Olson in the New York Passenger Lists 1820-1897 at Ancestry.com. Her gender is shown in the index as male. Before the index is criticized however, a look at the actual manifest actually indicates Hedvig is a male as shown by entry 119 on the actual manifest for the Britannic which arrived in New York on 10 March 1888. 

There are emigration lists from Gothenburg, Sweden, on Ancestry.com. We'll look for Hedvig in those lists and see what gender is shown for her on those records. Stay tuned.