Mats Forsell from Sweden contacted me regarding his family history. He was trying to find the passenger list for his wife’s grandfather, John Larsson, who left Wellington with his three young daughters on the RMS Rangitiki in 1939. I do have one 1939 passenger list in my collection for the Rangitiki, but unfortunately it is the wrong voyage.
John’s wife was a New Zealander who had sadly died in 1937. John decided to return to his native Sweden with his children.
Recently I have discovered a wonderful free archive on familysearch.org, hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You don’t have to be a follower of that religion to have access to their records, and the shipping records are quite amazing. There is a good search facility which leads you to transcribed records, and you can also view the original scanned documents (such as the page on the right which shows the Larsson family – click to enlarge). Click here to go to the page where the 1939 Rangitiki passenger list is hosted.
Mats would like people to contact him if they have a family connection or can assist with his research. He is also researching Harriet Rebecca Lind (2 Apr 1873 – Nov 1969), maiden name Bolton, from Banbury in England. Click here to email him.