Gösta Leonard Pålsson, one of several young children lost during the RMS Titanic sinking

Gösta Pålsson was one of several young children lost during the RMS Titanic sinking in April 1912.

He was a 28 month-old Swedish boy traveling in third class on the Titanic with his mother and three siblings. All five perished in the disaster.

Gösta Pålsson’s mtDNA profile was determined by DNA analysis of two of his maternal relatives, during the investigation into the identity of the “Unknown Child” – the body of a young boy pulled from the ocean after the sinking. Gösta Pålsson was believed to be this “Unknown Child” for many years, until genetic analyses in 2001 proved that the body belonged to another young child.