Dorotea Parish, Västerbotten, Sweden Genealogy
Guide to Dorotea Parish, Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
- 1 History
- 2 Place Names
- 3 Collections
- 3.1 Census Records
- 3.2 Church Records
- 3.3 Military Records
- 3.4 Related Sources
- 3.5 Help Reading Swedish Records
- 3.6 Help Reading Old Handwriting
- 3.7 Help With Research Objectives and Strategies
- 3.8 References
History[edit | edit source]
Dorotea parish has been continually populated since 1713 when the first permanent settler Jon Ersson Kervalainen and his family moved into the area in what is now known as Svanabyen. The settlement expanded as more people moved in, and with them the desire to have their own chapel. The site selected for the church was in the village of Bergvattnet. In honor of Queen Fredrika Dorotea Vilhelmina (1781-1826), a request was made to King Gustav VI Adolf that the parish be named Dorotea. On 21 May, 1799 royal assent was recieved and the village renamed Dorotea. The original church burnt down 17 August 1932. The new church was built on the same site and completed in December 1934.
(2) Dorotea parish was formed in 1795 by breaking away from Åsele parish. The parish was named Bergvattnet until 7 May 1799. In 1905, Risbäck's parish was broken out of Dorotea parish.
Dorotea parish together with Åsele parish until 7 May 1799 formed a common pastorate. Thereafter, the Dorotea parish formed its own pastorate until 1905. From 1905, Dorotea was the mother parish in the joint pastorate with Risbäck parish.
From 1980, Dorotea and Risbäck formed a common church community with a common economy.
The documents of the pastorate and the church community for Dorotea-Risbäck's church community are included in the Dorotea church archives.
Dorotea parish belonged to Västerbotten county, but part of the parish, Norrby, was in Västernorrland county until 1846 when the village was transferred to Tåsjö parish in Västernorrland county.
In 1864, Tannsjö was transferred to Bodum parish and Bellvik was simultaneously transferred to Tåsjö parish, both parishes in Västernorrland County. In 1891, Bellvik was added to Dorotea parish.
In 1865, the village of Lillånäset was transferred from Frostviken parish to Dorotea parish. After Risbäck parish was formed, the village became part of that parish.
|Dorotea Parish, Västerbotten, Sweden Genealogy|
|Pastorat||1795-1799 chapel parish in Åsele and Bergvattnet's (Dorotea) pastorate, 1799-1904 its own pastorate, 1905 Risbäck (comprising Avasjö, Brännåker, Båtas 1 and 2, Dabbnäs, Harrsjön or Harrsjöhöjden, Lillånäset, Lövsjö, Risbäck, Rissjön, Sandvik, Storbäck, Stornäs, Subben or Subbme, Söderfors 1 and 2 and Tvärsele), 1905-2005 mother parish in Dorotea and Risbäck's pastorate, 2006- Dorotea-Risbäck parish.|
|Landskap||Jämtland and Lappland|
|Tingslag||-1921 Åsele lappmarks, 1922-1947 Vilhelmina, 1948-1970 Åsele and Vilhelmina|
|Domsaga||-1810 Ångermanlands, 1811-1820 Norra Ångermanlands, 1821-1831 Lappmarksjuridiktionen, 1832-1883 Västerbottens södra, 1884-1970 Västerbottens västra, 1971- Lycksele tingsrätts|
|Fögderi||-1810 Södra lappmarks, 1810-1946 Västerbottens lappmarks|
|Kommun||1874-1973 Dorotea, 1974-1979 Åsele, 1980- Dorotea|
|Militär indelning||add here|
|NAD Ref Code||SE/HLA/1010031|
|National Archive SVAR||link|
|SCB Congregation map||link|
|Open Street map||link|
Place Names[edit | edit source]
Abborrholmberget, Arksjö, Avasjön, Avaträsk
Bellvik, Bergvattnet, Borga, Bredsele, Brännåker, Båtas, Båtas 2
Granberget, Granliden, Granåsen, Grubbsjön
Harrsjö, Häggås, Högland
Laiksjö, Lavsjö, Långfors, Långsele, Lövsjö
Mårdsjö, Mellan Rissjön
Ormjsö Östra (Ormsjö East), Ormsjö Västra (Ormsjö West)
Rajastrand, Risbäck Solberg
Storbäck, Storjula, Stornäs, Sutme, Svanabyn, Sörfors
Tannsjön, Tvåtjärn, Tvärsele Utklyvning
- Surrounding Parishes
Collections[edit | edit source]
Census Records[edit | edit source]
- Sweden Household Examination Records (Husförhörslängder)--explanation of this church record which is functionally the census of Sweden.
- Sweden Household Examination Books, 1840-1947, ($), index and images. Also on Ancestry.com, ($), Arkiv Digital ($), and SVAR at Riksarkivet.
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Online Database Church Records[edit | edit source]
The easiest way to access the Swedish Church Records is through the internet, using these five sites (see links to specific collections below). Four of these sites require a subscription for access. (ArkivDigital, Ancestry.com, and MyHeritage.com are available at a FamilyHistory Center near you free of charge.)
- Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860 at FamilySearch.
- MyHeritage.com ($),
- Ancestry.com ($),
- Arkiv Digital ($), and
- SVAR at Riksarkivet.
Help Using ArkivDigital: Online Databases for Sweden[edit | edit source]
- These lessons will teach you how to use ArkivDigital:
Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]
Click Sweden, Västerbotten Records for a full listing of microfilmed records (some digitized online) at the Family History Library, that may be digitized. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.
Click on "Places within Sweden, Västerbotten" and then select your parish.
Military Records[edit | edit source]
Related Sources[edit | edit source]
Help Reading Swedish Records[edit | edit source]
- You do not have to be fluent in Swedish to read these records! They have a limited vocabulary: mother, father, born, bride, groom, married, etc. The rest of the content will be names, dates, and places, which do not need translation.
- This Swedish Word List covers typical terms found in the records.
- Swedish Historical Dictionary Database, SHDD: This interactive dictionary allows you to enter a word in the search box and receive the translation.
- Feast Day Calendar (Moveable) and Feast Day Lists (Fixed and Moveable) will help you translate dates written in feast day form.
- Sweden surnames are patronymic and change every generation, so carefully study Sweden Names, Personal.
- For help with reading the column headings found in more recent records, see Swedish Parish Register and Household Exam Roll Headings.
- Instructions, document examples, and translations are given for Reading Swedish Birth and Christening Records 1717, 1752, 1771, 1792, 1803, 1834, 1854.
Help Reading Old Handwriting[edit | edit source]
- FamilySearch Online Lessons - Reading Scandinavian Handwriting:
Help With Research Objectives and Strategies[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
For history (2), refer to Riksarkivet Dorotea Kyrkoarkiv under "Visa historik för Dorotea kyrkoarkiv".
Dorothea parish, Husförhörslängd, 1838-1862, Ort register.