Jönköping County, Sweden Genealogy
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Guide to Jönköping ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.
How to Do Research in Jönköping, Sweden[edit | edit source]
Most of your genealogical research for Jönköping will be in online church records. Methods for locating and reading them are given here.
History[edit | edit source]
Jönköping och Kronoberg was used as a County name between 1634 to 1639; 1654 to 1658, 1669 to 1674 and 1680 to 1687. After 1687 the area belonging to this earlier County was divided between the separate Counties of Jönköping and Kronoberg. Jönköping County belongs to Småland Province. The county letter for Jönköping is: F
Knowing Your Locality[edit | edit source]
To search effectively, it will help if you know the farm, parish, and county where your ancestor lived. The Wiki articles Gather Family Information and Finding a Place of Origin in Sweden describe many strategies you can use to find this. Sweden 1951 Place Names Register and the Swedish Parish Pages list in this Wiki will give you searchable lists of places, particularly parishes and the farms within those parishes.
Districts[edit | edit source]
Parishes[edit | edit source]
The map below is based on 1890 county/parish boundaries.
Click here to see parishes by number.
- 12 Adelöv
- 44 Almesåkra
- 80 Alseda
- 104 Anderstorp
- 40 Angerdshestra
- 26 Askeryd
- 01 Bankeryd
- 31 Barkeryd
- 35 Barnarp
- 53 Bellö
- 56 Björkö
- 122 Bolmsö
- 62 Bondstorp
- 107 Bosebo
- 37 Bottnaryd
- 120 Bredaryd
- 25 Bredestad
- 58 Bringetofta
- 108 Burseryd
- 61 Byarum
- 105 Gislaved
- 91 Bäckaby
- 87 Bäckseda
- 23 Bälaryd
- 127 Dannäs
- 54 Edshult
- 27 Eksjö (Lands-)
- 47 Eksjö (Stads-)
- 114 Femsjö
- 28 Flisby
- 32 Forserum
- 125 Forsheda
- 16 Frinnaryd
- 100 Fryele
- 94 Fröderyd
- 94 Fröryd
- 113 Färgaryd
- 23 Gislaved
- 103 Gnosjö
- 110 Gryteryd
- 10 Gränna (Lands-)
- 11 Gränna (Stads-)
- 132 Gällaryd
- 99 Hagshult
- 06 Hakarp
- 18/19 Haurida
- 30 Hjälmseryd
- 45 Hjälmseryd
- 73 Hjärtlanda
- 48 Hult
- 95 Hultsjö
- 06 Huskvarna
- 59 Hylletofta
- 128 Hånger
- 50 Hässleby
- 46 Höreda
- 49 Ingatorp
- 116 Jälluntofta
- 22 Järsnäs
- 02 Järstorp
- 03 Jönköping
- 05 Jönköping
- 51 Karlstorp
- 88 Korsberga
- 52 Kråkshult
- 102 Kulltorp
- 117 Kållerstad
- 66 Källeryd
- 126 Kärda
- 101 Kävsjö
- 93 Lannaskede
- 21 Lekeryd
- 85 Lemnhult
- 14 Linderås
- 04 Ljungarum
- 17 Lommaryd
- 112 Långaryd
- 43 Malmbäck
- 24 Marbäck
- 55 Mellby
- 38 Mulseryd
- 92 Myresjö
- 41 Månsarp
- 65 Norra Hestra
- 72 Norra Ljunga
- 57 Norra Sandsjö
- 29 Norra Solberga
- 39 Norra Unnaryd
- 36 Norrahammar
- 98 Nydala
- 86 Nye
- 77 Näsby
- 84 Näshult
- 30 Nässjö
- 45 Nässjö
- 76 Nävelsjö
- 90 Ramkvilla
- 119 Reftele
- 34 Rogberga
- 133 Rydaholm
- 36 Sandseryd
- 109 Sandvik
- 79 Skede
- 75 Skepperstad
- 82 Skirö
- 07 Skärstad
- 83 Stenberga
- 63 Stengårdshult
- 96 Stockaryd
- 20 Svarttorp
- 60 Svenarum
- 15 Säby
- 72 Sävsjö
- 111 Södra Hestra
- 89 Södra Solberga
- 115 Södra Unnaryd
- 123 Tannåker
- 70 Tofteryd
- 124 Torskinge
- 13 Trehörna
- 130 Tånnö
- 67 Valdshult
- 74 Vallsjö
- 78 Vetlanda
- 118 Villstad
- 18 Vireda
- 9 Visingsö
- 131 Voxtorp
- 71 Vrigstad
- 106 Våthult
- 129 Värnamo
- 69 Åker
- 121 Ås
- 68 Åsenhöga
- 42 Ödestugu
- 33 Öggestorp
- 81 Ökna
- 08 Ölmstad
- 64 Öreryd
Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]
Additional map of Parishes in Jönköping can be found here
Patronymics and Naming Customs[edit | edit source]
Most Swedish surnames are patronymic. Patronymic surnames changed with each generation. Also, Swedish surnames can be changed for a variety of reasons. Understanding surname changes is more important in Swedish research than in United States or Great Britain. To prepare yourself to cope with these changes, carefully study Sweden Names, Personal.
Church Records[edit | edit source]
Church records from the county of Jönköping contain the following types of records. Click on the Swedish name of the record to link to important facts and clues that can be found in each record.
- Clerical surveys (Husförhörslängder)
- Registers of birth, marriage, and death (födda, vigda, döde)
- Move-in and move-out lists (in- och utflyttede)
- Confirmations (konfirmation)
- Church accounts (räkenskaper)
Household Examination Records (Husförhörslängder)[edit | edit source]
The Household Examination Records are a key source in Swedish genealogical research, not found in many other countries. Perhaps their greatest value is that they gave detailed data organized in families for each year. This is particularly helpful in sorting out the duplication of names created by the use of patronymics. The contents of a Household Examination Book varied according to time, place and the minister. As you search the books you might see:
1. Online Digital Records for Church Records[edit | edit source]
The easiest way to access the Swedish Church Records is through the internet, using these sites:
- FamilySearch Historical Records,
- Ancestry.com ($),
- MyHeritage.com ($),
- Arkiv Digital ($), and
- SVAR at Riksarkivet.
Four of these sites require a subscription for access. (ArkivDigital, Ancestry.com, and MyHeritage.com are available at a FamilyHistory Center near you free of charge.)
FamilySearch Historical Records Online Databases for Sweden[edit | edit source]
The original copies of the church records before 1895 are preserved by the National and Regional Archives in Sweden. FamilySearch has partnered with The National Archives of Sweden to create indexes of the Swedish church records. For more detail on the contents and coverage of these records, see: Sweden Church Records, 1308 – 1940 Images Published on FamilySearch.
- 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 - Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 at FamilySearch —index and images by parish.
- 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 - Sweden, Jönköping Church Records, 1581-1935; index 1633-1860 at FamilySearch —images by parish.
- 1611-1920 - Sweden Baptisms, 1611-1920 at FamilySearch — index.
- 1630-1920 - Sweden Marriages, 1630-1920 at FamilySearch — index.
- 1649-1920 - Sweden Burials, 1649-1920 at FamilySearch — index.
- 1800-1930 - Sweden, Household Examination Books, 1880-1930 at FamilySearch —index and images
Ancestry.com Online Database for Sweden[edit | edit source]
Jönköping Index and Images[edit | edit source]
- 1880-1893 - Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893, index and images, ($). To browse this image set, select Jönköping County, the parish, the records type, and the year range in the search boxes in the right sidebar.
- 1451-1943 - Sweden, Church Records, 1451-1943, index and images, ($). To browse this image set, select Jönköping County, the parish, the records type, and the year range in the search boxes in the right sidebar.
- 1860-1941 - Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1860-1941, index and images, ($). To browse this image set, select Jönköping County, the parish, the records type, and the year range in the search boxes in the right sidebar.
Sweden Including Jönköping[edit | edit source]
- 1783-1991 - Sweden, Emigrants Registered in Church Books, 1783-1991, index and images, ($)
- 1611-1920 - Sweden, Select Baptisms, 1611-1920, index, ($).
- 1901-2006 - Sweden, Births from the Swedish Death Index, 1901-2006, index. ($)
- 1630-1920 - Sweden, Select Marriages, 1630-1920, index, ($)
- 1649-1920 - Sweden, Select Burials, 1649-1920, index, ($)
- 1840-1860 - Sweden, Selected Indexed Death Records, 1840-1860 and 1878-1942, index, ($)
MyHeritage.com Online Databases for Sweden[edit | edit source]
- 1880-1920 - Sweden Household Examination Books, 1840-1947, index and images, ($).
- 1611-1920 - Sweden, Baptisms, 1611-1920, index, ($)
- 1630-1920 - Sweden, Marriages, 1630-1920, index, ($).
- 1649-1920 - Sweden Burials, 1649-1920, index, ($).
ArkivDigital Online Databases for Sweden[edit | edit source]
These lessons will teach you how to use ArkivDigital:
Here are links for registering, buying services, installing the software, a direct link to Jönköping records, the main search page, and a library of instructional articles on Swedish genealogy methods.
SVAR[edit | edit source]
2. Microfilms of Church Records for Sweden[edit | edit source]
Microfilms of the original records used for developing the online databases are also available for research. You will find additional records that have yet to be digitized. Currently, they are being digitized, and plans are to complete that project by 2020. 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.
To find a microfilm:
- a. Click on this link to see a list of records for Sweden, Jönköping.
- b. Click on "Places within Sweden, Jönköping" and a list of towns and cities will open.
- c. Click on the town or city you wish to search.
- d. Click on "Church Records" topic. Click on the blue links to specific record titles.
- e. Choose the correct event and time period for your ancestor.
- f. Some combination of the icons shown below will appear at the far right of the microfilm listed for the record.
Clicking on the magnifying glass will take you to the index. Clicking on the camera will take you to an online digital copy of the microfilm.
Reading the Records[edit | edit source]
- You do not have to be fluent in Swedish to read your documents. Genealogical records usually contain a limited vocabulary. Use the Swedish Genealogical Word List to translate the important points in the document. This interactive dictionary allows you to enter a word in the search box and receive the translation: Swedish Historical Dictionary Database, SHDD.
- Online interactive slideshow lessons are available to help you learn to read these records:
- Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy, Lesson 1
- Spelling and Phonetics for Swedish Genealogy, Lesson 2 — Names, dates, and key genealogical words
- Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy: Put It All Together, Lesson 3
- Scandinavian Handwriting
- Scandinavian Handwriting, part 3 - No part 2 available
- Birth and Christening Records for Swedish Genealogy
- Instructions, document examples, and translations are given for Reading Swedish Birth and Christening Records 1717, 1752, 1771, 1792, 1803, 1834, 1854, and 1894.
- Dates are frequently written using feast days. These charts will enable you to convert feast days to more normal dates:
Search Strategy and Tips[edit | edit source]
- First find the birth and baptism record of your ancestor. Once you know his date and place of birth and his parents' names, you can locate the family in the Household Examination Records.
- Search every Household Examination Record that your ancestor appears on (from birth to death). You will pick up valuable clues along the way, find children who died young, and establish correct family member relationships.
- All birth, marriage, or death dates found in Household Examination Records need to be verified in the actual birth, marriage, or death records.
- Pay attention to relationship titles, occupations, military status, and remarks. See word list for Vocabulary for Household Examination Records.
- Dates are written in the European order of day, month, and year.
- The Family History Library created a basic key words list to help with reading the column headings (for when they exist in the actual records.) This copy has been given out at the Nordic Reference Counter for many years. To print your own copy see: Swedish Parish Register and Household Exam Roll Headings