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Guide to '''Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.  
 
Guide to '''Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy:''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.  
==Country Information==
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{{Sweden-sidebar}}
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== Country Information ==
 
Sweden is a Scandinavian country bordering [[Denmark Genealogy|Denmark]], [[Norway Genealogy|Norway]], and [[Finland Genealogy|Finland]].  
 
Sweden is a Scandinavian country bordering [[Denmark Genealogy|Denmark]], [[Norway Genealogy|Norway]], and [[Finland Genealogy|Finland]].  
  
==Getting Started ==
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== Getting Started ==
 
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<h3>Getting Started with Sweden Research</h3>
 
<h3>Getting Started with Sweden Research</h3>
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*[[How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in Sweden Online]]
 
*[[How to Find Birth, Marriage, and Death Records in Sweden Online]]
 
*[[Finding a Place of Origin in Sweden|Place of Origin in Sweden]]
 
*[[Finding a Place of Origin in Sweden|Place of Origin in Sweden]]
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*[[Finding Death and Burial Information for Swedish Family History Research|Finding Death Information]]
 
*[[Finding Death and Burial Information for Swedish Family History Research|Finding Death Information]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: Searching Records|Searching Swedish Records]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: Searching Records|Searching Swedish Records]]
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*[[GuidedResearch:Sweden|Guided Research]]
  
 
:[[Sweden Genealogy#More Sweden Research Strategies|''See More Research Strategies'']]
 
:[[Sweden Genealogy#More Sweden Research Strategies|''See More Research Strategies'']]
  
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<h3>Sweden Research Tools</h3>
 
<h3>Sweden Research Tools</h3>
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*[http://swedishgenealogyguide.com/ The Swedish Genealogy Guide]
 
*[http://swedishgenealogyguide.com/ The Swedish Genealogy Guide]
*[https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/images/4/40/Swedenish_Par_Reg_and_Exam_headings.pdf Parish Register Headings]  
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*[[Media:Swedenish Par Reg and Exam headings.pdf|Parish Register Headings]]
*[http://web.comhem.se/~u31263678/genealogy/Names.pdf Swedish Names and Naming Conventions]
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*[[Sweden Names, Personal|Sweden Names, Personal]]
 
*[[Swedish Genealogical Word List|Swedish Word List]] and [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin Word List]]
 
*[[Swedish Genealogical Word List|Swedish Word List]] and [[Latin Genealogical Word List|Latin Word List]]
*[[Sweden: Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]  
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*[[Sweden: Gazetteers|Gazetteers]]
*[[Swedish Research Websites|Websites]]  
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*[[Swedish Research Websites|Websites]]
*[[Moveable Feast Day Calendar for: Sweden|Feast Day Calendar (Moveable)]]  
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*[[Moveable Feast Day Calendar for: Sweden|Feast Day Calendar (Moveable)]]
*[[Fixed and Moveable Feast Days for: Sweden|Feast Day Lists (Fixed and Moveable)]]  
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*[[Fixed and Moveable Feast Days for: Sweden|Feast Day Lists (Fixed and Moveable)]]
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:[[Sweden Genealogy#More Sweden Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
 
:[[Sweden Genealogy#More Sweden Research Tools|''See More Research Tools'']]
 
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== Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Swede n==
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*Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the '''local level.''' To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
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*If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, [[Sweden Finding Town of Origin|'''Sweden Finding Town of Origin''']], to search a variety of records that might provide that information.
  
 
== Sweden Clickable Map ==
 
== Sweden Clickable Map ==
'''Click on the map or the county list to link to detailed research instructions for each county. Click on the arrows next to County Name or County Code to order the list alphabetically.'''<br><br>
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'''Click on the map or the county list to link to detailed research instructions for each county. Click on the arrows next to County Name or County Code to order the list alphabetically.'''<br>
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The map below shows county boundaries from about 1810 to 1997.
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! scope="col" class="unsortable" | County Color
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! scope="col" class="unsortable" |County Color
! scope="col" | County Name
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! scope="col" |County Name
! scope="col" | County Code
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! scope="col" |County Code
 
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| [[Blekinge_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Blekinge]]
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|[[Blekinge_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Blekinge]]
| [[Blekinge_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|K]]
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|[[Blekinge_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|K]]
 
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| [[Gotland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Gotland]]
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|[[Gotland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Gotland]]
| [[Gotland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|I]]
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|[[Gotland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|I]]
 
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| [[Gävleborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Gävleborg]] 
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|[[Gävleborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Gävleborg]] 
| [[Gävleborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|X]]
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|[[Gävleborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|X]]
 
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| [[Göteborg_och_Bohus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Göteborg och Bohus]]
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|[[Göteborg_och_Bohus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Göteborg och Bohus]]
| [[Göteborg_och_Bohus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|O]]
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|[[Göteborg_och_Bohus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|O]]
 
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| [[Halland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Halland]]
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|[[Halland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Halland]]
| [[Halland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|N]]
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|[[Halland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|N]]
 
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| [[Jämtland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Jämtland]]
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|[[Jämtland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Jämtland]]
| [[Jämtland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Z]]
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|[[Jämtland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Z]]
 
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| [[Jönköping_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Jönköping]]
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|[[Jönköping_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Jönköping]]
| [[Jönköping_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|F]]
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|[[Jönköping_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|F]]
 
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| [[Kalmar_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kalmar]]
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|[[Kalmar_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kalmar]]
| [[Kalmar_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|H]]
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|[[Kalmar_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|H]]
 
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| [[Kopparberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kopparberg]]
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|[[Kopparberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kopparberg]]
| [[Kopparberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|W]]
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|[[Kopparberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|W]]
 
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| [[Kristianstad_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kristianstad]]
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|[[Kristianstad_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kristianstad]]
| [[Kristianstad_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|L]]
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|[[Kristianstad_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|L]]
 
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| [[Kronoberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kronoberg]]
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|[[Kronoberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Kronoberg]]
| [[Kronoberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|G]]
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|[[Kronoberg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|G]]
 
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| [[Malmöhus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Malmöhus]]
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|[[Malmöhus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Malmöhus]]
| [[Malmöhus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|M]]
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|[[Malmöhus_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|M]]
 
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| [[Norrbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Norrbotten]]
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|[[Norrbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Norrbotten]]
| [[Norrbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|BD]]
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|[[Norrbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|BD]]
 
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| [[Skaraborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Skaraborg]]
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|[[Skaraborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Skaraborg]]
| [[Skaraborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|R]]
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|[[Skaraborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|R]]
 
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| [[Stockholm_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Stockholm]]
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|[[Stockholm_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Stockholm]]
| [[Stockholm_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|B]]
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|[[Stockholm_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|B]]
 
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| [[Stockholm_City,_Stockholm,_Sweden_Genealogy|Stockholm city and county]]
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|[[Stockholm_City,_Stockholm,_Sweden_Genealogy|Stockholm city and county]]
| [[Stockholm_City,_Stockholm,_Sweden_Genealogy|AB]]
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|[[Stockholm_City,_Stockholm,_Sweden_Genealogy|AB]]
 
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| [[Södermanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Södermanland]]
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|[[Södermanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Södermanland]]
| [[Södermanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|D]]
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|[[Södermanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|D]]
 
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| [[Uppsala_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Uppsala]]
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|[[Uppsala_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Uppsala]]
| [[Uppsala_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|C]]
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|[[Uppsala_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|C]]
 
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| [[Värmland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Värmland]]
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|[[Värmland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Värmland]]
| [[Värmland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|S]]
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|[[Värmland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|S]]
 
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| [[Västerbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Västerbotten]]
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|[[Västerbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Västerbotten]]
| [[Västerbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|AC]]
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|[[Västerbotten_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|AC]]
 
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| [[Västernorrland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Västernorrland]]
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|[[Västernorrland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Västernorrland]]
| [[Västernorrland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Y]]
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|[[Västernorrland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Y]]
 
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| [[Västmanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Västmanland]]
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|[[Västmanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Västmanland]]
| [[Västmanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|U]]
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|[[Västmanland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|U]]
 
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| [[Älvsborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Älvsborg]]
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|[[Älvsborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Älvsborg]]
| [[Älvsborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|P]]
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|[[Älvsborg_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|P]]
 
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| [[Örebro_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Örebro]]
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|[[Örebro_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Örebro]]
| [[Örebro_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|T]]
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|[[Örebro_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|T]]
 
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| [[Östergötland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Östergötland]]
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|[[Östergötland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|Östergötland]]
| [[Östergötland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|E]]
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|[[Östergötland_County,_Sweden_Genealogy|E]]
 
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==Provinces==
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== Provinces ==
The provinces of Sweden (called Landskap in Swedish) are geographical areas that are based on political subdivisions that predate the county organization of 1634. The divisions are based on cultural and geographical characteristics that many Swedes (and people of Swedish decent) strongly identify with even today. The provinces are unique from each other in many ways such as spoken dialects, traditional clothing, and local social traditions.  
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The provinces of Sweden (''landskap'' in Swedish) were historical political subdivisions based on cultural and geographical characteristics that many Swedes strongly identify with even today. Each province was unique from the others in many ways: such as spoken dialects, traditional clothing, and local social traditions. With such deep social and cultural roots associated to the provinces, it's not uncommon that immigrants referred to their origin in Sweden by the name of their province. They saw themselves as residents of a certain province rather than from Sweden.  See [[Provinces of Sweden]] for a map and links.
  
With such deep social and cultural roots associated to the provinces, it's not uncommon that immigrants referred to their origin in Sweden by the name of their province. They saw themselves as residents of a certain province such as Skåne, Ångermanland, or Dalarna rather than from a county. Emigrants from large cities, however, such as Stockholm or Göteborg usually gave their origin by the name of the city. <br>
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Emigrants from large cities, however, such as Stockholm or Göteborg usually gave their origin by the name of the city.
 
 
See [[Provinces of Sweden]] for a map and links.
 
  
 
== Counties ==
 
== Counties ==
With the Constitution of 1634, each Swedish Province (called [[Provinces of Sweden|Landskap]]) turned over its civil authority to a County administration (called '''Län''' in Swedish). Through the years some counties were added and others were dissolved. The above map represents the county structure as it was in the mid 1900s. It also matches the county structure used for the Swedish Record Collection in FamilySearch. For further reading on the changes to Swedish counties through the years see [[History of Swedish Counties]].
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With the Constitution of 1634, each Swedish Province turned over its civil authority to a County administration (called ''Län'' in Swedish). Through the years some counties were added and others were dissolved. The above map represents the county structure as it was sometime around 1950. This also matches the county structure used for the Swedish Record Collection in FamilySearch. See [[History of Swedish Counties]] and [[Swedish County Letters|Swedish County Letter Abbreviations]].
 
 
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*[[Blekinge County, Sweden Genealogy|Blekinge]]
 
*[[Blekinge County, Sweden Genealogy|Blekinge]]
 
*[[Kopparberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Dalarna]]
 
*[[Kopparberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Dalarna]]
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*[[Halland County, Sweden Genealogy|Halland]]
 
*[[Halland County, Sweden Genealogy|Halland]]
 
*[[Jämtland County, Sweden Genealogy|Jämtland]]
 
*[[Jämtland County, Sweden Genealogy|Jämtland]]
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*[[Jönköping County, Sweden Genealogy|Jönköping]]
 
*[[Jönköping County, Sweden Genealogy|Jönköping]]
 
*[[Kalmar County, Sweden Genealogy|Kalmar]]
 
*[[Kalmar County, Sweden Genealogy|Kalmar]]
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*[[Malmöhus County, Sweden Genealogy|Malmöhus]]
 
*[[Malmöhus County, Sweden Genealogy|Malmöhus]]
 
*[[Norrbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Norrbotten]]
 
*[[Norrbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Norrbotten]]
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*Skåne: see Kristianstad and Malmöhus  
 
*Skåne: see Kristianstad and Malmöhus  
 
*[[Skaraborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Skaraborg]]
 
*[[Skaraborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Skaraborg]]
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*[[Södermanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Södermanland]]
 
*[[Södermanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Södermanland]]
 
*[[Uppsala County, Sweden Genealogy|Uppsala]]
 
*[[Uppsala County, Sweden Genealogy|Uppsala]]
*[[Värmland County, Sweden Genealogy|Värmland ]]
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*[[Värmland County, Sweden Genealogy|Värmland]]
 
*[[Västerbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Västerbotten]]
 
*[[Västerbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Västerbotten]]
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*[[Västernorrland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västernorrland]]
*[[Västernorrland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västernorrland ]]
 
 
*[[Västmanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västmanland]]
 
*[[Västmanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västmanland]]
 
*Västra Götaland: see Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, and Älvsborg
 
*Västra Götaland: see Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, and Älvsborg
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*[[Örebro County, Sweden Genealogy|Örebro]]
 
*[[Örebro County, Sweden Genealogy|Örebro]]
 
*[[Östergötland County, Sweden Genealogy|Östergötland]]
 
*[[Östergötland County, Sweden Genealogy|Östergötland]]
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== Districts ==
 
== Districts ==
*[[Sweden: District List|District List]]
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*[[Sweden District List|District List]]
  
 
== Parishes ==
 
== Parishes ==
 
*[[Sweden: Parish Listing|Parish List]]
 
*[[Sweden: Parish Listing|Parish List]]
 
*[[Swedish Parish Pages|Parish Pages (Alphabetical Order)]]
 
*[[Swedish Parish Pages|Parish Pages (Alphabetical Order)]]
* [https://sok.riksarkivet.se/folkrakningar?infosida=kartor-1890 Maps of Parishes (Socken) in each county (Län]) - in1890, with population for each parish, great for finding nearby parishes
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*[https://sok.riksarkivet.se/folkrakningar?infosida=kartor-1890 Maps of Parishes (Socken) in each county (Län]) - in 1890, with population for each parish, great for finding nearby parishes
*[[Swedish County Letters|Swedish County Letters Abbreviations]]
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*[http://socknar.se/ Socken Directory] A Socken is an administrative unit between parishes and counties.  Found mostly outside of populated areas
  
==More Sweden Research Strategies==
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== More Sweden Research Strategies ==
 
Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first.  Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Sweden.
 
Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first.  Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Sweden.
*[[Sweden: Research Strategies|Research Strategies]]  
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*[[Sweden: Research Strategies|Research Strategies]]
 
*[[Sweden Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
*[[Sweden Research Tips and Strategies|Research Tips and Strategies]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: Tips for Beginners|Tips for Beginners]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: Tips for Beginners|Tips for Beginners]]
*[[Swedish Research: Tips for Swedish American Researchers|Tips for Swedish American Researchers]]  
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*[[Swedish Research: Tips for Swedish American Researchers|Tips for Swedish American Researchers]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: Getting Started|Getting Started]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: Getting Started|Getting Started]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: What's the next step?|What's the next step?]]
 
*[[Swedish Research: What's the next step?|What's the next step?]]
*[[Swedish Research: Searching Records|Finding your ancestor in the records]]  
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*[[Swedish Research: Searching Records|Finding your ancestor in the records]]
 
*[[Sweden How to Guides|Sweden "How to" Guides]]
 
*[[Sweden How to Guides|Sweden "How to" Guides]]
 
*[[Finding Records that show Family Structure for Swedish Family History Research|Finding Records showing Family Structure]]
 
*[[Finding Records that show Family Structure for Swedish Family History Research|Finding Records showing Family Structure]]
*[[Finding Migration Information for Swedish Family History Research|Finding Records of Moving and Migration]]  
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*[[Finding Migration Information for Swedish Family History Research|Finding Records of Moving and Migration]]
 
*[[Sweden: Finding an Unknown Father in Swedish Records|Finding Father of Illegitimate Child]]
 
*[[Sweden: Finding an Unknown Father in Swedish Records|Finding Father of Illegitimate Child]]
 
*[[Sweden post-1900 Research|Post-1900 Research]]
 
*[[Sweden post-1900 Research|Post-1900 Research]]
*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/scandinavian-research/127 Class on Scandinavian Research]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/58 Class on Reading Scandinavian Gothic Handwritten Records.]
*[https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/results.html?q=*&fq=place%3A%22Scandinavia%22 Class on Reading Scandinavian Gothic Handwritten Records.]''
 
  
==More Sweden Research Tools==
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== More Sweden Research Tools ==
 
Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in.  Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Sweden.
 
Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in.  Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Sweden.
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*[[Historical Maps of Sweden|Historical Maps]]
 
*[[Historical Maps of Sweden|Historical Maps]]
*[[Sweden: Abbreviations in Family History Sources|Abbreviations in Family History Sources]]  
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*[[Sweden: Abbreviations in Family History Sources|Abbreviations in Family History Sources]]
*[[Sweden: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries|Dictionaries]]  
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*[[Sweden: Encyclopedias and Dictionaries|Dictionaries]]
*[[Moveable Feast Day Calendar for: Sweden|Feast Day Calendar (Moveable)]]  
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*[[Moveable Feast Day Calendar for: Sweden|Feast Day Calendar (Moveable)]]
*[[Fixed and Moveable Feast Days for: Sweden|Feast Day Lists (Fixed and Moveable)]]  
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*[[Fixed and Moveable Feast Days for: Sweden|Feast Day Lists (Fixed and Moveable)]]
*[http://www.nad.riksarkivet.se/ Nationell ArkivDatabas (NAD)]  
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*[https://sok.riksarkivet.se/ Nationell ArkivDatabas (NAD)]
*[[Nordic Given Names|Nordic Given Names List]]<br>  
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*[[Nordic Given Names|Nordic Given Names List]]<br>
*[[Household Exam Roll Headings|Household Exam Roll Headings]]  
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*[[Household Exam Roll Headings|Household Exam Roll Headings]]
*[[Swedish Parish Register and Household Exam Roll Headings]]  
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*[[Swedish Parish Register and Household Exam Roll Headings]]
*[[Translation Tools for Swedish Research|Translation Tools]]  
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*[[Translation Tools for Swedish Research|Translation Tools]]
*[[Sweden: Type the letters Å, Ä, and Ö|Type the Letters Å, Ä, and Ö]]  
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*[[Sweden: Type the letters Å, Ä, and Ö|Type the Letters Å, Ä, and Ö]]
 
*[[Sweden Maps|Maps]]
 
*[[Sweden Maps|Maps]]
 
*[https://blog.myheritage.com/2015/02/myheritage-puts-exclusive-scandinavian-records-online/ MyHeritage] MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online.
 
*[https://blog.myheritage.com/2015/02/myheritage-puts-exclusive-scandinavian-records-online/ MyHeritage] MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online.
 
*[http://researchingswedishroots.blogspot.com/2012/12/some-sites-with-swedish-genealogical.html Sites with Genealogical Vocabulary Words]
 
*[http://researchingswedishroots.blogspot.com/2012/12/some-sites-with-swedish-genealogical.html Sites with Genealogical Vocabulary Words]
  
==FamilySearch Resources==
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== FamilySearch Resources ==
 
Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.
 
Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.
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*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
 
*[[Genealogy Help on Facebook|Facebook Communities]] - Facebook groups discussing genealogy research
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927041?region=Sweden Historical Records]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/1927041?region=Sweden Historical Records]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=sweden Family History Center locator map]
 
*[https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?c=sweden Family History Center locator map]
  
===Research Tutorials===
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=== Research Tutorials ===
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true '''Search page''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true Help Center, Getting Started]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/400 '''Sweden: An Introduction to ArkivDigital''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/400 Sweden: An Introduction to ArkivDigital]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/67 '''Use the Full Scope of Arkiv Digital for Swedish Genealogy''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/67 Use the Full Scope of Arkiv Digital for Swedish Genealogy]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/449 '''FamilySearch Wiki: Denmark, Norway, Sweden''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/449 FamilySearch Wiki: Denmark, Norway, Sweden]
  
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Guide to Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

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The FamilySearch moderator for Sweden is MorrisGF and LarsonW

Country Information[edit | edit source]

Sweden is a Scandinavian country bordering Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

Getting Started[edit | edit source]

Getting Started with Sweden Research

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Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Swede n[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical records are organized by geographical locality. Civil registration (government birth, marriage, and death records) and church records (christenings/baptisms, marriages, and burials) were kept at the local level. To search these records, you must know the town where your ancestors lived.
  • If you do not know your ancestors' town, follow the advice in the Wiki article, Sweden Finding Town of Origin, to search a variety of records that might provide that information.

Sweden Clickable Map[edit | edit source]

Click on the map or the county list to link to detailed research instructions for each county. Click on the arrows next to County Name or County Code to order the list alphabetically.
The map below shows county boundaries from about 1810 to 1997.

Norrbotten CountyVästerbotten CountyJämtland CountyVästernoorland CountyKopparberg CountyGävleborg CountyVärmland CountyÖrebro CountyVästmanland CountyUppsala CountyStockholm CountyStockholm city and countySödermanland CountyÖstergötland CountySkaraborg CountyGöteborg och Bohus CountyÄlvsborg CountyJönköping CountyHalland CountyKronoberg CountyKalmar CountyBlekinge CountyKristianstad CountyMalmöhus CountyGotland CountySwedish Counties FSW.png
County Color County Name County Code
Blekinge K
Gotland I
Gävleborg  X
Göteborg och Bohus O
Halland N
Jämtland Z
Jönköping F
Kalmar H
Kopparberg W
Kristianstad L
Kronoberg G
Malmöhus M
Norrbotten BD
Skaraborg R
Stockholm B
Stockholm city and county AB
Södermanland D
Uppsala C
Värmland S
Västerbotten AC
Västernorrland Y
Västmanland U
Älvsborg P
Örebro T
Östergötland E


Provinces[edit | edit source]

The provinces of Sweden (landskap in Swedish) were historical political subdivisions based on cultural and geographical characteristics that many Swedes strongly identify with even today. Each province was unique from the others in many ways: such as spoken dialects, traditional clothing, and local social traditions. With such deep social and cultural roots associated to the provinces, it's not uncommon that immigrants referred to their origin in Sweden by the name of their province. They saw themselves as residents of a certain province rather than from Sweden. See Provinces of Sweden for a map and links.

Emigrants from large cities, however, such as Stockholm or Göteborg usually gave their origin by the name of the city.

Counties[edit | edit source]

With the Constitution of 1634, each Swedish Province turned over its civil authority to a County administration (called Län in Swedish). Through the years some counties were added and others were dissolved. The above map represents the county structure as it was sometime around 1950. This also matches the county structure used for the Swedish Record Collection in FamilySearch. See History of Swedish Counties and Swedish County Letter Abbreviations.

Districts[edit | edit source]

Parishes[edit | edit source]

More Sweden Research Strategies[edit | edit source]

Research strategies give guidance on how to research or what records to search for first. Below are additional research strategy Wiki articles for Sweden.

More Sweden Research Tools[edit | edit source]

Research tools can include resources that assist in locating correct records to search and determining the correct locality to search in. Below are links and Wiki articles to research tools in Sweden.

FamilySearch Resources[edit | edit source]

Below are FamilySearch resources that can assist you in researching your family.

Research Tutorials[edit | edit source]