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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.  
 
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==Country Information==
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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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==Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Sweden==
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== Finding Your Ancestors' Town in Swede n==
 
 
 
*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.
 
*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|'''Sweden Finding Town of Origin''']], to search a variety of records that might provide that information.
 
*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.
  
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== 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>
 
'''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>
The map below shows county boundaries from about 1810 to 1997.<br><br>
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The map below shows county boundaries from about 1810 to 1997.
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==Provinces==
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== Provinces ==
The provinces of Sweden (called 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.
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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.
  
 
Emigrants from large cities, however, such as Stockholm or Göteborg usually gave their origin by the name of the city.
 
Emigrants from large cities, however, such as Stockholm or Göteborg usually gave their origin by the name of the city.
  
==Counties==
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== Counties ==
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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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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    <li>[[Blekinge County, Sweden Genealogy|Blekinge]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Kopparberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Dalarna]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Göteborg och Bohus County, Sweden Genealogy|Göteborg och Bohus]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Gotland County, Sweden Genealogy|Gotland]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Gävleborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Gävleborg]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Halland County, Sweden Genealogy|Halland]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Jämtland County, Sweden Genealogy|Jämtland]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Jönköping County, Sweden Genealogy|Jönköping]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Kalmar County, Sweden Genealogy|Kalmar]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Kopparberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Kopparberg]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Kristianstad County, Sweden Genealogy|Kristianstad]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Kronoberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Kronoberg]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Malmöhus County, Sweden Genealogy|Malmöhus]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Norrbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Norrbotten]]</li>
 
    <li>*Skåne: see Kristianstad and Malmöhus </li>
 
    <li>[[Skaraborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Skaraborg]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Stockholm County, Sweden Genealogy|Stockholm]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Södermanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Södermanland]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Uppsala County, Sweden Genealogy|Uppsala]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Värmland County, Sweden Genealogy|Värmland]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Västerbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Västerbotten]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Västernorrland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västernorrland]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Västmanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västmanland]]</li>
 
    <li>*Västra Götaland: see Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, and Älvsborg</li>
 
    <li>[[Älvsborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Älvsborg]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Örebro County, Sweden Genealogy|Örebro]]</li>
 
    <li>[[Östergötland County, Sweden Genealogy|Östergötland]]</li>
 
 
 
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*[[Blekinge County, Sweden Genealogy|Blekinge]]
==Districts==
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*[[Kopparberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Dalarna]]
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*[[Göteborg och Bohus County, Sweden Genealogy|Göteborg och Bohus]]
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*[[Gotland County, Sweden Genealogy|Gotland]]
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*[[Gävleborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Gävleborg]]
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*[[Halland County, Sweden Genealogy|Halland]]
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*[[Jämtland County, Sweden Genealogy|Jämtland]]
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*[[Jönköping County, Sweden Genealogy|Jönköping]]
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*[[Kalmar County, Sweden Genealogy|Kalmar]]
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*[[Kopparberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Kopparberg]]
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*[[Kristianstad County, Sweden Genealogy|Kristianstad]]
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*[[Kronoberg County, Sweden Genealogy|Kronoberg]]
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*[[Malmöhus County, Sweden Genealogy|Malmöhus]]
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*[[Norrbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Norrbotten]]
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*Skåne: see Kristianstad and Malmöhus
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*[[Skaraborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Skaraborg]]
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*[[Stockholm County, Sweden Genealogy|Stockholm]]
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*[[Södermanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Södermanland]]
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*[[Uppsala County, Sweden Genealogy|Uppsala]]
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*[[Värmland County, Sweden Genealogy|Värmland]]
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*[[Västerbotten County, Sweden Genealogy|Västerbotten]]
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*[[Västernorrland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västernorrland]]
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*[[Västmanland County, Sweden Genealogy|Västmanland]]
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*Västra Götaland: see Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, and Älvsborg
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*[[Älvsborg County, Sweden Genealogy|Älvsborg]]
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*[[Örebro County, Sweden Genealogy|Örebro]]
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*[[Östergötland County, Sweden Genealogy|Östergötland]]
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== Districts ==
 
*[[Sweden District List|District List]]
 
*[[Sweden District List|District List]]
  
==Parishes==
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== 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)]]
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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
 
*[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.
  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/58 Class on Reading Scandinavian Gothic Handwritten Records.]
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/58 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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*[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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*[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]
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===Research Tutorials===
 
  
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/landing?search=Getting%20Started&show=lessons&message=true '''Help Center, Getting Started''']
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=== Research Tutorials ===
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/400 '''Sweden: An Introduction to ArkivDigital''']
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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/67 '''Use the Full Scope of Arkiv Digital for Swedish Genealogy''']
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*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/400 Sweden: An Introduction to ArkivDigital]
*[https://familysearch.org/ask/learningViewer/449 '''FamilySearch Wiki: Denmark, Norway, Sweden''']
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*[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/449 FamilySearch Wiki: Denmark, Norway, Sweden]
  
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Revision as of 17:59, 30 September 2020

Guide to Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, parish registers, and military records.

Sweden Wiki Topics
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Beginning Research
Record Types
Sweden Background
Local Research Resources
Moderator
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

See More Research Strategies

Sweden Research Tools

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Ask the
Community

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]