Swedish Genealogy Research by G. Fröberg Morris

Word of the Week

Häradsskrivare (older spelling Häradsskrifvare) a civil official who had the responsibility to create the taxation records including tax credits and debits within a fögderi.The häradskrivare would also maintain the the fögderi accounts and act as controller for the kronofogden.

Research Tips

Take advantage of online resources. Family History Research is hugely popular in Sweden. Combine this with a high percentage of the population that uses the computer and internet daily and you get a wealth of online resources. Remember if you are searching databases that were created by the Swedes for the Swedes you need to use the Swedish letters of Å, Ä, and Ö respectively. For example if you are searching the Rotemansakiv  Database (through the Stockholm City Archive) for a Erik Åberg and you type in Erik Aberg, you will get zero hits. Remember Å sounds like an O so the anglicized Oberg should be searched as Åberg.
See more suggestions on the Research Tips page.

News

A new section called My Parishes has been added to this site. The list represents about 80% of the parishes on my mothers side. Parishes with the most ancestors are in bold. I'll get the parishes on Dads side in soon.

Current Projects

Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy January 23 - 27, 2012
Swedish Course

 As course coordinator, I have the opportunity to design a week long course that is focused on Swedish family history research. Altogether there will be 17 classes taught during the week of institute with an additional 6 hours of consultation work at the Family History Library. 

 While the content of these classes is geared to the intermediate to advanced researcher, anyone who is interested to learn about Swedish research is welcome to register. The classes will be taught with with 2 other instructors. The class topics are:

  • Reading and Meaning in Swedish Records, part  1 
  • Reading and Meaning in Swedish Records, part  2
  • Online and Offline Databases for Swedish Research 
  • Swedish Jurisdictional Structure and Records in a Historical Context 
  • Moving and Migration within the Kingdom of Sweden 
  • Finding your Family in the Court Records of Sweden, part 1 (domböcker, småprotokoller)
  • Finding your Family in the Court Records of Sweden, part 2 (bouppteckningar)
  • Revenue for a Kingdom: searching the records that created government funds, part 1 
  • Revenue for a Kingdom: searching the records that created government funds, part 2
  • Parish Record Substitution
  • Understanding Marriage, Divorce, and Illegitimacy in relation to Swedish Records 
  • Sources associated with Death and Burial in Sweden
  • Swedish Military Records and Strategy, part 1 (soldiers)
  • Swedish Military Records and Strategy, part 2 (sailors)
  • Parish and Diocese Records, using the full scope of Swedish Church Records
  • Historical Maps and their role in Swedish Family History Research
  • Reconnecting with your Swedish Extended Relatives
To learn more about the Swedish Course click on the links below:


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Favorite Tools for Swedish Research

  • FamilySearch has created a research Wiki that has a great collection of articles and tools for Swedish family history research. See their Portal: Sweden
  • SVAR (Svensk arkivinformation) is the branch of the Swedish National Archives that is responsible to make their incredible collecitons accessible. They offer digital images, databases, research guidance, maps, and the list goes on and on.
  • If you have ancestors in Stockholm City or Stockholm County the Stockholm City Archive is a must. They offer great databases, scanned images, and articles, along with C.D.and DVD products. From their homepage click on Använd arkiven, then Sökvägar, and then choose the database you want to search. For cultural insights and resources of Stockholm city see Stockholmskällan.
  • Nationell ArkivDatabas (NAD) is a database / information system developed by Riksarkivet. The purpose of the database is to have a comprehensive overview of archive collections with  fundemental information to assist in finding and understanding the collections. Click on Orter,  then type your parish, then choose the parish name by the word församling for historical and jurisdictional information about your parish.
  • Sondera: Three National Sources, One View allows you to search mulitple databases simutaneously in NAD, LIBRIS and The Swedish Media Database for an overview of collection information. It's on the same web page as NAD (right side of the screen).
  • Typing the Swedish letters of Å, Ä, and Ö is essential to searching Swedish databases and your own data entry. The FamilySearch Wiki has a great article to help with this at Sweden: Type the letters Å, Ä, and Ö
  • The historical maps collection at the Lantmäteriet website (the website for the Swedish mapping and land registration authority) gives you the opportunity to see maps of your ancestral parish close to the time your people lived there. Click on Historiska kartor, Avancerad sökning, choose your Län, then click on Socken/Arkivserie, then use the drop down menu to choose your parish and click Sök. The site uses DjVu viewer by Lizardtech.
  • Nättidningen Rötter is a site published by the Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies that offers great articles, online forums (Anbytarforum), access to buy Swedish books and databases on CD/DVD, and much more. This is a great place to find other online resources by clicking on the Länkar (Links) section. Recently they also launched a research Wiki.