Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
Researching Sweden and Swedish America

Start Your Swedish Research

The key to getting started with your Swedish genealogy is knowing which county (län) and parish (socken) your ancestors came from in Sweden.  Once you have this information you will find a wealth of records at your fingertips: births, marriages, deaths, and the holy grail of Swedish genealogy the husförhörslängder, or clerical survey - which is like a yearly census of those people living in the parish.  It includes their birth/baptism and marriage dates, as well as if they moved in or out of a parish and who is living in the household.  These records can be accessed via microfilm through the Family History Library and its branches and by subscription to ArkivDigital, SVAR and/or Ancestry.com.
As part of the SGSM research collection, ArkivDigital, Emiweb and SVAR are available at the Minnesota Genealogical Society Library where our entire collection is held. 

Research Tools
The following links contain useful research tools that you can reference and print.
A compilation of research information about websites and databases, Swedish counties
and provinces, Swedish PC/Mac keyboard layouts and patronymic naming.

picture of alpha chartAlphabet Chart of Old Script Characters
This chart will help you distinguish all those letters while viewing old church records and other old documents. 

Learn about Naming Patterns and Class Structure
Here are some wonderful articles pulled from the pages of our newsletter, the Tidningen. All are authored by our very own John von Walter. Each one contains a wealth of information for the Swedish researcher. When you click the links the articles will pop up in a new page.

Swedish Military Research
A two-part document that Jeff Benson authored for the Tidningen regarding Military research. These articles will pop open in a new page.

The Swedish Church
A seven-page article written by John von Walter for our Summer 2004 issue of Tidningen. The different pages were 'stitched' together so ignore the page numbering.

Swedish Church Villages
Another article by John von Walter about the church villages of northern Sweden. This was featured in our Winter 2001 Tidningen.

Sweden's World Heritage Sites
Learn about the twelve World Heritage Sites in Sweden by John von Walter. This appeared in the Winter 2003 issue of Tidningen.

Finding Your Ancestor's Passenger and Ship Records
A four page article written by Janet Carlson

Home/Farm Rental vs. Ownership
Every issue of Tidningen contains Because You Asked, authored by Janet Carlson. This article explains where a typical ancestor stood on the economic status levels of Sweden.