Have you reached a “brick wall” in your genealogy research? Onsite genealogy research in Sweden may just be the key to extending your Swedish ancestry. We have genealogists in Sweden who can help!
Challenges in Swedish Genealogy Research
Starting in 1634, Sweden has been divided up geographically into counties. These counties have changed over the years with some being added, some being dissolved, and others having their boundaries altered. Because records are generally kept at the county level, it is important to know which county your ancestors lived in so that you can search the records for that location. You should also look at the history of the county so that if it was a part of a different county at some point in history, you can search the records for the correct location.
Swedish records are organized on the local level, so identifying the town of origin is essential, before conducting any research in Sweden. This is especially true due to the use of patronymics, meaning there were many people with the same names. While the Swedish archives have digitized many records, including church records and censuses, more specialized records are held in the provincial or national archives. These include court, probate, land, heraldic, medieval, and other specialized records that must be accessed onsite.
Our Team of Professional Genealogists Can Help
If you have Swedish ancestry, our professionals can track down the city/town of origin of your ancestors and identify where the records for that place are currently kept. Our onsite agents can then visit that location to obtain any documents that are needed
Onsite Archive Access in Sweden
Our onsite genealogy researchers have access to the following archives, repositories and libraries in Sweden to help track down the records you need to extend your Swedish family history:
- National Archives
- Svensk Arkivinformation (SVAR)
- Landsarkivet i Göteborg (GLA)
- Landsarkivet i Härnösand (HLA)
- Landsarkivet i Lund (LLA)
- Landsarkivet i Uppsala (ULA)
- Landsarkivet i Vadstena (VaLA)
- Landsarkivet i Visby (ViLA)
- Landsarkivet i Östersund (OLA)
- Värmlandsarkiv (VA)
- Stockholms Stadsarkiv (SSA)
- Stadsarkivet i Malmö (MSA)
- Krigsarkivet (KRA)
- Swedish Emigrant Institute (Utvandrarnas Hus)
- Kungliga Biblioteket