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Parish Identification

The effort you make to find a parish and year for your immigrant ancestors is the 
single most important task which confronts you as a genealogist. You will be able to 
go into the Genline records only if you have a key that lets you in. Otherwise the 
Genline records are just so many volumes of no use to you.

For each branch of your ancestors, you need to find a key to open Genline. So if you 
had only one ancestor who came from Sweden, you need only one key. Likewise, if you 
has a married couple who came from Sweden, married before they came, you still only 
need one key if they were married in Sweden.

If you had two ancestors who came from Sweden you need a key for each. In my case all 
four of my great grandparents came from Sweden. So I needed four keys to open Genline 
to each of the family branches.

Here are the keys which will open Genline for you. Any one of these keys will open 
Genline.

#1  The name of an immigrant ancestor from Sweden, their birth date and the birth 
parish.

#2  The name of an immigrant ancestor from Sweden, their birth date and year of 
emigration.

#3  The name of an immigrant ancestor from Sweden, their birth date and the name 
of a parish where they lived and when they lived there.

Without a key, you won't know where to access the records you need. Of the now 15 
million images available through Genline, you won't know where to begin. With the 
key you can go right to the correct volume, and perhaps even to the right page by 
number. This is a dream situation made possible only through Emibas.

Let me clear up misconceptions you may have. You don't need to know where the person 
was born. You don't need to know where the person died. Although either of these facts 
will give you a point of entry into the records. So if you have a specific parish by 
name where you know your ancestor lived, and a general idea of when that was, you are 
ready to enter the collection of church records. And you can expect to find your 
ancestors.

A bonus would be if you also have the farm name. That will give you a specific page 
in the volume. The process of looking through an entire volume can produce results. 
But this brute force method will be quite time consuming. Yet sometimes it is the only 
way to find a person.

The next eight pages of this workbook go on to help you with the various ways you 
might discover the details you will need to access Genline. Here is an overview 
checklist which gives my evaluation of these different methods. These evaluations 
are based on my experience. Your ability to obtain parish details could be far 
different. All of this is directed toward completing page 48 of this workbook.

                   Very Good                                           Poor                                             Not Likely To Help            
Birth Certificate                                      Oral history                                                   USA Census
Emigration documents                        Naturalization papers                                 Death certificate
Sweden census                                    USA Swedish newspapers                        Castle Gardens book
USA church records                            Letters                                                             Ellis Island book
Passport from Sweden                       Postcards                                                       Passenger Ship Searches
Family bible                                            Picture identification
CD's of records                                     Genealogies by others
Swedish Län Genealogi Groups      Marriage license in USA
Marriage license in Sweden              DISBYT Swedish computer club

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SOURCE

The following list contains both the current and historical parish location—a parish that has been located in two counties will be listed in both counties. Click on the Parish name to see all the volumes available for that Parish.

Genline

Counties
(25 st)

Parishes
(tot. 2677 st)

Blekinge

41

Gotland

96

Gävleborg

66

Göteborg Och Bohus

115

Halland

104

Jämtland

70

Jönköping

132

Kalmar

116

Kopparberg

63

Kristianstad

156

Kronoberg

92

Malmöhus

280

Norrbotten

25

Närke Och Värmland

106

Skaraborg

281

Stockholm

169

Södermanland

107

Uppsala

116

Värmland

95

Västerbotten

33

Västernorrland

153

Västmanland

79

Älvsborg

234

Örebro

68

Östergötland

174

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Sweden Archives

You may find it necessary to ask for the assistance of archive workers in Sweden to identify the Parish of your ancestor. Here is a list of archives in Sweden.

SOURCE


Svensk Arkivinformation, SVAR

Box 160
S-880 40 Ramsele,   Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-623-725 00
Fax: 011-46-623-725 55

Landsarkivet i Östersund
Arkivvägen 1
S-831 31 Östersund,   Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-63-10 84 85
Fax: 011-46-63-12 18 24

Riksarkivet
Box 12541
S-102 29 Stockholm,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-8-737 63 50
Fax: 011-46-8-737 64 74

Krigsarkivet  (War Archives)
S-115 88 Stockholm,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-8-782 41 00
Fax: 011-46-8-782 69 76

Värmlandsarkiv
Box 475, 651 11 Karlstad
Hööksgatan 2,   Sweden
Telephone: 054 - 61 77 30
Telephone: 054 - 61 77 31

Landsarkivet i Göteborg
Box 3009
S-400 10 Göteborg,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-31-778 68 00
Fax: 011-46-31-778 68 25

Landsarkivet i Lund
Box 2016
S-220 02 Lund,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-19 70 00
Fax: 011-46-19 70 70

Malmö stadsarkiv
Stora Varvsgatan 11 N:4
S-211 19 Malmö,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-40-10 53 00
Fax: 011-46-40-97 51 05

 

 

 

 

 

Landsarkivet i Härnösand
Box 161
S-871 24 Härnösand,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-611-835 00
Fax: 011-46-611-835 28

Landsarkivet i Uppsala
Box 135
S-751 04 Uppsala,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-18-65 21 00
Fax: 011-46-18-65 21 03

Stockholms stadsarkiv
Box 22063
S-104 22 Stockholm,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-8-785 83 00
Fax: 011-46-8-785 83 01

Landsarkivet i Vadstena
Box 126
S-592 00 Vadstena,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-143-130 30
Fax: 011-46-143-102 54

Landsarkivet i Visby
Box 2142
S-621 57 Visby,  Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-498-21 05 14
Fax: 011-46-498-21 29 55

Svenska Emigrantinstiutet
Box 201
S-351 04 Växjö,  Sweden
Tel: +46 470-201 20
Fax: +46 470-394 16

Kungliga Biblioteket (Royal Library) has a helpful collection of published genealogies, manuscripts, histories, directories, maps, and newspapers.

Kungliga Biblioteket
Box 5039
S-102 41 Stockholm
Sweden

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The Swenson Center

Probably the best source for details about Swedish Immigrants to the United States is available at the Swenson Center in Rock Island, Illinois. Follow links from this web page to view details of many kinds.

SOURCE

Home | Academic | Library | Archives | Genealogy | Swedish American Genealogist | Newsletters | Swedish Parish Records on Microfiche (SVAR) | Other Publications | Research Fellowship

The Swenson Center, located at Augustana College, is a national archives and research institute providing resources for the study of Swedish immigration to North America, the communities the immigrants established, and the role the immigrants and their descendants have played in American life. This is achieved by promoting and initiating academic research in the field and by collecting and cataloging Swedish-American archival and library materials. Another major role for the Center is to assist people researching their Swedish-American family history.

To contact us:
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
Augustana College
639 38th Street
Rock Island IL 61201-2296
Tel: 309/794-7204
Fax: 309/794-7443
E-mail: sag@augustana.edu


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Available April 2006, this step-by-step workbook will help you identify and locate your Swedish ancestors. With a computer connected to the internet, thousands of resources are waiting to help you discover your pedigree. The recently completed digitization of Swedish church records by Genline opens the volumes of church records for even the smallest of villages for you to pursue the records to identify  your ancestors.

You will be assisted in finding the name, birth month and year of your immigrant ancestors. Then these details are used to identify the parish from which each immigrant ancestor originated before coming to North America. Once the parish of origin is known through investigation, the real hunt begins for the parents of each person. Then the hunt continues for their parents. And on and on.

You can expect to go back 6 generations or more depending on your diligence and patience.

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