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Title in the Language of the Record

Swedish: Finland, Åbo och Björneborg, Kyrokoböcker, 1667-1900
Finnish: Suomi, Turun ja Porin, Kirkonkirjat, 1667-1900

Record Description

This collection consists of church records for the county of Turku-Pori, Finland. It covers the years 1667 to 1900.

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Finland, Turku-Poro, Church Records, 1667-1900.

Record Content

Communion records list the inhabitants of a parish by village, farm, and household. The head of the household appears first and other household members next. The records generally list the following information:

  • Each person’s name and occupation or his or her relationship to the head of the household
  • Each person’s birth date and birthplace and possibly marriage date and death date
  • The place to or from which a person moved and the moving dates
  • Circumstances such as poverty, illness, illegitimacy, and committed offenses

Earlier records have less information than later ones.

More information about these records and addition church records is available in the wiki article Finland Church Records.

How to Use the Record

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Identifying information such as residence and event date

Search the Collection

To search the collection
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "Archive"
⇒ Select the "Series and Title"
⇒ Select the "Volume and Year" which takes you to the images.

Look at each image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names or variations of their name throughout their life.

For Help Reading These Records

These records are in Swedish so you will need to be able to understand written Swedish. Records were not kept in Finnish until after 1863, when Finnish was made an official language in Finland. The transition from Swedish into Finnish was gradual, and about 30 Finnish parishes still use Swedish as their primary language.

For help with reading the records, please see the following wiki articles:

Using the Information

When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. Save a copy of the image or transcribe the information. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details. Add this new information to your records of each family. You should also look for leads to other records about your ancestors. For example:

For example, use the name and parish of residence to search for baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records in the church records. Search all available communion books for the place where and time when the person lived. Verify all birth, marriage, and death dates in the respective original records.

Unable to Find Your Ancestor?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby parishes and communities.

Related Websites

Finland Family History Association

Related Wiki Articles

Finland Church Records

How You Can Contribute

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information; that is, cite your sources. This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection Citation:

“Finland, Turku-Poro, Church Records, 1667-1900.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2015. Citing National Archives Service of Finland, Helsinki, Finland.

Image Citation:

The citation for an image is available on each image in this collection by clicking Show Citation at the bottom left of the image screen. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Finland, Turku-Poro, Church Records, 1667-1900.


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