Sweden, Södermanland Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records available at FamilySearch.org.


Title in the Language on the Records

Sverige, Sodermanland, Lutherske Kyrkoböcker Register

Collection Time Period

These collection includes the years 1640 through 1860.

Collection Description

The collection consists of church records from the county of Kopparberg. It contains indexes to births, marriages, and deaths along with images of:

  • Clerical surveys
  • Registers of birth, marriage, and death
  • Move-in and move-out lists
  • Confirmations
  • Church accounts

The following parishes are included at this time:

  • Aspö
  • Barva
  • Bergshammar
  • Bettna
  • Björkvik
  • Björnlunda
  • Blacksta
  • Bogsta
  • Bälinge
  • Bärbo

The records are handwritten in narrative style.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran birth or christening or birth (Födde) records are:

Sweden Lutheran Church (08-0548) Christening DGS 4175749 429.jpg
  • Child’s name
  • Christening date
  • Sometimes the birth date
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ marital status
  • Parents’ residence
  • Fathers’ occupation
  • Sometimes the mother’s age
  • Witnesses and their residences

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran marriage (Vigde) records are:

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  • Groom’s name
  • Depending on the time period, the groom’s marital status, residence, and age
  • Bride’s name
  • Depending on the time period, the bride’s marital status, residence, and age
  • Witnesses and their residences

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran death or burial (Döde) records are:

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  • Name of the deceased
  • Death date
  • Burial date
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Marital status and sometimes the spouse’s name
  • Sometimes other biographical notes

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran moving records (Inflyttnings and Utflyttnings) are:

  • Name of person moving
  • Former residence
  • New residence
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Sometimes marital status

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran clerical surveys (Husförhörslängd) are:

  • Name of each member of the household
  • Birth dates
  • Birthplaces
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Deaths within the year
  • Marriages within the year
  • Moves within the year (including where they moved to or from)
  • Marital status
  • Relationships

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran church account registers (räkenskaper) are:

  • Name
  • Date
  • Residence within the parish
  • Amount paid
  • May give reason for payment

Coverage Table

These collections are a partial index of records for the localities listed below as of August 2010. The table below shows the number of records by locality. Localities not listed do not have any records in this collection.

Södermanland län, 1640-1860 Födde Vigde Döde
Aspö 3,253 950 2,995
Barva 1,932 672 1,577
Bergshammar 2,691 709 2,008
Björnlunda 14 1,630 3,937

How to Use the Collection

To begin your search you will need to know:

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Date of the event
  • Parish name

If you do not have this information, it may be necessary to go to a more recent generation to begin your search.

Help with the Language

These records are in Swedish so you will need to be able to understand written Swedish. Some of the key words you will need to understand in order to use this collection are:

Swedish English
Ålder Age
Barns efternamn Child’s surname
Barnsnamn Child’s given names
Begravning Date of burial
Bostad Residence
Bruds bostad Bride’s residence
Bruds efternamn Bride’s surname
Bruds fars efternamn Bride’s father’s surname
Bruds mors efternamn Bride’s mother’s surname
Bruds farsnamn Bride’s father’s given names
Bruds morsnamn Bride’s mother’s given names
Brudsnamn Bride’s given names
Döptedag Baptism date
Dödsdag Death date
Ektefelles efternamn Spouse’s surname
Ektefelles namn Spouse’s given names
Efternamn Surname
Fars bostad Father’s residence
Fars efternamn Father’s surname
Farsnamn Father’s given names
Födelse och dopböcker Birth and baptism or christening book
Födseldag Birthday
Församling Parish or congregation
Husförhörslängd Clerical survey, household examination
Kön Gender
Llysning and vigselböcker Banns and marriage book
Mans bostad Groom’s residence
Mans efternamn Groom’s surname
Mans fars efternamn Groom’s father’s surname
Mans farsnamn Groom’s father’s given names
Mans mors efternamn Groom’s mother’s surname
Mans morsnamn Groom’s mother’s given names
Mansnamn Groom’s given names
Moders efternam Mother’s surname
Modersnam Mother’s given names
Mors bostad Bride’s residence
Mors Efternamn Mother’s surname
Mors Namn Mother’s given names
Namn Given names
Rräkenskaper för kyrka och församling Records of accounts for the church and parish or congregation
Vigselsdag Marriage date

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

Search the Collection

Place the information you have into the appropriate fields in the search screen and press search. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the ancestors in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to find your ancestor.

Using the Information

Use the information from the list of possible matchs to locate your ancestors in the original church records.

Remember - This collection is only an index to the original church records.

When you have located your ancestor's original church record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details.

Tip - Make a photocopy of the record, or extract the genealogical information needed.
Tip - Add any new information to your records of each family. This entry may also give you enough additional information to create a family record if you do not already have one.

The information may also lead you to other records about your ancestors. The following steps can help you learn more about your family:

  • Look in the entry for the residence where your ancestor is living. It may be the name of a farm, the number on a farm or the number or small jurisdiction within a city.
Tip - Farms are named in Scandinavia. If the farm is large enough it will be divided into numbered sections. Cities are also divided into similar numbered sections. One clue to finding the residence is to look for an “i.” In Swedish this is the word “in.” What the entry is telling you is the person or persons named are living in the following place.
  • Locate this farm or numbered section on the clerical survey (Husförhörslängd) of the same parish for the same year as your ancestor’s christening, marriage, or death.
Tip - In Sweden, the ministers were required to keep a yearly census of their parish. This is called the Husförhörslängd or clerical survey.
  • Search the clerical survey for your ancestor’s family. Sometimes the families are in alphabetical order, but usually you will need to read each family entry of the farm or numbered section. When you locate your family, make a record of all the information given in the entry.
Tip - These entries usually include many biographical details of each individual within the family.
Tip - The witnesses or sponsors are often relatives.
  • Using the information found in the clerical survey entry, continue to search each succeeding or preceding year. Update your family group records with the new information you have found.
  • When you have completed searching the clerical surveys, return to the parish register and verify the new information in the parish register. You may need to search additional parish registers as your ancestors may have moved in from (infra) or moved to (utfra) another parish.

Collection History

The Lutheran Church was the official church in Sweden and the ministers recorded all vital events. The ministers also compiled a yearly census of each family within the parish arranged by farm or dwelling. After 1860, the ministers were required to send a yearly summary of all vital events to the government. Almost all of the population is covered in these records.

Why This Collection Was Created

Church records provided a complete record of vital events for the population.

Collection Reliability

Lutheran church records are very accurate.

Related Web Sites

Church of Sweden Wikipedia.org

Records of First Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Fairhaven

Related Wiki Articles

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should also list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. 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.

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the Wiki Article: Help:How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection:

"Sweden, Sodermanland Chuch Records, 1640-1860." index, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org): accessed 7 April 2011. entry for Carl Gustaf Svensson, baptized 9 August 1691; citing Church Records, FHL microfilm 155,038; National Archives of Sweden, Riksarkivet, Sweden,

Sources of Information for This Collection

“Sweden, Södermanland Church Records, 1604-1900; index 1640-1860,” FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org; from National Archives of Sweden, Riksarkivet SVAR. FHL microfilm, 853 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.