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Title: Historical Maps of Sweden

Whether you are working in Swedish church, taxation, or military records, there are lots of references to place names. These places names show where people lived. With this information, you can find the place on a historical map (a map that was created close to the time period they lived in.)

It's really exciting to see the place where your ancestor lived on a map that was created about the same time period they lived. The information you see on the map can be used in your research strategy or to enhance your family history. A huge amount of historical maps have survived in Sweden. The maps were created for a variety of reasons including real estate maps for taxation, surveying boundaries, and road development.

Lantmäteriet

The royal lantmäteri (land surveying office) was founded in 1628. Its duties included geometrical measurements, and the creation of maps. The maps were created by a Lantmätare (surveyor) and his team.


Find the time period you need on the table below to see what historical maps are available. Use the links in the Tools area when you do the actual searching.


Tools

  • Scales on Maps
  • Linear Measurments in Sweden
  • Word List for Historical Maps
  • Lantmäteriet Website (direct link)
  • Krigsarkivet Website (direct link)
  •  ? SVAR Historical Maps


Types of Historical Maps

Name Time Period Number of Maps

Äldre geometriska kartor

1600's 12,000

Geometriska kartor

early 1700's - 1750 Unknown

Storskifte

  • Maps from the 1st land reform. See the Storskifte records page.
1750's - 1820 40,000

Enskifte

  • Maps from the 2nd land reform. See the Enskifte records page.
1803 - 1827 Unknown

Lagaskifte

  • Maps from the 3rd land reform. See the Lagaskifte records page.
1828 - 1926 Unknown

Krigsarkivets Maps

  • Maps in the Krigsarkivets collection. See the Maps in Krigsarkivet records page.
1600's - early 1800's 35,000

Category: Sweden, Category Historical Maps in Sweden