Finland, Court Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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FamilySearch Record Search This article describes a collection of historical records scheduled to become available at


Title in the Language of the Record

Finland, Domböcker, 1584-1920 (Swedish)
Suomi, Tuomiokirjat, 1584-1920 (Finnish)

What is in the Collection?

This collection consists of court records of Finland for the years 1584 to 1920. The records are in Swedish.

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

Collection Contents

Content of the records varies by case. You may find any of the following:

  • Name or names of primary individuals
  • Date and nature of the court case
  • Names of family members or witnesses
  • Residences
  • Description of property
  • Monies exchanged
  • Birth, death or marriage details

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Identifying information such as residence

To search the collection
⇒ Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒ Select the "County"
⇒ Select the "Municipality"
⇒ Select the "Author"
⇒ Select the "Record Title"
⇒ Select the "Volume" 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. For help with reading the records, please see the following wiki articles:

What Do I Do Next?

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, use the name and parish of residence to search for baptism, confirmation, marriage and death records in the church records

I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For, Now What?

  • 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


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.

Citing this Collection

Citing your sources makes it easy for others to find and evaluate the records you used. When you copy information from a record, list where you found that information. Here you can find citations already created for the entire collection and for each individual record or image.

Collection citation:

“Finland, Court Records, 1584-1920.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2016. Citing National Archives Service of Finland, Helsinki, Finland.

Image citation:

The image citation will be available once the collection is published.