Finland, Turku-Pori, Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Turku-Pori, Finland
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Record Description
Record Type Church
Collection years: 1667-1900
Language: Swedish, Finnish
Title in the Language: Swedish: Finland, Åbo och Björneborg, Kyrokoböcker, 1667-1900
Finnish: Suomi, Turun ja Porin, Kirkonkirjat, 1667-1900
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National Archives Service of Finland

What is in the Collection?

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

To Browse this Collection

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

Collection Content

Sample Images

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 Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know

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

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:

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:

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.

What if I Can't Find Who I'm Looking For?

  • 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.

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, Turku-Poro, Church Records, 1667-1900.” Images. FamilySearch. : accessed 2017. National Archives of Finland, Helsinki.

Image Citation:

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

How Can I Contribute To the FamilySearch Wiki?

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.