Sweden, Gävleborg, Gävle, Orphanage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Gävleborg, Sweden
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Record Description
Record Type Orphanage
Collection years: 1854-1926
Language: Swedish
Title in the Language: Sverige, Gävleborg, Gävle stad, Barnhem Poster
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Gävle Archive

What is in the Collection?

The collection consists of records from orphanges in Gävle for the years 1860 to 1900.

Collection Contents

The records usually contain the following information:

  • Name of orphan
  • Birth date or age
  • Birth place or parish of residence
  • Date admitted to the orphanage
  • Name of individual paying the admittance fee

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

To begin your search it is helpful to know:

  • Name
  • Identifying information such as age or birth 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.

Help with the Language

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 child's name, birth date and place to search church records for a birth record.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • The child may or may not have come from a parish that was close to the orphanage.
  • The father’s name may be given as a responsible party for payment to the orphanage.
  • The child's name may have been assigned by the orphanage.
  • The individual paying the admittance fee may be a clue to which parish the child came from.
  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • Be sure to search all clerical surveys and moving records relevant to your ancestor.

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.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby localities.

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

“Sweden, Gävleborg, Gävle, Orphanage Records, 1854-1926.” Database. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2016. Citing Gävle Archivist. Gävle stadsarkiv, Gavle, Sweden.

Image Citation

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