Sweden, Halland Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Title in the Language of the Record - Swedish

Sverige Lutherske Kyrkoböcker

Collection Time Period

This collection includes the years 1614 through 1860.

Record Description

The collection consists of the following:

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

The records are handwritten in narrative style.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran christening records are:

  • Child’s name
  • Christening date
  • Sometimes the birth date
  • Parents’ names
  • Parents’ marital status
  • Parents’ residence
  • Father's occupation
  • Sometimes the mother’s age
  • Witnesses and their residences

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

  • 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 and burial records are:

  • 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 records are:

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

The key genealogical facts found in most Lutheran clerical survey records 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

How to Use the Records

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 ancestor’s 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.

Record 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 the Record Was Created

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

Record Reliability

Lutheran church records are very accurate.

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

When you copy information from a record, you should 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: How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.

Examples of Source Citations for a Record in This Collection

  • United States. Bureau of the Census. 12th census, 1900, digital images, From FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: September 29, 2006), Arizona Territory, Maricopa, Township 1, East Gila, Salt River Base and Meridian; sheet 9B, line 71
  • Mexico, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886-1933, digital images, from FamilySearch Internet (www.familysearch.org: April 22, 2010), Baptism of Adolfo Fernandez Jimenez, 1 Feb. 1910, San Pedro Apóstol, Cuahimalpa, Distrito Federal, Mexico, film number 0227023

Sources of Information for This Collection:

"Sweden, Halland Church Records, 1615-1904." FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org) National Archives of Sweden, Riksarkivet SVAR. FHL microfilm, 286 reels. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The suggested format for citing FamilySearch Historical Collections is found in the following article: How to Create Source Citations For FamilySearch Historical Records Collections.