Sweden: L.D.S. Church Record Sources
In using any of the L.D.S. Swedish emigration sources remember the surname may appear as the usual patronymic name or the surname may be the surname of the person’s father. Some names have various forms so it may appear in a variety of ways. For example the name John (in U.S. records) may also be recorded as Jan, Johannes, Jaen, Johan, Janne, Jean, Jens, Jo, Joen, John, Jon, or Jöns in the Swedish records.
A microfiche index (FHL #6060482)of information found in all the L.D.S. Scandinavian branch, mission and district records was created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The information on the fiche is organized according to the source it was extracted from. Because an individual might have been listed in multiple sources, there might be multiple entries on the fiche for the same individual. Entries include:
• birth date and place
• parent’s names
• LDS baptism date and place
• By whom baptized
• LDS confirmation date
• By whom confirmed
• Blessing date of children.
• Information about priesthood callings
• Movements from one branch to another
• Emigration information
This is an alphabetical listing by surname first. It should be remembered to look under all possible phonetic spellings and that an individual may appear on more than one entry for different information.
An example of how to do a search in the Scandinavian L.D.S. Mission Index follows:
Let's say the ancestors name was Paulus Svedin. It was known that he was born in Sweden but his mother joined the L.D.S. church and moved to Copenhagen to enjoy religious freedom.
Start by going to the F.H.L.Catalog and do a 'Film/Fiche Search'. Type in the microfiche number #6060482. Click on any of the 'Scandinavian LDS Mission Index' links. Click on 'View Film Notes'. Scroll down to the right surname set (Between Struve and Thoresen). Svedin would be between fiche numbers 321 and 330. A guide to the microfiche numbers can also be found in the back of volume one of “Passport to Paradise: The Copenhagen ‘Mormon’ Passenger Lists.”
Paulus Svedin was found on fiche 326. The index showed:
- He was baptized in Carlskrona in 1875.
- His Birth place is given as 22 Jan 1859 in Carlskrona.
On another fiche his name is listed as Paulus Swedin. This gave his emigration information as 29 Sep 1887 from Copenhagen.
Record of Members, 1852-1951
LDS Membership Records are available on microfilm at the Family History Library or its centers. The record of members may include:
• Blessings of children
• Priesthood ordinations
• Minutes of meetings
• Other miscellaneous information.
Membership records can be found in the Family History Library Catalog under Sweden -- Church Records – Record of Members, 1852-1951. By clicking “view film notes” all branches and districts (conferences) will be listed alphabetically. Select the branch or district you are interested in and obtain the film number to the right. Remember the name of the branch a member attended may not be the same as where they resided.
This is a handwritten copy on 118 pages of a large ledger book probably kept by someone in the Mission Office in Denmark. This record is an alphabetical listing of the members of the Church in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden who died during the years 1852 to 1896. There are about 1,861 names for whom ordinance work was done beginning 18 Oct 1906 and finished 26 June 1907. A microfilm of the manuscript is available on FHL INTL Film # 0,041,933.
Information given includes:
• Birth date and place
• Baptism date
• Place and by whom baptized
• Endowment date and the name of the proxy
Early Church Information File
This is a microfilm copy of the Early Church Information Card Index in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is an alphabetical index of some members of the LDS Church, primarily from sources from 1830 to the mid-1900s. Sources include LDS church records, journals, biographies, cemetery records, immigration records and published books.
Other General LDS Sources There are also other general LDS sources that may be helpful in early Scandinavian research and writing of family history. These are collective sources for all membership and not just Scandinavians. For information on these sources and microfilm numbers, please see Laureen R. Jaussi and Gloria D. Chaston’s books entitled “Register of Genealogical Society Call Numbers Volumes 1 and 2 (US/CANADA Book 979.2258 A3j v. 1 and 2 – also 2 microfiches # 6031507).
The volumes include information and call numbers or microfilm numbers for the following:
• Endowment House Endowments and sealings of Couples – for the living
• Temple Index Bureau (TIB)
• LDS Church Census (Stakes and Missions) 1914-1935
• Vital Records of Utah Counties
• Obituary Card Index (1839-1970) This is an obituary Indes to Salt Lake City, Utah, newspapers and early LDS periodicals compiled by LDS Church Historical Department.
• Federal Censuses of Utah 1850, 1860, 1870
• Patriarchal Blessing Card Index, 1833-1963
• Missionary Records (1830 to 1950)
- LDS Emigration Records
- LDS Swedish Emigration