Sweden Archives and Libraries
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Archives collect and preserve original documents of organizations such as churches and governments. Libraries generally collect published sources such as books, maps, and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of genealogical and historical records and sources for Sweden. When one of these institutions is referred to elsewhere in this outline, return to this section to find the address.
If you plan to visit any of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their hours, services, and fees. When writing to an archive in Sweden, you may write in English.
Although the records you need may be in an archive or library in Sweden, the Family History Library and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Illinois may have microfilm copies of them. The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center sells microfilm copies of the records. See the "Societies" section of this outline for the address.
In Sweden there are several major types of genealogical repositories
- National archives and libraries
- Provincial archives
- City archives
- Church parish offices
- Historical and genealogical societies
The Sweden government collects records relating to Sweden history, culture, and people. The National Archive of Sweden, which is open to the public, has a large genealogical and biographical collection as well as government accounts, land records, tax lists, maps, and pictures. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of many of the National Archive's records. The postal address is:
Postal Address: Box 12541, S-102 29 Stockholm, Sweden
Street Address: Fyrverkarbacken 13-17, Stockholm, Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-8-737 63 50
Fax: 011-46-8-737 64 74
Some databases at the National Archives can be accessed from the internet and directions are in English.
The following is a guide to the National Archive's collection:
- Jägerskiöld, Olof. Riksarkivet 1618-1968 (National Archives 1618- 1968). Stockholm, Sweden: P.A. Norstedt & Söner, 1968. (FHL book 948.5 J5j.)
Svensk Arkivinformation, SVAR (Swedish Archive Information) is a division of the National Archive. The goal of SVAR is to make archive material available for research and education. SVAR will copy and distribute archive material and index information. SVAR has a research facility in Ramsele, Sweden.
- Svensk Arkivinformation (SVAR)
Postal Address: Box 160, S-880 40 Ramsele, Sweden
Street Address: Kägelbacken 6, Ramsele, Sweden
Telephone: 011-46-623-725 00
Fax: 011-46-623-725 55
Information is online in English (and Swedish).
There are seven regional archives in Sweden. They house records pertaining to their particular area. Most Swedish records of genealogical value are kept at the provincial archives, including church records such as birth, marriage, and death records; census records; land records; emigration records; and court records. Each provincial archive has a large collection of printed material about its area, including local histories, biographies, and other genealogical material. The provincial archives are open to the public. Each archive has different hours of service, so make sure you know days and times before visiting.
- Landsarkivet i Göteborg (GLA)
Västra Götaland County
Postal Address: Box 19035, 400 12 Göteborg, Sweden
Street Address: Geijersgatan 1
Telephone: 031-778 68 00
Fax: 031-778 68 25
- Landsarkivet i Härnösand (HLA)
Gävleborg, Norrbotten, Västerbotten and Västernorrland Counties
Postal Address: Box 161, 871 01 Härnösand, Sweden
Street Address: Rosenbäcksallén 18
Telephone: 0611-835 00
Fax: 0611-835 28
- Landsarkivet i Lund (LLA)
Blekinge, Halland, Kristianstad and Skåne Counties
Postal Address: Box 2016, 220 02 Lund, Sweden
Street Address: Dalbyvägen 4
Telephone: 046-19 70 00
Fax: 046-19 70 70
- Landsarkivet i Uppsala (ULA)
Dalarna, Södermanland, Uppsula, Västmanland and Örebro Counties
Postal Address: Box 135, 751 04 Uppsala, Sweden
Street Address: Dag Hammarskjölds väg 19
Telephone: 018-65 21 00
Fax: 018-65 21 03
- Landsarkivet i Vadstena (VaLA)
Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg and Östergötland Counties
Postal Address: Box 126, 592 23 Vadstena, Sweden
Street Address: Slottet
Telephone: 0143-130 30
Fax: 0143-102 54
- Landsarkivet i Visby (ViLA)
Postal Address: Visborgsgatan 1, 621 57 Visby, Sweden
Street Address: Visborgsgatan 1
Telephone: 0498-21 05 14
Fax: 0498-21 29 55
- Landsarkivet i Östersund (OLA)
Postal Address: Arkivvägen 1, 831 31 Östersund, Sweden
Street Address: Arkivvägen 1 (Museiplan)
Telephone: 063-10 84 85
Fax: 063-12 18 24
- Värmlandsarkiv (VA)
Postal Address: Box 475, 651 11 Karlstad, Sweden
Street Address: Hööksgatan 2
Telephone: 054-10 77 30
Fax: 054-10 77 31
The city archives of Stockholm and Malmö are comparable to the provincial archives.
- Stockholms Stadsarkiv (SSA)
Stockholm City and County
Postal Address: Box 22063, S-104 22 Stockholm, Sweden
Street Address: Kungsklippan 6
Telephone: 08-508 283 01
Fax: 08-508 283 01
- Stadsarkivet i Malmö (MSA)
Address: Stora Varvsgatan 11, 211 19 Malmö, Sweden
Telephone: 040-10 53-30
Fax: 040-97 51 05
- Krigsarkivet (KRA)
Postal Address: Krigsarkivet, 115 88 Stockholm, Sweden
Street Address: Banergatan 64
Telephone: 08-782 41 00
Fax: 08-782 69 76
Also see the "Military Records" section of this outline.
Church Parish Offices
Post-1895 church records are usually kept by the local parish. Parishes may also have earlier records. You can write to local parishes for information. See the "Church Records" section of this outline.
Historical and Genealogical Societies
In Sweden there are many historical and genealogical societies. Some societies maintain libraries and archives that collect valuable records. For more information, including addresses, see the "Societies" section of this outline.
Inventories, Registers, Catalogs
Some archives have websites, catalogs, inventories, guides, or periodicals that describe their records and how to use them. If possible, study these guides before you visit or use the records of an archive so that you can use your time more effectively. The Family History Library has some of these guides. They are listed in the Family History Catalog under:
SWEDEN - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES - INVENTORIES, REGISTERS, CATALOGS.
The Kungliga Biblioteket (Royal Library) has a helpful collection of published genealogies, manuscripts, histories, directories, maps, and newspapers.