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Swedish Church Records for Family History

Swedish Church Records are well known for their value to family history. Researchers who use them find the records are really rich in genealogical information. Most researchers spend the majority of their time in 5 main church records. They are:

Although these record types are used the most, they do not represent the entire parish record collection. Each parish kept additional records that may also be useful to your search. Further, there may be situations where you might need to search the Diocese record collections (especially regarding parish council decisions, permissions to marry or divorce, or even Bishop visitation records.)

  • To learn more about the history of Swedish Church Records see the article: History of Swedish Church Records.
  • To see a list of the entire parish record collection (for the parish you are working in), you need to do a search in the Swedish National Archives Database called Nationell ArkivDatabas or NAD.
  • As you search the Swedish Church records you will find the span of years varies record to record. This is due to instructions from the diocese, social developoment, the purpose of the record, and the preservation of the originals. Some records have different names in different parts of the country. As the church records provided a foundation for population registration, you will find extracted information from the church books in many other record types.

The table below is a list that shows how many record types can be found in the collection of just one parish (regardless of accessibility.)

Name of Record Swedish Archive Code Jurisdiction Type of Record
Andra befintliga längder (Länger på dem som undergått kyrkoplikt, straffjournal, folkmängdsuppgifter, statistiska tabeller G Församlingar (parishes) Other existing records (records of those who have done church duty, journal of punishment, population information, statistical tables
Avgångslängder 1947 – 1991 A VI b Församlingar (parishes) add here
Avgångsregister A VI a Församlingar (parishes) add here
Bilagor och kungörelseböcker som rör kyrkobokföringen (HI motsvarar huvudavdelning A, HII huvudavdelning B, etc) H Församlingar (parishes) Supplemental and public notice books which are about the keeping of church books (HI corresponds to the main division A, HII the main division B, etc.
Böcker över obefintliga A III Församlingar (parishes) Books of the those whose whereabouts are not known
Död-och begravningsböcker F Församlingar (parishes)

Death and burial books.

To learn more about Död- och begravningsböcker see: Sweden: Death and Burial Records

Emigrantregister 1947 – 1991 A IV c Församlingar (parishes) add here
Födelse-och dopböcker C Församlingar (parishes)

Birth and christening books.

To learn more about Födelse- och dopböcker see: Sweden: Birth and Christening Records

Församlingsböcker A II Församlingar (parishes)

Parish Congregational Records (after 1894.)

To lean more about Församlingsböcker see: Swedish Congregational Records

Församlingsliggare A IV a Församlingar (parishes) add here
Församlingsregister A V Församlingar (parishes) add here
Handlingar angående prästval M Församlingar (parishes) Documentation concerning priest election
Husförhörsböcker (Katekismilängder) A I Församlingar (parishes)

Household Examinations (Catechism record.)

To learn more about Husförhörsböcker see: Sweden: Household Examination Records

In-och Utflyttningsböcker (Flyttningslängder) B Församlingar (parishes)

In and out moving books (moving books.)

To learn more about In-och Utflyttningslängder see: Swedish Moving In and Out Records

Kommunionsböcker D II Församlingar (parishes)

Communion books.

To learn more about Kommunionsböcker see: Swedish Communion Records

Konfirmationsböcker D I Församlingar (parishes)

Confirmation books.

To learn more about Konfirmationsböcker see: Swedish Confirmation Records

Kyrkoråds protokoll och handlingar K III Församlingar (parishes)

Minutes and documents of the church council. 

To learn more about the Kyrkostämmoprotokoll see: Swedish Parish Administration Records

Kyrkostämmans och kyrkofullmäktiges protokoll och handlingar K II Församlingar (parishes)

Minutes and documents of church meetings and church delegates. 

To learn more about Kyrkostämmoprotokoll see: Swedish Parish Administration Records

Lysnings-och vigselböcker E Församlingar (parishes)

Banns and marriage books.

To learn more about Lysning- och vigselböcker see: Sweden: Engagement and Marriage Records

Obefintligregister 1947 – 1991 A IV b Församlingar (parishes) add here
Personakter för avlidna och dödförklarade 1947 – 1991 A IV d Församlingar (parishes) add here
Räkenskaper for fattigvård L III Församlingar (parishes)

Accounts for the care of the poor.

To learn more about Kyrkoräkenskaper see: Swedish Church Accounts Record

Räkenskaper för kyrka L I Församlingar (parishes)

Accounts for the church.

To learn more about Kyrkoräkenskaper see: Swedish Church Accounts Record

Räkenskaper för sammandrag, granskande av kyrkostämma L VI Församlingar (parishes)

Accounts for summary, reviewing of church assemblies. Under the L series there can be subdivisions such as: a- Huvudräkning, huvudbok (main account, main book); b- Specialier (specialties); c- Utlåningsbok, skuldbok (Lending book, debt book); d- Verifikationer (verifications.)

To learn more about Kyrkoräkenskaper see: Swedish Church Accounts Record

Räkenskaper för skola L II Församlingar (parishes)

Accounts for the school.

To learn more about Kyrkoräkenskaper see: Swedish Church Accounts Record

Skolråds protokoll och handlingar utom räkenskaper K IV Församlingar (parishes) Minutes and documents of school councils excluding accounts
Skrivelser (resolutioner, utslag, memorial etc) från Kungl. Maj:t, länsstyrelser, domkapitel och andra myndigheter I Församlingar (parishes) Written Communication (resolutions, decisions, memorials, etc. from the Swedish govenment, the county government, the diocese and other authorities
Sockenstämmans (sockennämnds) protokoll och handlingar K I Församlingar (parishes)

Minutes and documents of parish meetings (Parish committee.)

To learn more about Sockenstämmoprotokoll see Swedish Parish Administration Records

Visitationshandlingar (protokoll och ämbetsberättelser) samt inventarie-och kyrkoförteckningar N Församlingar (parishes) Visitation documents (minutes and official reports) and inventory and church lists
Övriga handlingar angående kyrka och kyrkogård samt kyrkliga boställen och jord (rättegångs-, syneskiftes-, och arrendehandlingar, kartor mm). Handlingar angående prästerskapets löneförmåner, donationshandlingar och ritningar O Församlingar (parishes) Other documents concerning church and cemetery together with religious residences and property (court proceedings, probates, and lease documents, maps and other documents concerning the wage benefits, donation documents, and agendas of the clergy
Övriga handlingar och handskifter (pålysningsböcker, historiska anteckningar, mm) P Församlingar (parishes) Other documents and manuscripts (notification books, historical records, and more)
Övriga nämnders och styrelsers protokoll och handlingar K V Församlingar (parishes) Minutes and documents of other committees and boards

Access to Swedish Church Records

The easiest way to access the Swedish Church Records is through the internet using sites such as  SVAR, Arkiv Digital, FamilySearch, and Three of these sites require a subscription for access (Arkiv Digital and the FamilySearch Collections are available at FamilyHistory Centers.) The Genline images are available through (a fee-based website) in its World Deluxe Membership subscription.

You can find microfilm and microfiche through the Family History Library, and FamilySearch Centers. The original copies of the church records before 1895 are preserved by the National and Regional Archives in Sweden.

FamilySearch has partnered with The National Archives of Sweden to create indexes of the Swedish church records. To learn more about these indexing efforts see: FamilySearch Indexing.

Category: Swedish Church Records