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About Scandinavian Genealogy research

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If you like us to help with your research, either click here to leave a query about your ancestors in our guestbook, or click here to send an email to find out if we can help you and how much it would cost.

To include details from Norway, Sweden and Denmark in your family tree, the main sources are census and church records, but there are more and more publications on internet and in books.

If you are in a hurry, try some of these links. They are among the largest Genealogy search engines. Otherwise, see below for more information.

Ancestry allows free searches for ancestors in Scandinavia, and have access to many free family trees. You can use them to set up your own tree and find information on their site. See here:

MyTrees allows free searches for ancestors in Scandinavia.

The Archives web-site can help you find Scandinavian ancestors in USA. Try them here.

To search genealogical and other items at two of internet's biggest book stores (in US and UK), click here

We have purchased microfiches from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, click here for details

The beginning

To start your research, check with your family members. Do any of them know anything more than you about your Scandinavian family? If so, you are already on the way to finding the details you need.


To continue, there is a choice. Listed below are the options, from the most expensive (but the best), to the cheapest. Click on them for more details.
  1. Go to Scandinavia and visit the archives
  2. Contact a researcher in Scandinavia
  3. Find a researcher locally that can help you
  4. Do it yourself from home or from the nearest town

1. Go to Scandinavia and visit the archives

The most expensive, but also the most rewarding way, is to go to Scandinavia, visit the archives and do the research yourself. Most of the archives have English speaking staff available to find the CDs, books, microfiches or microfilms you need to check.

You can at the same time visit the places where your ancestors lived, and take photographs or video. You may be able to find some information from the people who live there now.

Many Scandinavian families enjoy having a visit from tourists from overseas, especially if it could be a distant relation.

Your trip could be an experience you will never forget.
 

2. Contact a researcher in Scandinavia

The second most expensive way, is to hire a researcher in Scandinavia to do the research for you. Lists of researchers are available from several internet locations in Scandinavia.  Note that it may be difficult to control cost at times, if the researcher is far from you.

If they are difficult to find, we can contact them on your behalf.
 

3. Find a researcher locally that can help you

A cheaper way is to have someone do the research for you locally. You may find a researcher who is fluent in the Scandinavian languages where you live.

If that is difficult, we can do the research for you.

We have purchased records on microfiche from Scandinavian archives, both church records and census records. There is a chance that we have the information you are looking for already.

If not, we can check internet and/or order and check the records for you.

We need the name of the parish (or location), and the year (or date) of birth, confirmation, marriage or death of the ancestor that you would like to research.

There is a fee payable for this (we have to pay fees ourselves to do this).

Click here to see the census and church records we currently have on microfiche.

To find out if we can help you, and how much it would cost, please send us an email with your enquiry by clicking here .
 

4. Do it yourself from home or from the nearest town

The cheapest way is to do it yourself . Any Genealogical Society or Genealogical Library should have the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and the Ancestry files on CD or microfiche (produced by the LDS or Mormon Church), or you can find them on internet at www.familysearch.org.

These files cover more than ten percent of the Scandinavian records before 1910, and there is a chance that the names you are looking for, will be there.

Next, try several internet sites that cover Scandinavian names, for example these ones. 

Ancestry.com

Whether you find the names you are looking for or not, the next step could be to check parish or census records for the place your ancestor came from. All Scandinavian countries are gradually putting more and more census records on internet, and they can be searched nationwide. Many church records have been scanned, but you will need to read the priest’s Scandinavian Gothic handwriting to interpret them.

Here are the web-sites of interest. We have received permission from all three Scandinavian archives to put samples of their web-pages on our web-site. If you would like us to do the search for you, send an email by clicking here with the details you have, and we can give you a quote.

Denmark
Census and Migration Records etc.:
http://ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm
For Emigration Records, it is important to remember that the records are in Danish, and must be searched using locations in Danish.   For example, the Danish word for Australia is ”Australien”.

For Census Records, if you know which County to search, click either of these options:

The first option will only show details for the County you select, and you need to go back to the previous page to select another County.  The second option allows you to select any county for each search.

To search the whole country, select “Advanced Search” (on the left side), click on the first County (Aabenraa), scroll down to the last county (Viborg), and hold the Shift-button down while clicking on the last county. If an error message shows (it may take too long to search), you can either select just one county or a few counties, or use the Danish language version instead (click on the Danish flag towards top right of the screen).

When typing a Name, you can type part of a name, and anyone with that part will show up.  You can leave the rest of the fields blank, but you may have lots of results. If you know when the person lived in Denmark, you can select a Census Year for that period (if available). Initially, only 1801 and 1845 were 100% complete on internet, but other years are growing every week. 1845 is the first census with Place of Birth.

For scanned Danish Census and Church Records, use
http://www.sa.dk/content/us/genealogy/online_services
For these Records, read the English instructions carefully, because they translate some of the common words. For a detailed description of what the Parish records contain, click "Parish Registers" on the far right. Other records are explained by clicking the names on the left side (i,e. Census Lists, Probate Records, Danish Names etc). Dictionary (also on the left side of this page) will translate many of the Danish words of interest.
Once you are ready to start the search, click Arkivalieronline at the bottom of the page. This will bring up a new page, but everything will now continue in Danish (at present). To start the search, click the little arrow next to the words "Vælg arkivalietyper her" (almost on the middle of the page), and select Kirkebøger.
This will bring up the next screen where you can choose which parish to search. Either click the arrow next to “Vælg sogn” to select any Parish (this will show all parishes in Denmark), or click the arrow next to “Vælg amt” to select a County, the arrow next to “Vælg herred” to select a Shire, and finally click the arrow next to “Sogn” to select a Parish in that County or Shire.

Once you have selected a parish, you will see a list of years available for that parish, and a letter indicating what is in the books.

In this example, we chose Maria parish in Copenhagen (København) county.

Amt

Herred

Sogn

Kirkebog

Fra

Til

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1904

1911

F

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1904

1922

K

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1904

1914

V

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1904

1916

D

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1911

1920

F

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1914

1924

V

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1916

1929

D

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1920

1936

F

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1922

1953

K

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1924

1944

V

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1930

1944

D

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1936

1953

F

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1944

1965

V

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1944

1961

D

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1953

1989

K

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1954

1973

F

København

Sokkelund

Maria

Maria

1961

1979

D

The books contain several items. F = Baptisms, K = Confirmations, V = Marriages, D = Deaths. Other Parish books may contain J = Journals, T = Arrivals to the Parish, A = Departures from the Parish. Some years may overlap, because some items end before others.

Click on the underlined parish name on the line that covers the year you would like to search. An application (LAView) used to display the scanned pages will be downloaded the first time. You must have Java to use this application.

When the next page loads, you will see several red square dots followed by the word Opslag and a page number on the left side. Clicking on the red dot will start the download of the page with the priest’s Gothic handwriting. The dot will turn yellow while the page is downloading, and green when the page is available. You can click several red dots while download is in progress, and return to them when they have turned green.

Norway
Census, Emigration and some Church Records are available on
http://arkivverket.no/eng/content/view/full/629
It is possible to search all their databases for a name by typing it in the Search item called "Serarch the sources", or you can use the shortcuts to a specific census, parish registers and much more. Many of the pages are still in Norwegian, but they are gradually being translated. For instance, if you choose Digitised Parish Registers, the next page is in Norwegian. But the last word on the blue line is the word English. If you click that, the English version of the page will show.

As soon as you select a County, all available Church Records show for that County.  This is part of a web-page for Asker parish in Akershus County:

Select county:


Select parish:


Select type of register:


Indicate period:


Search for parish by name:



Main page
User's guide
About this service
Parish history
Feedback
Parish registers published last week

Your selection contains 16 registers:

Asker: 1726-1744, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1733-1766, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1767-1807, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1778-1799, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1807-1813, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1814-1824, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1814-1830, Parish register copy
Asker: 1825-1878, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1825-1864, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1825-1878, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1825-1878, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1825-1878, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1865-1878, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1916-1925, Birth register
Asker: 1918-1948, Parish register (official)
Asker: 1925-1938, Birth register

Some years may be repeated, because they contain different type of records (ie. Baptisms on one, Marriages on another). Click on the parish and range of years you are looking for, and a list of details for each year shows on the next web-page:

Type of records

Year (Page)

Year (Page)

Year (Page)

Birth and baptism records

1825 (002)
1826 (017)
1827 (030)
1828 (044)
1829 (055)
1830 (067)
1831 (078)
1832 (088)
1833 (097)
1834 (107)
1835 (120)
1836 (133)
1837 (142)
1838 (153)

1839 (165)
1840 (176)
1841 (187)
1842 (200)
1843 (213)
1844 (224)
1845 (238)
1846 (252)
1847 (265)
1848 (275)
1849 (284)
1850 (295)
1851 (307)
1852 (318)

1853 (329)
1854 (342)
1855 (354)
1856 (367)
1857 (381)
1858 (395)
1859 (409)
1860 (420)
1861 (433)
1861-1846 (257)
1862 (444)
1863 (456)
1864 (469)

Dissenters´ birth records

1855-1864 (---)

loose attachments

---- (155)

1847 (272)

1879 (420)

Clicking on the blue page number will show the page with the priest’s Gothic handwriting. An application used to display the scanned pages will be downloaded the first time.

Sweden

Sweden is gradually scanning church records on internet.  They, and all 1890 and 1900 census (and some earlier census) can be searched for a fee. The Swedish Archive site is http://www.svar.ra.se   Click on “In English” on top right, and you will see a list of what is available.  Census index can be searched free, but looking at details requires a subscription. One shire of the 1890 census, and one parish can be looked at free, just to show how it works.  An application called DJVU must be downloaded to look at scanned pages. Here is part of the web-page for the free parish: Ervalla.

Scanned documents - Church records

Archive: Ervalla kyrkoarkiv (SE/ULA/10219

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Type of document

Volume

Period

Remarks

Image

Husförhörslängder

SE/ULA/10219/A I/1

1745-1763

Husförhörslängder

SE/ULA/10219/A I/2

1751-1763

Husförhörslängder

SE/ULA/10219/A I/3 a

1762-1776

Husförhörslängder

SE/ULA/10219/A I/3 b

1762-1776

Duplett.

Husförhörslängder

SE/ULA/10219/A I/4

1776-1785

Lysnings- och vigselböcker

SE/ULA/10219/E I/1

1758-1860

Lysnings- och vigselböcker

SE/ULA/10219/E I/3

1861-1873

Födelse- och dopböcker

SE/ULA/10219/C/2

1715-1792

Födelse- och dopböcker

SE/ULA/10219/C/3

1793-1819

“Husförhörslängder” = House visit records, and are unique to Sweden.  The priest had to visit every household in his parish, and write down what had happened since his last visit.  This is like a detailed census record, and can show names, dates of birth, marriage, death, arrival in the parish, movement within the parish mentioning which page the person moved to or came from, when a person left the parish, and where the person moved to.

“Lysnings- och vigselböcker” = Engagement and Marriage records

“Födelse- och dopböcker” = Birth and Baptism records

If the word "Image" appears at the end of the line of interest, click on “Image” to see the scanned details.

The American site, www.ancestry.com has now got all scanned Swedish parish records, and can be searched in English.  But they charge a fee as well.

If you do not feel confident using internet, you can go to a Family History Library (owned by the Mormon Church) and order a microfilm with parish, census or other records for the area of the country where your ancestor was born. These libraries are found in many major cities.  They charge a small fee for each microfilm ordered, but it could take several months before the film reaches the library.

However, most records are in handwritten Gothic Scandinavian language. If you need to learn some basic words, there are books available at libraries, book-shops, or there are courses arranged.

If you happen to be close to Brisbane, Australia, there is a Scandinavian Group of the Genealogical Society of Queensland in that city. They have collected many genealogical books, atlases, maps and records from Scandinavia.

The group meets usually on the third Sunday of every second month, and sometimes have guest speakers talking about Scandinavian research and migration.

If you would like more information about the meetings, please send an email to steinar@optusnet.com.au

Good luck with your Scandinavian research.

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