Since the early 1600s, Swedish clergy have maintained records of births and christenings, betrothals and marriages, and other religious events. An official decree of 1686 required that all parishes in Sweden maintain records of births, marriages, burials and persons entering or leaving the parish, as well as a list of the names of all parishioners (which became household examination rolls or clerical survey records).
At the same time, Sweden’s national archives commissioned another
commercial site to re-image the records from the originals, resulting in higher-quality images and making them available to the public by subscription. Today, ArkivDigital has nearly 50 million Swedish record images, in color for better contrast. The site provides church records, court records and inventories of estates. For an English version of the site, click the British flag at the top left.
7. Be sure to follow up on all the clues the record provides for all family members. For example, if it’s a marriage record (like this one from the marriage/banns book for Röke parish), look for the birth records of the husband and wife, as well as their parents. Study later records for the births of the couple’s children.