Ala Parish, Gotland, Sweden Genealogy

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Guide to Ala parish, Gotland, Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.


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Ala Parish, Gotland, Sweden Genealogy
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Place Names

Sweden 1951 Place Names Register and the Swedish Parish Pages list in this Wiki will give you searchable lists of places, particularly parishes and the farms within those parishes. These place names of farms, villages, and any jurisdictions smaller than a parish can be very important. First, records for a parish are frequently organized by farm name. Second, farm names help to identify people within the parish with similar patronymic names. They might take the farm name as a surname. Noting which farm they are born or married or had children at can help sort them out.


Bjärges Gård, Björges Grund, Botwatte, Botwattegård, Grund,

Gurfyles Gård (Gurfiles Gård), Gurfyles Grund (Gurfiles Grund), Gyle Gård, Gyle Grund,

Lauritze Gård, Lauritze Grund,

Ollajvs, Orleips Grund, Orleips Gård,  

Stenstuge Grund, Stenstugu Grund,


Census Records

Church Records

Online Database Church Records

The easiest way to access the Swedish Church Records is through the internet, using these five sites (see links to specific collections below). Four of these sites require a subscription for access. (ArkivDigital,, and are available at a FamilyHistory Center near you free of charge.)

Help Using ArkivDigital: Online Databases for Sweden

These lessons will teach you how to use ArkivDigital:

Family History Library Records

Click Sweden, Gotland Records for a full listing of microfilmed records (some digitized online) at the Family History Library, that may be digitized. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.

Click on "Places within Sweden, Gotland" and then select your parish.

Military Records

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Help Reading Swedish Records

Help Reading Old Handwriting

Help With Research Objectives and Strategies

  • First find the birth and baptism record of your ancestor. Once you know his date and place of birth and his parents' names, you can locate the family in the Household Examination Records.
  • Search every Household Examination Record that your ancestor appears on (from birth to death). You will pick up valuable clues along the way, find children who died young, and establish correct family member relationships.
  • All birth, marriage, or death dates found in Household Examination Records need to be verified in the actual birth, marriage, or death records.
  • Pay attention to relationship titles, occupations, military status, and remarks. See word list for Vocabulary for Household Examination Records.
  • Dates are written in the European order of day, month, and year.

See Sweden Research Strategies for locating various records in specific time periods.