Dorotea Parish, Västerbotten, Sweden Genealogy

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Dorotea Parish
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Dorotea Parish

Guide to Dorotea Parish, Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Dorotea church


Dorotea has been populated since 1713, when the first settler Jon Erson Kervalainen and his wife moved to a Sami camp later known as Svanavatten. This village expanded by the end of the century, and the residents were anxious to build a chapel. The seat chosen was Bergvattnet.
On May 21, 1799, the village of Bergvattnet was renamed Dorotea, in honour of Queen Frederica Dorothea Wilhelmina of Sweden. The church burnt down in 1932 and a new church was built in 1934. [1]

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Abborrholmberget, Arksjö, Avasjön, Avaträsk

Bellvik, Bergvattnet, Borga, Bredsele, Brännåker, Båtas, Båtas 2


Granberget, Granliden, Granåsen, Grubbsjön

Harrsjö, Häggås


Laiksjö, Lavsjö, Långfors, Långsele, Lövsjö

Mårdsjö, Mellan Rissjön


Ormjsö Östra (Ormsjö East), Ormsjö Västra (Ormsjö West)


Rajastrand, Risbäck Solberg

Storbäck, Storjula, Stornäs, Sutme, Svanabyn, Sörfors

Tannsjön, Tvåtjärn, Tvärsele Utklyvning

Vallsjö, Veksjön

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Dorothea parish, Husförhörslängd, 1838-1862, Ort register.