Finland, Old Collection of Accounts (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description
Record Type: Old Accounts
Collection years: 1531-1634
Language: Swedish
Title in the Language: Finland, Den Äldre Räkenskapssamlingen, 1531-1634 (Swedish)
Suomi, Vanhempi Tilikirjakokoelma, 1531-1634 (Finnish)
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National Archives of Finland

Why Should I Look at This Collection?

If you have ancestors living in Finland during this time period these records will give you information about their economic status and possibly interactions with their neighbors.

What is in This Collection?

The collection consists of general and judicial documents, lists of fines, bailiff's accounts, lists of soldiers and officers, taxes, property rentals, and other lists arranged by Castle Provinces (slottslän), usually with further subdivision by district (härad) and parish (sokn). The collection covers the years 1531 to 1634.

Reading These Records

These records are written in Swedish. For help with reading the records, please see Sweden: Language and Languages and Swedish Genealogical Word List.

To Browse This Collection

You will be able to browse through images in this collection when it is published.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

Collection Content

Content of the records varies. You may find any of the following:

  • Name or names of primary individuals
  • Date and nature of the court case
  • Names of family members or witnesses
  • Residences
  • Description of property
  • Payments of taxes and fines
  • Birth, death or marriage details

Sample Images

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection it is helpful to know:

  • Name of your ancestor
  • Identifying information such as residence

View the Images

View the images in this the collection by visiting the Browse Page:

  1. Select the "Description" to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Compare the information you have found with what you already know.
  • Examine all records in this collection for the parish where your ancestor lived
  • Evaluate the information you have found to see if there are other records you should consider examining

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume.
  • Search the indexes and records of nearby parishes and communities.

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in Finland.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Finland, Old Collection of Accounts, 1531-1634." Images. FamilySearch. : 2018. Citing National Archives Service of Finland, Helsinki, Finland.
Image Citation:
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