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Military Strategies and Tools for Swedish Family History

Sweden was founded in 1523 with Gustav Vasa as king. Since this time forward to the present, Sweden has continually had a military. During this time hundreds of thousands have served and have been an important part of the population. The many wars during the 17th and 18th centuries involved a significant portion of the male population. Many people with Swedish ancestry can trace their lineage back to an ancestor who served in one of the branches of the Swedish Military. Various records have been created and preserved for who servedg in the military. These records may give information to help extend a line or they may give insight into the ancestor’s life and living conditions thus creating a richer family history.

Research Strategy (1692-1901)

Step 1:

Military records are organized by regiment (by company for the Navy). Before beginning research in Swedish military records, you need to determine the branch of the military, the regiment, company and the soldier number for your military person and the time period of service. The first step is to find out these 5 things about your military person.

Tip: If your soldier or sailor is in the "Central Soldier Index", using it first could save you time.  

Must Know Why? Resources to help find it
1. Branch of Military Military records are organized by regiment within a branch of the military. The occupational title of the man found in the church records will identify the branch.
2. Regiment Military records are organized by regiment within a branch of the military. Grill's Books
Maybe the Central Soldier Index
3. Company number or name Knowing the company will narrow down your search to just that company within the regiment and save time.  Grill's Books
Maybe the Central Soldier Index
4. Military number of the man Knowing the man's number will save time in searching for your soldier as they are listed in numerical order within the company and regiment Grill's Books
Maybe the Central Soldier
5. Time period of service The military man is generally only recorded in military records while in active service. If he is listed with one of the military occupational titles in the church records,he is in active service at that time period. "Avsked" with a title indicates that he has been discharged and is no longer in the service.

Step 2 (in Research Strategy)

After having found  the branch of military, regiment, company number, service man's number, and time period he served, find the military man in every general muster rolls from enlistment to discharge or death. General Muster Rolls are available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, at Family History Centers, at the subscription website SVAR (, and many are available at the subscription website Arkiv Digital (

Step 3 (Research Strategy)

Now check the military records chart and see if there are additional military records besides the general muster rolls that may pertain to your soldier or sailor.

Step 4 (Research Strategy) 

Check the local genealogical society to see if books have been written or databases created for military units for your area.  Names, addresses and links to local genealogical societies in Sweden can be found by going to the county pages in the FamilySearch wiki ( and clicking on "Genealogical Societies" under the heading "Tools".  

Occupational Title of Military Man

To find the branch of the military in which your ancestor served, note his occupational title used in the church records (christenings of his children, his marriage, his death, the death of his children or wife, household examination records). Compare the occupational title of your military man to the table below to determine the branch of the military.

Occupational Title Branch of military Allotment Division
Artilleristen Artillery/Army Professional and enlisted men stationed in various garrisons in Sweden and coastal garrisons 1681-1793 (not part of the allotment)
Båtsman Sailor/Navy Rusthåll/Rote
Dragon Cavalry Rusthåll
Fotsoldat Infantry/Army Rote
Fältjägare Infantry/Army Rote
Gardist Infantry/Army Rote/Rusthåll
Grenadier Infantry/Army Rote
Husaren Cavalry Rusthåll
Hästjägare Cavalry Rusthåll
Infanterist Infantry/Army Rote
Jägare Infantry/Army Rote
Karabinjärer Cavalry Rusthåll
Kavallerist Cavalry Rusthåll
Knekt Infantry/Army Rote
Kyrassiärer Cavalry Rusthåll
Ryttare Cavalry Rusthåll
Soldat Infantry/Army Army

Examples of military occupation titles in Church Records


Household Examination Record with Sold. (Soldat) Clas Nilss. Bohm. Sold. indicates that he was in the infantry. AD online Daretorp parish AI:1 1790-1812 b.75 s. 136


Birth Record of Gjertru daughter of Båtsm. (Båtsman) Måns Brink and wife Ingri Svensdotter. Båtsm. (Båtsman) indicates he was in the Navy. AD online Fridlevstad CI:4 (1766-1834) Bild 148/sid 285 (v95712.b148.s285).


Marriage Record of Ryttaren Åke Modig and pigan Elna Trulsdotter. Ryttaren indicates the groom was in the Cavalry. AD online Glumslöv EI:1 (1796-1861) Bild 7/sid 11. (v.109477.b7s11)

Sources: "Soldatforskning – några grundläggande källor”. Lars Ericson Wolke. SLÄKT Historiskt Forum NR 4 2010 page 29-31

Research of Soldiers, Sweden. Hans Högman. “Find Your Ancestors in the Swedish Military Sources”.


Using Grill’s books

To find the name of the regiment in which your ancestor served, consult the set of books called “Statistiskt sammandrag af Svenska indelningsverket” (Statistical Digest of the Swedish Army System) commonly called “Grill”. During the years 1855-1858, Claes Lorentz Grill, an artillery officer, compiled two volumes containing four parts.

Volume one contains part 1 which includes: 1. An index of parishes in Sweden 2. A lengthy introduction to the allotment system, 3. Tables of the cavalry regiments Volume two contains parts 2 - 4. 1. Part 2 – tables of the infantry regiments 2. Part 3 – tables of the navy companies 3. Part 4 – tables of the extra units

Steps to finding regiment in Grill 1. In the index of parishes at the beginning of part 1 Volume one find your parish.

Image: Parish Index in Grill

The parishes are arranged alphabetical followed by an alphabet letter in parenthesis. The letter designates the name of the county. (For a list of the counties with their assigned alphabetical letter click here). Next will be a Roman numeral which indicates the part number in Grill’s books. The number following the Roman numeral is the page where this parish in found in the particular part indicated. Example: Folkärna is in (W) county which is Kopparberg county part two (Volume 2) page 29. It is also found in part four (Volume 2) page 10.

2. Once you know the volume number, part number and page number in Grill’s books turn to the page. Here you will find the name of the regiment, company name and/or number, Soldier number of individual. (Note: Grill’s books are reliable only after 1858. Before 1858 numbers may vary. Also the books were compiled before the spelling reform and will contain the old spellings of places.)

Example: Skärsta parish (Jönköping county) is found in volume two, part two, page 148 By turning to page 148 the name of the regiment is written across the top of the page. Find Skärsta parish on the left of page. Here we see all the names of the rotar that supplied soldiers. These farms were named Gestra, Rudu, V. Bosgård, N. Bosgård, Edsqvarna, Krubbarp, etc. Some rotar supplied more than 1 soldier. Each soldier was given a number and the soldier number (or numbers) follow the name of the rote. This particular parish was responsible to supply 38 soldiers to the Jönköping regemente. Notice the columns to the right. All the companies in the regemente are listed. In the column labeled “N:o 1 Lif-Kompaniet” the number 38 is written. All 38 soldiers were serving in this regiment. The numbers in the righthand columns indicate the company name and/or number.

Image: Skärsta parish on page 148

The navy was not divided into regiments but was divided into companies with each company assigned to a naval base. For example here we see that the parish of Onsala in Halland County was assigned to supply 13 sailors to the “Norra Hallands (1:a) Båtsmans-Kompani which belonged to the Karlskrona navy base. Name of Company is given at top of page. The Naval base (instead of regiment) is given just below the name of the Company . Again the rotar or rusthåll that supply the sailors are listed along with the sailor numbers. Onsala supplied 13 sailors (numbers 1 through 13). Valda parish supplied 9 sailors (numbers 14 through 22).

Image: Onsala parish page 52 (Part III)

Source: Släktforskarna och Krigsarkivet, En vägvisare till de militära källorna. Meddelanden från Krigsarkivet XIX. Page 51 ”At hitta rätt kompani”.

Translation of above article

Page 51
When someone doing Swedish genealogical research finds an ancestor listed as a soldier in the household examination record new opportunities are opened but also some challenges. As a rule only the title (type of military service) is given in the household examination record – that means “soldat” (foot soldier), “ryttare” (cavalryman), båtsman (sailor) or the like. To find a soldier in the regiment archive only with the help of the title is possible but will take a very long time. It is therefore, simplier to find out which regiment and company to which the soldier belonged.

Thanks to the artillery officer, Claes Lorentz Grill (1817-1907) there is a simpler way. During the 1850’s he wrote “Statistiskt sammandrag af svenska indelningverket eller tabellariska förteckningar öfver arméens boställen samt öfver samtlige rusthåll och rothåll i riket” (Statistical summary of the Swedish Allotment System or Table lists over the military residences and the units supplying men for the military) commonly referred to as ”Grill”. At the first glance it appears rather complicated with many tables and columns but it is very easy to use when the system is understood.

“Grill” consists of four parts (indicated by Roman numerals) which came out separately during the years 1855-1858. They were later compiled in two volumes which the first volume consisting of part I and the other consisted of parts II-IV. Part I contains a lengthy introduction to the allotment system, the history, the organization, recruiting, discharging, and many other things – very interesting reading. Later follow the tables of the cavalry regiments (rusthållet).

In the second volume is part II about the infantry regiments (rotehållet) and part III covers the navy (båtsmanshållet) . Finally comes part 4 which covers the extra units called at times of war and special needs.

The tables for the cavalry and the infantry regiments are arranged in the same manner, but sometimes use different meanings. The Cavalry’s unit responsible to supply a cavalryman was the rusthåll while the comparable unit responsible for the infantry soldier was the rote. The cavalrymen were in Skvadroner (Squadrons) and the infantry were in companies. Hereafter companies and rotar will be used while talking about both the cavalry and the infantry.

The tables begin with a short description of the regiment, when it was created, name changes and reorganizations, and how many men were serving. Thereafter follows an enumeration of all the residences of officers,  listed after the officer's rank, with the name of the residence, the size and where it was located. Furthest to the right in the table if information about which rank and company the residence belonged to before 1833.

Under the heading “Nummerstyrkans Förläggning och Indelning i Kompanier” comes the pages which are of real interest for the genealogist. Here are listed all the rusthåll and rotar within the regiment. All the rotar from a specific parish are readily shown together. The parishes in turn are organized by härads and by län. The rotar are mentioned by name and number. Furthest to the right on the table is a column for all companies within the regiment. For each parish is given how many rotar there are in a respective company. As a rule all the rotar in one parish are in the same company, but sometimes they can be divided between two companies.

Last for each regiment where the company headquarters lies is given, where each respective company should gather before departure together with where they meet and drills take place. Finally is given in which area the regiment’s drafted soldiers are mustered.


NAD (Nationell Arkiv Databas)

Using NAD to find military units for a soldier. NAD can be used to obtain the regiment name and also the name and/or number of company for army and cavalry units in each parish. (NAD gives company name or number for sailors) NAD does not give the individual soldier numbers within the parish. There are, however, only 100 to 200 soldiers in a company so knowing the company narrows your search down to that number.

  1. Go the the website
  2. Type in the name of the parish and the word "Kyrkoarkiv".
  3. Click on the word "Sök" (search).
  4. Click on the blue link for the name of your parish plus the word "Församling".
  5. Now click on the link for your parish name plus the word "forsamling" which follows the word "Hänvisningar till orter".
  6. Here you will find a jurisdiction box and at the bottom the military units (Militär indelning) are given for the parish.

Image: Example in NAD of Kristdala parish

Here we see this parish supplied cavalry men, Infantry men, and also sailors.


Central Soldier Index (Centrala soldatregistret)

This free online database is an index of soldiers who served between the years 1682-1901 and were part of the new allotment system. The database is not comple for the entire time period. Many of the men who served in the navy are not included.

This index will give you the regiment and the company number for your military man if he is included in the index. This will help you go directly to your soldier in the general muster rolls and other military records.

Soldiers in the index database are assigned a number. For example KR-07-0884-1869-1848-SkGu. The key  to this number is as follows:

KR = abbreviation of the regiment (Kronoberg Regemente)

07 = company number (7th company)

0884 = cottage number of the regiment (see explanation below)

1869 = year he began military service

1848 = year of birth

SK = first two letters of his military surname

Gu = first two letters of his first (given) name

The cottage number of the regiment is the same as the military man’s regimental number. Men can be found by either regimental number or company number in the general muster rolls.

Source: The Central Soldiers Register. About the database.

General Muster Rolls (Generalmönsterrullor)

General Muster Rolls are the basic documents used in genealogical research for Swedish soldiers. These records were kept from the 1680’s to the 1880’s and listed the unit’s entire staff and an account of equipment, horses, etc. The name comes from the record being written in connection with the mustering or inspection of the entire regiment at the drill location. A muster was to be held every third year (later every 5 years). In wartime, however, much longer gaps occured and some General Muster Rolls were made in the field for the entire regiment or the portion which was at the battle field.

In research of army soldiers and officers it is best to search General Muster Rolls first so that you get a picture of the scope of the person’s military service. Be sure to get all muster rolls that your military man was in rather than just one. Thereafter, this information may be supplemented and extended with a variety of other military documents.

Four copies were made of the General Muster Roll.

  1. One copy was sent to the “Krigskollegium” in Stockholm and is now found at Krigsarkivet. This collection of the General Muster Rolls is the largest and the best preserved.
  2. Another copy went to “landshövdingen” and is now found in the provincial archives (Landsarkivet).
  3. One copy was kept by the regimental commander. This copy is now part of the regimental archive (regementsarkiven) kept at Krigsarkivet.
  4. One copy was divided out to the company captains. This copy is now part of the regimental archive (regementsarkiven) kept at Krigsarkivet.

Organization of the General Muster Rolls

  • Within each general muster roll the soldiers were listed company by company.
  • Higher ranked officers, the so-called regimental officers, are listed in the beginning of the GMR (Major down to Colonel).
  • The first and second lieutenants plus the captains were called company officers. They were listed in the beginning of their respective company. The non-commissioned officers are accounted for in the beginning of their respective companies. The lower ranks are listed among the men.
    4. Information in the general muster rolls varied greatly from one regiment to another and from one time period to another time period.


  1. Originals are available at Krigsarkivet (The Military Archives) in Stockholm, Sweden (part of the National Archive
  2. The copy that went to the “landshövdingen” is kept at the various provincial archives (Landsarkiven).
  3. General Muster Rolls are available on microfilm at the Family History Library and the Family History Centers.
  4. General Muster Rolls are also available on the subscription website “Svar” (
  5. Many General Muster Rolls are available at the subscription website ArkivDigital (

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(Generalmönsterrullor livregemente till häst Södermanlands Compagnie - Used by permission of Krigsarkivet.)

Here we see the first and second lieutenants listed at the beginning of the general muster rolls for their company.

Following are three general muster rolls for three centuries. They show how information expanded through the centuries.

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Kronobergs-regemente 1697 General Muster Roll Bild 109-sid95 ArkivDigital
Column headings
1. Härad / District
2. Sochn (Socken) / Parish
3. Nummeris – Indelning / Number in the allotment system
4. Nummeris – Regements / Number in the regiment
5. Nummeris – Compag. (Compagni) / Number in the company
6.Knechtar Namne / Soldiers names
7.Blef knecht åhr / Year became soldier
8.1693 åhrs General Munstring annotation / The notes from the year 1693 General Mustering
9. 1697 åhrs dito / The year 1697 ditto (notes from General Mustering)

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Västgöta-dals-regemente 1767-1773 Arkiv Digital Bild-232-sid 442
The column headings for the above muster are:
1.Nummer Regements / Number in the regiment
2. Nummer Compani  / Number in the company
3. Rotarnas namn /  Name of the “rote”
4. Soldaternes namn, beskaffenhet och födelse ort, med the sedan 1749 års General Munstrings skedde förändringar / The soldiers’ names, condition and birth place with changes that have taken place since the General Mustering in the year 1749.
5. Ålder Age
6.Tienste år / Service years
7. Gift eller ogift  /Married or unmarried
8. 1749 åhrs General munstrings Annotioiner  / Annotations from the General mustering in 1749
9. Närvarende munstrings anmärkningar / Notes from the present mustering

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Västgöta-Dals-regemente 1872-1875 (Arkiv Digital Bild 622)
Column Headings
Swedish English
1. Regements Nummer / Number in the Regiment
2. Kompani Nummer / Number in the Company
3. Roternes namn och belägenhet / Name of the ”rote” and location
4. Manskapets förra och nuvarande namn, födelse ort och tid, antagnings-datum samt sedan sista General-Mönstring med detsamma skedde förändringar. / Military man’s previous and present name, birth place and date, admission date and any changes that have occurred since the last General Muster.
5. Lefvads-år / Age
6. Tjenste-år vid annat Regemente / Years of service with another regiment
7. Summa Tjenste-år / Total years of service
8. Längd – fot / Height – feet
9. Längd – tum / Height – inches
10.Gift eller ogift / Married or unmarried
11. Sista General-mönstrings Anteckningar / Notes from the last General Muster
12 Närvarande General-mönstrings Anteckningar' / Notes from the present General Muster

Ericson, Lars. Källor för Soldatforskaren. Kronobergs Genealogiska Förening. Första upplagan 1988.
Högman, Hans.

Additional Military Records of the Army and Cavalry

FHL = Family History Library, SV = Svar, AD = ArkivDigital, KA = Krigsarkivet, LA = Landsarkiven

Name of Record Why Use this Record? Access

Pay rolls. Payrolls of officers in Swedish Army. Includes register of regiments (all ranks) and commanders

Time span: 1636-1791
Avmönsterrullor Karelska dragonregementet

Army inspection, approbation and muster-out rolls of the Karelian Finnish Dragoon Regiment.

Time span: 1768-1809
Avmönsterrullor Livregementets dragoner
Muster-out rolls
Army muster rolls of the Royal Dragoon Regiment (Uppsala, Stockholm, and part of Gävleborg counties)

Time span: 1793-1820
Avmönsterrullor Karelska Jägarkåren
Muster-out rolls
Inspection, general muster rolls, muster-out rolls of the Karelian Finnish Rifle Corps in the King's Service.

Time span: 1795-1808
Muster-out rolls
Army muster-out rolls of the Finnish Artillery Corps of Mikkeli County

Time span: 1808
Book of letters
Contains letters to the Military High Command, specifications, memorials, etc.

Time span: 1629-1723
Interim Musters
Similar record to General Muster Rolls but kept between the General Muster Rolls.  Also include peacetim works. Could give additional information about soldier and also knowledge of work projects during peace time and injuries incurred during project.

Time span: 1820-1901
Authority books
Contains orders and instructions to Army commanders, capitulations and contracts, including officers and regiments from Finland.

Time span: 1634-1684
General Muster Rolls
Often the soldier's patronymic surname is not known. General muster rolls often will give the soldier's surname. Also use for interesting family history information that can be found such as height, and other miscellaneous facts.

Time span: 1685-1885
KA, LA, SV, FHL, and AD (not all regiments)
Contains various transactions, correspondence, applications and accounts etc. of the Army Pension Fund

Time span: 1757-1880
Records of military peacetime projects
These are a more detailed account of the military peacetme works. Family history information about dates, projects, equipment, injuries, etc.

Time span:
Likvidationer "Namnserien"
Liquidation Name series
Contains salary settlements and other accounts of Army officers (Finland included)during the Great Northern War. Heirs are often named. Also a number series available -- arranged by numbers instead of names.

Time span: 1699-1721
Likvidationer "Regementsserien"
Liquidation regiment series
Contains salary settlement accounts of claims by Swedish army officers, their heirs of assignees of units existing after the Great Northern War (Finland included).

Time span:1699-1742
Likvidationer för pensioner, stipendier och brudskattedonationer
Liquidation for pensioners, stipendiary accounts, and bridal tax revenues.
Contains claim and salary settlement accounts of militaray pensioners, stipendiary accounts, bridal tax revenues.

Time span:1620-1742
Likvidationer för värvningar
Liquidation for enlisted men
Contains claim and salary settlement accounts of voluntary enlisted military men.

Time span: 1620-1744
Likvidationer och inlösta fordringar
Liquidation and claims
Contains final parliamentary liquidations and claims of Swedish oficers

Time span: 1719-1766
Likvidationer, löneavräkningar för Krigskollegium
Contains claim and salary settlement accounts for army and supply personnel in the War-office.

Time span: 1620-1745
Merit and service records
Contains transactions of the Army Pension Fund and includes merit, seniority, and service records of commissioned and non-commissioned officers of Sweden and Finland and enlisted soldiers of Germany,Pomerania, Baltic States in Swedish military service.

Time span: 1751-1849
Service Records
Contains merit and service records of officers, non-commissioned officers of various Swedish and Finnish regiments.

Time span:1614-1903
Military Accounts
Military accounts and army lists of Greater Sweden, including Finnish units and German enlisted soldiers, with a card index.

Time span: 1537-1630
Muster rolls
Various collections of muster rolls, inventory of regiments and commanders including areas belonging to Sweden during Stormaktstiden. Availability varies greatly from one regiment to another.

Time span:1620-1865
Pension applications
Contains pension applications of Swedish widows of military officers, and civil administrators.

Time span: 1711-1827
Regimental Accounts
Use these accounts records when you have an officer or a non-commissed officer during this time period to learn about your officer or if he died you may learn about his next of kin (wife, children).

Time span: 1654-1723
Rekryteringsrullan och Inmönstringsrullan
Recruitment and enrollment rolls
May find information about the soldier, such as his patronymic surname, date and place of birth. May also find certificates (minister, employer, doctor's) presented at recruitment.

Time span: Mainly after 1800
Roterings och utskrivningslängder
Conscription Rolls
This record lists all men 15 years of age and older within the parish and farm or village. This record can be used in a similar manner and as a substitute for the mantalslängder.

Time span: Mainly 1620-1680
Rullor 1620-1723
Rolls 1620-1723
This is the most import source about soldiers during this time period. Use for early soldiers

Time span: 1620-1723
Rullor fr o m 1724
Rolls starting from 1724
Use as a complement to the General Muster Rolls.  May cover possible gaps in the General Muster Rolls.

Time span: 1724-
Medical Rolls
Find the sickness or disease the soldier had and the type of treatment they received.

Time span: From the 1800's on
Soldier’s Contract
Learn the terms of agreement between the soldier and the rote (or rusthåll) at the time the soldier was recruited)

Time span:
KA, AD for some regiments
Stora Nordiska Kriget
The Great Northern War
Contains records of prisoners of the Great Northern War and exchanges of prisoners. (Regiments of Finland included.)

Time span:1700-1721
Punishment Rolls
Could find out type of misdemeanor and the punishment received

Time span:
Strödda militiehandlingar
Various military transactions
Contains various military transactions, muster rolls of officers and men, some army units also stationed in Finland, Estonia etc., salary settlement accounts of prisoners, personnel having returned to Sweden or other specifications.

Time span: 1536-1633
Strödda militiehandlingar indelningsverk och utskrivningslängder
Various military transactions, allotment, and conscription book
Contains army classification, levying rolls, etc. of Sweden and parts of Finland.

Time span: 1500-1600
Ståndrulla för indelta armén
Territorial reports
Territorial reports of army units in the allotment system

Time span:1805
Letters of requests to the Army High Command, usually by the widiw of a soldier who was killed in war or taken prisoner, to receive the soldiers salary. Here you may learn about the wife and/or family as well as what happened to the soldier. There is a card index

Time span: 1656-1684.
Soldier crofts inspections
Learn about the croft where your soldier served. These inspections give deficiencies and faults of the croft and how and when they were to be corrected. More detailed for officers' homesteads.

Time span:
KA, LA, AD for some regiments

Table for Navy

Name of Record Jurisdiction Record Description
Arbetsinrättningarna i Karlskrona och å Kungsholmen

Militären Workhouse institution in Karlskrona and Kungsholmen. Records of men sentenced work at the workhouse and the fortress of Kungsholmen in Karlskrona.

Time span: 1805-1833
Militären/Kompani Series of records for the companies of naval sailors. Includes the General muster rolls for the naval companies.  Also included are Rekryteringsrullor (Recruiting rolls), Generalmantalsrullor (General assessment rolls), Avräkningsrullor (Settlement rolls), Beklädnadsrullor (uniform rolls), Besiktningsrullor (Inspection rolls) Avmönstringsrullor (discharge rolls) and other records kept for Båtsmän.  

Time span: 1658-1912

Militären Contracts of Sailors. Record of the contracts made with the sailor specifying the sailor's wage if any, size of property and other things promised in his contract.
Time span: Varies but mainly after 1800.

Militären  Miscellaneous records of Navy Seamen/  Records of recruitment of a sailor, and may include certificates from his minister and doctor, and the contract that was drawn up.

Time span:1860's - 1901
Diverse mönsterrullor


Miscellaneous muster rolls. Muster rolls of various groups such as volunteers, professional hired sailors, cabin boys, etc. Also includes some General muster rolls and more.

Time span: 1677-1798

Diverse rullor

Militären/Civilt Anställda Miscellaneous rolls. Various rolls containing information about military officers, under officers as well as civil personnel such as surgeons,  barber-surgeons, construction workers. 

Time span: 1709-1884
Finska rullor

Militären Finnish rolls. Records for the companies in Finland in the navy such as general muster rolls, recruiting rolls, discharge rolls,  pay and various other rolls for Swedish navy and the Arméns Sjöartilleri bataljon.

Time span: 1675-1810
Förhyrda kompanier

Militären/Civilt Anställda Hired companies. Contains various rolls of hired naval workers, musters roll, payrolls etc. payrolls etc.

Time span: 1789-1809

Militären Merchant Marine companies. Contains the general muster rolls of the merchant marine companies of the Royal Swedish Navy.

Time span: 1796-1824
Kostrullor och mönsterrullor

Militären Quartermaster rolls and muster rolls in cluding in-mustering records and discharge muster records, 

Time span: 1796, 1810-1833

Militären Log Book or Ship Journal. Naval vessels kept a daily log book of the ship's course, speed, location, and other data. Sometimes includes information about men such those who were sick, those who came on board, etc.

Time span:

Militären/Civilt Anställda Pilotage Service Records. Muster rolls, census lists and various other rolls of navigators, and civil workers in the pilotage service.

Time span: 1693-1882


Seaman Companies.General muster rolls and records of enlisted seamen companies in the Swedish Navy

Time span: 1825-1914


Militären Merit and service lists of officers, administrators, navigators, training cadets, etc. of the Royal Swedish Navy.

Alphabetical listing by Surname

Militären Muster rolls. Contains the ship muster rolls

Time span: 1689-1790

Militären  Muster rolls. Contains the ship muster rolls

Time span: 1701-1873

Militären Muster rolls. Lists and rolls of the departed sailors 1788-1790. Also inspection muster rolls and more for 1806. 1808-1809.

Time span: 1788-1790, 1806, 1808-1809.
Rullor på Amiralitetsstaterna


Officer rolls of the Royal Swedish Navy. 

Time span: 1642-1883

Rullor på Volontär-, Sjöartilleri- och Marinregementena samt Mariniärkåren

Militären Rolls of the volunteer, coastal artillery, and the Marine regiments and the Marine Corps.

Time span: 1721-1869
Rullor över officerare, underofficerare, lotsar, voluntärer, båtsmän allehanda hantverkare, civilbetjänter, etc.

Militären/Civilt Anställda Records of the Royal Navy Pension Fund for  Officers, non-commissioned officers, pilots, volunteers, allotment seamen, tradesmen and civil workers

Time span: 1680-1829

Militären Sailor boys companies. Navy rolls of the companies of sailor boys,  young boys 7-15 that joined the navy and received training and usually later became non-commissioned officers in the navy

Time span: 1748-1912
Stockholms stations räkenskaper

Militären Accounts and records of Stockholm's Naval Station. Contains musterrolls, enlistments, muster-out rolls, various rolls of allotment seamen and shipwrights at the Stockholm Naval station

Time span: 1641-1721

Civilt Anställda Records of the Carpenters of the Royal Swedish Navy. Contains the muster rolls of the Carpenters, shipwright, smiths, bricklayers and other tradesmen of the Royal Swedish Navy and other records of these groups such as dagrullor (daily records) of craftsmen

Time span: 1692-1872


Inspections of Sailor's Cottages. Inspection report which may give description of the cottate  where seaman lived. If not will likely give information about improvements that need to be made to meed the standard required by the Navy. 

Time span: 1692-1901 (not available for all years or places. More available in the 1800's)


Militären Non-commissioned officers rolls. Contains musters rolls and various other rolls of the non-commissioned officers

Time span: 1805-1884

Militären Non-commissioned officers rolls. Contains various rolls of the non-commissioned officers

Time span: 1823-1873
Verifikationer till Amiralitets krigsmanskassas huvudbok med förteckningar över passageraravgifter. Militären Verifications of the Royal Swedish Navy's Pension Fund and record of departures. Contains verifications from the main accounts of the Royal Swedish Navy's pension Fund, extracts from the Customs Office and also departure lists of passengers, etc.

Time span: 1798-1851

Modern military records (After 1885)

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Militären Enlistment records

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Medicinska journaler och psykologundersökningar
Militären Medical journals and psychiatric examinations

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Rullkort (Tjänstekorten)

Militären Roll Card (Service Card).   The mans name,   birth date and other personal information is given along with his history in the military with dates, recorded on a card. 

Time span: 1945-
Stamkort (Värnpliktskort)

Militären Conscript or enlistment card.  Contains the name of the man, birth date, personnummer, branch of service, service dates, and discipline if needed.  

Time span: 1919-1969, Computerized in 1969 to present.
Militären Sick rolls. 

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Militären A yearly record of those enlisted and drafted in each company. These can be searched by using the alphabetical index for the area of the company.

Time span:1885-1919
Militären Record of disciplinary action, record of punishment. 

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Through the 1901 års försvarsbeslut (the Defense Decision of 1901) a compulsory draft system was inaugurated in Sweden. During the 1900s, the greater part of the male population has completed military service. The system has left an archive where male relatives can be found. Among other records Krigsarkivet has preserved 2.5 million stamkort(military cards) of those drafted between 1919 and 1969. Some cards have been lost but most remain. The stamkort shows the military service completed, basic education, exercises, and deferments with all the dates. Another name for stamkort isvärnpliktskort.


Per Clemensson and Kjell Andersson. Släktforska Vidare. Författarna och Natur och Kultur/LTs förlag. 2003. Värnplikt page 16 and 17.  

Image of Stamkort

Example of a stamkort. The name of the man is in the upper right corner. His name is Bengt-Åke Lennart Fredriksson. His personnummer precedes his surname. The first 6 digits of his personnummer are his birth date (451101 means born 1945 November 1)

Military Word List

Sortable table
Swedish English definition
Absens (Latin) Absent from the muster.
Adelsfanan Regiment that is to be raised and maintained at the expense of the Swedish nobility upon occasion of a hostile invasion.
Adjutant Assistant, subordinate officer who assists a higher ranked officer, a military position.
Amiral Admiral
Anfall Attack, assault
Anfalla Attack assault, assail
Anföll Attacked
Anmäld till underhåll Reported for allowance
Annotationer Notes
Anspråk Claim, pretension,
Anställt Appointed, engaged, employed
Antagen Accepted, admitted
Approberas (Appr.) Approved as a soldier at the muster.
Arbetskommenderingar Military peacetime works, such as construction, repairing bridges, canals etc.
Armén Army
Arméns Flotta The Army Fleet
Artilleri Artillery
Artillerist Artillery soldier, soldier in the artillery
Augmentshemma Farm in the allotment division responsible to supplement a rusthållare and help support a cavalry soldier.
Augmentsåbo A farmer who rented an Augmentshemma
Avancera Advance, rise
Avsade Resign, give up, relinquish, renounce
Avsked Discharge, dismissal, resignation
Avträda Withdraw, give up possession of
Avväpnades Were disarmed
Bajonett Bayonet
Barberare Barber surgeon
Batalj Battle
Bataljon Battalion, Infantry unit consisting of around 600 Soldiers (4 companies)
Bataljonsstab Battalion staff
Bedraga Deceive
Bedräglig Fraudulent
Befäl Officer (commissioned and non-commissioned)
Bepansrade Armored
Besegra Defeat, conquer, beat
Besiktning Inspection
Besittning Possessions, occupation of land area
Beväringar Conscript soldier, recruit, compulsory soldiers prior to 1901.
Beväringsmönsterrullor Muster roll for drafted soldiers
Blesserade Wounded
Brödmönstringar Muster rolls kept between the years of the general muster rolls. These records kept similar information as the muster rolls. Also called ”Interim Musters”.
Båtsman Sailor, navy seaman, marine during the allotment system (1684-1901).
Båtsmanhåll The unit similar to a “rote” that was responsible to recruit and maintain a navy seaman during the years of the allotment system.
Båtsmanstorp The croft provided for a Båtsman (Navy seaman) and his family.
Cassation Discharge because the soldier did not meet the required standards.
Drabbning Battle, encounter
Dragon Cavalryman, dragoon, infantryman on horseback, (Formerly they rode to the battle but fought on foot. During the 18th century the dragoons became trained as cavalry men.)
Eldhandvapen Firearms
Embarkeringsrullor Record kept to record the men being shipped to the war zone in times of war. Also called inmönstringsrullor.
Erövra Capture, conquer
Erövringar conquests
Exercera drill, train, do one's military service
Fanjunkare A non-commissioned officer, (Master Sergeant)
Feghet Cowardice
Fejden Feud, controversy
Femmänningsbataljoner An extra battalion when the ordinary battalions weren’t enough 1700 to 1720.
Femmänningsregementen An extra regiment when the ordinary regiments weren’t enough 1700 to 1720.
Flaggskepp Flagship
Flotta Fleet
Flottan Navy
Flygvapnet Airforce
Fotfolk Soldiers on foot (infantry)
Fred Peace
Fredsfördrag Peace treaty
Fredsvillkor Peace terms
Frikalla Exempt from duty, release from obligation
Furir Quartermaster-sergeant, a non-commissioned officer. Corresponds with a Sergeant but in early times he was responsible to choose the company campsite and receive and distribute food supplies.
Fylleri Drunkenness
Fyrmänningsbataljoner An extra battalion called up when the ordinary battalions weren’t enough during the Great Northern War, 1700 to 1720.
Fyrmänningsregementen An extra regiment called up when the ordinary regiments weren’t enough during the Great Northern War, 1700 to 1720.
Fången Captured, imprisoned, captive
Fältartilleri Field artillery
Fältjägare Rifleman
Fältsjuka Military fever, field disease or camp fever. Normally this was typhus fever (fläckfeber) or dysentery (rödsot).
Fältskär Military surgeon, a barber surgeon.
Fältväbel A military rank, non-commissioned officer, Master Sergeant.
Fänrik A military rank, a commissioned officer, second lieutenant, ensign. In early years the Fänrik was in charge of the flag during combat.
Fästning Fortress, fortification
Fästningsvall A wall or elevation of earth or stone to protect soldiers
Förare A non-commissioned officer of lower rank
Förband A modern day word for military units of various sizes
Fördela distribute, apportion, divide,
Fördubbla Double, duplicate, increase
Förlust Losses, casualties
Förräderi Betrayal, treachery, treason
Förstärka To reinforce, to augment
Förstärkningskarl Conscript reserve soldier to augment military
Förstärkningsmanskapet Reinforcement troops
Försummelse Neglect
Försvaret National Defense
Försvarslinje Line of defense
Förvaltare A non-commissioned officer, warrant officer
Galär Galley
Galärflottan The Galley Fleet
Gardist Guardsman
Gatlopp Gauntlet, to run the gauntlet, a double file of men facing each other and armed with clubs or other weapons with which to strike at an individual who is made to run between them.
Generalmönsterrulla General Munster roll
Generalmönstring General muster
Gevär Rifle
Godkänd Approved
Gradbeteckning Insignia of Military rank, badge of rank
Gratial Pension, Annuity
Gratialist Soldier receiving pension
Grenadjär Grenadier, formerly armed with grenades, an elite infantryman. Every infantry battalion had grenadiers attached. They supported the infantry attack by lobbing grenades from the flanks. They also formed units of their own. They were otherwise equipped like infantry.
Halshuggning Beheading, decapitation
Handelsflottan Merchant navy, merchant marine
Handlingar Acts, deeds
Hemman Homestead
Hjälprotar Supporting farm in the rote. The largest farm in the rote was called the stamrote. Other farms which helped support a soldier were called hjälprotar or Strörotar
Husar Hussar, light cavalryman,
Här Army, host
Häst Horse
Hästhemman Hästhemman was a kronohemma (owned by the crown but operated by an Åbo with leasehold to the crown). The right to operate the farm could be sold or inherited. The Hästhemman along with the Boställshemman and löningshemman were responsible to maintain the horses and armor of officers in the cavalry.
Hästjägare Mounted rifleman
Högvälboren Most Honorable
Indelningsverket Allotment system with recruited soldiers 1682-1901, the new allotment system
Indelt soldat A soldier recruited within the Allotment System
Infanteri Infantry
Infanterist Infantryman, soldier
Inmönstringsrullor Record kept to record the men being shipped to the war zone in times of war. Also called Embarkeringsrullor.
Inskrivning Enlisted, Enrolled
Inskrivningslängder Record of enlistment of soldiers
Inskrivningsnummer Enrollment number
Instäld put in
I stället in the place
Interimsavsked Discharge of a soldier between two general musters. The discharge had to be approved at the next general muster.
Jägare Light infantryman, rifleman, hunter
Jägarförband Special elite units of riflemen
Kanon Gun, cannon
Kapitulation Surrender
Kapten captain, a military rank, commissioned officer, the commander of a company
Karabinjär Marksman on horseback; later part of the heavy cavalry
Karpus Riding cap, Jockey cap,
Kassationsmönsterrulla Discharge muster rolls
Kasserat Muster out, discharge, possibly because of not meeting standards.
Kavaljer (Kavalier) Cavalier, gentleman, (not to be mixed up with Kavallerist)
Kavalleri Cavalry
Kavallerist Horseman in the cavalry, cavalry soldier. Also known as a ryttare.
Knekt Soldier (infantry)
knektar, Soldiers
Knekttorp Soldier Croft
Kommendörrullor Record of the military peacetime works
Kompani Company (infantry unit of about 150 soldiers)
Kompanichef Company commander
Kontrakt Contract
Kornett An old military rank (commissioned officer) which corresponds to “Fänrik”
Korpral Corporal, a lower military rank. Leader of 25 men within the company
Korpralskap Corporalship, squad of about 25 soldiers commanded by a corporal
Krig War
Krigsfångar Prisoners of war
Krigsmakten The armed forces
Krigsman Combatant, soldier, warrior
Krigsrätt Court Martial, military court
Krigsrättsprotokoll Military court records
Krono Crown
Kungliga (Kungl.) Royal
Kustartilleriet Coast artillery, Coast Guard
Kvartermästare Quartermaster (a non-commissioned officer)
Lantvärn Soldier, a compulsory drafted soldier during the war with Russia in 1808 and 1809.
Legosoldat Mercenary soldier
Leja Hire
Livgardet The king’s guard
Livgardist Soldier in the King’s guard. The king was the commander-in-chief of all units beginning with the word “liv” as the first part of the name.
Livkompani The king’s guard company. The 1st company in each regiment was called the “Livkompani”.
Läger Camp
Längd Height, stature, tallness
Löjtnant Lieutenant, a commissioned officer
Major Major, a commissioned officer, the rank above captain the lowest rank of officers on a regimental level
Majors- förhörsprotokoll Record of the examination by the major when punishment may be needed.
Manskap crew, hands, men
Marsch March
Matros Able seaman, sailor, mariner
Medalj Medal
Medicinska journaler Medical journals
Militieräkenskaper Military accounts
Militärboställen Military residences
Misshandel Abuse
Mundering equipment
Myteri Mutiny
Männing Regiments added in time of war, made up from the regular rotar with 3-männingsregiment, which meant that every three rotar together had to furnish one soldier (beyond the regular soldiers). There were also 4-männings and 5-männings regiment where every four or five rotar had to furnish an extra soldier.
Mönsterrulla Muster roll
Mönsterskrivare Scribe of the muster, a non-commissioned officer, the company scribe/company clerk.
Mönstring Mustering, inspection of soldiers and equipment, usually done every three years.
Mönstringsrulla Muster roll
Nederlag Defeat
Officersboställe An officer’s homestead
Ordervägran Refusal to obey orders
Permittera furlough, grant leave of absence
Presens (Präs, Pr., Praesens) Personally present, present at the muster.
Prygel Flogging
Psykologundersökningar Psychological examinations
Regemente Regiment
Regementsräkenskaper Regimental accounts
Regementsskrivare Scribe of the regiment, a commissioned officer, part of regimental staff over accounts and correspondence.
Reservkarl Reserve soldier
Rida på Trämarren Ride on the wooden mare. A punishment in the military. The horse body was triangular and the person sat on the pointed part of wood with feet dangling for 1 or 2 hours. Longer would have caused permanent damage to vital organs.
Riksdag Parliment
Rote Military ward, a subdivision of land in the Allotment system with those living on the land responsible to provide a soldier to the regiment or båtsman to a company of that province, a subdivision of the parish
Rotebönder Farmers who together created a military ward (rote) who were obligated to furnish and support a soldier or a sailor.
Rotemästare The farmer within a rote who was chosen, often on an annual basis, to handle any actions with the soldier and the military authorities.
Rotering The division of land into wards (rotar) with each ward (rote) required to support a soldier or a sailor.
Rulla Roll, list
Rullföringsområde Roll keeping area
Rullor Rolls
Rusthåll Similar to the rote but the rusthåll was responsible to provide and support a cavalryman and horse to the regiment of that province.
Rusthållare The farmer of a rusthåll. He had a contract with the crown to provide and sponsor a cavalryman with a horse, uniform, and support the cavalryman and his family.
Rustmästare A non-commissioned officer
Rustning Armament (i full rustning = in full armour)
Rusttjänstlängder Record of those providing rusthåll.
Rekryt Recruit
Rekryteringsrullor Recruiting rolls
Rullkorten Service card which replaced the “Stamrullor” in 1945.
Rykte Reputation
Rymning Running away, desertion
Ryttare Horseman in the cavalry, cavalry soldier
Ryttartorp Cavalry soldier’s little croft, supplied by the rusthåll
Rytteriet The cavalry (the riders or the horsemen)
Ryttmästare A commissioned officer, captain in the cavalry.
Räkenskaper Accounts
Sabel Sabre, saber, sword
Seger Victory
Segerfest Victory celebration
Sergeant A non-comissioned officer corresponding to a Staff Sergeant.
Sjuk Sick
Sjukrullor Medical rolls (after 1800’s) kept chronologically as soldiers got sick. Tells sickness and type of treatment received. Sickness often written in Latin.
Sjöman Sailor, seaman
Sjöregemente Sea (or naval) regiments. Existed 1717-1719
Sjöslag Naval battle
Skadades Injured
Skamstraff Shame Punishment
Skarpskyttar Sharp shooters
Skatt Tax
Skeppsgosse Cabin boy, ship boy
Skeppsregementet Naval regiments prior to 1687
Skytt Shooter, marksman
Skvadron Squadron (Cavalry)
Slag Battle
Slagfält Battlefield
Slakten Slaughter
Slup Sloop, barge
Sluproddare Bargeman
Slupstyrare Cockswain
Soldat Soldier (on foot)
Soldatboställe Soldier’s dwelling, residence, the soldier’s croft.
Soldathus Soldier’s dwelling, the soldier’s croft.
Soldatkontrakt Soldier’s Contract
Soldatnamn Soldier’s name
Soldattorp The soldier’s dwelling, the soldier’s croft.
Spelet The regiment’s musical band
Staben Staff
Stabsofficer Staff officer
Straffrullor Punishment Rolls. Gives type of misdemeanor and punishment.
Stamkort Record of draftee in card form. The Stamkort replaced the Stamrullor in 1919. Also called värnpliktskort.
Stamrote Largest farm in the rote where the soldier croft was located. The other farms were hjälprotar or Strörotar .
Stamrullor Took the place of the general muster rolls in 1885 until 1945. Organized as the company’s rolls or annotation rolls. Kept notes about the soldier’s information and craftsmanship etc.
Strid Battle
Stridsskada Battle casualty
Stöld Theft
Strörotar Hjälprotar or Strörotar were smaller farms within the rote which helped support a soldier. The largest farm in the rote was called the stamrote.
Stupad Killed in action
Ständiga Knektehållet Continuous, perpetual supplying of military men, the name of the system Sweden used to constantly keep a certain number of men under arms at all times.
Syneprotokoll Record of the inspection of residences provided for soldiers and their families.
Tjänstegrad Military rank
Tjänstekorten Service card which replaced the “Stamrullor” in 1945.
Tjänsteställning Military position,
Tjänsteår years of service
Tjänstgöring Service, duty
Tillfångatagen Captured in action
Tillrättavisningsliggare Reprimand ledger
Torpsyneprotokollen Record of the inspection of the soldier’s croft. Lists deficiencies and faults of the croft that needed to be addressed.
Tremänningsbataljoner An extra battalion when the ordinary battalions weren’t enough during the Great Northern War, 1700 to 1720.
Tremänningsregementen An extra regiment when the ordinary regiments weren’t enough 1700 to 1720. Three rotar went together to maintain a soldier.
Trummslagare Drummer (regimental band)
Trumpetaren Bugler, the trumpeter
Underbefäl Non-commissioned officers
Underofficer Non-commissioned officer
Utmönstrad Soldier is discharged (or deceased) and removed from the rolls.
Utrusta Equip, furnish, provide
Utrymma Evacuate, clear out of
Utskrivna Conscription
Utskrivningslängd Conscription book
Vargeringskarl Reserve soldier
Vargeringsman Reserve soldier
Värja Defend
Värnplikt Compulsory military service
Värnpliktig (vpl) A person drafted to military service, draftee
Värnpliktkort Conscript card
Värnpliktsrullor Record of the conscripted soldiers
Värnpliktssystem System of a universal compulsory drafted military used in Sweden after 1901
Värva Enlist, recruit
Värvad Enlisted
Värvade soldater Enlisted soldiers
Värvare Recruiting officer
Ålder Age
Örlogs Naval
Örlogsbas Naval base
Örlogsflottan Navy
Östersjö Baltic Sea
Östersjöväldet Baltic Dominion
Överlöpning Desertion
Överrumplade Surprised
Överste A commisioned officer, a colonel,
Överstelöjtnant Lieutenant-colonel


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