Sweden Biography

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A biography is a history of a person's life. In a biography you may find the names of family members. Use the information carefully because there may be inaccuracies.

Many brief biographies on Swedish people have been published in collective works sometimes called biographical encyclopedias or dictionaries. These usually only include biographies of prominent or well-known Swedish citizens. Some feature specific groups, such as musicians or Protestant ministers.

Two major collections of Swedish biographies are:

Boethius, Bertil. Editor. Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (Swedish Biographical Encyclopedia). Stockholm, Sweden: Albert Bonniers förlag, 1918-. (FHL book 948.5 D36s.)

The Scandinavian Biographical Archives. New York, New York, USA: K.G. Saur, 1989. (On microfiche 6060424-31, 6060441-45, 6060452-66. Index in FHL book 948 D32s.) The second section contains Swedish and Finnish biographical sketches. The information is from many sources. Both sections are in alphabetical order. You will find the microfiche numbers in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:


A herdaminne is a collection of personal histories of the ministers within a diocese, listing the earliest ones to more recent ones. The information generally includes birth date and place, marriage information, names of children, and other details about his life and death. These and other biographies at the Family History Library are generally listed in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:




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