Sweden Societies

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There are several societies and organizations in Sweden that may have valuable information for your genealogical research. Many Swedish communities have genealogical and historical societies, called hembygdsföreningar, many of which publish books and periodicals. You can write to Sveriges Hembygdsförbund for an address of a local hembygdsförening. (See the "History" section of this outline for the address.)

There may also be some Swedish societies in the country your ancestor immigrated to, especially in the United States.

Genealogical Societies

Many societies publish periodicals, transcripts, and compiled genealogies. They may also have special indexes, collections, and projects. Some publish queries about Swedish ancestors or maintain a list of members' research interests. Some specialize in the immigrants to a specific area. The following societies may be of interest:

Genealogiska Föreningen

(The Genealogical Association of Sweden)
Anderstorpsgatan 16
S-171 54 Solna
Sweden
Internet: http://www.genealogi.net/engresearch.htm

The Genealogical Association of Sweden (Genealogiska Föreningen) was founded in 1933 and has as its objective “the promotion of Swedish genealogical research and the creating of interest for the same.” Total membership runs over 2000, scattered in all of Sweden. Its quarterly magazine was named Släkt och Hävd (Family and Origin), but ceased publication in 2004. 

The magazine was started in 1934 under the name of Genealogiska Föreningens Månadsblad. In 1950 the name was changed to the present title. Every number contains a list of additions to the association's archive, many of them being more or less elaborate family genealogies just published.

The association has a large index of family names, Släktnamnsregistret, and a geographical index, Geografiska registret, divided into provinces (landskap), cities (städer) and districts (härader, tingslag, skeppslag or bergslag).

Both indexes are microfilmed and the FHLC numbers to Släktnamnsregistret are as follows:

Aab-Bot  --  # 383557
Bou-Ehr --   # 383558
Eic-Grö --  #383559
Gua-Kio --  #383560
Inb-Loo --   #3 83561
Loo-Rip --  #383562
Rua-Smi --  #383563
Smi-Utt --  #383564
Vac-Ött -- #383565
The call number to Geografiska registret is #383566. An index of authors of genealogical literatures is listed under the call Number #383565.

Personhistoriska Samfundet
 (The Personal History Association of Sweden)
 Personhistoriska Samfundet

  c/o Gunnel Furuland
  Tomtebogatan 53
  S-113 38 Stockholm, Sweden         

  Internet: www.personhistoriskasamfundet.se/system/english.html

As the name indicates, this organization is more interested in the history of the individual person or family, while Genealogiska Föreningen places its stress more on the genealogical facts of a person or family. The headquarters are located in the National Archives. Research results are published in the association quarterly, called Personhistorisk Tidskrift, published since 1898. The general index 1898-1956 of this publication contains more than 40,000 names. It is available on microfilm at the Family History Library with the following call numbers:

Aaby-Benedictus  --   #254961
Bengt- Erik  --  #254962 
Erikska-Ingolphus  --   #254963
Ingrid-Mikkola  --   #254964
Milen-Sköring   --  #254965
Sladerbach-Öström  --   #254966

Sveriges Släktforskarförbund

Sveriges Släktforskarförbund (The Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies)
This association was founded in 1986 by the local genealogical associations as a common organ of the Swedish genealogical movement. Its excellent magazine Släkthistoriskt Forum (The Family History Forum) is published five times per year. The headquarters are located at Anderstorpsvägen 16, S-171 54 Solna, Sweden.

The Federation has currently about 160 member societies all around Sweden.

Internet: www.genealogi.se


Printed Books

1. Family Histories are constantly being written, rewritten and printed. Genealogiska Föreningen in Stockholm probably owns the largest collection location found. The Family History Library in Salt Lake City has printed histories of at least the following Swedish families:


Afzelius Franzen Malmsten Söderbaum
Ahnfelt Frestare Melin Söderhielm
Albin Frick Mellgren Söderström
Alm Fries Mendling Taube
Almen Fryckbom Meurling Thyselius
Aminoff Fröding Moberg Toren
Anjou Fågelberg Munthe Tranchell
Apell Geijer Möller Tybeck
Arfwedson Gellerstedt Mörner Törncrantz
Armfelt Grau Nobel Uggla
Aschan Grotenfelt Nordenfeldt Unander
Aspegren Gustafsson Nordenskjöld Unger
Asplund Göhle Nordwall Vahlenberg
Bagge Hamilton Noreen Basa
Barnekow Hammar Norman von Braun
Beckman Hammarskjöld Norraeus von Essen
Belfrage Heraeus Nycander von Konow
Bergengren Hermelin Palme von Königsmarck
Bergh Heurlin Pauli von Lost
Berg von Linde Hillgren Poignant von Platen
Bernadotte Hjorth Ponten von Post
Billman Hoberg Qvist von Schulman
Bjuggren Hoving Rehbinder von Segebaden
Blomgren Hummel Rhen von Sydow
Bohnsack Hünner Richert von Warnstedt
Bonnier Kempe Roempke Wachtmeister
Bowallius Kexsund Rosell Waern
Bratt Kindgren Rosenhoff Wallin
Bröms Kjellberg Rothlöben Wallwik
Bursie Klemming Runeberg Warnstedt
Bågenholm Klint Ruths Weidenhielm
Cederberg Kyronius Sandegren Weidman
Chase Lagerberg Santesson Wendt
Christiernsson Lagerborg Sasse Wennström
Clauson Lagerheim Schalander Wernsted
Colliander Landby Schiultz Westmüller
Dahlerus Laurin Schough Westerlund
Dahlström Leberg Schram Westman
Danckwardt Leijonmarck Schulman Wichman
Danielsson Lewenhaupt Settergren Wilskman
Dedering Lindblad Silfverstolpe Wulff
Durling Lindh Skjelderup Zielfelt
Edgren Linton Skragge Ziervogel
Edh Livijn Sonden Zingmark
Esseen Lundberg Stark Åkerhielm
Fahlander Lundskog Strindberg Åmark
Falk Lundström Sundblad Östrand
Falkenberg Lyth Sundström
Falkman Löfgren Svedbom


Historical Societies

Swedish historical societies can be valuable sources of information. Such societies exist in countries where Swedish emigrants settled, and they often collect information about Swedish immigrants. Many societies have special collections of books and manuscript material for Sweden that may be hard to find in libraries and archives. Two historical societies are:

The Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center
Augustana College
639 Thirty-Eighth Street
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
USA
Internet: http://www.augustana.edu/swenson/
Swedish-American Historical Society, Inc.
5125 North Spaulding Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
USA
Internet: http://www.swedishamericanhist.org/

These societies' collections of family and local histories and manuscripts may be helpful. The material in their collections can be circulated.

For DIS-Computer Genealogy Society of Sweden click here

Institutes

The American Swedish Institute

2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55407 
USA

 Phone:  612-871-4907

  www.americanswedishinst.org

 

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