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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.
There may also be some Swedish societies in the country your ancestor immigrated to, especially in the United States.
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:
Föreningen Släktdata (Släktdata Society)
c/o Lennart Larsson
S-429 34 Kullavik
Släktdata's main objective is to collect indices and transcripts of Swedish church records and other documents and to publish them freely for genealogy research.
The society was founded 1989 has, as of today (2011) , about 900 members.
On Släktdata's web site you can find the freely searchable database containing 7 million records from Sweden. You can also find Allan Palmgren's Swedish-English dictionary of genealogical words. The web site is currently only available in Swedish but there are some "mouse-over" English hints on i.e. the search form and in the navigation.
The database contains records supplied by various people and societies. The records are secondary sources and should be treated as such and always checked against the original sources.
Genealogiska Föreningen:(The Genealogical Association of Sweden)
S-171 54 Solna
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.
(The Personal History Association of Sweden)
c/o Gunnel Furuland
S-113 38 Stockholm, Sweden
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 (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.
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
639 Thirty-Eighth Street
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
- Swedish-American Historical Society, Inc.
5125 North Spaulding Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
These societies' collections of family and local histories and manuscripts may be helpful. The material in their collections can be circulated.
The American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407