Ancestry just updated the collection of Sweden, Selected Indexed Household Clerical Surveys, 1880-1893, adding records from Jönköping, Malmöhus, Östergötlands and Skaraborgs. (Records for Älvsborg, Kalmar, and Värmland and a few from Göteborg och Bohus, Kronoberg, and Östergötland have been available since December 2014.)
Household examination rolls make up the main church register in Sweden. In them, everyone in a parish, including children, is listed household by household. These records were created to document examinations held each year to determine people’s knowledge of the catechism, but the result was a census-like record that can be a huge help in terms of tracking your Swedish ancestors.
The household examination has details such as name, occupation, date of birth, birth parish, marriage, etc. The records also document when people moved to and from the farms or crofts. The entire family is listed together, which makes it easy to find a person’s children or parents. The examination forms typically cover a five-year period, which can provide interesting details about how a household may have changed over that time.
These records are particularly valuable because they allow you to track your ancestors from place to place in Sweden. If your ancestor immigrated to America, that date will also be noted in the records, although the specific destination is typically not listed. Use that date to locate your ancestor in the Gothenburg, Sweden, Passenger Lists, 1869–1951 or in U.S. passenger lists.
With this collection, it’s important to note that most persons in the original record were not listed with surnames. In order to assist in searching records, surnames have been inferred. During this time period, surnames could be inherited, patronymic, or taken from another source such as a farm name. The inferred surnames are to be used as a guide.
Because vital events are often recorded in these records, they can be used in conjunction with the births, marriages, and deaths in Sweden, Church Records, 1500-1941, to help fill out what you know about the family.
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