MyHeritage Updates Collection of Sweden Household Examination Books, 1820–1947 – March 22, 2021

I saw this on MyHeritage recently – MyHeritage Updates Collection of Sweden Household Examination Books, 1820–1947: Much longer article. If you have Swedish roots, worth looking at the records.

 by Talya March 22, 2021 Historical Records

Recently we updated one of our most popular collections, the Sweden Household Examination Books by adding 19.35 million historical records from the years 1820 to 1839. The collection now contains 144.5 million records spanning the years 1820 to 1947. The Household Examination Books are the primary source for researching the lives of individuals and families throughout the parishes of Sweden, from the late 1600’s until modern times. Because the books were updated every year, families can be traced year to year, and often from location to location throughout the country. The MyHeritage version of the collection offers a robust index with the opportunity to flip between different records of the same person from different stages of life. The collection is invaluable as it can provide insight into the makeup of families within Sweden, from birth to death or emigration.

Search Sweden Household Examination Books, 1820–1947

Each book or series of books, which was created and kept by the Swedish Lutheran Church, represents a 3–10 year period of time within a parish. Every year until 1894, the parish priest would visit each home and test each individual’s knowledge of the catechism. They would also collect information about birth dates, marriages, deaths, where people had moved to or from, and so on. Each year the priest would come back and update the information of the previous year, noting changes within the population of the home. 


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