MyHeritage Updated Sweden Household Examination Books Collection

MyHeritage has updated their Sweden Household Examination Books collection 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. The Books are updated every year, and families can be traced from year to year, and often from location to location throughout the country.

The MyHeritage version of the Sweden Household Examination Books 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.

MyHeritage has produced an every-name index to nearly 8 million images provided by their Swedish partner ArkivDigital. Until 1894, the parish priest would visit each farm or home within his parish in order to grade and document each individual’s understanding of the catechism. After 1894, the books were replaced by Församlingsbok: records of the Church of Sweden which were used to officially enumerate the population year to year. The examinations in this new format were less focused on doctrinal knowledge and more focused on enumerating the Swedish population.

Searching the Sweden Household Examination Books, 1820-1947 is free. To view these records or to save records to your family tree, you’ll need a Data or Complete subscription to MyHeritage. If you have a family tree on MyHeritage, their Record Matching technology will notify you automatically if records from these collections match your relatives.

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