Vi­tal Swedish records hit the web

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Ge­neal­o­gists with Swedish con­nec­tions could break down brick walls fol­low­ing a ma­jor new record re­lease.

More than 46 mil­lion house­hold ex­am­i­na­tion records have been made avail­able to ex­plore on­line at myher­ fol­low­ing a part­ner­ship with Swedish ar­chive com­pany ArkivDig­i­tal.

Span­ning 1895-1942, the records con­tain a wealth of in­for­ma­tion about fam­i­lies across the coun­try, in­clud­ing de­tails of births, mar­riages, deaths and changes in house­hold com­po­si­tion.

The records were orig­i­nally com­piled by priests from the Swedish Lutheran Church, who would visit homes in their parish to test each in­di­vid­ual’s knowl­edge of the cat­e­chism. Al­though the Church con­tin­ued to com­pile the records up un­til 1991, in 1894 the pri­mary pur­pose of the ex­am­i­na­tions changed to fo­cus­ing on enu­mer­at­ing the Swedish pop­u­la­tion.

Al­though many other sets of ex­am­i­na­tion records can be found else­where on the web, the MyHer­itage re­lease pro­vides a de­tailed in­dex of names, plus English trans­la­tions.

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