Vital Swedish records hit the web
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 myheritage.com 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.