There are many exciting challenges when researching your family history in Swedish documents. At Ancestry.com, key data such as names and gender is often indexed and therefore easily accessible through our search pages for each Swedish language database. However, the records are in Swedish and you will naturally get the best results if you search keywords, occupations, and place names in Swedish. There is often a wealth of information available in the images of the original documents that can help you pinpoint your ancestors or learn about their lives and families. We have provided some basic tools on these pages that can help you as you work in Swedish records.
These glossaries contain words that you are likely to find in Swedish genealogical records. Records in Swedish often include Latin words as well.
Reading Swedish Records
See example pages from Swedish records showing where key information is located. Mouse over columns in the image to see the type of information they contain.
When reading Swedish records, it can be helpful to refer to a list of common Swedish names.
Ancestry offers the Swedish researcher many sources of help. Search the Ancestry Learning Center for articles, post a query on the Sweden Community pages, or find related articles in the Ancestry Wiki.