For those of you who have connections to Scandinavia, if you haven’t checked FamilySearch for the past few months I suggest it’s time for a revisit, as they have added over 135 million new records for Denmark, Finland and Sweden.
The following is the announcement from FamilySearch …
FamilySearch announced today the availability of its newest record collections—135.4 million free digital historical records from Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. These new collections were digitized in partnership with MyHeritage and the National Archives of Denmark and Finland and can now be accessed at FamilySearch.
The freely searchable collections are comprised of church records, including birth, marriage, and death records, confirmations, moving-in and moving-out records; court; tax lists; examination books; and more.
“The new collections will provide a better research experience,” said Whitney Peterson, FamilySearch International collections specialist. “Uniquely identifying ancestors from these countries can be difficult due to the frequency of common names [the use of patronymics]. Before now, our vital indexes have provided broad but incomplete coverage. These new, complete collections will make it easier to find and track your ancestors.”
The new records include the following:
– 55.1 million new records added
– Census records (1834-1930)
– Church records (1686–1941; record images only)
– Land records of Denmark—deeds and mortgages (record images only)
– Probate records—Denmark estate records (1436–1964; record images only); Probate indexes (1674–1851)
– Denmark civil marriages (1851–1961)
– Denmark, Copenhagen civil marriages (1739–1964; indexed 1877–1964)
– 33.4 million new records added
– Finland church census and preconfirmation books (1657–1915)
– Tax lists of Suomi-Henkikirjara (1819–1915).
– 46.9 million new records added
– Sweden household examination books (1880–1920)
– Church books (Kyrkoböcker) from Kopparberg (1604–1860), Örebro (until 1860), and Östergötland (1555–1911)
For additional tips on researching records from these countries, try these helpful free resources from the FamilySearch Wiki:
– Denmark Genealogy
– Finland Genealogy
– Sweden Genealogy
Church books, census records, household examination book, tax lists, marriage records, probate … so many good records there, researchers will have lots of fun going through those for sure.