Searching and using the Archives
What can be found in Sweden? The Swedish Archives collect and preserve original documents
of organizations such as churches and governments. Libraries generally collect published
sources such as books, maps and microfilm. This section describes the major repositories of
genealogical and historical records and sources for Sweden.
National archives and libraries
The Swedish government collects records relating to Swedish history, culture, and people. The National Archive of Sweden which is open to the public, has a large genealogical and biographical collection as well as government accounts, land records, tax lists, maps, and pictures.
There are seven regional archives in Sweden. They house records pertaining to their particular
area. Most Swedish records of genealogical value are kept at the provincial archives, including
church records such as birth, marriage, and death records, census records. land records,
emigration records and court records. Each provincial archive has a large collection of printed
material about its area, including local histories, biographies, and other genealogical material.
The provincial archives are open to the public. Please click at the link for contact details for National Archive of Sweden.
The city archives of Stockholm and Malmö are comparable to the provincial archives. These
archives are open to the public. Please click at the link below for contact details.