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.
If you plan to visit any of these repositories, contact the organization and ask for information about their hours, services, and fees. When writing to an archive in Sweden, you may write in English.
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.