Using SVAR for finding people in Sweden 1880-1910

+7 votes

Now that Riksarkivet SVAR, repository for digitized Swedish records, is free of charge, we in the Sweden Project would love to see material from there used more frequently as sources. We have put up a space page for Riksarkivet - the Swedish National Archives, which is just a short presentation and links to their featured resources.

One of the most useful resources is the indexed censuses for 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910, Folkräkningar SVAR. (The ones for 1860, 1870 and 1930 are only partial, and thus a bit frustrating.)

Now, there is no way to link directly to the English version, you have to choose English from Other languages in the top bar - and when you do, the main search features and menus are shown in English, but there is still a lot of Swedish on the page (I find it easy to forgive them for that).

Anyhow, I would be interested to hear what you think. Can you find out how to do the searches? Are the results of a search intelligible? Et cetera.

I would, of course, like to hear from people with Swedish Roots - but also from anybody with an interest in interfaces for genealogy source searches.

And no: I don't work for the National Archives (if anything, I work for WikiTree ;-)

asked in The Tree House by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (252k points)
Is there a link for the page?
I was referring to the wikitree space page.
Thanks, guys. I overslept.

I should of course have included both links.
Would this data base cover inhabitants of Norway in the 1850-1860 period?
Sorry, no.

The Norwegians have their own archive site:

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+1 vote

Today, as I was exploring location categories "away from home" I ended up in Cherry Illinois. Glancing over the list of categorized profiles, I spotted a Swedish-looking name, Ole Freebirg. Ole turned out to be one of the mine workers killed in the Cherry Mine Disaster.

I thought the chances to find him in Sweden would be pretty good; the name would have been Friberg in Sweden, and there wouldn't be too many of those. Being born around 1874, chances were good that he would still be in Sweden in 1880.

So I went to Folkräkningar. Since Ole would still be a kid in 1880, I had to do an advanced search, entering Friberg as the name of the father. I made sure that only the 1880 census was checked (I prefer to search one at the time). I entered his first name as Ol* because I wasn't sure if he was an Olof, an Olle or an Ola. I entered his birth year as between 1873 and 1875. There were five hits, two girls and three boys.

I checked up first on the boy with Olof as his only name - the other two had more than one given name. And I'm afraid that when I looked up the family in the church records and saw that they were baptists, and Olof Friberg went to America in 1892, I didn't check the others.

answered by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (252k points)

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