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Sweden Project - Source Citation Format

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The purpose of this page is to provide some guidance on how to add Swedish sources.

Source citation format

The main reason for adding sources is so other persons can review where the information comes from. Therefore, a source should be added in an understandable way, on all Swedish profiles, even if this is even more important for pre-1700 profiles.

Since members have asked questions about this, it seems to be a need to explain what is a good way to cite sources. We must all remember that source that may be understandable/deciphered by another experienced genealogist may not be understandable to someone else.

These are the recommendations on how to add sources for Swedish profiles within the Nordic Project. This is about how the sources should be presented, and will include instructions for both primary and secondary sources (examples of citations for both Sources section and the "See also;" section.

The most used sources on Swedish profiles are of course the church books. Both Riksarkivet (free) and Arkiv Digital (subscription needed) has easy available "copy-and-paste-citations" so please use them! Preferrably, also add a link to the page of the record for these two sources. Examples of ways this can be done;

All example citations state the parish, which book and years and also the page or image (sida=page, bild=image). These examples above are easy to do with the copy-paste function and should be the minimum added for any church book source. Arkiv Digital also has a link for showing the url that can be used together with the example above (Kopiera visa URL).

Since WikiTree is international, a good idea when working on Swedish emigrants could be to add something in English explaining the sources. Examples;

If anything else other than a church record is used as a source, please include what kind of media the source is, like specifying that it is a book, magazine, newspaper, or any other kind of media. If it is "modern enough" to have a ISBN-number, please include that in the source. Examples:

For a specific media, like CD/USB sticks with databases published by Sveriges Släktforskarförbund (The Federation of Swedish Genealogical Societies), a free space page can be made and then a link to that page can be added to explain the source. (Any such page created could be managed by Sweden Project in order to more easier find them.) A free-space page can also be created for books to describe the purpose and reliability of the information in a specific book. Example:

However, free-space pages are NOT allowed to be used as a template for sourcing. They should only be linked to.

Online Databases
There are also some online databases that are popular, FamilySearch and Ancestry, for instance, which both also have citations to copy/paste. However, since those citations do not state where (which church book and page) the original source can be found, it is preferred to use a source that actually tells us those facts so anyone can be able to view an image of the original source.

FamilySearch citation adds for example

"Sweden Burials, 1649-1920", database, FamilySearch ( : 5 March 2020), Carl Robert August Jonasson, 1877.

The link only provides a transcript extract, which is not preferred, but can be used on profile after 1700. To just to add "Sweden Burials, 1649-1920", without any link, should not be enough to add as a source.

Ancestry citation adds for example

Genline AB; Johanneshov, Sweden; GID Number: 100006.56.49400; Roll/Fiche Number: SC-599
Year: 1870
Source Information Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1859-1947 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data:Swedish Church Records Archive. Johanneshov, Sweden: Genline AB. 1944-1947 images provided courtesy of ArkivDigital.

This does not directly tell us what the original source is, but at least the GID number included can be "translated" to an actual source reference that can be included instead. How it is done is explained on this page Space:GID.

For pre-1700 profiles, Online Databases as those above are not considered a reliable source unless an image of the original record/church book is available and linked to.

There are also other online databases to use as help for research. Some of them link to original sources (which should be used instead), others should preferably be used as hints or starting points while looking for original sources. These are some examples how to add those;

These are examples of sources that Sweden Project deem to vague, they should be replaced with a more thoroughly explained source;

  • SDHK 27601
  • Osby F1 s129
  • Sweden Burials, 1649-1920 (without any link)
  • Swedish Church Records
  • Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1859-1947

Also, to provide just a link, and not tell where/what it leads to is not recommended. The whole idea of adding sources is for others to check the facts for themselves and if a link breaks you would not know what it intentionally showed. Even a link to a record at Riksarkivet (Swedish National Archives) should have the actual source reference text next to it so it can be found if the link for some reason should not work.

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