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About Scandinavian Genealogy research

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To include details from Norway, Sweden and Denmark in your family tree, the main sources are census and church records, but there are more and more publications on internet and in books. DNA testing could help you find thousands of relations that are interested in genealogy.

If you are in a hurry, try some of these links. They are among the largest Genealogy search engines. Otherwise, see below for more information.

Ancestry will let you search the whole world for any name you choose, and has lots of records and family trees for all Scandinavian countries, including all scanned Swedish church records. Try them here.

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Ancestry DNA testing will give you an overview of what your background is, and could include a list of thousands of relations.

MyTrees allows free searches for ancestors in Scandinavia.

To search genealogical and other items at two of internet's biggest book stores (in US and UK), click here

We have purchased microfiches from Denmark, Norway and Sweden, click here for details

The beginning

To start your research, check with your family members. Do any of them know anything more than you about your Scandinavian family? If so, you are already on the way to finding the details you need.

To continue, there is a choice. Listed below are the options, from the most expensive (but the best), to the cheapest. Click on them for more details.
  1. Go to Scandinavia and visit the archives
  2. Contact a researcher in Scandinavia
  3. Find a researcher locally that can help you
  4. Do it yourself from home or from the nearest town

1. Go to Scandinavia and visit the archives

The most expensive, but also the most rewarding way, is to go to Scandinavia, visit the archives and do the research yourself. Most of the archives have English speaking staff available to find the CDs, books, microfiches or microfilms you need to check.

You can at the same time visit the places where your ancestors lived, and take photographs or video. You may be able to find some information from the people who live there now.

Many Scandinavian families enjoy having a visit from tourists from overseas, especially if it could be a distant relation.

Your trip could be an experience you will never forget.

2. Contact a researcher in Scandinavia

The second most expensive way, is to hire a researcher in Scandinavia to do the research for you. Lists of researchers are available from several internet locations in Scandinavia.  Note that it may be difficult to control cost at times, if the researcher is far from you.

If they are difficult to find, we can contact them on your behalf.

3. Find a researcher locally that can help you

A cheaper way is to have someone do the research for you locally. You may find a researcher who is fluent in the Scandinavian languages where you live.

If that is difficult, we can do the research for you.

We have purchased records on microfiche and CDs from Scandinavian archives, both church records and census records. There is a chance that we have the information you are looking for already.

If not, we can check internet and/or order and check the records for you.

We need the name of the parish (or location), and the year (or date) of birth, confirmation, marriage or death of the ancestor that you would like to research.

There is a fee payable for this (we have to pay fees ourselves to do this).

Click here to see the census and church records we currently have on microfiche.

To find out if we can help you, and how much it would cost, please send us an email with your enquiry by clicking here .

4. Do it yourself from home or from the nearest town

The cheapest way is to do it yourself . Any Genealogical Society or Genealogical Library should have the International Genealogical Index (IGI) and the Ancestry files on CD or microfiche (produced by the LDS or Mormon Church), or you can find them on internet at

These files cover more than ten percent of the Scandinavian records before 1910, and there is a chance that the names you are looking for, will be there.

Next, try several internet sites that cover Scandinavian names, for example these ones. 

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You may be lucky and find family trees with your ancestor's name on, but whether you find the names you are looking for or not, the next step could be to check parish or census records for the place your ancestor came from. All Scandinavian countries are gradually putting more and more census records on internet, and they can be searched nationwide. Many church records have been scanned, but you will need to read the priest’s Scandinavian Gothic handwriting to interpret them.

Here are the web-sites of interest. We have received permission from all three Scandinavian archives to put samples of their web-pages on our web-site. If you would like us to do the search for you, send an email by clicking here with the details you have, and we can give you a quote.

Census and Migration Records etc.:
For Emigration Records, it is important to remember that the records are in Danish, and must be searched using locations in Danish.   For example, the Danish word for Australia is ”Australien”.

For Census Records, select Census, and there will be many options to choose on the left side. If you know which County to search, select:

This option will only show details for the County you select. To search the whole country, select

Click on the first County (Aabenraa), scroll down to the last county (Viborg), and hold the Shift-button down while clicking on the last county. If an error message shows (it may take too long to search), you can either select just one county or a few counties, or use the Danish language version instead (click on the Danish flag towards top right of the screen).
When typing a Name, you can type part of a name, and anyone with that part will show up. You can leave the rest of the fields blank, but you may have lots of results. If you know when the person lived in Denmark, you can select a Census Year for that period (if available). Initially, only 1801 and 1845 were 100% complete on internet, but information for the other years is growing every week. 1845 is the first census that shows Place of Birth.

For scanned Danish Census and Church Records, use
You can select Parish Registers, Census Lists or See more. If you select See more, other databases will show up. But, once you select any of these options, there is no guarantee that the information will be in English. The archive is gradually translating the pages, but has not yet completed all translations.

To check Church records, select Parish Registers. The Parish Register page is called Kirkebøger. Here is an explanation of the options on this page:

Kirkebøger - Registre og hjælpemidler (Church books - indexes and help). Some parishes have an index of parishoners available. If you select this option, you will see a list of some parishes, and a mention of which index is available for that parish.

Kirkebøger fra hele landet (Church books from the whole country). Selecting this will allow you to select the County and the Archive (Parish). When you select that, there is a short list of type of records and range of years. Once you select the range, there will be a list of church books and pages on the left side. The oldest book and pages are shown on the top, and the newer books are at the bottom of the page. Once you select a page, the scanned page will be displayed. For the type of record, the following abbreviations are used: F=Births, K=Confirmations, V=Marriagers, D=Burials, J=Journals, T=Arrivals, A=Departures.

Kirkebøger fra oversøiske menigheder og feltpræster (Church books for overseas congregations and army priests). Selecting this will show a list of cities, soldier records and ships, followed by the years available.

Kirkebøger fra Vestindien (Church books from West Indies). Selecting this will show a list of cities in West Indies which belonged to Denmark for a few years.

For Schleswig-Holstein census records, do not select Parish Registers. Instead select See more, Southern Jutland, and Folketællinger, Sønderjylland. The word Folketælling means Census records. Selecting the year and area (ie. 1803 Slesvig) will give you the scanned records. The column to the left shows the page numbers. Selecting a page number will show the details for that page.

However, most records are in handwritten Gothic Scandinavian language. If you need to learn some basic words, there are books available at some libraries and book-shops, or there are courses arranged.

Information from the archives in Norway and Sweden have changed, and we are currently updating the information.

If you do not feel confident using internet, you can go to a Family History Library (owned by the Mormon Church) and order a microfilm with parish, census or other records for the area of the country where your ancestor was born. These libraries are found in many major cities.  They charge a small fee for each microfilm ordered, but it could take several months before the film reaches the library.

If you happen to be close to Brisbane, Australia, there is a Scandinavian Group of the Genealogical Society of Queensland in that city. They have collected many genealogical books, atlases, maps and records from Scandinavia, and can offer assistance in your research.

The group meets usually on the third Sunday of every second month, and sometimes have guest speakers talking about Scandinavian research and migration.

If you would like more information about the meetings, please send an email to

Good luck with your Scandinavian research.