Using Swedish Taxation Records to Solve Tough Genealogical Problems

Jill Morelli, CG, CGL
Feb 20, 2018
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About this webinar

Swedish taxation records, a head tax of individuals between the ages of 15 and 63, are some of the oldest extant records of the rural farmer. Genealogists quickly become familiar with the chronological birth/marriage/death parish records (Ministerial), the clerical surveys (Husförhör) and probate records (Bouppteckning). These documents form the bedrock of investigation into our Swedish past.  These records may not, however, answer our more difficult research questions, especially those of the 18th century. This is where Swedish taxation records or mantalslängder may be of help. These little used records, but evidence rich documents, may corroborate or dispute our existing evidence, or may be the only source of evidence. We will learn how to access, read and use these records to answer those questions.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Jill Morelli, CG, CGL is a “Roots” genealogist, becoming interested in family history in the 1970’s with the Alex Haley show. At that time, she just collected “stuff.” After a hiatus during which she had a family and volunteered in her community,
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    6 years ago

    A wonderful explanation of records that are new to me. A great introduction.

    Another wonderful Webinar! So much useful information.

    Awesome new records to search, Jill does a great job.

    Excellent as usual, need I say more?

    Excellent presentation

    Excellent! Excellent! I’ve done a very little Swedish research in the parish records but have never looked at the tax lists. This was extremely helpful and very well done! Thank you!!!

    Excellent! Glad to learn about this resource!

    Excellent!!! Thank you so much!

    Great intro to an infrequently discussed topic !

    Great to know about these records. I’m using ArkivDigital almost every day this month, but have never tried the tax records. Thank you.

    Great webinar on Swedish taxation records.

    Hope to use them soon

    I am in contact with my Swedish cuisines and it is a big help

    I don’t have Swedish ancestors (to my knowledge), but I’ve helped a few people with theirs. These are rich records!

    I really feel more and more like a beginner. There is so much to learn. So wonderfully informative. Clear speaker.

    Jill is always a top notch presenter with rich information and step by step instructions

    Jill was very knowledgable and shared her infromation at a good pace. Lots of nice slides to show what we were looking at.

    just what I needed to take the next steps in my swedish research

    Learned a lot about these tax records.

    Lots of great info and great slides

    Really great info on how to solve Swedish problems.

    She did an excellent job explaining how to think creatively about how to solve genealogical questions and giving info about citing sources. Would love to see more BCG sponsored webinars.


    Thanks, Jill for a great presentation. So many great ideas to jumpstart my Swedish research. Jill is right that Geoffrey Morris is very knowledgeable. He would be a great presenter for a Swedish webinar. I attended several of his workshops years ago as an absolute beginner and learned so much.

    This information was extremely helpful. Thank you so much.

    This was my first exposure to Swedish records and found Jill’s presentation excellent for those that may be beginners in Swedish research (but not beginner with general genealogy research). I had no problem keeping up. Learned a lot. I had heard that Sweden had great records. Now I just need to find where my Swedish ancestors (1700s) came from in Sweden.

    very good data on a record type I never knew about!

    Very good, very helpful and very clear

    Very helpful.

    Very informative. I’ve been doing Swedish research for years but did not know about this record type or how to utilize it.

    very informative. I did not know about these records before

    Very interesting.

    Very well done – I love the problem solving/case study examples! I always learn something new.

    Well organized and well thought out. Very good speaker and its clear she knew what she was discussing. Jill did a great job. I appreciate her efforts and she made a difficult set of records less intimidating.


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