MyHeritage Releases Most Significant Collection of Finnish Historical Records Ever Published Online

If you have Finnish ancestors, you will want to know about this new addition! The following announcement was written by the folks at MyHeritage:

Extensive collection of 33 million Church records digitized by MyHeritage covers the population of Finland during 300 years, providing a treasure trove of information for anyone with Finnish ancestors

TEL AVIV, Israel, LEHI, Utah & HELSINKI, Finland, September 12, 2016MyHeritage, the fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history, announced today the addition of a new historical records collection: Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls, 1657-1950. The collection, indexed and searchable in its entirety, is currently available only on MyHeritage, along with millions of scanned original documents. It was created with the cooperation of the National Archives Service of Finland.


The collection includes clerical surveys (rippikirjat) and pre-confirmation books (lastenkirjat) for a period starting in 1657 and spanning nearly 300 years. MyHeritage is the first organization to index this collection. Users can access the collection on SuperSearch™, MyHeritage’s global search engine for historical records. In addition, users who upload their family trees to MyHeritage immediately benefit from Record Matching technology that automatically reveals new information about their ancestors who appear in the records.

Records from the collection list family households and include family relationships; more recent records include birth dates and birthplaces, and notes on marriages, deaths, and migrations. Records may also include notes on a person’s reputation and physical appearance.

“This is the most important collection of historical records for Finland ever published online,” said Russ Wilding, Chief Content Officer at MyHeritage. “We are pleased to have been the ones to index it in its entirety and make it available to our millions of users. Anyone with Finnish ancestors will find them here, extend their family tree by many generations, and make fascinating family history discoveries.”

With this latest addition from Finland, MyHeritage extends its genealogy market leadership in the Nordic countries, with millions of registered users and hundreds of millions of historical records from Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. MyHeritage was the first company to release the invaluable Swedish household examination (census) records, followed by multiple collections of Census Records from Denmark. MyHeritage is committed to continue to digitize important historical records and bring them online for the first time, for the benefit of the global family history community.

Searching the Finland Church Census and Pre-confirmation Rolls collection is free. A subscription is required to view records and Record Matches.

About MyHeritage
MyHeritage is the world’s fastest-growing destination for discovering, preserving and sharing family history. As technology thought leaders, MyHeritage is transforming family history into an activity that’s accessible and instantly rewarding. Its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground­breaking search and matching technologies. Trusted by millions of families, MyHeritage provides an easy way to share family stories, past and present, and treasure them for generations to come. MyHeritage is available in 42 languages.

You can learn more in the MyHeritage Blog.


One Comment

“MyHeritage is the first organization to index this collection.”
Not quite true. A Finnish HisKi (= Historiakirjat) project has had indexed Finnish church records on-line for a good 15 years. These include baptism, marriage, and death records as well as persons moving from one parish to another. All free, which is not the case with MyHeritage.
The Finnish Genealogy and History Society (SSHY) has a lot of scanned church books (both rippikirja and lastenkirja) as well as lists of baptisms, marriages, deaths and moves. These are not indexed yet but are quite easy to reseach, once you have found out the location of your ancestors.


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