All Digital Collections at the Swedish National Archives are now FREE to Search and View

The Swedish National Archives has made an announcement at that will please many Swedish descendants:

Digital collections now free!

From 1 February 2018 all digital collections at the Swedish National Archives are free to search and view. You will find more than 100 million digitised archival records in the Digital Research Room.

You can read more (in Swedish) at:

My thanks to newsletter reader Larry Parker for telling me about the new free access.


About time! Now my friend will jump with joy. She commute from Logan Wednesdays and Saturdays to Family History Library to be able to access with ease.


🙂 Många tusen tack! This will directly impact my research as well as that of several other people I know who also have Swedish ancestors. It remains to be seen which databases are affected by this because currently some can only be found on CDs [EMIBAS = emigration database] or via Arkiv Digital [fee-based web site which has greatly expanded its web site within the last couple of years].

Also, from the information home page link you provided (which is available in both Swedish and English on the language tab at the top of the page; if it doesn’t switch to English in Firefox, open the link in Chrome and it will auto-translate):

“How does this change really work?
It takes place in two steps. First, the subscription fee for the digital research room will be deleted on February 1, 2018 for all users – for example, genealogists. In a second step, the information is made available as open, linkable and machine-readable data. Exactly when this second step occurs, we can not respond at this time, as it depends, inter alia, on how fast procurement of IT services and other technical infrastructure can occur.”

“Will the National Archives IT infrastructure be able to handle increased traffic / usage when the digital archive information is released?
We are working on technical preparations to remove, for example, the payment wall and, based on current conditions, handle an expected increased traffic on the digital research room. A completely clear and robust infrastructure to fully handle increased traffic and the use of the large amount of archive information now released – we expect to be in place by the end of 2018.

We are continuously working to strengthen our IT infrastructure.”

“Will other prices on SVAR’s online store be affected by the removal of the subscription price on February 1?
No, the release on February 1 will not affect the prices of other products in the online store. Possibly, however, the offer will change, but in such cases we will inform about it on the site.”

For “new” databases like this where I already have information, I check to see if I can find the info/images I already have to see if I’m understanding the search engines properly (not all terms switch to English on an auto-translate in Chrome, so one needs to know the terms for the names and locations to complete a search). In this case, I found my grandfather in the 1890 Swedish census transcription, and the image from which the transcription was made (in fact, I think I might have originally gotten it from SVAR when I was previously a member). He emigrated two years later. Now that I have his info, I should be able to find his parents and the two remaining siblings and parents and assorted other relatives I know were listed in the same census since I already have the data…, but now I can link back to it for the sake of other family members who might be interested!

With all due caveats in case all the info isn’t available immediately since it seems some will be phased in (according to that one paragraph I quoted), this should be a wonderful addition for people who have Swedish ancestors (or Norwegian or Danish ancestors who migrated to/from Sweden).

Again, många tusen tack! 🙂


So glad to see this! Have been using Arkiv Digital when it is free and made great headway but now can check other collections for more info.


How do we find translations into English that may help us interpret the records please?


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