Friday, September 23, 2011

Births, Marriages, and Deaths on SVAR until 1940

SVAR has the SCB birth, marriage, and death records scanned until 1940. If you know the parish where your relatives lived, this is very helpful. The records for 1941 should be released near the start of 2012.

SCB records are extractions from the full birth, marriage, and death records. They leave out baptism dates, banns dates, and funeral dates, for example. They are still a very useful source of information.

SCB stands for Statistiska Centralbyrån. The Genline site has a useful article which will explain them better than I can do.

I will try to explain how to get to those records. Unfortunately, there is no English translation on the SVAR site for this part of the site.

1. Sign into SVAR.

2. Select "Släktforskning" on the left side of the SVAR home page.

3. More choices will open up. Select "SCB utdrag".

4. There are now more choices. Choose "SCB-utdrag-födelse, vigsel, och död 1860-1940".

5. You should have reached a full page called "SCB-utdrag födelse, vigsel, och död 1860-1940". Move down to the box below.

Församling (Parish): Fill in the parish name. Be sure to spell the parish the Swedish way. The letters a, ä, and å are not equivalent, and the letters o and ö are not equivalent.

Län (County) Select the county from the drop-down menu.

Startår (Starting Year)

Slutår (Ending Year)

Typ av SCB utdrag (Type of SCB extraction)

Alla Typer (All Types)

Födelese (Births)

Vigsel (Marriages)

Död (Deaths)

6. Sök (Search) and Rensa (Clear).

7. There will be a listing of available records. Bild means image.

8. You can adjust the size of the image at the top of the page, but the size will change back to "Fit Page" unless you use the "Installningar" (Adjustments) link at the bottom right of the page.

9. I use the "Zoomnings grad" adjustment. The choices are "Hela sidan" (the whole page) and then the percentage of zoom. "Spara" means Save.

10. Källa (Source): When you find the page you want, click on Källa and then copy the highlighted section. Then paste into your genealogy program.

11. You can move forwards or backwards one page at a time by clicking on the forward or backward arrow points.

12. You can move forwards or backwards five pages at a time by clicking on the +5 and -5 numbers.

13.  You can move to the beginning or end of the volume by clicking on the double arrow points.

14. There is also a drop-down menu which can be used to select the number of the image, which is probably not the exact page number.

15. If you find an image you want, then right click on the image. Move to "Selection" and then to "Select Region". You will see a + sign which can be dragged around the part you want to copy. Move to the top left edge of the image and drag that + sign around the outside of the image.

16. Once you have highlighted the image, right click again, move to "Selection" and then to "Copy". Paste into an image program. I use Irfanview, which can be downloaded for free.  (I discovered Irfanview at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.)

17.  You can then save the image using Irfanview.

I know that SVAR can be confusing. SVAR is a great site with much valuable information, but it hasn't made things easy for those of us who are not native speakers of Swedish. If you need further elaboration, let me know.


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