Sunday, December 30, 2012

Scanned Swedish Records: Genline

There are subscription services which have scanned Swedish parish records (and other types of Swedish records) and placed them online. They are all fee-based and all require us to download their reader. That reader link is on their sites so you don't have to go searching for them on other sites.

I am a subscriber to three subscription sites with Swedish parish records. I will discuss Genline today.

Genline is my sentimental favorite. It was the first site to start putting parish records online, so I was able to stop ordering microfilms and going out to a Family History Center to view them, which was a major savings in both film rental fees and time. Genline has been purchased in recent years by the world version of, but former subscribers to Genline who now belong to's world subscription don't like it as well. (I've heard quite a few complaints.) If you already have a subscription to the world version of, then use it, of course.

This is a listing of their records.

Parishes scanned by Genline.

Genline also has the SCB records. They are extractions of the full birth, marriage, and death records sent for statistical purposes to Stockholm starting in 1860. Genline's explanation of those SCB records is in the next link.


If you don't subscribe, you can find Genline at these locations.

Where to find Genline

Even though has purchased Genline, you still should be able to get a subscription to Genline. Their subscription page tries to make you think that it is better to have an Ancestry World Deluxe Membership. I don't want to have one, since I have mostly Swedes in my ancestry and I already have better access to the Swedish parish records. You may have a different opinion.

I think you have to be registered (no charge) with Genline before you subscribe.



You need to download the Genline reader, which they call the Genline FamilyFinder. That allows you to see the images.

Genline FamilyFinder

There is a user guide.

User guide

Especially note the GID number which is mentioned in the user guide. Every image has a unique number called the GID (Genline Identification Number).

GID number (GID#)
All images in Genline's Swedish Church Records archive have an unique ID number — called the Genline ID number (GID#). The GID# consists of three groups of period delimited numbers. The first group of numbers represents Parish ID, the second group the Sequence ID number, and the third group the image number in the sequence.
For example, 227.1.30500 would be
Parish ID Number.Sequence ID Number.Image Number


You can use that GID number when you ask for help on a message board or list. However, do NOT just use the GID number because then you are limiting your help to people who subscribe to Genline. Remember that there are other companies too.

For example, you might need help reading this image.

At the top right of this screen print you will see a box for the GID number.


That number will get another Genline subscriber to the same page on their computer, but it is not enough information for helpers with other services.

 You need a better source reference. To get that, you could 1) copy the source information from the top of the page,but then you are likely to make an error, or 2) do the following.

Put your cursor in the GID box and click only once. (If you click twice, you will highlight the box and you DO NOT want to highlight that box.) Then, while the cursor is in the GID box, press control + c and you will get the following, which is the same as the top of the page. Use that as your source when you ask for help. Then people with other services can find the same record.

790.27.102700,  [Älvsborg]  Frändefors,  AI.11, Household examination, 1829 - 1833, 148-0,  Image 159 of 207  

I will tell more about the other Swedish services with scanned records at another time.


  1. All I have is the Genline ID 174.88.27000
    I subscribe to ArkivDigital. How may I access this Genline information using ArkivDigital?

  2. Genline is gone. The GID number can be used on Ancestry's World Edition. I am not subscribed to Ancestry World.

    Post in a Swedish message board with that GID number and ask for the parish, county, volume, years covered by the volume. Page number, etc. with those details, it will be possible to find the same record on Arkiv Digital.