Dorotea Parish, Västerbotten, Sweden Genealogy

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Guide to Dorotea Parish, Sweden ancestry, family history, and genealogy: birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Dorotea church

History[edit | edit source]

Dorotea parish has been continually populated since 1713 when the first permanent settler Jon Ersson Kervalainen and his family moved into the area in what is now known as Svanabyen. The settlement expanded as more people moved in, and with them the desire to have their own chapel. The site selected for the church was in the village of Bergvattnet. In honor of Queen Fredrika Dorotea Vilhelmina (1781-1826), a request was made to King Gustav VI Adolf that the parish be named Dorotea. On 21 May, 1799 royal assent was recieved and the village renamed Dorotea. The original church burnt down 17 August 1932. The new church was built on the same site and completed in December 1934.[1]

(2) Dorotea parish was formed in 1795 by breaking away from Åsele parish. The parish was named Bergvattnet until 7 May 1799. In 1905, Risbäck's parish was broken out of Dorotea parish.

Dorotea parish together with Åsele parish until 7 May 1799 formed a common pastorate. Thereafter, the Dorotea parish formed its own pastorate until 1905. From 1905, Dorotea was the mother parish in the joint pastorate with Risbäck parish.

From 1980, Dorotea and Risbäck formed a common church community with a common economy.

The documents of the pastorate and the church community for Dorotea-Risbäck's church community are included in the Dorotea church archives.

Dorotea parish belonged to Västerbotten county, but part of the parish, Norrby, was in Västernorrland county until 1846 when the village was transferred to Tåsjö parish in Västernorrland county.

In 1864, Tannsjö was transferred to Bodum parish and Bellvik was simultaneously transferred to Tåsjö parish, both parishes in Västernorrland County. In 1891, Bellvik was added to Dorotea parish.

In 1865, the village of Lillånäset was transferred from Frostviken parish to Dorotea parish. After Risbäck parish was formed, the village became part of that parish.

Dorotea Parish, Västerbotten, Sweden Genealogy
Stift -1904 Härnösand
Pastorat 1795-1799 chapel parish in Åsele and Bergvattnet's (Dorotea) pastorate, 1799-1904 its own pastorate, 1905 Risbäck (comprising Avasjö, Brännåker, Båtas 1 and 2, Dabbnäs, Harrsjön or Harrsjöhöjden, Lillånäset, Lövsjö, Risbäck, Rissjön, Sandvik, Storbäck, Stornäs, Subben or Subbme, Söderfors 1 and 2 and Tvärsele), 1905-2005 mother parish in Dorotea and Risbäck's pastorate, 2006- Dorotea-Risbäck parish.
Län Västerbotten
Landskap Jämtland and Lappland
Härad add here
Tingslag -1921 Åsele lappmarks, 1922-1947 Vilhelmina, 1948-1970 Åsele and Vilhelmina
Domsaga -1810 Ångermanlands, 1811-1820 Norra Ångermanlands, 1821-1831 Lappmarksjuridiktionen, 1832-1883 Västerbottens södra, 1884-1970 Västerbottens västra, 1971- Lycksele tingsrätts
Fögderi -1810 Södra lappmarks, 1810-1946 Västerbottens lappmarks
Kommun 1874-1973 Dorotea, 1974-1979 Åsele, 1980- Dorotea
Militär indelning add here
NAD Ref Code SE/HLA/1010031
National Archive SVAR link
Swedish Wikipedia link
SCB Congregation map link
Open Street map link

Place Names[edit | edit source]

Abborrholmberget, Arksjö, Avasjön, Avaträsk

Bellvik, Bergvattnet, Borga, Bredsele, Brännåker, Båtas, Båtas 2



Granberget, Granliden, Granåsen, Grubbsjön

Harrsjö, Häggås, Högland


Laiksjö, Lavsjö, Långfors, Långsele, Lövsjö

Mårdsjö, Mellan Rissjön


Ormjsö Östra (Ormsjö East), Ormsjö Västra (Ormsjö West)


Rajastrand, Risbäck Solberg

Storbäck, Storjula, Stornäs, Sutme, Svanabyn, Sörfors

Tannsjön, Tvåtjärn, Tvärsele Utklyvning

Vallsjö, Veksjön

Sweden 1951 Place Names Register and the Swedish Parish Pages list in this Wiki will give you searchable lists of places, particularly parishes and the farms within those parishes.

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Collections[edit | edit source]

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Online Database Church Records[edit | edit source]

The easiest way to access the Swedish Church Records is through the internet, using these five sites (see links to specific collections below). Four of these sites require a subscription for access. (ArkivDigital,, and are available at a FamilyHistory Center near you free of charge.)

Help Using ArkivDigital: Online Databases for Sweden[edit | edit source]

These lessons will teach you how to use ArkivDigital:

Family History Library Records[edit | edit source]

Click Sweden, Västerbotten Records for a full listing of microfilmed records (some digitized online) at the Family History Library, that may be digitized. Check back occasionally to see if your records have become available. In the meantime, some of them might be available at a Family History Center near you.

Click on "Places within Sweden, Västerbotten" and then select your parish.

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Related Sources[edit | edit source]

Help Reading Swedish Records[edit | edit source]

Help Reading Old Handwriting[edit | edit source]

Help With Research Objectives and Strategies[edit | edit source]

Sweden Research Strategies

References[edit | edit source]

For history (2), refer to Riksarkivet Dorotea Kyrkoarkiv under "Visa historik för Dorotea kyrkoarkiv".

Dorothea parish, Husförhörslängd, 1838-1862, Ort register.