Swedish Moving In and Out Records (Inflyttnings och Utflyttningslängder)

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According to the church law of 1686: ”Their names and time of moving in or out of the parish (shall be recorded)”. [1]

Although the parishes maintained Moving In and Moving Out records throughout the 1700s, not all books were preserved. Initially the focus was emphasized on recording the migration of the single laborers. As time went on it became more common to record everyone who was moving in or out of the parish. The purpose of keeping the moving in and out records was primarily based on taxation. Authorities needed to know where each individual lived to assess and collect the taxes. The moving in and out records are generally kept in chronological order. You will find that sometimes the moving ins’ are in one book and the moving outs’ in another. Other times they are recorded in the same book. Usually you will find information such as:

  • The name of the person moving
  • Where they are moving from (by residence or parish name)
  • Where they are moving to (by residence or parish name)
  • The date of moving
  • Occasionally the birth date of the person moving
  • Occasionally the birth place of the person moving

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Moving within the parish was recorded in the household examination records but did not require a moving certificate and was not recorded in the moving in and moving out records. The minister may have recorded the page number (or name of the farm or village) and the year of the move. Sometimes nothing was recorded.
  • A move between two parishes in the same "pastorat" may not be recorded in the moving-in and moving-out record books.
  • Sometimes the destination given in the Household examination record may be a place-name in a neighboring parish, without any indication that it is another parish.

Where can you find Swedish Moving In and Out Records?[edit | edit source]

You can access Swedish Moving In and Out Records through the Family History Library, or at
FamilySearch Centers, in FamilySearch,  SVAR, Arkiv Digital, Ancestry.com, along with the National and Regional Archives in Sweden.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. “Theras namn som tijd efter annan flyttia in uti eller utur församlingen“ Släktforska steg för steg, page 49

References[edit | edit source]

Clemensson, Per and Andersson, Kjell. Släktforska steg för steg. Falköping, Natur och Kultur/Fakta, 2005

Wikipedia Community. Flyttningslängd. Wiki-Rötter, February, 2011 See http://www.genealogi.se/wiki/index.php/Flyttningslängd

Johansson, Carl-Erik, Cradled in Sweden. Logan, UT, Everton Publishers, Inc, 1995.