ArkivDigital has photographed a number of secondary school enrollment lists and other types of school documents. Before education became compulsory in Sweden, often only sons of priests or persons of a little higher social standing attended school. In some cases sons of farmers were given the possibility of formal schooling.
The secondary schools were located in the cities and these enrollment lists and other documents provide a glimpse of a student’s life. In some records you will find information about the student, where he came from and the student’s father’s name and occupation. Below is an example from Karolinska School in Örebro.
Karolinska skolan D2A:3 (1861-1881) Image 51 / page 92 (AID: v199611.b51.s92, NAD: SE/OSA/1000) Link
The record title headings are:
- Inskrifnings dag Matriculation or enrollment date
- Klass Class
- Namn Name
- Född Birth
- Födelse ort Birth place
- Fadren Father
The above entry is for the student Gustaf Edvard Axelsson who was born in Filipstad (old spelling Philipstad) parish in Värmland on February 3, 1851. His father is N. F. Axelsson who is a merchant (handlande).
Today, you will find school records from Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Örebro in ArkivDigital’s online archive. You can find these school records by going to advanced search, selecting archive type and searching in the grammar school and school archives.