New index simplifies Stockholm genealogy research!

It is now easier to research in Stockholm city! The Stockholm Rotemansarkivet register is now accessible in ArkivDigital. The Rotemansarkivet register consists of approximately 6.3 million posts about individuals who lived in Stockholm city during the years 1878 – 1926.

In the past, it has been a challenge to research genealogy in Stockholm city because there are no household or congregation books from 1878 onwards. This has made it difficult to find and follow one’s ancestors and relatives. Now that the Rotemansarkivet register is now available to search within ArkivDigital, you can supplement your genealogy with the information you previously could not locate.

The information from the Rotemansarkivet is available in the index, Population in Sweden 1860 – 1947.  After this update, the index has nearly 112 million index records.

You can find the following information in the register:

  • First and last name
  • Birthdate and birth place
  • Title/occupation along with marital status
  • Moving in and out information (both year and place)
  • Residence (information about rote, parish, address and real estate or property)
  • Link to the actual page in the population booklet (mantalsboken/rotehäftet)

You search for your relatives and ancestors by entering, for example, name, year of birth and place. When you have found the person you are looking for, you can click on the link to the source to go directly to the original record.

rotemansarkivetImage out of population book for Stockholm city, Klara rote, Kvarteret Skansen

The Roteman Institution (rotemansinstitutionen) was a municipal organization established in 1878 and was discontinued in 1926. One of its responsibilities was population registration. The Roteman Institution was established because Stockholm’s parish priests were unable to manage the public records because of the high growth of the population and also because the inhabitants moved so often. The solution was to divide the city into a number of districts (rotar). In each district, there was a city employee (roteman) rote who was responsible for recording the population statistics in a special booklet called a mantalshäfte. When the district or rote system was introduced each district (rote) corresponded to a parish but since the city grew so quickly, additional districts were created. In 1878 there were 16 districts or rotar and when the system ended in 1926 there were 36 districts or rotar.

To access the Rotemansarkivet register:

  • Log in to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select – Index search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1860 – 1947 under index source.

The Stockholm Rotemansarkivet register was created by the Stockholm city archives.

Click here to read original blog in Swedish.

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Research in Stockholm City 1878-1926

A question that is often asked at conferences and lectures is, “Why are there not any household examination books for Stockholm city parishes at the end of the 1800’s?”  The answer is simple. No household examination records were produced so they do not exist.

Researching in the cities is a little different from researching in the rural areas. And Stockholm research has some unique challenges because of the non-existence of the household examination records beginning in the late 1870’s.   Instead of the household examination books and congregation books for the years 1878-1926, there exists a population register in Stockholm called the roteman’s archive (rotemansarkivet).

Stockholm grew rapidly during the second half of the 19th century and it was common for individuals to frequently move. In order to maintain an accurate population register, a new municipal organization was created called the Roteman’s Institution (rotemansinstitutionen). Stockholm was divided into a number of districts called rotar.  In each district or rote, there was a city employee (roteman) responsible for recording the population statistics.  All who lived in a real estate property (fastighet) were registered in a special ledger.

Currently, the Stockholm City Archives is in the process of digitizing these records and making the material searchable online for free at the Stockholm City Archives site.  While not all the records have been registered, much has been completed and is now available online. This is an extremely valuable resource for Stockholm research. However, it is important to remember that this is a register and there is always a possibility of an error.

Other church books such as the birth, marriage, death, moving in and moving out records exist for Stockholm parishes and these are found in ArkivDigital. The moving in/out records for Stockholm are a very good source because these often contain more information than the moving in/out records for rural areas.

As in other cities, there are many parishes in Stockholm and not all have Stockholm in their name. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to identify which parishes exist in the city of Stockholm. You can create a list of Stockholm city only parishes by doing the following:

  1. In ArkivDigital, click on the advanced options search button
  2. Select county, Stockholm stads
  3. Select archive type, parish/congregation

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To search in the roteman’s archive on the Stockholm’s city archives site, click here.  Click on the English flag for the English version.

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