Swedish Newspapers 1734-1906 to be Online

The Royal Library of Sweden, in cooperation with the Swedish National Archives, will be putting online all the Swedish newspapers in its collection dated 1734-1906. The 1906 stopping point is based on Swedish newspapers being protected under copyright for 115 years and the project expecting to take about four years. Approximately 1,250 titles have been identified for this project.

This will be a significant help to historians and genealogists. Although Swedish newspapers do not usually print detailed obituaries like in the U.S., it is common to find birth, marriage, and death notices. And more importantly, it is not uncommon to find notices about individuals who have migrated.

There are already many digitized newspapers available on the Royal Library website but this will be significantly enhanced almost daily for the next four years. Many of these newspapers have been available in Sweden, often on microfilm, but having them readily accessible online, not to mention indexed with OCR, will be an incredible help. It should really open some genealogical doors through your Swedish brick walls.  Remember to keep checking back with the website as they will be putting more and more newspapers up!

Happy hunting!

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