PLF - The genealogist's choise

Research is locating and compiling information from different sources. The main problem is usually to find the information wanted. In what part of the country and in which parishes did my ancestors live? Sometimes it may take considerable time to go trough all information before the goal is reached. PLF is able to help you on your way!

The Database

To simplify matters for genealogists, the PLF data base with its 5 479 412 items is available to everybody, members as well as non-members. It contains information about births, marriages and deaths of persons primarily from Kalmar län in the province of Småland, from the 1650's to the beginning of 1900's. Also available, to a certain extent, is information from household examination records and emigration and immigration records and emigration and immigration records concerning emigrants to te U.S.

There are two ways of getting information from the PLF data base. First you can write a letter to PLF asking questions about your ancestors. Your questions will be answered by letter by a PLF assistant. The charge is 40 SEK (Swedish "kronor") for members and 80 SEK for non-members. Remember - only five questions in each letter! Second, if you are in a position to visit Oskarshamn, you are welcome to the City Library where the PLF data base is located. There you may try on your own to find what you are looking for. Before you do this, do not hesitate to contact PLF for help. There will always be someone there to help you. The charge for using the data base is 20 SEK per hour for members and 40 SEK per hour for non-members.

The Oskarshamn room

In the city Library there is a special room called the Oskarshamn Room (in Swedish Oskarshamnsrummet), which is a mine of information to genealogists and those interested in local history. In this room you will find among other things a great many microfilmed church records from almost all Kalmar county. Use of this room is free of charge.
By Thor Sjöberg, translation by Magnus Ekstrand