The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced today the release of a new research workbook to help genealogists with Swedish roots. Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Part A Sweden, features easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, colorful graphics, and tear-out worksheets. Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Part A Sweden, is part of a new series of FamilySearch publications aimed at increasing researcher’s success by simplifying the process. The workbook is designed for those who have already gathered and organized some information from their home and family and are ready to search public records.

The 20-page guide introduces a new strategy on how to go from one record to another, providing simple, expert advice every step of the way. It explains different types of records in Sweden and instructs the user on when and how to use specific records. Users will learn where to start, how to find and use Swedish records, and what unique elements to look for in the records. A real-life case study allows readers to see for themselves how the process works. It is ideal for people who have limited genealogical experience or little time to do research.

The guide for Sweden is divided into two parts. Part A – Finding Records of Your Ancestors, covers the period from 1860 to 1920. Part B, available in 2003, will cover additional time periods and research strategies.

Presented in an 8.5-by-11-inch workbook style, Part A: Sweden includes maps, historical time lines, background on Swedish naming customs and tips on how to use the Family History Catalog. As well as instructions on more advanced research, including addresses and Web sites.

Those new to Swedish research will also want , The Swedish Word List, which contains about 900 terms and their English equivalents that a person might typically come across while doing their research. It also includes some explanations of the language.

Both Finding Your Ancestors, Part A Sweden (item 36579, $3.25) and the Swedish Word List (item 31028, 50 cents) are available at Church distribution centers worldwide or can be ordered by calling toll free 1-800-537-5971 or on the Internet at www.familysearch.org. Please use the correct item numbers when placing your order.

Additional guides in the Finding Records of Your Ancestors series will be published in 2002. Research guides are being prepared for the British Isles, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary,

Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland (for German language records). Additional guides will follow, including research assistance for African-Americans, American Indians, and Pacific Islanders. Finding Records of Your Ancestors, Part A Denmark was released earlier this year.