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Military Enrollment Numbers & Enrollment Areas in the Swedish

Conscription System

Introduction

These pages describes how to interpret the Swedish military Conscription Enrollment Numbers (inskrivningsnummer). They are normally found in the column labelled "värnpliktsförhållanden" in the household examination rolls and is a three-part conscript identification number, for example 117 112/96.

Identify the year:

Begin by identifying the year of conscription/enrollment in the enrollment number. The year is the last part of the number, after the slash "/". It can be listed with either two or four digits. For example, if we have the enrollment number 117 112/96 then the year is 96, indicating 1896. The enrollment numbers have two different interpretations depending of the time period; 1886 - 1901 respectively 1902 - 1942.

How to Begin

Using the year of enrollment as a starting point, choose one of the links to the charts below. The breakpoint is the year 1902. 1. If the year of enrollment is before 1902, i.e. between 1886 and 1901, use the first link below. Go to Enrollment areas/Company areas 1886 - 1901 2. If the year of enrollment is 1902 or after, i.e. between 1902 and 1942, use the second link below. Go to Enrollment areas/Roll keeping areas 1902 - 1942

About the Enrollment Numbers & Enrollment Areas

In 1812 an act was passed in the Swedish parliament establishing a Universal Conscription Service System (draft system) as a reinforcement of the regular army. This conscription system was called Beväringen or Beväringsinrättningen. The first conscripts were called up for enrollment in the spring 1813. Between 1813 and 1886 the conscripts were enrolled at special conscript muster meetings (beväringsmönstringar) and they were registered in the so-called beväringsmönsterrullor – conscription muster rolls.

Enrollment Numbers and Enrollment Areas 1886 - 1901

In 1886 Sweden was divided into 31 Conscription Enrollment Areas (Inskrivningsområden). These enrollment areas between 1886 and 1901 were closely linked to the allotted infantry regiments' "catchment areas" and the enrollments areas carried the same name as these regiments, for example Hälsinge Regiment Enrollment Area. Each of these enrollment areas were in turn divided into a number of Company Areas [districts] (Kompaniområden). The enrollment of conscripts (draft registration) was done in respective company area which means that the rolls were kept per company area. Enrollments of conscripts were carried out annually. The conscripts (draftees) were registered in the so-called inskrivningslängderna (enrollment rolls) and each conscript was assigned a unique enrollment number (inskrivningsnummer). The enrollment number was a three-part draftee identification number noted in the form SSS CCC/YY where SSS is the conscript’s personal serial number in the roll, CCC is the company area (kompaniområde) of the enrollment area and YY the year of enrollment of the conscript. To the right is an image from a household examination roll (husförhörslängd) showing a conscript enrollment number in the column "värnpligt". More about the enrollment numbers (inskrivningsnummer).  

Enrollment Numbers and Enrollment Areas 1902 - 1969

In 1901 the Allotment System was abolished and Sweden switched to a Universal Conscription System (Swedish: Allmän Värnplikt) [draft system/conscription] with a Conscript Army ("Värnpliktsarmé"). The enrollment process of conscripts (draftee registrations) was slightly changed in the new National Service System introduced in 1901. The enrollment areas were reduced to 26 but they still corresponded to infantry regiment enrollment areas. However, the enrollment areas were given new names. The new names now corresponded to the county names (län). For example, Gävleborg Enrollment Area. In 1926 the enrollment areas were further merged and reduced to 21. Each Conscription Enrollment Area was subdivided into 3 Roll Keeping Areas (Rullföringsområden). An American term for "rullföringsområde" is draft board. Navy enrollments were conducted in 5 different Navy Roll Keeping Areas (Sjörullföringsområden). The conscript enrollment numbers were also changed and were now written in the form SSS RR/YY where SSS is the conscript’s personal serial number in the roll, RR is the roll keeping area or local draft board (rullföringsområde) of the enrollment area and YY the year of enrollment of the conscript. To the right is an image from a parish book (församlingsbok) showing a conscript enrollment number in the column "värnpliktsförhållanden". The roll keeping areas were abolished in 1942 and the enrollments of conscripts (draft registrations) were thereafter handled directly by the 21 enrollment areas. In 1953 the former enrollment numbers were replaced by the national civil registration numbers (folkbokföringsnummer). In 1969 the nation’s division into conscript enrollment areas were abolished and Sweden was instead divided into three regional national service regions (värnpliktskontor).

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Finding Information About a Conscript's Enrollment Number

The first encounter a genealogist will have with the military enrollment numbers is probably from the household examination rolls  (husförhörslängderna). Since the enrollment number system was changed in 1902 you have to begin your research by having a look at the year-part of the number. The last digits after the slash are the year of enrollment (SSS CCC/YY). If the year is between 86 and 01, i.e. between the years 1886 and 1901, use the page “Enrollment areas 1886 - 1901”. If the year is between 02 and 42, i.e. between the years 1902 and 1942, use the page “Enrollment areas 1902 - 1942”. If the year is between 02 and 41, i.e. between the years 1902 and 1941 and has an roll keeping area number (CCC) of 200 or greater, use the page “Navy Enrollment areas 1902 - 1941”. Click on one of the links in the navigation bar below:

Conscription Enrollment Numbers &

Enrollment Areas

Related Links

Swedish regiments Unit numbers of the units in the Swedish Armed Forces Uniforms of the Swedish Army Enrollment book for draftees, 1907 Tutorial, How to Research Conscripts 1812 - 1901 Tutorial, How to Research Conscripts 1902 - 1942

Source References

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Military Enrollment Numbers &

Enrollment Areas in the Swedish

Conscription System

Introduction

These pages describes how to interpret the Swedish military Conscription Enrollment Numbers (inskrivningsnummer). They are normally found in the column labelled "värnpliktsförhållanden" in the household examination rolls and is a three-part conscript identification number, for example 117 112/96.

Identify the year:

Begin by identifying the year of conscription/enrollment in the enrollment number. The year is the last part of the number, after the slash "/". It can be listed with either two or four digits. For example, if we have the enrollment number 117  112/96 then the year is 96, indicating 1896. The enrollment numbers have two different interpretations depending of the time period; 1886 - 1901 respectively 1902 - 1942.

How to Begin

Using the year of enrollment as a starting point, choose one of the links to the charts below. The breakpoint is the year 1902. 1. If the year of enrollment is before 1902, i.e. between 1886 and 1901, use the first link below. Go to Enrollment areas/Company areas 1886 - 1901 2. If the year of enrollment is 1902 or after, i.e. between 1902 and 1942, use the second link below. Go to Enrollment areas/Roll keeping areas 1902 - 1942

About the Enrollment Numbers

& Enrollment Areas

In 1812 an act was passed in the Swedish parliament establishing a Universal Conscription Service System (draft system) as a reinforcement of the regular army. This conscription system was called Beväringen or Beväringsinrättningen. The first conscripts were called up for enrollment in the spring 1813. Between 1813 and 1886 the conscripts were enrolled at special conscript muster meetings (beväringsmönstringar) and they were registered in the so-called beväringsmönsterrullor – conscription muster rolls.

Enrollment Numbers and Enrollment Areas

1886 - 1901

In 1886 Sweden was divided into 31 Conscription Enrollment Areas (Inskrivningsområden). These enrollment areas between 1886 and 1901 were closely linked to the allotted infantry regiments' "catchment areas" and the enrollments areas carried the same name as these regiments, for example Hälsinge Regiment Enrollment Area. Each of these enrollment areas were in turn divided into a number of Company Areas [districts] (Kompaniområden). The enrollment of conscripts (draft registration) was done in respective company area which means that the rolls were kept per company area. Enrollments of conscripts were carried out annually. The conscripts (draftees) were registered in the so- called inskrivningslängderna (enrollment rolls) and each conscript was assigned a unique enrollment number (inskrivningsnummer). The enrollment number was a three-part draftee identification number noted in the form SSS CCC/YY  where SSS is the conscript’s personal serial number in the roll, CCC is the company area (kompaniområde) of the enrollment area and YY the year of enrollment of the conscript. To the right is an image from a household examination roll (husförhörslängd) showing a conscript enrollment number in the column "värnpligt". More about the enrollment numbers (inskrivningsnummer).  

Enrollment Numbers and Enrollment Areas

1902 - 1969

In 1901 the Allotment System was abolished and Sweden switched to a Universal Conscription System (Swedish: Allmän Värnplikt) [draft system/conscription] with a Conscript Army ("Värnpliktsarmé"). The enrollment process of conscripts (draftee registrations) was slightly changed in the new National Service System introduced in 1901. The enrollment areas were reduced to 26 but they still corresponded to infantry regiment enrollment areas. However, the enrollment areas were given new names. The new names now corresponded to the county names (län). For example, Gävleborg Enrollment Area. In 1926 the enrollment areas were further merged and reduced to 21. Each Conscription Enrollment Area was subdivided into 3 Roll Keeping Areas (Rullföringsområden). An American term for "rullföringsområde" is draft board. Navy enrollments were conducted in 5 different Navy Roll Keeping Areas (Sjörullföringsområden). The conscript enrollment numbers were also changed and were now written in the form SSS RR/YY where SSS is the conscript’s personal serial number in the roll, RR is the roll keeping area or local draft board (rullföringsområde) of the enrollment area and YY the year of enrollment of the conscript. To the right is an image from a parish book (församlingsbok) showing a conscript enrollment number in the column "värnpliktsförhållanden". The roll keeping areas were abolished in 1942 and the enrollments of conscripts (draft registrations) were thereafter handled directly by the 21 enrollment areas. In 1953 the former enrollment numbers were replaced by the national civil registration numbers (folkbokföringsnummer). In 1969 the nation’s division into conscript enrollment areas were abolished and Sweden was instead divided into three regional national service regions (värnpliktskontor).

Copying of these pages

Is it OK to copy material (text or images) from this page or from any other page on this site and publish it on my own homepage? The answer is NO! However, it is OK to have a link to my pages.

Finding Information About a

Conscript's Enrollment Number

The first encounter a genealogist will have with the military enrollment numbers is probably from the household examination rolls (husförhörslängderna). Since the enrollment number system was changed in 1902 you have to begin your research by having a look at the year-part of the number. The last digits after the slash are the year of enrollment (SSS CCC/YY). If the year is between 86 and 01, i.e. between the years 1886 and 1901, use the page Enrollment areas 1886 - 1901”. If the year is between 02 and 42, i.e. between the years 1902 and 1942, use the page Enrollment areas 1902 - 1942”. If the year is between 02 and 41, i.e. between the years 1902 and 1941 and has an roll keeping area number (CCC) of 200 or greater, use the page “Navy Enrollment areas 1902 - 1941”. Click on one of the links in the navigation bar below:

Conscription Enrollment

Numbers &

Enrollment Areas

Related Links

Swedish regiments Unit numbers of the units in the Swedish Armed Forces Uniforms of the Swedish Army Enrollment book for draftees, 1907 Tutorial, How to Research Conscripts 1812 - 1901 Tutorial, How to Research Conscripts 1902 - 1942

Source References

Beståndsöversikt, Krigsarkivet, del 3. Meddelanden från Krigsarkivet XV:1, 1994 Tabell utvisande sjörullföringsområdena och till dem hörande sjömanshus Top of page