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Söderhamns kommun is on the coast of Gulf of Bothnia in the south-eastern part of province Hälsingland, Gävleborgs län. Pop 27 680 (2000), 29 742 (1993). Area: 1 022 sqkm.
Central city
Söderhamn, pop abt 15 000 (2001), 10 305 (1948).
Maps (detailed) Maps / descriptions
Bergvik Ljusne Maråker Mo Norrala
Sandarne Skog Söderala Söderhamn Trönö
Topic Name Description Link L
General SCB# 2182 Always check province too !    
Kommun Home page Current and historical info.   B
History Kommun reorganized in 1971. History on kommun site
Coat of arms created in 1620. Pictures a pinass (Spanish ship type) and two crossed muskets (symbolizing the rifle factory). Design last confirmed on 1927-02-02.
Churches Descriptions (RAÄ) Swedish state church buildings   S
Specific Guides      
Literature list Literature about Hälsingland   >Go> S
Geneal Soc Alir, Söderhamn   >Go> S
Local sites      
Söderala Kommun, now dissolved. Included Söderala, Ljusne and Bergvik parishes.
Söderhamn city Known habitat since the iron age. Town formation originates from an old trading post, Faxeholm (Faxehus), destroyed in 1434. City privileges on 1620-09-27. Plundered and burnt by Russians in 1721. First pharmacy in 1763. Important rifle factory from 17th century until 1812 (moved to Eskilstuna (Jönköpings län). Several large fires (1675, 1721, 1835, 1860, 1865 and 1876-07-22) destroyed most of the inner city. The harbour has been important for shipping out goods, mostly timber and planks. In 1780 the region produced 24 new ships. Population: abt 2 000 (1850), 11 000 (1900), 10 305 (1948), 15 000 (2001)
Söderhamn SCB# 218201. Pop: 5 359 (1999).
1620 (as Söderhamn city got its privileges):
Parish created from part of Söderala fg.
Sandarne SCB# 218202. Pop: 1 138 (1999).
1868: Created as kapellag from part of Söderhamn.
1917-05-01: Formally a separate parish. Pop: 1 800 (1948), then part of Söderhamn city.
One of two harbours for the city. Large sulphate paper mill, established in 1921, owned by Bergvik & Ala AB.
Skog SCB# 218203. Pop: 577 (1999).
1324: Created from part of Hanebo fg.
Maråker Name for Ljusne parish 1828 - 1896.
Ljusne SCB# 218204. Pop: 1 458 (1999).
1828: Created as Maråker bruksförsamling ("factory parish") from part of Söderala fg.
1896: Renamed Ljusne and rejoined Söderala.
1917-05-01: Again separated from Söderala.
All records until 1896 are sorted under Söderala.

Ljusne Bruk (factory) started in 1672. Ala såg (saw mill) still exists and is one of the largest in Europe. In 1880 there were 11 saw mills along the river Ljusnan between Söderhamn and Ljusne (abt 8 km distance). This prompted the phrase "såg vid såg jag såg varthelst jag såg" (saw upon saw I saw wherever I looked" -it translates quite well - except the last word - doesn't it ?)
Local web site.

Söderala SCB# 218205. Pop: 1 460 (1999), 5 085 (1948 (territory has changed)).
Church originates from middle of 12th century. A weathercock from the Viking era is preserved.
Church records
SVAR. Fire insurance records, SVAR.
Bergvik SCB# 218206. Pop: 916 (1999).
Name used in the middle ages for Skog parish area.
1914-01-01: Created as kapellförsamling from part of Söderala fg.
1917: converted to annexförsamling.
A sulphite paper mill is started in 1900.
Mo SCB# 218207. Pop: 660 (1999).
Housed Hälsinge regemente on Mohed until 1908 when it moved to Gävle.
Trönö SCB# 218208. Pop: 466 (1999).
Norrala SCB# 218209. Pop: 1 798 (1999).
Specific Sources      
Church Rec's Norrala socken All individuals in the birth, marriage and death books for 1672 - 1707 >Go> S

SCB# = SCB Id number. RAÄ = Riksantikvarieämbetet. "fg" = församling = parish.
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