Föreningen för Smedsläktsforskning – FFS is an organisation especially focusing on research on old iron works and about blacksmiths and their families with roots in Sweden since the 1650s. The Swedish iron and steel industry has a long history beginning already in the Middle Ages.
FFS was founded in 1994 and its main task has been to create and publish a database of blacksmiths and their families. In August 2015 it contained information on more than 282 000 persons and is steadily growing. Based on the database the organisation produces every other year, from 2013 the database on a usb flash drive (earlier on a DVD).
Based on members’ research FFS have edited 34 leaflets on blacksmith families during the years. Since 2013 the organisation has also published four books with information on old iron works throughout Sweden since the late 17th century, each book focusing on a identified part of Sweden (landskap). FFS plans to publish a fifth book in 2017.
If you are interested in more information or have any questions, please contact a member of the board.