In English

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 2017 it contained information on more than 300 000 persons and is steadily growing. Based on the database the organisation produces every other year the database on a usb flash drive (before 2012 on a DVD).

Based on members’ research FFS have edited 34 leaflets on blacksmith families during the years. Starting in 2013 the organisation has published five books with information on old iron works throughout Sweden since the late 17th century, each book focusing on identified parts of Sweden (landskap). The intention is to publish book number six in 2018.

If you are interested in more information or have any questions, please contact a member of the board or send an email to