Often reading the older church books with the older script can be a challenge. If you research in parishes in Skåne, Blekinge and Halland, you are very fortunate. The Demographical Database for Southern Sweden (DDSS) consists of three separate databases containing transcriptions extracted from the original Swedish parish church records of births and baptisms, weddings, deaths and burials for about 400 parishes from Southern Sweden. The free site is both in Swedish and English.
Many of these registers in DDSS have been cross-referenced in ArkivDigital online. If you see the entry “Register i DDSS” in the info box for a highlighted book such as below, that indicates there is a register in DDSS for the highlighted records. In this case the info box notes that there is a register for the birth and christening records (1755-1782) for Röke parish.
Here is an example of how to use DDSS to help you read a record. Below is a birth record for January 21, 1769 for Röke parish.
Röke CI:4 (1755-1782) Image 380 / page 35 (AID: v101006a.b380.s35, NAD: SE/LLA/13324) Link
- Go to the Demographical Database for Southern Sweden website.
- Click on databases.
- Click on birth and baptism records.
- Select the parish, Röke.
- There are several search options. In this case, enter 1769-01-21 in the from date field and 1769-01-21 in the to date field.
- Click the search button.
- One entry will display in the result list.
- Click on the entry and you will see the entry below.
While not all the Swedish text in the Christening Witness section has been translated into English, one can search for the translation of these words in a Swedish/English dictionary. On the DDSS site, you will find a Swedish/English genealogical glossary where you will find some of these words.
Complete English Translation
January 21 (Birth date) Ole Svensson’s son Sven from Englarp
Carried to baptism on the 29th (of January) by Nils Tufwes wife, Maria in Önnarp. Witnesses: Per Olson in Lergrafwatorpet Maid: Pernilla in Sågmoll Sissa Jeppas dotter
If you are researching in parishes within Skåne, Blekinge and Halland, you should definitely bookmark the DDSS website for quick reference.