Obituaries and Genealogies in Swedish American Record Collections

We have Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital for several states in the United States primarily in the Midwest. One interesting collection is the Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church in Trade Lake in Burnett county, Wisconsin. Among the types of records, you will find in this archive include the typical church books collections such as congregation books, death records, attachments to migration records and anniversary booklets.

But there are also newspaper clippings of obituaries and genealogies for persons who lived in Trade Lake or the nearby area. Many of these are for emigrants or families of emigrants from Sweden.

The obituary collection is titled dödsrunor in the volume list and the death notices are in alphabetical order. Below is the volume list showing these volumes. You can hover over the ‘i” to see the first letters of the names ncluded in the volume.

dodsrunor

Below is the obituary for Andrew Bjork who was born on September 7, 1838 in Ljusnarsberg, Örebro, Sweden.

bjork obituary

Another set of volumes are titled familjehistoria or family histories. If you hover your mouse over the ‘i”, the family name will be visible.

family history

Below is the first page for the family history for the descendants of Johan Olof Akerlind shown as born August 6, 1822 in Fellingsbro, Örebro.

akerlund family history

To find the church books for the Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church:

  • Log in to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive Search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Wisconsin
  • Open the archive for the Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church

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Death Record Reading

The contents of the death records in the Swedish church books vary by time and parish. Usually, the death record will contain the name of the deceased, death and burial date, place of residence, age and cause of death. However, in some parishes you will find a death record that gives a biographical sketch or an obituary of the deceased’s life. Because of the extra detail given in these records, these are treasures if you find one for your ancestor.

An example of a death record that reads like an obituary is found in the Söderfors parish for Anna Bäckström who died on November 27, 1799 and was buried on the 8th of December 1799.

soderforsdeath record

Söderfors F:1 (1788-1860) Image 30 (AID: v126071.b30, NAD: SE/ULA/11524)  Link

Record Transcription
Anna Bäckström.  Enka efter afl. Hammarsmeds Mästaren Matts Martin. Född härstädes år 1720.  Fadren:  Ankar Mäst. Pehr Olofsson Bäckström.  Modren: Hustru Catharina Bohm.   År  1744, ingick hon ägtenskap med sin före nämde man i hvilket hon hade 7 barn: 4 söner och 3 döttrar.  Af de förre äro redan 2ne äfven  som 2ne af de sednare med dö.
Den afgångne.  Ålderdomsbräckligheten slutade ett lif, som var ret utmärkt af Gudsfruktan ock christeligt tålamod.

Record Translation
Anna Bäckstrom. Widow of the deceased Master forging blacksmith, Matts Martin.  She was born in this place in 1720. Her father was Ankar Master Pehr Olofsson Bäckström and her mother was wife Catharina Bohm. In 1744, she married the previous named man (Matts Martin) who together had seven children: 4 sons and 3 daughters. Two of the four sons and two of the three daughters are deceased.
Cause of death: Old age infirmities ended a life which was distinguished by the fear of God and Christian patience.
Her age at death was 79 years, 5 months and 27 days.

On our website, you will find more death record examples with transcriptions and English translations.

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Newspaper Clippings from Falkenberg 1899-1965 in ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital’s archive includes many types of historical documents. One interesting collection is a set of newspaper clippings from the Falkenberg Cultural and Local Historical Society (Falkenbergs hembygdsförening). These clippings were collected by a postal worker, Charles Moberg in Falkenberg. This collection includes many news items about events and individuals in Falkenberg.

Four of the volumes are titled, death records. In these volumes, you will find death notices and in many cases a photograph and an obituary of the deceased. Each of the death record volumes includes an indexed name register in the beginning of the book.

The other volumes include clippings about big and small events such as birthdays and events in Falkenberg and the surrounding area. These books also begin with an indexed name register.Falkenbergs hembygdsförening Urklipp14 (1911-1945) Bild 210 - sid 13 (1)
Falkenbergs hembygdsförening Urklipp:14 (1911-1945) Image 210 / page 13 (AID: v764390a.b210.s13, NAD: SE/LLA/9999999)
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If you have relatives living in Falkenberg during this period, this is a collection you should investigate.

To find these in ArkivDigital, you can enter “Falkenbergs hembygdsförening” in the search box in ArkivDigital or you can click on advanced search and search for archive type “hembygdsförening”.

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