Photographs of Released Prisoners

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Kriminalpolisen i Malmö FIa:7 (1882-1882) Image 154 / page 143 (AID: v97414.b154.s143, NAD: SE/MSA/00453) Link.

As a researcher, it is often easy to find many written documents about one’s ancestors. On the other hand, it is often difficult to know what they looked like or to find a portrait. If you happen to have an ancestor who was a criminal, you may be in luck. Many of the earliest Swedish photographs show prisoners.

You will find a number of volumes titled, “Portrait of released prisoners” in the archive Kriminalpolisen i Malmö. These volumes include portraits of prisoners released from prisons throughout Sweden for the period 1876-1910. You can find a name searchable register of the released prisoners on the Swedish side of our website by clicking here.

In the picture above we see the laborer, Carl Jakob Åström, who was released from Långholmen prison in 1882. While the photo is in black and white, a physical description of the prisoner is written to the left of the photo. Here we see that Carl has brown hair (här: brunt), blue eyes (ögon: blå), straight nose (näsa: rak), ordinary mouth (mun: ordinär), pale skin (hy: blek), 5.45 feet tall (höjd: 5.45 fot) and a strong body build (kroppsbyggnad: stark). On the top of the page you will find more details about Carl’s life along with information about the crime that he committed. In this case, it was his fourth time for stealing.

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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Passenger Ship Lists for Helsingborg and Norrköping

In a previous blog written last December, we stated that passenger ship manifests for emigrants leaving from Göteborg (1869-1935), Malmö (1874-1939) and Stockholm (1869-1940) ports are available on ArkivDigital.  We have recently added passenger lists for persons leaving from Helsingborg. For  Norrköping, we have added the passport journals  (passjournaler) for persons traveling both in and outside of Sweden.

An example of a manifest for a ship leaving from Helsingborg is shown below.
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Polisen i Helsingborg DXII:2 (1907-1908) Image 580 / page 56 (AID: v800539.b580.s56, NAD: SE/LLA/10560)  Link.

The above record shows the following passengers departing from Helsingborg on April 4, 1907 on the ship, United States, traveling to New York.

  1. Worker Otto H. Jönsson 19 years from Kvidinge, Kristianstad going to New York.
  2. Widow Anna Timansson, 58 years from Kvistofta going to Boone, Iowa.
  3. Widow Sigrid Kristensson, 34 years from Kvistofta going to Boone, Iowa with her son Nils T.B. age 1.

You can find these records in the police archives in ArkivDigital.  To search for passenger ship records in ArkivDigital online, click on advanced options in the search window and select police archives and in the list you will find the following entries:

Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900)
Norrköpings poliskammare. Huvudarkivet
Polisen in Helsingborg
Poliskammaren i Malmö
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 1 (ÖÄ): Äldre poliskammaren  (Stockholm 1869-1904)
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 2 (ÖÄ): Poliskammaren (Stockholm 1905-1940)

You can find an article, Introduction to Swedish Passenger Ship Manifests, on our website that gives mores information about the manifests as well as heading translations.

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Passenger Ship Manifests

Passenger ship manifests for emigrants leaving from Göteborg (1869-1935), Malmö (1874-1939) and Stockholm (1869-1940) ports are available on ArkivDigital.  Within these records you will find the name of the ship, departure date, name and age of the emigrant and often the emigrant’s birth place or last place of residence in Sweden as well as final destination.

Many emigrants purchased their passenger tickets from shipping agents. Legislation from 1869 required these shipping agents to hand over these passenger lists to the police department in the port city.  Passengers who purchased first and second class tickets are not found on these lists as well as well as passengers with third class tickets who did not purchase their ticket from the shipping agent.

An example of a manifest is shown below.
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Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900) EIX:10 (1876-1876) Image 1900 / page 375 (AID: v479734.b1900.s375, NAD: SE/GLA/12703)  Link

The above manifest shows Svante Wik from Väring parish in Skaraborg county departing from Göteborg on July 21, 1876 on the ship named Rollo destined for Hull, England. He gave his final destination as Parsons, Kansas.

You can find these records in the police archives in ArkivDigital.  To search for these records on ArkivDigital online, click on advanced search in the search window and select police archives and in the list you will find the following entries:

Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900)
Poliskammaren i Malmö
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 1 (ÖÄ): Äldre poliskammaren  (Stockholm 1869-1904)
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 2 (ÖÄ): Poliskammaren (Stockholm 1905-1940)

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You can find an article, Introduction to Swedish Passenger Ship Manifests, on our website that gives mores information about the manifests as well as heading translations.

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