Moving Certificates between Swedish American Congregations

In an earlier blog (see earlier blog), we wrote about moving out certificates (flyttningsbevis) from parishes within Sweden that have been preserved by some Swedish American churches.

In some Swedish American churches mostly the Lutheran, the minister would note persons joining the congregation and leaving the parish in a separate section of the congregation book. Usually the section showing persons joining the congregation is titled, Reception of new members (Intagna medlemmar) and the section showing people leaving the congregation is titled, Dismissal of members (utträdda medlemmar).

When a person was dismissed or removed from a congregation primarily within the Augustana Lutheran churches, sometimes the person would be given a certificate of removal. These certificates from one Augustana congregation to another came to serve as a pass to the congregation that was active at the new place of residence.

Some of the certificates of removal or transfers are available for some congregations within ArkivDigital. Below is an image of the moving certificate for Anders Peter Falk and his family that is in the archive for the Council Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iowa showing the family moving from St. John’s Church (St. John’s Lutheran Church) in Essex, Iowa to Council Bluffs in 1893.

transfer certificateCouncil Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iowa, USA (IA) Vol:5 (1878-1894) Image 7 (AID: v903227.b7) 

The certificate gives the date of birth and place of birth for all members of the family.

  • Anders Peter Falk born on the 27th of July 1838 in Vena (Hvena) parish in Kalmar county
  • Margareta Charlotta born on the 8th of June 1848 in Lönneberga parish
  • Anna Elenora born on the 22nd of May 1881 in New Windsor, Illinois
  • Ella Victoria born on the 6th of January 1884 in Essex, Iowa

The record also states that Anders Peter Falk emigrated from Sweden in 1854 and Margareta Charlotta emigrated in 1859. It also shows that they joined the church in Essex, Iowa in 1883. Note – remember this is a secondary source so all information should be verified. But this is a wonderful record showing where the parents came from in Sweden and some of their moves within North America. Unfortunately, not many of these records were preserved.

Whenever there are moving certificates either from a parish in Sweden or from another Swedish American parish in North America, you will find these volumes in the parish archives titled, Attachments to migration records.

You can find out if a particular North American congregation has a volume titled, Attachments to migration records by:

  • Go to archive search.
  • Select the country, United States.
  • Select the desired state.
  • Select the desired congregation.
  • Search the volume list.

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Army’s pension fund’s list of qualifications “Arméns pensionskassas meritband”

meritbandArméns pensionskassa: Överstyrelsen, Arméns pensionskassa  E5:60 (1817-1821) Image 6580 / page 635 (AID: v779034.b6580.s635, NAD: SE/KrA/0078A004Ö) Link.

Do you have a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in your ancestry who belonged to the Swedish army? Or do you have an interest in military history and would like to follow an officer’s career? If the answer is yes to either question, you may find the list of qualifications (meritband) in the Army Pension Archive (arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv) of great interest.

Both the officers and non-commissioned officers sent in merit and service lists to the pension fund (pensionskassan) continually throughout their military career.  These lists were banded together into a meritband or a list of qualifications.  Since an individual sent in several lists, you may find different qualification lists or meritband for the same person.

The meritband began in 1757 and there are now records up to 1883 in the Army Pension Archive (arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv) on ArkivDigital. You can search for these records in ArkivDigital by:

  • Select advanced options in the search window
  • Select archive type: military archives
  • Select arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv

You will find name indexes for these records in the volumes E5: 198-206.

The above image is an example of a document out of a meritband or a list of qualifications for Sergeant Gust. P. von Wulfschmidt. In the record, we see that his military career began in 1796 when he was accepted as a volunteer, in 1801 he was promoted to being responsible for the armory (rustmästare) and that in 1812 he became a sergeant. There is also information that he received orders for duty in Norway and on the Göta Canal.

In addition to the meritband, you can find military service documents in the archive “Meritförteckningar”. Here you will documents prior to 1757, from the 1600’s and forward. Beginning in 1757 the records in the archive “Meritförteckningar” and the meritband in the “arméns pensionskassas” archive complement each other.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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New Records Added in January

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During January, our online archive has been updated with about 600,000 new records or about 1.2 million pages of historical records. You will find many new volumes accessible online.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar)
As during the past autumn, we continue to focus on photographing the estate inventories for the period from 1901 to 1940. The estate inventories for Blekinge and Halland counties are now available online up to 1930. For Malmöhus and Kristianstad counties, the estate inventories to 1920 are now available and volumes between 1921 and 1930 are now being added.  Estate inventories for Värmland county up to 1910 are now available and volumes for the years 1911 to 1920 are being added.  In addition, many estate inventories have been added for most of the other counties.

Prison Lists and Supreme Court Protocols
Two other projects that have been ongoing for a longer period are the photographing of the prison lists for all of Sweden from the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and the Supreme Court protocols. The prison lists for the period 1750-1814 are now available online as well as the Supreme Court protocols for the period 1694-1769.

Military Records
In the Army Pension Archive (Arméns pensionskassas), most of the merit, seniority and service records (meritband) of commissioned and non-commissioned officers up to 1883 are available online. Some individual volumes are missing but will be added in the near future. Currently, we are photographing the muster rolls 1620-1723 which you can find in the archive, Rullor 1623-1723.

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