Tracing Moves in the Church Books

One of the most common questions that one receives when one shows the household records to beginning researchers is: “Why are the names crossed out?”.  The simple answer is that the names are crossed out when the person moves to another place or dies.

In this blog, we will show a case of someone moving to another place in the same parish.

Movements to and from a place are noted in the moving (flyttat) columns. In the record below, there are two moving columns: one showing movement to this place from another place and one showing movement to a new place.

  • The column noted with an “A” shows the place (parish, city or page in the household book with the date) where the person came from and the date.
  • The column noted with a “B” shows the place (parish, city or page in the household book) where the persons is moving to and the date.

correct HFL with moving in and outLysvik (S) AI:17 (1866-1870) Image 64 / page 54 (AID: v12038.b64.s54, NAD: SE/VA/13349) (Link)

In the above record, we see three movements for Maria, Olof Larsson’s barn (child) at the place, Backa, in Lysvik parish in Värmland county.

  1. f. 481 5/11 67. She moves to a place on page 481 in the same household book on the 5th of November 1867. See image below.
  2. f. 481 4/11 68. She moves back to this place (Backa) from the place on page 481 (Åsegård) in this parish book on the 4th of November 1868. The household record showing her living at Åsegård is shown below.
  3. f. 532 19/10 70. She moves to a place on page 532 (Öjenäs) in the same household book on the 19th of October 1870. See Lysvik (S) AI:17 (1866-1870) Image 577 / page 532 (AID: v12038.b577.s532, NAD: SE/VA/13349).

moving in hfl2Lysvik (S) AI:17 (1866-1870) Image 522 / page 481 (AID: v12038.b522.s481, NAD: SE/VA/13349)  (Link)

The abbreviation “f” in the moving column means folio or page. Other abbreviations for page include “s” (sida) or “p” (pagina).

Click here for more information on the household records with column translation headings.

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Swedish soldiers captured at Poltava – What can one discover about them?

After the Swedish defeat at Poltava in 1709, many members of the Swedish army were captured and imprisoned in Russia. Is it possible to find information about the individual prisoners?

The short answer is yes. For those who are interested about war prisoners during the 1700’s, we recommend that you take a look at the archive:  ”Krigshandlingar Stora nordiska kriget: Krigsfångar” or “War Documents of the Great Northern War: War Prisoners”.  Note that there are two archives with the same name but they include different volumes.

We want to especially point out the two name register volumes: Reg:1 and Reg:2. These records cover admittedly only a portion of the volumes that we photographed, but they are still of great value since one is able to find a reference to a number of volumes and pages for most persons. Register LarsKrigshandlingar Stora nordiska kriget: Krigsfångar Reg:1 (0-9999) Image 791 (AID: v787880.b791, NAD: SE/KrA/038814B)  Link.

Above is the index card for First Lieutenant Lars Gröning. The first reference, I: 39, refers to the volume 14B: 1, page 39.  Lars is found in a roll that shows all of the prisoners in Russia from the Battle of Poltava. On this page, it notes that Lars was held a prisoner in Tobolsk, a city in western Siberia.  You will find Lars in the middle of the page on the right in the image below. lars page 39Krigshandlingar Stora nordiska kriget: Krigsfångar 14B:1 (0-9999) Image 270 / page 39 (AID: v787699.b270.s39, NAD: SE/KrA/038814B) Link.

On July 14, 1722, Lars returned home to Sweden. This information appears in volume 14B:3, page 20 which the reference III: 20 on the index card refers to.  Lars is shown in the image below.

Lars page 20 Krigshandlingar Stora nordiska kriget: Krigsfångar 14B:3 (0-9999) Image 290 / page 20 (AID: v787701.b290.s20, NAD: SE/KrA/038814B) Link.

By following the other references listed on the index card, we can find additional information about the long stay Lars involuntarily spent in Tobolsk.

Click here to see original article in Swedish.

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Passports – Not Only for International Travel

Up until 1860 a passport was required in Sweden for both domestic and international travel.  For a person traveling to another place in Sweden where he or she was not known, a passport was required and it needed to be shown if someone asked to see it. These passports were recorded in passport journals (passjournaler).

We have photographed some of these passport journals for Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.  You can find these passport journals by going to ArkivDigital’s online search window, clicking on advanced options, and selecting the archive type, country cabinet (landskansli).  We have also published name indexes for the passport journals for Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.

For Gävleborg, you will find the passport journals in the volumes named passport journals and you will find name indexes for these journals in the volumes named registers.  If you select Gävleborg läns landskansli, you will find the name indexed registers for the years 1767 – 1858 in the PassReg. Volumes 1 to 10.

gavle name imageGävleborgs läns landskansli PassReg:10 (1842-1858) Image 460 / page 83 (AID: v638342.b460.s83, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

Above is an example from one of the Gävleborg’s name indexed registers.   In the above image, we can see that Carl Erik Frunk received a passport granting him and wife Brita Kristina Hillgren permission to travel from their home in Gävle to a neighboring city, Söderhamn.  You can see the original record in the volume f0r 1850 on page 189 or at the following reference:  Gävleborgs läns landskansli BXIIIa:10a (1842-1858) Image 1000 / page 189 (AID: v637649.b1000.s189, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

In Västernorrland you will find passport journals and here the volumes are named passliggare instead of passport journals and the name indexes are in the register volumes.

In addition we have photographed passport journals for Blekinge and Gotland counties but these are not name indexed. For Gotland, we have photographed passport applications (passansökningar)  as well as incoming passport journals (inkomma pass).

The image below shows a passport that was received in Gotland from Kalmar county. The image shows a maid (pigan) Carin Larsdotter from Bredsättra parish on Öland who received permission to travel to Gotland to seek service work (tjänst).  In addition the passport states that her age is 19: she has blue eyes, dark hair, a straight nose, an ordinary mouth and chin and is short in stature.

kalmar pass

Länsstyrelsen i Gotlands län, Landskansliet EXa:13 (1837-1839) Image 1330 (AID: v482151.b1330, NAD: SE/ViLA/20146)  Link

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