Special Note in the Household Record’s Comments Column

special noteFunbo AI:9b (1824-1830) Image 116 / page 110 (AID: v124432.b116.s110, NAD: SE/ULA/10291) Link.

Sometimes the ministers would write small notes in the church books in the special circumstances or comments column (omständigheter) about an individual. In the above image, the notation about Eric Andersson catches one’s attention.

The minister wrote next to Eric Andersson’s name “ganska svårt ofärdig, men dock starkt aflande” or “rather seriously crippled but still seriously procreating”. Maybe the minister was not so pleased that the Eric had so many children or how should one interpret the minister’s note?

Link to original blog in Swedish.

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What is the cause of death?

parasitedeath recordKiaby FI:1 (1861-1879) Image 4 / page 3 (AID: v99958.b4.s3, NAD: SE/LLA/13205)  Link.

Often the minister recorded the cause of death in the death book, but we must remember that the ministers were not medically trained. Frequently, it was a symptom which was recorded as the cause of death.

In the above image, entry number 3 is for the widow, Nilla Månsdotter, who died on February 15, 1862 in Kiaby parish at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was buried on the 23rd of February. No cause of death was recorded in the cause of death column but the minister wrote the following notation in the special remarks column, “Behäfted med svårata ohyra i magen” or “infected with abdominal parasites”.

Click here to view a death record example with column heading translations.

Link to the blog entry in Swedish.

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