ArkivDigital Webinars – November 12-13, 2019

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Mark your calendars! On, November 12 and 13, 2019, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations about ArkivDigital and Swedish research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the week-long 2019 Nordic Countries Research Seminar. All presentations will be broadcast live. In person and webinar attendance are free.

  • How to search by name in the Church Books and Population Registers using ArkivDigital
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Time 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Mountain Time
  • How to use Swedish military, census records, passenger ship manifests and other Swedish collections in ArkivDigital
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Time 2:30 – 3:30 PM Mountain Time
  • Introduction to the Swedish Estate Inventories
  • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 – 10-30 Mountain Time

In addition, there will be three additional Swedish genealogy presentations given by members of the Family History Library staff: Geoffry Fröberg Morris and Savannah H. Larson. During the week, there will also be presentations on Danish and Norwegian research.  To see the full Nordic Countries Research Seminar Schedule and instructions on how to join the webinars, click here. Then click on November 2019 Class Schedules or go to the section for Upcoming Webinars and click on Nordic Countries Research Webinars.


Catechetical records in the diocese of Lund

As part of the Peace Treaty of Roskilde in 1658, Skåne and Blekinge were ceded to Sweden from Denmark. There was a transitional period where the population could continue to use the Danish language before Swedish was required as the official language. The catechetical records are an important source for reviewing the transition from the Danish language to Swedish.

By 1683, the transitional period was mainly over and the Swedish language had been introduced in practically all of  Skåne and Blekinge. In particular this is clearly shown in the court books. But we even see this in the church books especially in the catechetical books.

In the catechetical records, you will see the person’s name, age, notations about their religious understanding and in some records the language they spoke. These records show the transition from Danish to Swedish. Also, in some records, there will be a notation of the person’s place of birth.

You will find the catechetical records for the diocese of Lund (Skåne and Blekinge) in the respective parish archive noted as Kat.1 catechetical records.

lund catecheticalStrövelstorp Kat:1 (1692-1780) Image 11 / page 457 (AID: v115908.b11.s457, NAD: SE/LLA/13377) Link.

In the above image we see the following:

In Kärra number 1 in Strövelstorp parish in Skåne, the following persons live there in 1721:

Påhl Jönsson, born in Höja, 53 years old
wife Elina, born in the same place (Höja), 29 years old
son Jöns, born in Strövelstorp, 24 years old
son Pär, born in the same place (Strövelstorp), 22 years old
maid  Bengta, born in the same place  (Strövelstorp), 20 years old

In Kärra number 2 lives:
Pär Pärsson, born in Ausås, 76 years old
daughter Sissa, born in Strövelstorp, 55 years old

This record is particularly interesting because there is a column on the right, Tungsmåhlet, which states what language the person speaks. All at Kärra number 1 and daughter Sissa at number 2 speak Swedish, but Par Pärsson speaks Danish. He is 76 years old and was born around 1645 which was during the Danish period.

The original article was published in Swedish on April 17, 2014. Read original article in Swedish.