When one researches one’s Swedish heritage, the first books one usually looks at are the Swedish church books because they contain so much information and are so complete. The next set of Swedish historical records many look at are the estate inventories. These rich records provide genealogical information as well as detailing the assets and debts of the deceased which helps one gain a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life. (See Swedish estate inventory tutorial).
The first section of the estate inventory gives information about the deceased and names the heirs and often includes the place where each heir lives. For heirs who have emigrated, sometimes it gives only the country such as USA but sometimes there is detailed information as to where the person lives including street address, city and state. Below is an example of an estate inventory performed on the 15th of November 1917 for Jan Henrik Persson from Lövastorp at Sjöstads allmänning in Ölme parish.
Three of his children had emigrated to North America. The cities and states of residence are listed for all three and for one even the street address. How nice is this! The children who emigrated are:
- Sonen – Jan Petter Jansson-Alm, bosatt i Eagle Bend, Minnesota, Nord Amerika.
- Sonen – Anders Gustaf Jansson-Alm bosatt i Kasota, Minnesota, Nord Amerika.
- Dotter – Lovisa Hallberg, född Jansson, gift med Hotellvården Johan Fredrik Hallberg, bosatt i 705 West Superior street, Duhlut, Minnesota, Nord America.
- Son – Jan Petter Jansson-Alm, living at Eagle Bend, Minnesota, North America.
- Son – Anders Gustaf Jansson-Alm living in Kasota, Minnesota, North America.
- Daughter – Lovisa Hallberg, born Jansson, married to hotel keeper Johan Fredrik Hallberg, living at 705 West Superior street, Duluth, Minnesota, North America.
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