Searching for estate inventories in ArkivDigital

The estate inventories (bouppteckningar) are one of the most important records for genealogists. These records can prove genealogical relationships as well as listing the names of the deceased’s heirs. Also, the estate inventory lists all the assets and debts of the deceased enabling one to get a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

ArkivDigital has estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (early 1700s and even a few from the 1600s) up to 1950 and for many counties up to 1960.

In order to find an estate inventory, you need to know the parish where the person died and the district or city court that the parish belonged to. Today there are three primary methods for searching:

  1. National estate inventory index search.
  2. View photographed estate inventory register.
  3. Searching in the volume.

National estate inventory index search
ArkivDigital is currently building a national estate inventory index for all of Sweden. Currently it is mostly complete for older times but is less complete for the latter 1800s and forward. To find out what district and city courts and years have been indexed, go to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

To illustrate how to access the national estate inventory in ArkivDigital, we will search for the estate inventory for Jan Hindrik Wiväg who died April 2, 1847 in Älvsbacka parish in Värmland county.

  1. Go to app.arkivdigital.se.
  2. Select index source.
  3. Select the index, estate inventory, under index source.
  4. In this case, we will use simple search and enter Hindrik Wiväg in the search box and click search. One could have entered Jan Hindrik Wiväg.
  5. There are two matches in the result list.
  6. Select the one for Jan Hindrik Wiväg.

national estate inventory search

After you selected a match on the result list, you will see an index record as shown below and you can click on the link that will go directly to the estate inventory.

jan hindrik estate inventory

Photographed estate inventory registers
If you don’t find the person in the national estate inventory index, look for a photographed estate inventory register for the court. We will look for the estate inventory for Elna Larsdotter who died February 9, 1838, in Slöinge parish, in Halland county. In order to find out what court district, Slöinge parish belonged, you go to archive search and enter Slöinge in the archive holder search button. Open the archive and scroll down to estate inventories. Click on that and search for estate inventory registers. You will find one that covers the years 1684 to 1848. Open volume and search for Elna Larsdotter. The names are listed by surname in alphabetical order. You will find an entry that gives the year, volume and page number.

estate inventory photographed register

In this case, the entry states that you can find the estate inventory in volume 32 for the year 1838 and on page 185.

Then return to the archive Årstads häradsrätt and look for volume 32, open the volume and go to page 185.

elna larsdotter ei

Searching in the estate inventory volume
If you haven’t found the estate inventory by an index search and no estate inventory register exists, you will need to go the volume beginning with the deceased’s death date and browse forward. You may want to search up to two to three years after the date of death. In the latter 1800s and 1900s, there is a very strong likelihood of finding an estate inventory record but one must be patient and persistent in browsing through the volumes.

Estate Inventories for the nobility
Most of the estate inventories are found in the district and city courts but there are exceptions. The estate inventories for the nobility were given to the Court of Appeals (hovrätten) up until 1917. You will find the estate inventories for Götaland in the Göta hovrätt, for Svealand and Norrland in the Svea hovrätt and for Skåne and Blekinge in the Hovrätten för Skåne och Blekinge.

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Estate Inventory Register available for Skaraborg county

The estate inventories (bouppteckningar) are one of the most important records for genealogists. These records can prove genealogical relationships as well as listing the names of the deceased’s heirs. Also, the estate inventory lists all the assets and debts of the deceased enabling one to get a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

It can take some time to find the correct estate inventory since they are not organized in an exact order. To make it easier to find the correct one, ArkivDigital is working on creating name searchable indexes for the estate inventories.

We have now updated the inventory of estate index with about 200,000 entries for Skaraborg county. If you have ancestors who died in Skaraborg, it is now much easier to find their estate inventory.

skaraborg estate inventorySkara rådhusrätt och magistrat (R) FII:11 (1840-1860) Image 660 / Page 1311 (AID: v144008.b660.s1311, NAD: SE/GLA/11951)

The estate inventories from the following district/city courts in Skaraborg are now searchable.

  • Barne häradsrätt 1743-1859
  • Binnebergs häradsrätt 1737-1860
  • Dimbo häradsrätt 1743-1838
  • Falköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1807-1852
  • Gudhems häradsrätt 1737-1860
  • Hasslerörs häradsrätt 1719-1870
  • Hjo rådhusrätt och magistrat 1719-1944
  • Hova häradsrätt 1738-1862
  • Kinne häradsrätt 1740-1862
  • Kinnefjärdings häradsrätt 1737-1859
  • Kåkinds häradsrätt 1736-1860
  • Kållands häradsrätt 1736-1862
  • Laske häradsrätt 1732-1862
  • Leaby häradsrätt 1748-1858
  • Lidköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1661-1862
  • Mariestads rådhusrätt och magistrat 1840-1898
  • Skara rådhusrätt och magistrat 1714-1943
  • Skånings häradsrätt 1733-1860
  • Skövde rådhusrätt och magistrat 1711-1870
  • Slättängs häradsrätt 1743-1838
  • Vilske häradsrätt 1727-1859
  • Viste häradsrätt 1734-1812
  • Åse häradsrätt 1748-1812
  • Åse och Viste häradsrätt 1812-1859

When you use the inventory of estate index, you can by search by name, the year the estate inventory was created along with the county and parish where the deceased lived.

When you search by year, remember that the estate inventory was not always created in the same year the person died. You may want to search using a time interval, with the start year the year the person died and the end year a couple of years after the deceased’s death date.

Earlier we have added in the inventory of estate index estate inventories from Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg and Bohus, Jämtland, Kalma, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergotland.

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To open the inventory of estate index:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Click on Index search
  • Select Inventory of Estate index

The inventory of estate index for Skaraborg has been created in cooperation with the Central Soldier’s Register (Centrala Soldatregistret.)

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Review an estate inventory ingress or preamble

The Swedish estate inventory records provide both genealogical information as well as information that will help you gain a deeper understanding of your ancestor’s life. The estate inventory is divided into two main sections: the ingress or preamble followed by the inventory, a detailed listing of all the assets and debts for the deceased person.

The ingress or the preamble is a key section for the genealogist. This section provides information about the deceased and names the heirs. This section can be helpful in proving family relationships as well as tracing the whereabouts of heirs.

The types of information, that you will usually find in the ingress or preamble include:

  • Date the estate inventory was performed
  • Deceased’s name and place of residence
  • Deceased’s date of death
  • Names of heirs
  • Names of guardians for children not of legal age and for heirs who may be living in another country
  • Names of the married daughters’ spouses

Below is an image of an estate inventory with key items numbered. Following the explanations of the key items are a transcription and an English transcription of the record.

ingressVästra häradsrätt (F) FI:50 (1870-1872) Image 1022 / Page 2019 (AID: v78036.b1022.s2019, NAD: SE/VALA/01635)

  1. Date the estate inventory was performed – 15 November 1872
  2. Place where estate inventory was performed – Esprilla Söregård
  3. Name of deceased – Wife Sara Larsdotter
  4. Deceased’s date of death – 1 October (1872)
  5. Heir – Spouse Widower – Peter Johansson August
  6. Heir – Son from first marriage – Johan who is probably living in North America
  7. Son’s guardian – Samuel Nilsson from Esprilla Westregärd
  8. Heir – Daughter from first marriage – Charlotta
  9. Daughter’s husband – Corporal J. A. Kron

Transcription
År 1872 den 15 November blef på begäran Laga boupptekning förrattad Esprilla Söregård efter Hustrun Sara Larsdotter derstädes som alfed den 1 ocktober sistlidene och efter sig lämnat såsom arfvingar sin Kära Maka nu mere Enkomannen Peter Johansson August och med sitt första äktenskap 2ne barn: Sonen Johan, som troligen vistas i Norra America, hvars rätt bevakades af hans gödman Samuel Nilsson i Esprilla Westregård, och Dottern Charlotta gift med Korporalen J.A. Kron i Hökhult Assaregård som var tillstädes. Enkomannen uppmanades, att uppgifva Egondomen såden den vid den aflidens befans, och foretogs i följande ordning:

English translation
On the 15th of November an estate inventory was performed at Esprilla Söregård for the deceased wife Sara Larsdotter who died on October 1 and is survived by her dear spouse now widower Peter Johansson August and from her first marriage two children: Johan who is probably living in North America and whose rights are being protected by the trustee Samuel Nilsson from Esprilla Westregård and a daughter, Charlotta, who is married with Corporal J. A. Kron from Hökhult Assaregård who was present. The widower was summoned to account for the estate or property which follows:

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Estate Inventory Status Update – February 2019

Next to the church books, the estate inventory records are probably the most important source material for many genealogists. 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.

We have photographed all the estate inventory records from earliest times up to 1940 for all of Sweden.  Our goal is to photograph all up until 1960. For some counties, the photographing is complete while work remains for other counties. Below is the photographing status for each county. There may be cases in all counties where individual volumes may be missing for example where the volume could not be photographed because of its extremely poor physical condition.

1952 estate inventoryJönköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat (F) FIa:110 (1952) Image 1480 / Page 287 (AID: v497011.b1480.s287, NAD: SE/VALA/01665)

Counties which are complete up to 1940. Photographing is in progress for years 1941-1945.

  • Jämtland

Counties which are complete up to 1945. Photographing is in progress for years 1946-1950.

  • Gävleborg
  • Norrbotten
  • Västerbotten
  • Västernorrland

Counties which are complete up to 1955. Photographing is in progress for years 1956-1960.

  • Jönköping
  • Kalmar
  • Kronoberg
  • Stockholm
  • Värmland
  • Västmanland
  • Örebro
  • Östergötland

Counties which are complete up to 1960.

  • Blekinge
  • Gotland (however only up to year 1947 for city court in Visby)
  • Göteborg och Bohus
  • Halland
  • Kopparberg
  • Kristianstad
  • Malmöhus
  • Skaraborg
  • Södermanland
  • Uppsala
  • Älvsborg

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In conclusion, we wish to point out our searchable name index for estate inventories (Inventory of estate index) which is available to our All-in-one customers. Currently, the register is far from complete but more index entries will be added. You can find out what district and city court archives are name searchable for estate inventories by going to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

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Discover Emigration Place in the Swedish Estate Inventory!

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.

estate inventory addressesÖlme, Visnums och Väse häradsrätt (S) FII:23 (1917-1918) Image 4220 / Page 6 (AID: v441699.b4220.s6, NAD: SE/VA/11141)

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:

Transcription

  • 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.

 English Translation

  • 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.

ArkivDigital is in the process of indexing by name the estate inventories. Click here to read more about our estate inventory registers.

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Certificate of Poverty (Fattigbevis) in Stockholm City

certificate of povertyStockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelning EIId:31 (1903-1904) Image 150 / page 8 (AID: v494721.b150.s8, NAD: SE/SSA/0145a) Link.

In the Stockholm city court archives (Stockholms rådhusrätts arkiv), you will find volumes named certificate of poverty (fattigbevis) in addition to estate inventories (bouppteckningar). For individuals who didn’t have any assets at the time of their death, the heirs would submit a certificate of poverty (fattigbevis) to the court.

The above image is an example of a certificate of poverty for Johan Albin Haughton who died on the 7th of February 1903 at the age of 31 years, 2 months and 9 days. His widow submitted a certificate of poverty.

Boet uppgafs af den aflidnes enka under edlig förpliktelse, att detsamma vid dödstillfället befans i ett sådant skick, att begrafningsomkostnaderna och skulder öfverstego tillgångarne.

Under oath, the widow of the deceased stated that the deceased’s estate at the time of his death was in such a bad state that the burial costs and debts exceeded the assets.

The primary difference between an estate inventory and a certificate of poverty is that there is no detailed inventory of the assets and debts in a certificate of poverty other than a statement noting that the debts were greater than the assets. However, the largest benefit for a researcher is that the heirs of the deceased are named like they are in an estate inventory. If you can’t find an estate inventory for a person, you should investigate or determine if a certificate of poverty was preserved.

The certificates of poverty for Stockholm city court are found in these archives:

  1. Stockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelningen. Certificate of poverty (Fattigbevis) for the years 1756-1924 are included in the EIId series.
  2. Stockholms rådhusrätt, bouppteckningsaved. Certificate of poverty (Fattigbevis) for the years 1925-1933 are included in the E3 series.

In both archives, you will find special name register volumes for the certificates of poverty. In some of the certificate of poverty volumes, you will find in addition a separate register for the actual volume/actual year.

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Burial Costs

Burial costsOrusts och Tjörns häradsrätt FII:18 (1850-1853) Image 248 / page 491 (AID: v13493.b248.s491, NAD: SE/GLA/11080) Link.

The estate inventories (bouppteckningarna) are a wonderful source for finding information about a deceased’s heirs and the names of guardians for children not of legal age. This information in found in the ingress or preamble of the estate inventory.  When one browses through the estate inventory, one can form a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life by viewing their possessions such as two spoons, four pigs and a clock or other items.

At the end of the inventory, the deceased’s debts (skulder) are listed. In addition, the burial costs are usually included. Sometimes, if you read carefully, you can recreate the burial event as if you were present.

In the estate inventory for Samuel Andersson as shown in the above image, you can discover what was served to the funeral guests at Orust in 1850.

“5 kannor brännvin, 1 kanna konjak, 1/2 kanna vin, kaffebönor och socker, pudersocker och skorpor, malt, korn och råg, 2 kalvar, smör, fläsk och ägg. Allt tillagat av kokerskan”.

5 pitchers of brandy, 1 pitcher of cognac, ½ pitcher of wine, coffee beans and sugar, powdered sugar and biscuits, malt, barley and rye, veal, butter, bacon and eggs. Everything prepared by a cook.

We wish to thank Lisbeth Zachs for this tip.

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Estate Inventory more than 300 pages!

bouppteckning ingressÅkerbo och Skinnskattebergs tingslags häradsrätt FII:5 (1912-1912) Image 220 / page 8 (AID: v748972.b220.s8, NAD: SE/ULA/12685)
Link to image.

Upon a person’s death an estate inventory (bouppteckning) was created. This document consists of an ingress or preamble which gives information about the deceased and the names of the heirs. Following the preamble is the inventory listing all the deceased’s assets and debts. The estate inventory is a wonderful document for proving genealogical relationships as well as helping one gain a better understanding of one’s ancestor life.

The number of pages within an estate inventory varies greatly from only a couple of pages to sometimes hundreds of pages. One example of an extensive inventory is the estate inventory for the wholesale merchant, Adolf Ferdinand Hagström from Svarthäll in Kung Karl’s parish. His estate inventory totals 305 pages.

Adolf Ferdinand Hagström died on the 20th of August 1909 at Sofiahemmet in Stockholm at age 55. His death is recorded in the death book for Kung Karl’s parish.  Only a month earlier his wife, Augusta Charlotta Andersson died. The couple had no children and the heirs of Adolf’s estate were his mother and his siblings. The above image shows the ingress or preamble naming Adolf’s mother and siblings as the heirs.

When one browses this estate inventory, it is almost like venturing more than 100 years back in time and touring his house room by room. Since he was a wholesale merchant, the estate inventory also details the merchandise he had in stock. Below is an image showing some of the liquor that was in stock. Lots of aquavit!

branvinÅkerbo och Skinnskattebergs tingslags häradsrätt FII:5 (1912-1912) Image 690 (AID: v748972.b690, NAD: SE/ULA/12685) Link.

The assets of the estate were 1,135,609.69 Swedish kronor and the debts were 536, 306.61 kronor resulting in the net value of estate being 599, 308.08 kronor. See image below.

net valueÅkerbo och Skinnskattebergs tingslags häradsrätt FII:5 (1912-1912) Image 3230 (AID: v748972.b3230, NAD: SE/ULA/12685) Link.

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Other Sources
Adolf Ferdinand Hagström’s death record
Kung Karl F:3 (1895-1909) Image 790 / page 73 (AID: v72960.b790.s73, NAD: SE/ULA/10669) Link.

Congregation book showing Adolf Ferdinand Hagström’s residence at time of death
Kung Karl AIIa:6 (1907-1920) Image 1250 / page 570 (AID: v261754.b1250.s570, NAD: SE/ULA/10669) Link.

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