In a previous blog, we searched for the birth record of Elin Andersdotter who was born on the 13th of July 1841 in Västra Torsås parish in Kronoberg county. In the birth record, we discovered her parents were Anders Nilsson and Ingrid Magnisdotter and that they resided at a place in the parish named Långasten.
Today, we will search for the family in the household records. Each pastor was required to take a yearly accounting of all members in his parish and test them for their religious understanding. In order to do this accounting, the minister made lists of all the people living in the parish, household by household. These records were kept in large books and each volume covers a series of years. The number of years vary by parish and time. Many of these books begin in the late 1700’s but they do exist earlier for some parishes. By using the household records and congregation books, one can often trace a person from birth to death or birth to emigration.
To search for the household records for 1841:
- Return to the archive for Västra Torsås as shown in the above image.
- Search for a household records volume that includes 1841.
- Highlight the book Västra Torsås AI:6 1840-1847.
- Double click and open the book.
- Look for a place name index (ortsregister). This is usually in the front of the book but sometimes is in the back. Not all household records books have an index. In those cases you will need to page through the book to locate the place.
Västra Torsås AI:6 (1840-1847) Image 8 (AID: v21256.b8, NAD: SE/VALA/00453) Link.
- Search for the Elin’s residence, Långasten, in the place name index and you see that the records for this place begin on page 396 and 401 as shown in the above image.
- Go to page 396 and begin your search for the family.
Västra Torsås AI:6 (1840-1847) Image 409 / page 396 (AID: v21256.b409.s396, NAD: SE/VALA/00453) Link.
You will find the family on page 396. In the first column on the top line is the place name, No. 69 Långasten. The first column shows the family member names living in the household during the period the book covers.
The major column headings on this household record are:
- Födelse – Birth
- Flyttningar – Moving (Moves in and out)
- Läser – Read
- Nattvardsgång - Communion
- Husförhör – Household examination
- Omständigheter – Special circumstances or special remarks
Under the birth (födelse) column you will see the sub-columns, dag, år and ort which respectively mean day, year and place. In these columns, you will find the birth dates and birth places for each member of the household. In this case you notice that only the birth year is shown for the father while complete birth dates are shown for the rest of the family.
Below is a list of all the household members’ names and birth dates:
Name Birth Date
B. M. Anders Nilssson 1798 (B. is an abbreviation for bonde or famer; M. – husband)
H. Ingjerd Magnisdotter 13 April 1797 (H. is an abbreviation for hustru or wife)
o ä D. Stina Johansdotter 11 March 1820 (Ingjerd’s illegitimate daughter)
o ä S. Magus Olsson 28 April 1845 (Stina’s illegitimate son)
S. Nils Andersson 7 November 1827 (S. is the abbreviation for son)
D. Ingrid 28 January 1830 (D. is the abbreviation for daughter)
D. Catherina 24 December 1838
D. Elin 13 July 1841
Usually, you will find the name of the parish in the birth place column. Sometimes, it will be a village name or sometimes the county name or a country. But in most cases, it is the parish name. In this case there is no entry and that usually but not always means the birth was recorded in the same parish as the household record so in this case, Västra Torsås. We do know that is true for Elin’s birth record. To search for the birth records for other members in the family, we should first look for their birth records in Västra Torsås.
The moving in and moving out columns (flyttningar) are very important columns. The columns indicate if the person has moved into or out of this place during the period the household records book covers or in this case 1840-1847. The moving in columns include the year (år) and from location (ifrån) and the moving to columns are year (år) and to place (till).
You will notice that there is an entry in the moving to column for Stina Johansdotter and her son Magnus Olsson. It states that they moved to a place that is shown on page 373 in the same book in 1848. Also, you will note their names are crossed out. A cross out indicates a person has moved or died. In order to find them at their new residence, go to page 373 in the same book. You will find them at the following reference in ArkivDigital: Västra Torsås AI:6 (1840-1847) Image 386 / page 373 (AID: v21256.b386.s373, NAD: SE/VALA/00453) Link.
There are no entries in the moving in or moving out columns for the other members of the household. Since there are no notations of a move, we can assume that they lived in the same place, No. 69 Långasten, in the previous household records book and in the subsequent one. We can trace the family both backwards and forward by looking for the place, Långasten, in the place name index in the previous and subsequent household records books and look for the family in the same manner as we did in this book.
The last column, Omständigheter or special circumstances, can offer some additional information about your ancestor. In this case, you will see the following noted for Stina Johansdotter:
Lysn. d. 6/5 48 med Torp. Jöns Svensson
Banns of marriage date 6 of May 1848 for marriage with Torpare (Crofter) Jöns Svensson
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