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.

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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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ArkivDigital Webinar – Thursday, March 12, 2020

webinar 2020Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be one of the presenters for the 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon sponsored by FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage on Thursday, March 12 at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time, 8 PM Central Standard Time, 7 PM Mountain Standard Time and 6PM Pacific Standard Time.

The title of the presentation is “Searching by name Swedish records using ArkivDigital”. The presentation will demonstrate index or name searching in the church books, estate inventories, emigration records and other collections. The webinar is free.

Click here for more information and click here to register for the webinar.

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Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

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From today and through Sunday, January 19, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to learn more about your ancestors and family and discover your own unique history.

You can browse for free more than 86 million newly photographed color images such as Swedish church books, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests and many other historical documents.

Also, discover our index search. You can now search by name in many church books such as the household congregation books for all of Sweden between 1860 and 1947, estate inventories and other documents that have been indexed. Today, there are close to 161 million names in our indexes. In addition, you can view several million aerial photos from all over Sweden for free!

You can also build your own family tree in ArkivDigital. In your family tree you can save your ancestors and the information you find during the free weekend.

If you have never used ArkivDigital before, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to discover all the exciting material contained in our online archive.

If you have been a previous ArkivDigital customer but have not used the service for a while, you can take this opportunity to explore all the new records and indexes that have been added in recent months. Maybe you can supplement your genealogy with new information.

Read more here.

This offer to freely access ArkivDigital is in effect from now until Sunday, January 19, 2020. If you are not registered with us, you first need to register by clicking here on this link.

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

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ArkivDigital – 2019 Highlights

We wish you all a Happy New Year! We wish to take a glance backwards at the year 2019 and highlight the year’s events.

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86 Million Images
During the past year, we added 5.5 million images of historical documents which corresponds to 11 million pages to ArkivDigital’s online library. ArkivDigital is the world’s largest online provider of Swedish historical records for the genealogy and local history researcher.

Family Tree
In the beginning of November, we ArkivDigital launched our own family tree. All who have a subscription with ArkivDigital can use the tree in order to save information when one searches in the indexes or browses in the church books. You can create a tree manually or import one with a GEDCOM file from another family tree program that you have used. We continue to work adding new functions to the tree. Since launching the tree in November, we had added a simple print function and the possibility to add up to ten individual trees.

House of Nobility’s (Riddarhuset) portrait collection
At the end of the year, we digitized about 13,000 images from the House of Nobility’s portrait collection and we have also added a name searchable index that makes it simple to find a photo of a member of one of the noble families.

Swedish Estates and Farms (Svenska Gods och Gardar)
The book collection, Svenska Gods och Gardar, published at the end of the 1930’s and during the 1940’s includes much information about Sweden’s farms and about the people who lived on these farms. ArkivDigital has begun to photograph these books and now 21 volumes are accessible in ArkivDigital.

ArkivDigital is one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2019”
During 2019, Family Tree Magazine again selected ArkivDigital as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy”. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Emigrant Search
In September, we added an index with approximately 1.4 million emigrants leaving from the ports of Göteborg (Gothenburg), Malmö, Helsingborg and Stockholm. Now, it is much easier to search for emigrants going to the USA!

Table of contents for general muster rolls
In August, we simplified the method for those who search for soldiers. We published a table of contents search index for the general muster rolls. By using the table of content search index, one can quickly find the correct year, regiment and company.

Rotemansarkivet register
In August, we published the Rotemansarkivet register with 6.3 million index entries for persons who lived in Stockholm city during the years 1878 – 1926. This makes it simpler to find family who lived in Stockholm. The information from the Rotemansarkivet is available in the index, Population in Sweden 1860 – 1947.

Table of content censuses (Mantalslängder)
When the household records and other church books are missing, the tax records become an important source for genealogists. Therefore, we are pleased that we were able to publish a table of content censuses for the tax records. The table of contents makes it much simpler to locate and search in the tax records.

Name Index for Boatman Rolls (Båtsmansrullor)
In June, we published the index, boatswain active list, which makes it easier for one to find a boatman.

Name index for employees of the Papyrus paper mill
Our name searchable index, Employees at Papyrus, allows you to quickly find interesting information about employees at the paper mill, AB Papyrus.

Place aerial photographs on the map
We have added the aerial photographs to the map. Our goal is to make genealogy easy and that includes working with the aerial photographs.

Photographing of estate inventories (bouppteckningar)
We are continuing to photograph estate inventories and have added all estate inventories from the earliest times up to 1940. During the year, we have continued our work and our goal is to photograph estate inventories up to 1960. We now have estate inventories for some counties up to 1960 and in other counties photographing is in progress. We continue to work with the inventory of estate searchable name index to make it simpler to search for the correct estate inventory.

Genealogy Days in Borås
ArkivDigital was the main sponsor for Genealogy Days in Borås at the end of August. These days were as normal successful where we were able to meet many of our wonderful customers. We will see you again at Genealogy Days in Skövde in 2020.

RootsTech
In February, we participated in RootsTech in Salt Lake City in the United States. RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in North America and we will again participate in 2020.

Additions to the military service cards index
In April, we updated our military service cards index and now one can search for military service cards for those who served in the Swedish military during the years 1902 – 1950. There are now approximately 2.4 million register entries in this index.

Educational videos on YouTube
Did you know that ArkivDigital has a YouTube channel? There are many educational videos on how to use ArkivDigital and during the past year, new videos have been added mainly about our new family tree. Look at our YouTube channel here. Note – videos are only in Swedish.

Population of Stockholm 1945
At the end of March, we published the Population of Stockholm 1945 index. The index includes about 670,000 persons and is a big help for all who research in Stockholm in the middle of the 1940’s.

Additions to the Birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden
Several times throughout the year, we have updated our birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden. There are now 3.8 million searchable name entries in the three index collections. Several registers we have created in thanks to partnerships with genealogical societies. We would like to have more partnerships so do not hesitate if you hear about or have a register that you wish to share.

Quickly find a volume
At the beginning of the year, we released another tool, filter function, to help you find a churcAh book or other documents in ArkivDigital. You can now filter and quickly display, for example, all birth books or all church books that contain a certain year. You will find the filter function above the volume list.

Locate parish on a map
Now with the help of a map, you can easily find a parish and then open up the church book archive directly from the map. You can even do the opposite, when you search for a parish from Archive info and want to know where the parish is located (or the nearby parishes). You find the Archive info tab above the volume list. Click on “Show on map” and the map opens and you will come directly to the right location.

Table of content SCB extracts
In January we published a table of content SCB index to make it easier to find the correct SCB extract. The SCB (Statistics Sweden) are birth, marriage and death record extracts for the years 1925 – 1947 (1930 – 1947 for parishes in Stockholm city). The table of content SCB makes it easy to find the correct extract for a parish and year.

A big thank you to all our wonderful customers for a fantastic 2019, and now we go forward to an exciting 2020!

Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

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From today and through Sunday, November 10, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to learn more about your ancestors and family and discover your own unique history.

You can browse for free more than 85 million newly photographed color images such as Swedish church books, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests and many other historical documents. Also, discover our index search. You can now search by name in many church books such as the household/congregation books for all of Sweden between 1860 and 1947, estate inventories and other documents that have been indexed. Today, there are more than 160 million names in our indexes. In addition, you can view several million aerial photos from all over Sweden for free!

 

If you have never used ArkivDigital before, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to discover all the exciting material contained in our online archive.

If you have been a previous ArkivDigital customer but have not used the service for a while, you can take this opportunity to explore all the new records and indexes that have been added in recent months. Maybe you can supplement your genealogy with new information,

Read more here: https://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/try-for-free

This offer to freely access ArkivDigital is in effect from now until Sunday, November 10, 2019. If you are not registered with us, you first need to register by clicking this link: https://www.arkivdigital.net/users/register

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

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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.

Click here to see what estate inventories are included in the estate inventory register.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

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 (Bouppteckning) Review

Usually the first set of Swedish records one looks at when one begins one’s Swedish genealogical research are the Swedish church books. These books are wonderful and contain so much information. For many, the next set of records are the estate inventories because these records provide genealogical information as well as offer a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

Today, we have estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (approximately early 1700’s) up to 1940 in ArkivDigital. We are currently adding records up to 1960. For a complete status as of February 2019, click here.

We are also beginning to index by name the estate inventories and the name of the index source is inventory of estate. Click here to get an update of what estate inventories have been indexed. Click here to get more information about estate inventory indexes.

estate inventory aprilSearching for an estate inventory using the inventory of estate index

Below you will find a listing of tutorials and blogs where you can find more information on how to find and research in the estate inventories.

  • Introduction to Swedish estate inventory research
    https://www.arkivdigital.net/swedish-genealogy/swedish-estate-inventories (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-bouppteckning-reading-example (Link)
  • Tips for finding an estate inventory register in an estate inventory volume
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/tips-for-finding-an-estate-inventory-register-in-an-estate-inventory-volume (Link)
  • Solving a genealogical mystery using an estate inventory
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/where-did-klara-settle-in-north-america (Link)
  • Discovering an emigration place in the estate inventories (Link)
  • Browsing in the estate inventories
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/the-daughters-dowries (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/burial-costs (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-more-than-300-pages (Link)

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Swedish Portraits (Svenska Porträttgalleri)

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many types of records such as the church books, estate inventories, court records, tax registers and military records. But there are many additional types of records within ArkivDigital including scanned books. One interesting set is the Svenskt Porträttgalleri.

The Svenskt Porträttgalleri includes 26 volumes of portraits and biographical data for over 20,000 persons who represented key segments of Swedish life including clergy, military officers, academics, doctors, publishers, financiers, and others. The series includes a general register or an index which lists all the individuals in alphabetical order and points to the volume that shows the photograph and biography. You can find these volumes in ArkivDigital by going to archive search and selecting archive type, printed litterature.

As an example, we will look for Gustaf Unonius, who was the founder of St. Ansgarius Church established in 1849 in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first Scandinavian church in Chicago. To find the biographical data for Gustav Unonius in the Svenskt Porträttgalleri, do the following:

  • Access ArkivDigital (app.arkivdigital.se).
  • Select archive search.
  • Select archive type – printed litterature.
  • Select the archive – Svenskt Porträttgalleri.
  • Open the general register volume. The names are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Below is the register entry.

unonius registerSvenskt porträttgalleri (o) Generalregister (1913) Image 3900 / Page 765 (AID: v903628.b3900.s765)

The information in the register is an abbreviated biographical sketch along with pointing out where we can find his portrait and a more detailed biography in Volume 15 (XV). The information shown in the register is the following:

Unonius, Gustaf Elias Marius was born in Helsingfors (Helsinki, Finland) on the 25th of August 1810. He was a pastor at an Anglo-American church, a customs collector in Grisslehamn and died in Hacksta parish in Uppsala county on the 14th of October 1902.

The next step is to go to Volume XV. You will see that Volume XV and XVI are in the same volume in ArkivDigital. The names are listed in alphabetical order for each volume. Browse through the book to search for Gustaf Unonius. Below is his photograph and a more detailed biographical sketch.

gustaf unonius full biographySvenskt porträttgalleri (o) XV-XVI (1897-1900) Image 990 / Page 181 (AID: v903622.b990.s181)

In the above record, you will find a few more details about Gustaf Elias Marius Unonius’s life. Additional information in this record includes that he studied in Uppsala, emigrated to America in 1841, studied at an Anglo-American seminary in Wisconsin in 1843, ordained to the priesthood in 1845, was a pastor at the Swedish-Norwegian parish, St. Ansgarius in Chicago in 1849 and still a priest in the Anglo-American church and returned to Sweden in 1858. In 1860, for his work with the Swedish immigrants in America he was given a reward of 3,000 riksdaler. He worked as a customs official in Grisslehamn from 1863 to 1888. The last portion of the sketch list some of his publications and probably the best known being Minnen fr. en Sjuttonåring vistelse in nordvestra Amerika or Memoir for a Seventeen-Year Stay i Northwest America. This work has been translated into English with the title of A Pioneer in Northwest America 1841-1858, The Memoirs of Gustaf Unonius.

The Svenskt Porträttgalleri is a wonderful source for finding photographs and some biographical information about persons active in Swedish society.

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Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

From today and until Sunday, January 20, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try our ArkivDigital All-in-one service.

New users and users with a Base subscription will get access to everything in our database including the All-in-one, during the whole weekend.

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Map function – Aerial view of Vadstena

Besides everything in our database such as church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records, military, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church records and other historical records you get access to the aerial photographs plus all of our registers: Population of Sweden 1940, Population of Sweden 1950, Population of Sweden 1960, Population of Sweden 1975, Population of Sweden 1985, Population of Sweden 1860-1947 (name index of all household/congregation records between 1860 and 1947), Swedes in US 1940, Inventory of estate, portrait collection, birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden, military service cards and the agricultural statistics of 1944.

This is a great opportunity to discover the historical treasures that our available in our continually growing database as well as our new powerful name searching indexes.

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