More estate inventory indexes!

An important source for the Swedish genealogist is the estate inventory. Here you can prove genealogical relationships and find information about the deceased’s heirs. You will also see the assets and debts of the deceased which will help you gain a better understanding of your ancestor or relative’s life.

Our estate inventories index makes it much simpler for you to find the correct estate inventory, something that can be time-consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in any exact order. About three years ago, we launched our searchable estate inventory index and we have added additional material several times.

Now it is time for a new update. This time we have added new searchable posts for estate inventories from Gävleborg, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Uppsala, Västerbotten and Västernorrland counties. For some of these counties, there were already searchable posts available but we have added more searchable material.

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With this update, we have added 258,982 new searchable index posts. After this update, the estate inventories index includes a total of 1,864,795 posts.

Click here in order to open a PDF file to see what this update includes. In the list, you will see the county and district or city archive that is included in the update. You can even see what years the searchable index covers, both the total and what is included in this update.

In the estate inventories index, you can search by name, the year when the estate inventory was created together with county and parish where the person lived. When you search by year, it is important to remember that the estate inventory was not always created the same year the person died. Therefore, it is often a good idea to search for a time period from the year of death and a couple of years forward.

The estate inventories index now includes searchable name posts from the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add more indexes, so watch our blog or other social media for news about the updates.

Click here to see what is included in the estate inventories index after this update.

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In order to open the estate inventories index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Estate inventories in the list under index source.

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Estate Inventory index for Södermanland and Västmanland

It has been approximately three years since we launched our name searchable estate inventory index which has been updated several times.

Now it is time for a new update. This time we have added searchable posts for estate inventories for Södermanland and Västmanland district and city courts.

Today’s update includes 188,689 new name searchable entries. After this update, the estate inventory index will  include approximately 1.6 million name searchable entries.

trosa estate inventory

The estate inventories are an important source for the researcher. Here, you can prove genealogical relationships and get information about the deceased’s heirs. You also get a detailed list of the deceased’s assets and debts enabling you to get a better understanding of your ancestor’s life.

Our index makes it much easier for you to find the correct estate inventory, since in normal cases it can be time consuming to search since the estate inventories are not arranged in any exact order.

In the estate inventory register, you can search by name, the year the estate inventory was performed along with the county and parish where the deceased lived. When you search by year, it is good to remember that the estate inventory was not always performed the same year the person died. Therefore, search for a time interval beginning with the year the person died and a few years in the future.

Today’s update includes searchable posts from the following archives:

Södermanlands county

Daga häradsrätt 1746-1915
Eskilstuna rådhusrätt och magistrat 1669-1900
Hölebo häradsrätt 1737-1914
Jönåkers häradsrätt 1704-1910
Mariefreds rådhusrätt och magistrat 1685-1900
Nyköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1694-1900
Oppunda häradsrätt 1678-1904
Rekarne tingslags häradsrätt      1880-1901
Rönö häradsrätt 1665-1910
Selebo häradsrätt 1748-1880
Strängnäs rådhusrätt och magistrat 1669-1900
Torshälla rådhusrätt och magistrat 1639-1922
Trosa rådhusrätt och magistrat 1734-1917
Villåttinge häradsrätt 1694-1908
Västerrekarne häradsrätt 1738-1880
Åker och Selebo tingslags häradsrätt 1881-1900
Åkers häradsrätt 1719-1880
Österrekarne häradsrätt 1735-1880

Västmanlands county

Arboga rådhusrätt och magistrat 1652-1903
Gamla Norbergs bergslags häradsrätt 1738-1899
Köpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1652-1900
Norrbo häradsrätt 1714-1928
Siende häradsrätt 1699-1893
Simtuna häradsrätt 1727-1887
Skinnskattebergs bergslags häradsrätt 1746-1906
Snevringe häradsrätt 1629-1900
Torstuna häradsrätt 1736-1887
Tuhundra häradsrätt 1707-1893
Tuhundra, Siende och Yttertjurbo tingslags häradsrätt 1894-1900
Vagnsbro häradsrätt 1770-1899
Våla häradsrätt 1746-1867, 1869-1887
Västmanlands östra domsagas häradsrätt 1888-1900
Yttertjurbo häradsrätt 1744-1893
Åkerbo häradsrätt 1670-1906
Daga häradsrätt 1746-1915

Our estate inventory index also includes searchable name information for the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the index.

Click here, to see what is included in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here, to learn more about estate inventories.

In order to open the estate inventory index:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index Search
  • Select Estate Inventories in the list under Index source.

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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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Svenska Gods och Gårdar (Swedish estates and farms)

Svenska Gods och Gårdar is a series of books published during the 1930’s and 1940’s describing many estates and farms throughout Sweden.  The books include information about the farm owner and family, history and size of the farm, livestock and even a picture of the farm. ArkivDigital is beginning to photograph these books and today 21 volumes are now available in ArkivDigital’s online archive.

You can locate these books in ArkivDigital by:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Enter Svenska Gods och Gårdar in the box under archive holder

Or

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select printed litterature under archive type
  • Select archive Svenska gods och gårdar

Sometimes the whole county is included in the same book, while other books only include parts of the county such as in the following books: Skaraborg:Norra, Skaraborg:Södra and Skaraborg:Västra.

Each book begins with a general chapter about the agricultural region followed by hundreds of pages of farm descriptions, congregation by congregation. Each congregation begins with a short parish description followed by descriptions of farms within the congregation. Please note that not all the farms are included. At the end of each volume there is a table of contents where you can quickly find the section for each parish.

As an example, we can search for Lillaröd 4 in Hammarlunda parish in Malmöhus county.

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select archive type, printed litterature
  • Select the Svenska gods och gårdar archive
  • Open the volume for Malmöhus:Mellersta
  • Go to the back of the volume and look for the Table of Contents (Innehall) and look for Hammarlunda. You will see that the beginning page for Hammarlunda is page 351 in the below image.

hammarlunda table of contentsSvenska gods och gårdar (M, o) Malmöhus:Mellersta (1944) Image 14120 / Page 1412 (AID: v948977.b14120.s1412)

Go to page 351 and page forward till you find the farm Lilleröd 4. See image below.

lillarod 4Svenska gods och gårdar (M, o) Malmöhus:Mellersta (1944) Image 3590 / Page 359 (AID: v948977.b3590.s359)

In the caption next to the image, we see the following family information:

Äg.: Arnold Larsson f. 16/12 1889. Son till Lars Hansson o.h.h. Maria f. Andersson. Gift 6/7 12 med Emilia, dotter till Anders Andersson o.h.h. Elna f. Nilsson. Barn: Hilda f.13, Margit f.15, Arvid f.17, Henry f.19, Edit f.21, Sven f.23, Assar f.25, Hilmer f.28, Signe f.30.

Owner: Arnold Larsson born on the 16th of December 1889. Son of Lars Hansson and his wife Maria born Andersson. Married on the 6th of July 1912 with Emilia, daughter of Anders Andersson and his wife Elna born Nilsson. Children: Hilda born 1913, Margit born 1915, Arvid born 1917, Henry born 1919, Edit born 1921, Sven born 1923, Assar, born 1925, Hilmer born 1928, Signe born 1930.

In addition, we can find additional information about the family in the church books and other documents.

larsson 1940Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:273 (1940) Image 590 / Page 10 (AID: v884831.b590.s10, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

In the above image, we see the family in the Population of Sweden 1940.

In 1944, a questionnaire was sent to the owners and users of Swedish farms. You can find Arnold Larsson’s response to the questionnaire in the Agriculture Statistics 1944 index as shown below.

larsson agriculture 1944Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Byrån för jordbruksstatistik, Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944 H1AB:299 (1944) Image 3530 (AID: v835953.b3530, NAD: SE/RA/4204012004)

If you want to research even further, you can search for the estate inventory for one of the family members who lived on the farm. Arnold Larsson died in 1963 and his estate inventory has not yet been digitized, but his wife Emilia Kristina died in 1954 and her estate inventory is in ArkivDigital. See image below.

larsson estate inventoryFrosta och Eslövs domsagas häradsrätt (M) FII:9 (1954) Image 2900 / Page 273 (AID: v499318.b2900.s273, NAD: SE/LLA/11599)

Click here to read original blog in Swedish.

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Where did Klara settle in North America?

While we have often mentioned that one of the greatest challenges for many North Americans is to identify the parish where their Swedish ancestor originated from. However, once the mystery is solved, it is usually fairly easy to trace the family backwards in time in the Swedish records. Primarily because the records are so complete especially with household records that were updated yearly.

Finding where a Swedish emigrant immigrated to in North America can often be just as challenging if not more so especially with women who emigrated unmarried and then later married in North America.

This was the challenge that Todd Johnson faced in trying to research one of his ancestors, Klara Jonasdotter, who was born on the 15th of March 1859 in Håbol parish in Värmland. She emigrated from Dals-Ed parish in 1882 to North America. See image below.

householdklaraDals-Ed (P) AI:17 (1876-1885) Image 34 / page 27 (AID: v3863.b34.s27, NAD: SE/GLA/13082) Link.

But where in North America? In this case, Klara’s father, Jonas Johansson’s estate inventory provided the clue for locating Klara. By tracing Jonas forward in the household records, Todd discovered that Jonas died on the 6th of October 1901 in Håbol parish.

To trace Jonas further in the household records, one short method is to use the search index for the Population of Sweden 1880 to 1920 in the All-in-One subscription. In this case, just by entering his birth date, 18251119, and the birth parish, Håbol, all the applicable household records until his death appear in the result list. See below.

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His death is recorded in the Håbol household record for the years 1901-1905. See image below.

jonasdeathhouseholdrecordHåbol (P) AIIa:2 (1901-1905) Image 2940 / page 282 (AID: v199357.b2940.s282, NAD: SE/GLA/13231) Link.

To find the estate inventory, go to the archives for Håbol parish and search for estate inventories. Open the archive and look for an estate inventory register which is a name indexed register. In this case since there is no register for this time period, we have to search for the record page by page beginning with the death date. However, we meet with success and we find the clue about Klara that helped Todd locate her in North America.

estate-inventoryVedbo häradsrätt (P) FIIa:57 (1902-1902) Image 1250 / page 51 (AID: v511345.b1250.s51, NAD: SE/GLA/11120) Link.

The estate inventory shows that Klara is in North America married to Aron Molin in Minnesota. (Klara gift med Aron Molin i Minnesota i Norra Amerika.) By knowing Klara’s husband’s name, Todd was able to do further U.S. research in the U.S census records where Todd discovered that Klara and Aron lived in Nessel township in Chisago county in the state of Minnesota in 1900.

Thanks to Todd Johnson in Minnesota for this research case.

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The daughters’ dowries

Dowryitems
Orusts och Tjörns häradsrätt FII:18 (1850-1853) Image 1328 / page 2643 (AID: v13493.b1328.s2643, NAD: SE/GLA/11080) Link.

We have received an interesting tip about an estate inventory (bouppteckning) from Lisbeth Zachs.  Among the items valued in this estate inventory were the dowries of two daughters.

The estate inventory for the deceased widow Börta Andersdotter was performed on the 5th of February 1853. According to the ingress or preamble, the heirs were her son, Bengt Svensson who was 20 years old and four daughters: Chatarina married to E. Nilsson, Helena married to Anders Olsson, Anna Britta who was married to Rutger Olsson along with Regina Svensdotter who was unmarried.

At the top of the page is an image of the part of the estate inventory that lists the daughters’ dowries (hemgifter).

Among the items listed in Anna Britta’s dowry were: one cow (ko), two sheep (får), one feather bed (bolster) and one poster bed (stoplesäng). The cow and the feather bed were the most valuable items.

Daughter Chatarina’s dowry was the same as Anna Britta’s except she didn’t have a poster bed or a chest (kista). However, her dowry did also include a kettle (kittel).

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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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.

Link to blog entry in Swedish.

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Art in the Old Documents

lifeinsuranceimageKarlskrona rådhusrätt och magistrat FIIa:143 (1934-1934) Image 4080 (AID: v495505.b4080, NAD: SE/LLA/10122) Link.

Many of us researching our family history have browsed through thousands of pages of old documents searching for tidbits of information about our ancestors.  But sometimes, a document or image catches our attention. It can be an unusual name, the minister’s handwriting or a beautiful picture.

The image above comes from a 1934 estate inventory record in Karlskrona and shows the top part of a life insurance policy from the Fire and Life Insurance Company, SVEA.

Another fine image is found in the Träslöv’s parish church archive in the HV:2 series which include attachments to the banns and marriage book.

baptismal certificate
Träslöv HV:2 (1760-1889) Image 362 (AID: v93549.b362, NAD: SE/LLA/13420) Link.

This example is a baptismal certificate for Johan Edward Bernhard, son of Emil Johan Johnson and Anna.  He was born in Rumford, Rhode Island, USA on the 1st of May 1888 and  baptized on the 17th of June 1888. The certificate was preserved because the parents moved back to Sweden and lived in Träslöv.

Below is the image of the parent’s marriage certificate. The couple was married on the 20th of November 1886 in Rhode Island.

marriagecertificate
Träslöv HV:2 (1760-1889) Image 361 (AID: v93549.b361, NAD: SE/LLA/13420) Link.

Whenever you find a document or image that catches your interest, pause for a  moment and reflect. Just a little image or note can give you a better understanding of the times when your ancestors lived.

Link to the blog in Swedish.

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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.

Learn more about Swedish estate inventories.

Read original article in Swedish.

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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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