Norrland seamen houses are currently being photographed

ArkivDigital has photographed many records for Swedish seamen houses (sjömanshus) over the past few years. There is a good coverage of seamen houses for Southern Sweden in ArkivDigital but the coverage for Norrland seamen houses has been limited. Now for all who are interested in seamen houses in Norrland, new records are being added.

The photographing of the Norrland seamen house records began in spring 2017. We have now added records for four seamen houses from the oldest times to 1940. The four houses that are now complete are Haparanda, Luleå, Piteå and Skellefteå. Currently, we are photographing records for the Umeå seaman house. We are photographing a selection of documents from each seaman house primarily different types of rolls, such as muster and seaman rolls.

We will be adding more seamen house records from Norrland in the future. Our first goal is to complete photographing the Umeå seaman house records. Then we will continue with the seamen houses in Härnösand, Sundsvall, Örnsköldsvik, Gävle, Hudiksvall and Söderhamn.

seamanSkellefteaA page out of the Skellefteå sjömanshus mönstringsliggare for the year 1935, referring to the steamship, Sirius. Link.

You can find seamen house records in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New archive search.
  • Select category, sjömanshus, and click search.
  • Then, you will see a list of the seaman house archives that are currently in ArkivDigital.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Passports – Not Only for International Travel

Up until 1860 a passport was required in Sweden for both domestic and international travel.  For a person traveling to another place in Sweden where he or she was not known, a passport was required and it needed to be shown if someone asked to see it. These passports were recorded in passport journals (passjournaler).

We have photographed some of these passport journals for Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.  You can find these passport journals by going to ArkivDigital’s online search window, clicking on advanced options, and selecting the archive type, country cabinet (landskansli).  We have also published name indexes for the passport journals for Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.

For Gävleborg, you will find the passport journals in the volumes named passport journals and you will find name indexes for these journals in the volumes named registers.  If you select Gävleborg läns landskansli, you will find the name indexed registers for the years 1767 – 1858 in the PassReg. Volumes 1 to 10.

gavle name imageGävleborgs läns landskansli PassReg:10 (1842-1858) Image 460 / page 83 (AID: v638342.b460.s83, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

Above is an example from one of the Gävleborg’s name indexed registers.   In the above image, we can see that Carl Erik Frunk received a passport granting him and wife Brita Kristina Hillgren permission to travel from their home in Gävle to a neighboring city, Söderhamn.  You can see the original record in the volume f0r 1850 on page 189 or at the following reference:  Gävleborgs läns landskansli BXIIIa:10a (1842-1858) Image 1000 / page 189 (AID: v637649.b1000.s189, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

In Västernorrland you will find passport journals and here the volumes are named passliggare instead of passport journals and the name indexes are in the register volumes.

In addition we have photographed passport journals for Blekinge and Gotland counties but these are not name indexed. For Gotland, we have photographed passport applications (passansökningar)  as well as incoming passport journals (inkomma pass).

The image below shows a passport that was received in Gotland from Kalmar county. The image shows a maid (pigan) Carin Larsdotter from Bredsättra parish on Öland who received permission to travel to Gotland to seek service work (tjänst).  In addition the passport states that her age is 19: she has blue eyes, dark hair, a straight nose, an ordinary mouth and chin and is short in stature.

kalmar pass

Länsstyrelsen i Gotlands län, Landskansliet EXa:13 (1837-1839) Image 1330 (AID: v482151.b1330, NAD: SE/ViLA/20146)  Link

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