Rosenstein and his Wife 1803

manskog drawingMangskog AI:6 (1786-1789) Image 84 / page 97 (AID: v12112.b84.s97, NAD: SE/VA/13359) Link.

The household examination records are a treasure for the Swedish researcher. These records were updated yearly and contain much detail about each household member. Using the household records along with other church book records, one can often trace a person’s whereabouts from birth to death or birth to emigration.

But occasionally as you browse through a book, you may be surprised to see a drawing or an image that will cause you to smile or even laugh.  Above is an image in the Mangskog household book (1786-1789) titled, “Rosenstein och hans Fru 1803” or “Rosenstein and his wife 1803”.

One wonders why the minister drew the picture of this couple or maybe his children found the book and made the drawings. You will find more delightful drawings in this book. Take a look on the following pages: 9, 12, 21, 42, 49, 61, 78, 135, 146 and finally the horses on page 152.

See blog entry in Swedish.

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Records over Non-Existing Persons

missing persons

At many conferences in North America, the question often comes up, “What are the records for non-existing persons?”  Volumes titled “records over non-existing persons” appear in the volume list for many parish archives on ArkivDigital’s English interface as shown in the above image.

The “records over non-existing persons” volume or “obefintlighetsbok” is a list of the persons within the parish whose whereabouts are unknown or in other words missing. Whenever a person moved out of the parish, they were supposed to advise the parish minister that they were leaving and where they were moving to. The minister gave the individual a moving out certificate showing information about his birth, last residence, character and religious standing and the minister recorded the information in the household examination book and moving out book. If the individual moved to another parish within Sweden, he or she would give the certificate to the new minister and that minister would record it in the moving in book and the household examination record. This is the reason why in most cases it is easy to trace a person whereabouts in the Swedish books.

However, there were many cases where the person left the parish without telling the minister. Before the 1880’s the ministers had much freedom as to how they would enter information in the household examination books about persons who disappeared. Some would just cross out the name while others would move the person to a “obefintlighet” page in the household examination book or the “obefintlighetsbok”.

In 1894, there was a requirement that the missing should be listing in a special category, “obefintlighet” or whereabouts not known.  Often you will find persons who emigrated without securing the necessary moving out papers in these lists.

You can read this article as well as other Swedish genealogy tutorials on our website in the section titled, Swedish Genealogy.

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George Washington born in Nederkalix

While researching our family history, many of us have discovered unusual or odd names in our family or sometimes when browsing in the church book records we have encountered one.

In the parish of Nederkalix in Norrbotten county, a child born on March 6, 1880 was named George Washington.  The image of his birth record is shown below.george washingtonNederkalix CI:8 (1877-1894) Image 61 / page 58 (AID: v138293.b61.s58, NAD: SE/HLA/1010131)  Link.

George Washington’s parents were inspector, Axel Brattberg, and his wife, Maria Kant. All his siblings had ordinary names. As to why he was named George Washington after the first President of the United States, one can only speculate.  You can see the household examination record showing the family group at the following reference.
Nederkalix AI:10c (1879-1890) Image 196 / page 638 (AID: v138260.b196.s638, NAD: SE/HLA/1010131)  Link.

Have you discovered any of your Swedish ancestors named after a historical figure?

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U W X Y Z Å Ä Ö P U G W

In an earlier blog entry, we saw a family in Svenarum parish with 13 children and 51 unique given names.  (Link to blog entry.)

alphabet Väsby AI:20 (1871-1882) Image 230 / page 1035 (AID: v110050.b230.s1035, NAD: SE/LLA/13468)  Link

In Väsby parish, we find a family that gave their children names in alphabetical order. Unfortunately, there is not an image that shows all the children in the same household examination record.  The names of the children are as follows:

Son – Albin Bertrand Carl David, born 28 June 1865 in Väsby.
Daughter – Evelyn Femi Gotton Henriette, born 13 March 1868 in Väsby.
Son – Imri Johan Knut Lamuel, born 20 October 1870 in Väsby.
Daughter – Maria Nanna Othilia Persi, born 19 December 1872 in Väsby.
Son – Quintus Rurek Sten Thure, born 1 February 1877 in Väsby.
Son – Uno Witus Xeriph Yngvar, born 21 June 1878 in Väsby.
Daughter – Zebi Århild Ädla Ödevi, born 16 February 1883 in Väsby.
Son – Per Uno Gustaf Walentin, born 14 February 1888 in Väsby.

This blog was originally published in Swedish on February 25, 2015. Read the Swedish blog entry.

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