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.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

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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More Images of Farms in ArkivDigital

In previous blogs, we have written about the volumes of Svenska Gods och Gårdar available in ArkivDigital’s online archive. (Click here for blog published on July 20th and click here for blog published on November 18, 2019.). There are more than 50 volumes giving descriptions and pictures of farms throughout Sweden.

Besides the more than 50 volumes of Svenska Gods och Gårdar we have other archival collections which also include descriptions of estates and farms within Sweden as well as written texts describing the region and parish. In some cases, you will find written histories of the area.

The additional archival collections are:

  • Svenska bebyggelse
  • Skånes bebyggelse
  • Bygd och folk
  • Svenska hembygd
  • Svenska samhällen
  • Svenska städer och samhällen
  • Svenska villor

The volumes in the Svenska bebyggelse archive are for the following counties:

  • Kalmar
  • Kronoberg
  • Malmöhus

svensk bebyggelseImage of Mellangård in Alvesta parish in Kronoberg. Svensk bebyggelse (G, H, M) Kronoberg (1952) Image 240 / Page 31 (AID: v954215.b240.s31)

The volumes in the Bygd och folk archive are for the following regions:

  • Bohuslän
  • Gävleborg
  • Jämtland
  • Västerbotten
  • Ångermanland

The volumes in the Svensk hembyd archive are for the following regions:

  • Hälsingland
  • Uppsala & Stockholm
  • Västmanland
  • Ångermanland

svensk hembydImage of Elfkarhed 1, Nils Matts in Alfta parish. Home owner is Per Nilsson. Svensk hembygd Hälsingland (1938) Image 290 / Page 25 (AID: v951560.b290.s25)

The Svenska samhällen archive includes only one volume:

  • Dalarna och Gästrikland

The volumes in the Svenska städer och samhällen archive are for the following regions:

  • Bergslagen: västra
  • Södermanland:III

svenska stImage of Dammkärr in Vansö parish in Södermanland county. Home owner is Anton Gustav Lindblad who purchased the farm in 1925 from Johan F. Karlsson. Svenska städer och samhällen (D, S, T) Södermanland:III (1949) Image 8460 / Page 818 (AID: v954218.b8460.s818)

The volumes in the Svenska villor archive are for the following areas:

  • Skaraborg: Norra
  • Skaraborg: Södra
  • Västmanland: Västra
  • Västmanland:Östra

You can find these additional archives by going to app.arkivdigital.se, select archive search and then select archive type, printed literature. These collections are included in the archive list.

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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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NEW! Name searchable birth index 1800-1840 in Kalmar county

We have again updated the index, Births, parts of Sweden, and this time we have made it easier for you who search for ancestors born in Kalmar county for the years 1800-1840.The updating includes approximately 199,956 searchable name entries.

The birth index is a great help when you research since you can quickly find the correct person with a simple search. Then you can then click directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the birth book.

kalmar birth

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 2.9 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index.

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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Birth index, Parts of Sweden

Today, we will give an update as to what is available in our index, Birth index, parts of Sweden. This index is a name searchable index for birth records with a partial transcription and a direct link to the original record. The goal is to index all the birth records for Sweden but this will take some time. Below is a summary of the birth records that have been indexed to date.

Recently we have added birth indexes for the years 1800-1840 for the following counties:

  • Gotland
  • Gävleborg
  • Norrbotten
  • Västerbotten
  • Västernorrland
  • Västmanland
  • Älvsborg
  • Örebro

vasternorrland birthArnäs (Y) C:3 (1786-1835) Image 98 / Page 94 (AID: v120945.b98.s94, NAD: SE/HLA/1010007)

In addition, we have indexed birth records from the earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and in certain parishes even later for all parishes in the county of Kronoberg, about 80 parishes in Södermanland county as well as certain parishes in Blekinge county, Jönköping county, Kalmar, county, Kristianstad county and Norrbotten county.

To open the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Select Birth index, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

search birth index

 

Click here to get a complete list of the parishes that have been indexed.

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Searching for a birth record using name indexes

Today, we will look for the birth record for Axel Carlsson born on the 8th of April 1856 in Vrå parish in Kronoberg county. The traditional way of searching for him, would be to search for the church books for the Vrå parish and then search for the birth books within the parish. Today, with our many name searchable indexes, we can often search by name. Today, we will show you how to search for his birth record using 2 name searchable indexes: (1) Population of Sweden 1860-1947 and (2) Birth index, parts of Sweden.

 

Search Using Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is a name searchable index of all the household and congregation books for all of Sweden from 1860 to 1947. First, we will search for Axel Carlsson’s birth record using the Population of Sweden 1860-1947.|

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Population of Sweden 1860-1947.

We can search by using simple search or advanced search. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

  • First name – Axel
  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search.

axel search population of 1860

16 matches are shown in the result list. In this case, these are all matches to household records for Alex tracing his life within Sweden. By clicking on the index record for the years 1856-1860 as shown below, we get an index record showing his birth information and residence as well as a listing of other members in the household. There are links to source and birth records. The link to source is a link to the household record and the links to the birth records are links to the birth books containing the birth record. (In this case, there happens to be two birth books with the birth record.)

 

axel search birth

By clicking on the link to the birth record, you will be directed to the front of the birth book and then you will need to search for the birth record.

axel link to birth book

The birth records are organized in chronological order. Open the book and search for births in 1856 and then for April 8. Below is the image of the birth record.

axel's birth record

Vrå (G) C:2 (1824-1860) Image 75 / Page 141 (AID: v29941.b75.s141, NAD: SE/VALA/00433)


Search Using Birth Index Parts of Sweden

The index Birth Index Parts of Sweden includes a searchable name index of births from earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and many cases even later. Today, the index includes all the parishes within Kronoberg, about eighty parishes in Södermanland county as wall as few parishes in Blekinge, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad and Norrbotten counties. This is an ongoing project and more parishes will be added in the future.

 

Since Vrå parish is in Kronoberg county, we can search for Alex Carlsson’s birth record using the Birth Index Parts of Sweden. To do this:

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Birth index, parts of Sweden.

Again, we can search using a simple or an advanced search method. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

 

  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search and one match shows in the result list as shown below.

axel birth index

Click on the search result You will then get an index record with a link to the birth record. Click on the link and then you can see both the index record and original birth record. In this case, all the information except for the names of the baptismal witnesses are included in the index record.

 

axel birth index and record


As you can see as more indexes are added, Swedish research is becoming much easier especially with index records in English for those whose native language is not Swedish.

 

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View list of Swedish parishes in web version!

One comment that we have heard several times at recent conferences is “I can’t see a list of all the parishes in Sweden in ArkivDigital’s web version”. In order to see the list of  parishes in the web version, one must do the following:

parish searchListing of 2,859 parishes within Sweden

You will see a listing of 2,859 parishes. The parishes are listed in alphabetical order. Remember that there are three additional letters in the Swedish alphabet: Å, Ä, Ö. These letters are at the end of the alphabet.

You can further limit your search by county or province. Make sure the country selected is Sweden. Sweden is the default country. Under Swedish county, you can select a desired county and then only the parishes for that county will be selected. In the example below, the county of Kalmar was selected. Now only the 127 parishes for Kalmar are shown.

kalmar searchList of Kalmar parishes

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Estate Inventory Status Update – February 2019

Next to the church books, the estate inventory records are probably the most important source material for many genealogists. These rich records provide genealogical information as well as detailing the assets and debts of the deceased which helps one gain a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

We have photographed all the estate inventory records from earliest times up to 1940 for all of Sweden.  Our goal is to photograph all up until 1960. For some counties, the photographing is complete while work remains for other counties. Below is the photographing status for each county. There may be cases in all counties where individual volumes may be missing for example where the volume could not be photographed because of its extremely poor physical condition.

1952 estate inventoryJönköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat (F) FIa:110 (1952) Image 1480 / Page 287 (AID: v497011.b1480.s287, NAD: SE/VALA/01665)

Counties which are complete up to 1940. Photographing is in progress for years 1941-1945.

  • Jämtland

Counties which are complete up to 1945. Photographing is in progress for years 1946-1950.

  • Gävleborg
  • Norrbotten
  • Västerbotten
  • Västernorrland

Counties which are complete up to 1955. Photographing is in progress for years 1956-1960.

  • Jönköping
  • Kalmar
  • Kronoberg
  • Stockholm
  • Värmland
  • Västmanland
  • Örebro
  • Östergötland

Counties which are complete up to 1960.

  • Blekinge
  • Gotland (however only up to year 1947 for city court in Visby)
  • Göteborg och Bohus
  • Halland
  • Kopparberg
  • Kristianstad
  • Malmöhus
  • Skaraborg
  • Södermanland
  • Uppsala
  • Älvsborg

searching estate inventorySearching in inventory of estate index

In conclusion, we wish to point out our searchable name index for estate inventories (Inventory of estate index) which is available to our All-in-one customers. Currently, the register is far from complete but more index entries will be added. You can find out what district and city court archives are name searchable for estate inventories by going to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Moving Certificates between Swedish American Congregations

In an earlier blog (see earlier blog), we wrote about moving out certificates (flyttningsbevis) from parishes within Sweden that have been preserved by some Swedish American churches.

In some Swedish American churches mostly the Lutheran, the minister would note persons joining the congregation and leaving the parish in a separate section of the congregation book. Usually the section showing persons joining the congregation is titled, Reception of new members (Intagna medlemmar) and the section showing people leaving the congregation is titled, Dismissal of members (utträdda medlemmar).

When a person was dismissed or removed from a congregation primarily within the Augustana Lutheran churches, sometimes the person would be given a certificate of removal. These certificates from one Augustana congregation to another came to serve as a pass to the congregation that was active at the new place of residence.

Some of the certificates of removal or transfers are available for some congregations within ArkivDigital. Below is an image of the moving certificate for Anders Peter Falk and his family that is in the archive for the Council Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iowa showing the family moving from St. John’s Church (St. John’s Lutheran Church) in Essex, Iowa to Council Bluffs in 1893.

transfer certificateCouncil Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iowa, USA (IA) Vol:5 (1878-1894) Image 7 (AID: v903227.b7) 

The certificate gives the date of birth and place of birth for all members of the family.

  • Anders Peter Falk born on the 27th of July 1838 in Vena (Hvena) parish in Kalmar county
  • Margareta Charlotta born on the 8th of June 1848 in Lönneberga parish
  • Anna Elenora born on the 22nd of May 1881 in New Windsor, Illinois
  • Ella Victoria born on the 6th of January 1884 in Essex, Iowa

The record also states that Anders Peter Falk emigrated from Sweden in 1854 and Margareta Charlotta emigrated in 1859. It also shows that they joined the church in Essex, Iowa in 1883. Note – remember this is a secondary source so all information should be verified. But this is a wonderful record showing where the parents came from in Sweden and some of their moves within North America. Unfortunately, not many of these records were preserved.

Whenever there are moving certificates either from a parish in Sweden or from another Swedish American parish in North America, you will find these volumes in the parish archives titled, Attachments to migration records.

You can find out if a particular North American congregation has a volume titled, Attachments to migration records by:

  • Go to archive search.
  • Select the country, United States.
  • Select the desired state.
  • Select the desired congregation.
  • Search the volume list.

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Search by name in the Swedish historical records!

One common question that one hears from Swedish-Americans new to Swedish records, “Are the records searchable by name?” Today, we can say that increasingly more and more Swedish records such as the church books, estate inventories and other record types are searchable by name.  One of ArkivDigital’s primary goals is to make Swedish research easier and one method is name searchable indexes.

search population of 1860 to 1947Searching in the Population of 1860 to 1947 Index

Today, we will review the name searchable indexes that are available in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription.

Church Books

  • Household/Congregations Books (Population of Sweden 1860-1947) – All of the household/congregation books for all of Sweden have been indexed by name for the years from 1860 to 1947. For more information, click here.
  • Birth, marriage and death book indexes – (Birth index- parts of Sweden, Marriage Index- parts of Sweden, Death index- parts of Sweden) Searchable name indexes for birth, marriage and death books for all of the parishes within Kronoberg county and some parishes in nearby counties, around 60 parishes in Södermanland county as well as Nederluleå parish in Norrbotten county. Most of these indexes are from the earliest times (1600’s) up to the second half of the nineteenth century. The end year varies by parish. For some parishes, the end year is 1920. This is an ongoing project and the goal is to index by name the birth, marriage and death books for all of Sweden. Click here for more information.

Estate Inventories (Inventory of estate)

  • Name searchable indexes exist for estate inventories from the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. This is an ongoing project. For a complete list of the district and city courts that have been indexed, click here.

Swedish Census Indexes

  • ArkivDigital has searchable name indexes for the years 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985. Click here for additional information.
    • Population of Sweden 1950
    • Population of Sweden 1960
    • Population of Sweden 1975
    • Population of Sweden 1985

Military records (Military Service Cards)

  • The Military Service Cards index is a name searchable index of all draft registration and service cards for those who served in the Swedish military between 1902 and 1941. Click here for more information.

Swedes in U.S. 1940 Census

  • The Swedes in U.S. 1940 Census index includes all the persons in the 1940 U.S. Census who stated that their birth place was Sweden. Click here for more information.

Other indexes

  • Portrait Collection – Collection of photographs from three Stockholm photography studios from the 1920’s to 1970’s. Click here for more information.
  • Agriculture Census 1944 - Index to 1944 year’s agriculture statistics done by Statistics Sweden (SCB). Click here for more information.

To access the name searchable indexes within ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription:

  • Access the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se/
  • Select “Index Search”.
  • Select the desired index under “Index source”.

search by name

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