Triplets (Trillingar)

Twins occur now and then. According to the Swedish language encyclopedia, (Nationalencyklopedin), twins account for 1 in 85 births. Triplets are considerably less common, 1 in 70,000 births. Therefore, it is rather surprising to see two sets of triplets born in the same parish with only 3 ½ months between them. This happened in the same village in Mjällyby parish in Blekinge county in the years 1731 and 1732.

On November 9, 1731 the triplets, Sissa, Åke and Lars, were born to Ingemar Larsson and Sissa Åkesdotter in Istaby. (See image below.)

november-tripletsMjällby (K) CI:1 (1723-1753) Image 31 / page 53 (AID: v96434.b31.s53, NAD: SE/LLA/13269) Link.

On February 27, 1732 the triplets, Karna, Kiersta and Berta ware born to Bengt Olsson and Anna Svensdotter in Istaby.

february-27-imageMjällby (K) CI:1 (1723-1753) Image 32 / page 55 (AID: v96434.b32.s55, NAD: SE/LLA/13269) Link.

There is a gap in the records in the death book from August 1731 to April 1732 so it is difficult to see if all the children survived. Triplets are often born prematurely and weigh less than ordinary children and at this time the prognosis for survival was not great. However, these triplets were baptized at the ordinary times and there is no notation that they received emergency baptisms.

It is likely that they died within a month after their birth. The writer has not found them in the later church books from Mjällby.

This article was written by Örjan Hedenberg for ArkivDigital and originally published in Swedish. Click here to read the article in Swedish.

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Using the Table of Contents in the Swedish Church Books

When you are researching in the Swedish church books in ArkivDigital, many times you will discover that some Swedish church books contain multiple types of records. You may find birth, marriage, death, moving in and moving out records in the same volume. Many books but not all contain a table of contents (Innehåll) but this may not be immediately obvious if your native language is not Swedish.

Before searching for a record in a volume, one should always check for the presence of a table of contents (Innehåll).  If one exists, the table of contents (Innehåll) is usually located in the front of the book and will show the page numbers where you can find the various record types.  Below is an example from a birth and christenings book for Kärna parish in Östergotland county.

Table of Contents

Kärna CI:3 (1808-1856) Image 3 / page 1 (AID: v38617.b3.s1, NAD: SE/VALA/00208)
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Transcription
Innehåll
Födelse-  och doplängd  6/1 1808 – 25/12 1856____________________pag. 4 -231;
Vigesllängd 27/3 1808 – 30/12 1856________________________        ”  233-294;
Död- och begrafningslängd 4/1 1808 – 28/11 1856________________     ” 295-427.

Translation
Table of Contents
Birth and baptismal records  January 6, 1808 – December 25, 1856____page 4-231;
Marriage records   March 27, 1808 – December 30, 1856___________  “ 233-294;
Death and burial records  January 4, 1808 – November 28, 1856_______”295-427.

The table of contents shows the page numbers where you can find each set of records that are in this book: birth, marriage and death records as well as the date coverage. Thus if we were looking for a death record in 1808 for Kärna parish, we would go directly to page 295 to begin the search.

While not all books include a table of contents and in those cases you may need to browse through the book to find the correct section, we recommend that you develop a habit of always checking for the existence of a table of contents (Innehåll) in a volume to help your search.

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