Photographs of Released Prisoners

freed prisoner
Kriminalpolisen i Malmö FIa:7 (1882-1882) Image 154 / page 143 (AID: v97414.b154.s143, NAD: SE/MSA/00453) Link.

As a researcher, it is often easy to find many written documents about one’s ancestors. On the other hand, it is often difficult to know what they looked like or to find a portrait. If you happen to have an ancestor who was a criminal, you may be in luck. Many of the earliest Swedish photographs show prisoners.

You will find a number of volumes titled, “Portrait of released prisoners” in the archive Kriminalpolisen i Malmö. These volumes include portraits of prisoners released from prisons throughout Sweden for the period 1876-1910. You can find a name searchable register of the released prisoners on the Swedish side of our website by clicking here.

In the picture above we see the laborer, Carl Jakob Åström, who was released from Långholmen prison in 1882. While the photo is in black and white, a physical description of the prisoner is written to the left of the photo. Here we see that Carl has brown hair (här: brunt), blue eyes (ögon: blå), straight nose (näsa: rak), ordinary mouth (mun: ordinär), pale skin (hy: blek), 5.45 feet tall (höjd: 5.45 fot) and a strong body build (kroppsbyggnad: stark). On the top of the page you will find more details about Carl’s life along with information about the crime that he committed. In this case, it was his fourth time for stealing.

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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Lists of Workers in the Iron Industry

ironworker8:e Bergmästaredistriktets arkiv FIIb:1 (1701-1851) Image 1200 (AID: v328357.b1200, NAD: SE/VALA/01497)  Link to the image.

For those who are interested in blacksmiths and persons working in foundries or iron works, there are volumes in ArkivDigital’s online library that include lists of these workers (bruksarbetare).

The image above is the first page for “Förteckning öfver Finspongs, Lotorp och Djurshytte Bruks Arbetare För år 1850” or the list of Finspongs, Lotorp, and Djurshytte foundry workers for 1850.  Each worker’s position is noted. In this image we see the following positions:

  • mästaren –  master
  • mästersven – master’s assistant or journeyman
  • dräng – laborer

You can find these lists (förteckningar) in the following archives and volumes:

Archive: 8:e Bergmästaredistriktets arkiv (volumes FIIa:1, FIIb:1, FIIc:1 and FIId:1)
Archive: 9:e Bergmästaredistriktets arkiv (volumes FIb:1-2)

You can also find these archives by clicking on advanced options in ArkivDigital’s search window and selecting  archive type, mine-inspector.

These records cover Södermanland, Östergötland, Kalmar, Jönköping, Kronoberg, Blekinge, Halland, Malmöhus and Kristianstad counties. The years covered vary by county. The oldest worker lists are from the end of the 1600’s and the newest at the end of the 1800’s.

Read the article in Swedish.

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