Tips for finding an estate inventory register in an estate inventory volume

We have previously written an English blog (see previous blog entry) about the estate inventories (bouppteckningar) and how one can search these records in ArkivDigital. We mentioned that many estate inventories have been indexed by name and these indexes are in volumes named, estate inventory registers (bouppteckningsregister).

However, not all estate inventories have been indexed. In those cases, one needs to browse page by page in the estate inventory volume.  But you still may be lucky.

Some estate inventory volumes contain a name index in the front of the book.  This is the case with the estate inventory volume FII:18 found in the Orust and Tjörns häradsrätt archive. In this volume, you will find a number of name registers and there is a register for each court (ting) session that the volume covers.

In volume FII:19 for the same district court (häradsrätt), there is one name register for all the court sessions that the volume covers. The register is on page 1 with the following heading:

”Register öfver bouppteckningar, som inregistrerats vid Orusts och Tjörns häradsrätt under åren 1854-1856 efter följande aflidna personer”.

Register of estate inventories, which were registered at Orust and Tjörn district court during the years 1854-1856 for the following deceased persons.

estate inventory registerOrusts och Tjörns häradsrätt (O) FII:19 (1854-1856) Image 4 / page 1 (AID: v13494.b4.s1, NAD: SE/GLA/11080)  Link.

The register notes the name of the person that the estate inventory refers to along with a reference number for the actual estate inventory.

In both of these examples, we have added information about these registers in the “Archive Info” box that you will find above the list showing the archive volumes.

archive box

We wish to thank Lisbeth Zachs for giving us this tip about the registers in the estate inventory volumes for Orust and Tjörn district court (häradsrätt).

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The daughters’ dowries

Dowryitems
Orusts och Tjörns häradsrätt FII:18 (1850-1853) Image 1328 / page 2643 (AID: v13493.b1328.s2643, NAD: SE/GLA/11080) Link.

We have received an interesting tip about an estate inventory (bouppteckning) from Lisbeth Zachs.  Among the items valued in this estate inventory were the dowries of two daughters.

The estate inventory for the deceased widow Börta Andersdotter was performed on the 5th of February 1853. According to the ingress or preamble, the heirs were her son, Bengt Svensson who was 20 years old and four daughters: Chatarina married to E. Nilsson, Helena married to Anders Olsson, Anna Britta who was married to Rutger Olsson along with Regina Svensdotter who was unmarried.

At the top of the page is an image of the part of the estate inventory that lists the daughters’ dowries (hemgifter).

Among the items listed in Anna Britta’s dowry were: one cow (ko), two sheep (får), one feather bed (bolster) and one poster bed (stoplesäng). The cow and the feather bed were the most valuable items.

Daughter Chatarina’s dowry was the same as Anna Britta’s except she didn’t have a poster bed or a chest (kista). However, her dowry did also include a kettle (kittel).

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Burial Costs

Burial costsOrusts och Tjörns häradsrätt FII:18 (1850-1853) Image 248 / page 491 (AID: v13493.b248.s491, NAD: SE/GLA/11080) Link.

The estate inventories (bouppteckningarna) are a wonderful source for finding information about a deceased’s heirs and the names of guardians for children not of legal age. This information in found in the ingress or preamble of the estate inventory.  When one browses through the estate inventory, one can form a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life by viewing their possessions such as two spoons, four pigs and a clock or other items.

At the end of the inventory, the deceased’s debts (skulder) are listed. In addition, the burial costs are usually included. Sometimes, if you read carefully, you can recreate the burial event as if you were present.

In the estate inventory for Samuel Andersson as shown in the above image, you can discover what was served to the funeral guests at Orust in 1850.

“5 kannor brännvin, 1 kanna konjak, 1/2 kanna vin, kaffebönor och socker, pudersocker och skorpor, malt, korn och råg, 2 kalvar, smör, fläsk och ägg. Allt tillagat av kokerskan”.

5 pitchers of brandy, 1 pitcher of cognac, ½ pitcher of wine, coffee beans and sugar, powdered sugar and biscuits, malt, barley and rye, veal, butter, bacon and eggs. Everything prepared by a cook.

We wish to thank Lisbeth Zachs for this tip.

Link to blog entry in Swedish.

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