Mothers’ acknowledgments of births in Maria Magdalena parish

envelopeMaria Magdalena HIIIc:1 (1897-1900) Image 980 (AID: v826540.b980, NAD: SE/SSA/0012) Link.

Many researchers have been excited to find an ancestor’s birth record only to be disappointed to discover that the mother is “oäkta” or unmarried and that the father is unknown. But the disappointment is even greater if one discovers that both parents are unknown. However, in some cases there may be hope. For those of you who have found unknown mothers in the Maria Magdalena parish birth records in Stockholm, we want to point out four volumes with maternal acknowledgments of births that are available in ArkivDigital.

The four volumes are named Maria Magdalena HIIIc: 1-4 and they cover the period 1897-1917. The volumes contain envelopes which in most cases have been sealed until recently. The Stockholm city archives have now opened the sealed envelopes and have given us the opportunity to photograph the contents.

In the image at the top of the page we see the front page of an envelope referring to Alma Maria born on the 23rd of July 1897.  In the recently opened envelope, there is a page with the following text.

mothercertificate2Maria Magdalena HIIIc:1 (1897-1900) Image 990 (AID: v826540.b990, NAD: SE/SSA/0012) Link.

Undertecknad boende härstädes Bellmansgatan 16, 1 tr opp. erkänner sig härmed vara moder till flickebarnet Alma Maria född den 23 Juli 1897 och döpt den 27 Julis. år. intygas Stockholm den 27 Juli 1897 Mathilda Alma Sandberg född den 20 Juli 1871.

The undersigned who is residing at Bellmansgatan 16, 1st floor up, acknowledges that she is the mother of the female child, Alma Maria, born on the 23rd of July 1897 and baptized on the 27th of July of the same year. Certified in Stockholm on the 27th of July by Mathilda Alma Sandberg born on the 20th of July 1871.

In this record of acknowledgment, we see the mother’s name and birth date. In other acknowledgments, details of the mother’s birth parish are noted and sometimes even the father’s name. The majority of these photographed envelopes have recently been unsealed by the Stockholm city archives. However, some were unsealed long ago and in some of these cases there is documentation about when and who requested the opening of the envelope.

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

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28 Baptismal Witnesses

unungeUnunge CI:10 (1895-1916) Image 920 / page 85a (AID: v274930.b920.s85a, NAD: SE/SSA/1579)  Link.

It is highly recommended that one records all the information that you find in the church books about your family. Often, this information will prove to be very beneficial in further research.  Most importantly, one should record the names of the baptismal witnesses on a birth record. These names can provide leads in researching other family members or solving genealogical mysteries.

There are usually 2 to 3 men and 2 to 3 men who are baptismal witnesses. Sometimes there are more. But could 28 witnesses be a record?

On January 12, 1907, the girl Birgit Gerda Maria Eleonora was baptized in the parish of Ununge.  In the birth book as shown in the image above, the entry states that she was born on the 15th of November 1906 in Adolf Fredrik parish in Stockholm. Her parents were office manager, Niels Jakob Holst and his wife, Aina Gerda Birgitta Erika Söderström.

Since the four rows allotted for the names of the witnesses were not enough for writing the names of the 28 witnesses, the minister has written the names on an attached list.

A certificate was sent to Maria Magdalena parish where she was recorded and here (image below) the priest has neatly written all 28 names in the space allotted for the names of the witnesses.

maria magdelenaMaria Magdalena CIa:28 (1905-1906) Image 3020 / page 262 (AID: v88249.b3020.s262, NAD: SE/SSA/0012) Link.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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