Additions to the estate inventory index for several counties along with Svea hovrätt

We are working full time to increase the number of searchable entries in our estate inventory index and we have now added new information for several counties and for the nobility’s estate inventories from Svea hovrätt (Svea Court of Appeals).

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This update contains searchable posts for the following counties and years:

Svea hovrätt – Estate inventories for the nobility 1801–1916 for the following counties:

Gotland county
Gävleborg county
Jämtland county
Kopparberg county
Norrbotten county
Stockholm county/city
Södermanland county
Uppsala county
Värmland county (from year 1814)
Västerbotten county
Västernorrland county
Västmanland county
Örebro county

Göteborg och Bohus county
Askims häradsrätt 1824–1887
Marstrands rådhusrätt och magistrat 1861–1891, 1896–1934

Jönköping county
Eksjö rådhusrätt och magistrat 1850–1859

Kalmar county
Aspelands häradsrätt 1699–1829
Tjust häradsrätt 1801–1825

Malmöhus county
Frosta häradsrätt 1677–1810
Luggude häradsrätt 1805–1817, 1822-1826, 1829-1830
Rådhusrätten i Malmö 1850-1950
Trelleborgs rådhusrätt och magistrat 1867-1896

Värmland county
Filipstads rådhusrätt och magistrat 1875-1944
Kils häradsrätt 1737-1860
Kristinehamns rådhusrätt och magistrat 1878-1899

Älvsborg county
Borås rådhusrätt och magistrat 1893–1955
Ulricehamns rådhusrätt och magistrat 1864–1902

Örebro county
Bergmästaren i Nya Kopparbergs med flera bergslag 1728–1838

Östergötland county
Dals häradsrätt 1708–1872
Norrköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1801–1860

This update contains a total of 126,944 new searchable index entries. After the update, the entire estate index contains a total of 2,366,515 entries.

The estate inventories are an important source for genealogical research. Here you can find information about the deceased’s heirs and often prove relationships. Also, you will find a list of all the assets and debts of the deceased.

Our index makes it much easier to find the correct estate inventory, something which in ordinary cases can be quite time consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in an exact order. We launched our estate inventory in 2017 and since then we have added more material on several occasions.

You can search in the estate inventory index by name, the year in which the estate inventory was performed, along with county and parish where the person died. When you search by year, it is important to note that the estate inventory may not have been created in the same year as the person died. It is recommended to include a year range from the year of death and maybe a couple of years in the future.

The estate inventory index includes searchable name entries for estate inventories for the following counties: Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad, Kronoberg, Malmöhus, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the estate inventory index. Watch our blogs, newsletters and other social media for updates.

Click here to check what is included in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

Click here to watch an Introduction to Estate Inventories video.

In order to open the estate inventory index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Estate inventory in the list under Index source.

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Updating of estate inventory index for Göta hovrätt distrikt (Göta Court of Appeals)

Last week, we updated our estate inventory index with new searchable name posts of estate inventories for members of the nobility from Göta hövratts distrikt (Göta Court of Appeals).

From the earlies times and up to and including 1916, members of the nobility submitted their estate inventories to the court of appeals versus their district or city court. Beginning in 1917, the estate inventories for the nobility can be found in the district or city courts.

noble estate inventory

The index includes all of the Court of Appeals estate inventories from 1620 to 1916.

The following counties are included:

  • Blekinge (up to and including 1820)
  • Göteborg och Bohus
  • Halland
  • Jönköping
  • Kalmar
  • Kristianstad (up to and including 1820)
  • Kronoberg
  • Malmöhus (up to and including 1820)
  • Skaraborg
  • Värmland (up to and including 1813)
  • Älvsborg
  • Östergötland

The total number of new searchable index posts is 12,201. After this update, the estate inventory index includes a total of 2,239,571 posts.

For genealogy researchers, the estate inventories are an important resource. Here you find information about the deceased’s heirs. There is a list of all the deceased’s assets and debts which helps you understand better your ancestor’s life.

Our index makes it much easier to find the correct estate inventory, something which in ordinary cases can be quite time consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in an exact order. We launched our estate inventory in 2017 and since then we have added more material on several occasions.

You can search in the estate inventory index by name, the year in which the estate inventory was performed, along with county and parish where the person died. When you search by year, it is important to note that the estate inventory may not have been created in the same year as the person died. It is recommended to include a year range from the year of death and maybe a couple of years in the future.

The estate inventory index includes searchable name entries for estate inventories for 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 entries to the estate inventory index. Watch our blogs, newsletters and other social media for updates.

Click here to learn what is include in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

In order to open the Estate inventory index, you login at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and then select, Estate inventories, in the list under Index source.

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Searching for estate inventories in ArkivDigital

The estate inventories (bouppteckningar) are one of the most important records for genealogists. These records can prove genealogical relationships as well as listing the names of the deceased’s heirs. Also, the estate inventory lists all the assets and debts of the deceased enabling one to get a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

ArkivDigital has estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (early 1700s and even a few from the 1600s) up to 1950 and for many counties up to 1960.

In order to find an estate inventory, you need to know the parish where the person died and the district or city court that the parish belonged to. Today there are three primary methods for searching:

  1. National estate inventory index search.
  2. View photographed estate inventory register.
  3. Searching in the volume.

National estate inventory index search
ArkivDigital is currently building a national estate inventory index for all of Sweden. Currently it is mostly complete for older times but is less complete for the latter 1800s and forward. To find out what district and city courts and years have been indexed, go to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

To illustrate how to access the national estate inventory in ArkivDigital, we will search for the estate inventory for Jan Hindrik Wiväg who died April 2, 1847 in Älvsbacka parish in Värmland county.

  1. Go to app.arkivdigital.se.
  2. Select index source.
  3. Select the index, estate inventory, under index source.
  4. In this case, we will use simple search and enter Hindrik Wiväg in the search box and click search. One could have entered Jan Hindrik Wiväg.
  5. There are two matches in the result list.
  6. Select the one for Jan Hindrik Wiväg.

national estate inventory search

After you selected a match on the result list, you will see an index record as shown below and you can click on the link that will go directly to the estate inventory.

jan hindrik estate inventory

Photographed estate inventory registers
If you don’t find the person in the national estate inventory index, look for a photographed estate inventory register for the court. We will look for the estate inventory for Elna Larsdotter who died February 9, 1838, in Slöinge parish, in Halland county. In order to find out what court district, Slöinge parish belonged, you go to archive search and enter Slöinge in the archive holder search button. Open the archive and scroll down to estate inventories. Click on that and search for estate inventory registers. You will find one that covers the years 1684 to 1848. Open volume and search for Elna Larsdotter. The names are listed by surname in alphabetical order. You will find an entry that gives the year, volume and page number.

estate inventory photographed register

In this case, the entry states that you can find the estate inventory in volume 32 for the year 1838 and on page 185.

Then return to the archive Årstads häradsrätt and look for volume 32, open the volume and go to page 185.

elna larsdotter ei

Searching in the estate inventory volume
If you haven’t found the estate inventory by an index search and no estate inventory register exists, you will need to go the volume beginning with the deceased’s death date and browse forward. You may want to search up to two to three years after the date of death. In the latter 1800s and 1900s, there is a very strong likelihood of finding an estate inventory record but one must be patient and persistent in browsing through the volumes.

Estate Inventories for the nobility
Most of the estate inventories are found in the district and city courts but there are exceptions. The estate inventories for the nobility were given to the Court of Appeals (hovrätten) up until 1917. You will find the estate inventories for Götaland in the Göta hovrätt, for Svealand and Norrland in the Svea hovrätt and for Skåne and Blekinge in the Hovrätten för Skåne och Blekinge.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

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New: Name Index for the House of Nobility’s Portrait Collection

There is now a name searchable index of the House of Nobility’s (Riddarhusets) portrait collection. The register makes it much easier to find photographs for persons belonging to the nobility.

Riddarhuset-sommarImage from Riddarhusets home page:  Photo: Dick Norberg, Riddarhuset.

The House of Nobility’s portrait collection is from the 1800’s and 1900’s and is kept at the House of Nobility in Stockholm. ArkivDigital has digitized these photos and they have been available in ArkivDigital’s online archive for some time. The portrait collection includes about 13,000 photos from various noble families.

mayor noble houseMayor Carl Henrik Nordenfeldt with children Riddarhuset: Porträttsamling (o) 17 Bild 2740 (AID: v950561.b2740)

To search the House of Nobility’s Portrait Collection:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Riddarhuset, collection of portraits under index source

Enter the first letters of the person’s surname. For example, if you type in Sil, all the names beginning with those letters will appear in a list. Select the surname for the photo you wish to view and click the search button

search for sil

Click on the blue button, Open image, so you can begin to page through the photographs for the selected family. Do not forget to look at the back side of the image where you can find the name and other information about the person or persons.

open noble image

The register for the portrait collection was created in partnership with the House of Nobility (Riddarhuset)

major

Major Carl Axel Ludvig Silfversparre Riddarhuset: Porträttsamling (o) 22 Image 6790 (AID: v950566.b6790)

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Skånska Documents from the Danish Period

Skåne’s Genealogical Society (Skånes Genealogiska Förbund abbreviated SGF) was established in 1937. In the beginning most of the research was focused on the nobility, the church ministers and the bourgeois. A greater interest in genealogy developed in the 1950’s and 1960’s when the Swedish church books were microfilmed. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, one was able to borrow microfilms from other parts of the country. But in Skåne if one wanted to research before 1658, (the time before Skåne was part of Sweden), one had to travel to Copenhagen where some documents were available at the Danish National Archives (Rigsarkivet). During the 1980s, the board of SGF repeatedly held discussions about the possibility of establishing a society archive. The thought was to acquire copies of important and difficult to access Skånska archival documents. These thoughts became reality in 1980 when a monetary grant was received to make photocopies of documents concerning Skåne that were preserved in the Danish National Archives. In addition, a number of documents stored at the Swedish National Archives were also copied.

skane documents

Link to record.

Approximately 20,000 paper copies were copied and also some documents in Stockholm that were not available in Skåne formed the SGF archive. This archive was created before the age of digitization. A catalog was created in book form listing the archive contents so that copies of these documents could be ordered.

A few years ago, the Skåne Genealogical Society changed their Swedish name from Skånes Genealogiska Förbund to Skånes Släktforskarförbund (abbreviated SkSF) and changed the archive name to SkSF archive. At the Skåne Genealogical’s Society’s meeting in 2016 a motion was made to digitize these materials and ArkivDigital was asked if they would scan the paper copies and make them available.

land book denmark1604 Land register from Asmundtorp. AID:v880266.b270.s27

The material consists mostly of tax registers and land registers from the 1500’s and 1600’s but there are also other documents. In 1676, Denmark occupied parts of Skåne and quickly created tax registers for those parts of Sweden that they took back. There were even rolls listing the friskytta (fighters) who fought for the Danish king.

skane muster roll

Muster roll for Captain Eskils Nielsen’s company friskyttar, mustered in Helsingborg on July 10,1679. AID:v880383.b630.s63

To access the material (note these are scanned paper copies and not photographs of the original documents), search for Skånes Släktforskarförbund archive. Keep in mind that the county division was different during the Danish time. For example. there were both Helsingborg and Landskrona counties, as well as some smaller counties. A register of parishes and towns is in the process of being prepared to facilitate searching.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Name Registers in Parish Archives

borasregister

In a previous blog entry, we pointed out name registers (släktnamnsregister) in ArkivDigital for those who research in Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Älvsborg, Värmland or Västernorrland counties. If one is searching for a person who has a non-patronymic name meaning a name that does not end with a “son” or “dotter”, these registers can be very helpful. Examples of groups of people who had a non-patronymic name were the nobility, priests and not least the many soldiers.

However, you will also find name registers for parish books in some parish archives which also include both patronymic and non-patronymic names. Whenever you research a parish, it is always recommended to browse the archive to see what types of volumes are included in the archive. Occasionally, you will see “register” or “personregister” volumes. For example, if you browse the Borås parish/congregation archive in Älvsborg county, you will see name registers for birth, marriage, death and household records. In this parish, there are name registers for the household records between 1745 and 1860 as shown in the above image. These can be very helpful in the search process.

Below is an example of a page from the household record register book for Borås for the years 1745 – 1754. To the right of the person is the page number where you can find the person in the household record book for the years 1745-1754.

household register imageBorås (P) HFReg:1 (1745-1754) Image 74 / page 70 (AID: v188594.b74.s70, NAD: SE/GLA/13048) Link.

Examples of a few other parish archives where you will find name registers for church books are:

  • Gävle Heliga Trefaldighet – Gävleborg
  • Göteborgs Karl Johan – Göteborg och Bohus
  • Göteborgs Kristine – Göteborg och Bohus
  • Uppsala domkyrkoförsamling – Uppsala

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Swedish Family Register (Svensk Slägtkalender)

familyregister imageSvensk Slägtkalender 13 (1905-1905) Image 47 / page 79 (AID: v773686.b47.s79, NAD: SE/SSK/13013) Link.

The Swedish Family Register (Svensk Slägtkalender) is available in ArkivDigital’s online library. This work comprising of 14 volumes includes family registers for approximately 1400 commoners or persons not belonging to the nobility. This series of books is often considered a standard genealogical work for commoners.

The first four volumes (1885-1888) have the title, Svensk Slägkalender, while the following volumes (1889-1908) are named, Svenska ättartal. This work was published by the archivist, Victor Örnberg (1839-1908) and is popularly referred to as Örnberg’s ättartal or just Örnberg.

You can find the Swedish Family Register (Svensk Slägtkalender) volumes in ArkivDigital in the archive, Svensk Slägtkalender.  You can search for these volumes by entering “Svensk Slägtkalender” in the search box and click search or you can select “advanced options” and search for personarkiv in the archive type selection. Volume 15 includes a name register for all 14 volumes.  Below is an image of the search window showing the archive and volumes.

SwedishFamilyRegisterSearch

The image at the top of page out of the thirteenth volume shows a register for the Carlström family.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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Name Registers

Name RegisterSläktnamnsregister Skaraborg SlReg:2 (0-1800) Image 6 / page 2 (AID: v187522.b6.s2, NAD: SE/GLA/75003) Link.

For those who research in Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Älvsborg, Värmland or Västernorrland counties, we wish to point out name registers (släktnamnsregister) that are accessible on ArkivDigital. If one is searching for a person who has a non-patronymic name meaning a name that does not end with a “son” or “dotter”, these registers can be very helpful. Examples of groups of people who had a non-patronymic name were the nobility, priests and not least the many soldiers.

Above is an image from the name register volume for household records for Dimbo härad in Skaraborg county.  If you were searching for Christina Aminoff shown in the above image, you would find her in the household book for Varv parish in Skaraborg county on page 38 in volume AI:2. To search for a name and then to be directed to the page number in the household record naturally saves much time.

The name registers cover normally the period from the beginning of the church books until the year 1800. For Västernorrland, however, the register continues until 1830 (for Medelpad and norra Ångermanland) and respectively to 1856 (for södra Ångermanland). The type of church books which registers exist vary from place to place.  There are registers for household records, moving in-out records, birth, marriage and death records but this varies from county to county and district (härad) to district as to what type of registers are available for that area.

You can find these registers in ArkivDigital by typing in “Släktnamnsregister” in the search box and click search or you can select “advanced options” and search for registers in the archive type selection.  These registers are divided into six archives, one for each county with the exception for Älvsborg county which has separate archives for Dalsland and Västgötadelen.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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