Using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 to discover where Hilda moved to!

Within the household and congregation records, there is an entry showing where a person moved to if the person moved during the period the household/congregation books cover.  The information that is normally shown is the place and a date or sometimes there is a reference to another page number and date within the same household book.  However, many times the minister will note an abbreviation that is not easily understood and one must take some time to discover where the person has moved. In the image below, it states that Hilda Joseph. (Josephina). Hjorth born on the 20th of May 1833 moved from Önumstorp in Önum parish in Skaraborg county to V. 41 in 1871.  What does “V. 41” mean?

onum hflÖnum (R) AI:9 (1867-1881) Image 148 / page 142 (AID: v12796.b148.s142, NAD: SE/GLA/13674) Link.

There are two methods for discovering what “V. 41″ means: using traditional methods of deciphering the meaning or using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930.

Now, while the reference to a page number is not usually the letter V, one might go to page 41 in the same household book to see if she is listed there and if one goes there, Hilda will not be found.

The next step is to determine if the parish, Önum, belongs to a pastorat. See previous blog for more information about a pastorat. 

You can check if Önum belongs to a pastorat by accessing ArkivDigital, selecting new archive search, entering Önum in the search box and search. Open the archive for Önum parish and click on the archive info tab. There you will get information about what pastorat Önum belongs to. See the image below.

onum archive info

You will note the following information in the archive info box: Före den 1 maj 1920 var Önum annexförsamling i Skarstads, Hällums, Vara och Önums pastorat or before the 1st of May 1920, Önum was an annex parish in the Skarstads, Hällums, Vara and Önums pastorat.

This information gives us a clue that “V”. might mean Vara and 41 the page number in the Vara household book that includes the year 1871. Our next step is go to archive search and, enter Vara in the search box and click search.

vara search

Search for a household book that includes the year 1871 which is AI:7 that covers the years 1867-1878 and open the volume and go to page 41.

varahfl41Vara (R) AI:7 (1867-1878) Image 46 / page 41 (AID: v12751.b46.s41, NAD: SE/GLA/13611) Link.

In the above image you will see a reference that Hilda has moved in from “Ö 142” or Önum parish on page 142. In this case, the minister is abbreviating Önum. This minister often abbreviates the parish names of parishes within the pastorat by showing only the first letter of the parish name.

Search using the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 Search Index
The Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index makes Swedish research so much easier. For this same case, we can go to New index search, select the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 index, enter Hilda and her birth date 18330520 in the search box, and click search. We receive 7 matches that we can analyze. (There are other ways of searching such as using the advanced search method or using various search criteria,) We see one household record is in Vara. We can quickly link on the match and then link on the image to verify the information. Thus, we quickly know that “V. 41” means Vara page 41. Of course, we have to verify that all the information agrees and this is right Hilda. This one is correct.

1860 Vara search

This is an example how Swedish research is becoming much easier and quicker using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index.


Mother Parish and Annex Parishes (Moder- och annexförsamlingar)

The pastorat is a geographical area that a minister has responsibility for within the Swedish Lutheran Church. The pastorat may include one or multiple parishes or congregations. This means that a minister might have had administrative responsibility for several parishes at the same time. If there are multiple parishes in a pastorat, the parish where the minister lives is called the moderförsamling or mother parish and the other parishes are each called annexförsamling or annex parish.

When a minister had responsibility for multiple parishes, he would usually store all the parish books together and sometimes he would record a birth record in the wrong book or note an incorrect place on a moving certificate. Thus if you are tracing a person and can’t locate a record in the parish book where you think that it should be recorded, you should check to see if the parish is a mother or annex parish.

You will find information if the parish was a moderförsamling (mother parish) or an annexförsamling (annex parish) in the info box in the upper left hand side of the search window in ArkivDigital.

Anders Ström moved with his family from Holltorp Blankgården in Naum parish and the priest noted in the moving out column in the household examination book that the family moved to the parish Vara in Skaraborg county in 1881. When one looks at the Vara moving in records for 1881, there is no record of the family moving in. Does Vara belong to a pastorat with multiple parishes?

By reviewing the info box in the search window, we can see that Vara was an annex parish in Skarstad, Hällum, Vara and Önum pastorat.

Since May 1, 1920 Vara is the mother parish in Vara, Skarstad, Hällum and Önum pastorat.
Before May 1, 1920, Vara was an annex parish in Skarstad, Hällum, Vara and Önum pastorat.

One should look at the moving in records for 1881 in these parishes. In this case, you will find the family in the moving in records for Skarstad in 1881.Skarstad Moving In recordSkarstad B:3 (1860-1889) Image 37 / page 70 (AID: v12684.b37.s70, NAD: SE/GLA/13473)

The moving in book shows that you will find the family under Råckgården on page 53 in the Skarstad household examination book. This can be confirmed in the following household examination reference. Skarstad AI:8 (1880-1894) Image 59 / page 53 (AID: v12668.b59.s53, NAD: SE/GLA/13473).