More estate inventory indexes!

An important source for the Swedish genealogist is the estate inventory. Here you can prove genealogical relationships and find information about the deceased’s heirs. You will also see the assets and debts of the deceased which will help you gain a better understanding of your ancestor or relative’s life.

Our estate inventories index makes it much simpler for you to find the correct estate inventory, something that can be time-consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in any exact order. About three years ago, we launched our searchable estate inventory index and we have added additional material several times.

Now it is time for a new update. This time we have added new searchable posts for estate inventories from Gävleborg, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Uppsala, Västerbotten and Västernorrland counties. For some of these counties, there were already searchable posts available but we have added more searchable material.

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With this update, we have added 258,982 new searchable index posts. After this update, the estate inventories index includes a total of 1,864,795 posts.

Click here in order to open a PDF file to see what this update includes. In the list, you will see the county and district or city archive that is included in the update. You can even see what years the searchable index covers, both the total and what is included in this update.

In the estate inventories index, you can search by name, the year when the estate inventory was created together with county and parish where the person lived. When you search by year, it is important to remember that the estate inventory was not always created the same year the person died. Therefore, it is often a good idea to search for a time period from the year of death and a couple of years forward.

The estate inventories index now includes searchable name posts from 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 more indexes, so watch our blog or other social media for news about the updates.

Click here to see what is included in the estate inventories index after this update.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

In order to open the estate inventories index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and 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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Updating of index: Mantals tax records

About a year ago, ArkivDigital launched an index titled, Quick find: Mantals tax records  earlier called Table of content censuses (link to the original blog http://blog.arkivdigital.net/find-the-correct-tax-register-with-our-new-index/). The index Quick find: Mantals tax records makes it much easier for you to find the right tax record for a specific parish which saves you much time as a researcher.

During the last months, we have photographed about 150 additional tax record volumes from Blekinge, Halland and Skåne. These account for tax records from 1820 and going forward for parishes where the church records were burned. These recently photographed tax records  are now searchable in our index, Quick find: Mantals tax records. This update includes 4,702 new posts and the total number of posts in the Quick find: Mantals tax records is now approximately 440,000 posts.

New table of content census

If you research in a parish in Blekinge, Halland or Skåne where the household records are missing, a tip is to search in the Quick find: Mantals tax records These tax records can function as a replacement to the household records even if they often do not include as much detailed information.

In order to search in the Quck Find: Mantals tax records in ArkivDigital, you do the following:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Click on Index Search.
  • Select, Quick find: Mantals tax records in the list under Index source.
  • Write in the desired parish and year and click on Search.
  • Click on Open Image for the desired volume in the search list and the first page in the actual tax record will be opened.

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NEW! Land registration index for the Northern Gotland district archive

Thanks to our rewarding partnerships with associations and private individuals, we can continuously publish new indexes and also update existing ones. We do this to help  genealogists as the indexes make it easier to find the correct records in the church books and other documents.

The latest index that we have added in ArkivDigital is the land registration index for Northern Gotland’s district archive. We have access to this index thanks to Kjell Swebilius, who has improved an older register established by the Regional Archives in Visby.

northern gotland archive

The land registration index covers the years 1800-1870 and is searchable by farm name, parish and year. The index includes about 35,000 index entries.

ArkivDigital has also photographed the land registration protocol (lagfartsprotokoll) which is the basis for the index. This means that there is direct link to the original document from the index record so that one can easily find more information.

lagfart record

In order to open Northern Gotland’s land registration index:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select index search.
  • Select Land registration Northern Gotland in the list under index source.

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Estate Inventory Register available for Skaraborg county

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.

It can take some time to find the correct estate inventory since they are not organized in an exact order. To make it easier to find the correct one, ArkivDigital is working on creating name searchable indexes for the estate inventories.

We have now updated the inventory of estate index with about 200,000 entries for Skaraborg county. If you have ancestors who died in Skaraborg, it is now much easier to find their estate inventory.

skaraborg estate inventorySkara rådhusrätt och magistrat (R) FII:11 (1840-1860) Image 660 / Page 1311 (AID: v144008.b660.s1311, NAD: SE/GLA/11951)

The estate inventories from the following district/city courts in Skaraborg are now searchable.

  • Barne häradsrätt 1743-1859
  • Binnebergs häradsrätt 1737-1860
  • Dimbo häradsrätt 1743-1838
  • Falköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1807-1852
  • Gudhems häradsrätt 1737-1860
  • Hasslerörs häradsrätt 1719-1870
  • Hjo rådhusrätt och magistrat 1719-1944
  • Hova häradsrätt 1738-1862
  • Kinne häradsrätt 1740-1862
  • Kinnefjärdings häradsrätt 1737-1859
  • Kåkinds häradsrätt 1736-1860
  • Kållands häradsrätt 1736-1862
  • Laske häradsrätt 1732-1862
  • Leaby häradsrätt 1748-1858
  • Lidköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1661-1862
  • Mariestads rådhusrätt och magistrat 1840-1898
  • Skara rådhusrätt och magistrat 1714-1943
  • Skånings häradsrätt 1733-1860
  • Skövde rådhusrätt och magistrat 1711-1870
  • Slättängs häradsrätt 1743-1838
  • Vilske häradsrätt 1727-1859
  • Viste häradsrätt 1734-1812
  • Åse häradsrätt 1748-1812
  • Åse och Viste häradsrätt 1812-1859

When you use the inventory of estate index, you can by search by name, the year the estate inventory was created along with the county and parish where the deceased lived.

When you search by year, remember that the estate inventory was not always created in the same year the person died. You may want to search using a time interval, with the start year the year the person died and the end year a couple of years after the deceased’s death date.

Earlier we have added in the inventory of estate index estate inventories from Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg and Bohus, Jämtland, Kalma, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergotland.

Click here to see what estate inventories are included in the estate inventory register.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

To open the inventory of estate index:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Click on Index search
  • Select Inventory of Estate index

The inventory of estate index for Skaraborg has been created in cooperation with the Central Soldier’s Register (Centrala Soldatregistret.)

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New index simplifies Stockholm genealogy research!

It is now easier to research in Stockholm city! The Stockholm Rotemansarkivet register is now accessible in ArkivDigital. The Rotemansarkivet register consists of approximately 6.3 million posts about individuals who lived in Stockholm city during the years 1878 – 1926.

In the past, it has been a challenge to research genealogy in Stockholm city because there are no household or congregation books from 1878 onwards. This has made it difficult to find and follow one’s ancestors and relatives. Now that the Rotemansarkivet register is now available to search within ArkivDigital, you can supplement your genealogy with the information you previously could not locate.

The information from the Rotemansarkivet is available in the index, Population in Sweden 1860 – 1947.  After this update, the index has nearly 112 million index records.

You can find the following information in the register:

  • First and last name
  • Birthdate and birth place
  • Title/occupation along with marital status
  • Moving in and out information (both year and place)
  • Residence (information about rote, parish, address and real estate or property)
  • Link to the actual page in the population booklet (mantalsboken/rotehäftet)

You search for your relatives and ancestors by entering, for example, name, year of birth and place. When you have found the person you are looking for, you can click on the link to the source to go directly to the original record.

rotemansarkivetImage out of population book for Stockholm city, Klara rote, Kvarteret Skansen

The Roteman Institution (rotemansinstitutionen) was a municipal organization established in 1878 and was discontinued in 1926. One of its responsibilities was population registration. The Roteman Institution was established because Stockholm’s parish priests were unable to manage the public records because of the high growth of the population and also because the inhabitants moved so often. The solution was to divide the city into a number of districts (rotar). In each district, there was a city employee (roteman) rote who was responsible for recording the population statistics in a special booklet called a mantalshäfte. When the district or rote system was introduced each district (rote) corresponded to a parish but since the city grew so quickly, additional districts were created. In 1878 there were 16 districts or rotar and when the system ended in 1926 there were 36 districts or rotar.

To access the Rotemansarkivet register:

  • Log in to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select – Index search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1860 – 1947 under index source.

The Stockholm Rotemansarkivet register was created by the Stockholm city archives.

Click here to read original blog in Swedish.

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Searching for a birth record using name indexes

Today, we will look for the birth record for Axel Carlsson born on the 8th of April 1856 in Vrå parish in Kronoberg county. The traditional way of searching for him, would be to search for the church books for the Vrå parish and then search for the birth books within the parish. Today, with our many name searchable indexes, we can often search by name. Today, we will show you how to search for his birth record using 2 name searchable indexes: (1) Population of Sweden 1860-1947 and (2) Birth index, parts of Sweden.

 

Search Using Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is a name searchable index of all the household and congregation books for all of Sweden from 1860 to 1947. First, we will search for Axel Carlsson’s birth record using the Population of Sweden 1860-1947.|

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Population of Sweden 1860-1947.

We can search by using simple search or advanced search. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

  • First name – Axel
  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search.

axel search population of 1860

16 matches are shown in the result list. In this case, these are all matches to household records for Alex tracing his life within Sweden. By clicking on the index record for the years 1856-1860 as shown below, we get an index record showing his birth information and residence as well as a listing of other members in the household. There are links to source and birth records. The link to source is a link to the household record and the links to the birth records are links to the birth books containing the birth record. (In this case, there happens to be two birth books with the birth record.)

 

axel search birth

By clicking on the link to the birth record, you will be directed to the front of the birth book and then you will need to search for the birth record.

axel link to birth book

The birth records are organized in chronological order. Open the book and search for births in 1856 and then for April 8. Below is the image of the birth record.

axel's birth record

Vrå (G) C:2 (1824-1860) Image 75 / Page 141 (AID: v29941.b75.s141, NAD: SE/VALA/00433)


Search Using Birth Index Parts of Sweden

The index Birth Index Parts of Sweden includes a searchable name index of births from earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and many cases even later. Today, the index includes all the parishes within Kronoberg, about eighty parishes in Södermanland county as wall as few parishes in Blekinge, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad and Norrbotten counties. This is an ongoing project and more parishes will be added in the future.

 

Since Vrå parish is in Kronoberg county, we can search for Alex Carlsson’s birth record using the Birth Index Parts of Sweden. To do this:

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Birth index, parts of Sweden.

Again, we can search using a simple or an advanced search method. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

 

  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search and one match shows in the result list as shown below.

axel birth index

Click on the search result You will then get an index record with a link to the birth record. Click on the link and then you can see both the index record and original birth record. In this case, all the information except for the names of the baptismal witnesses are included in the index record.

 

axel birth index and record


As you can see as more indexes are added, Swedish research is becoming much easier especially with index records in English for those whose native language is not Swedish.

 

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Find the correct tax register with our new index!

When the household records and other church books are missing, the tax registers (mantalslängder) become an important source for researchers. To easily find the correct tax register for a particular parish for a certain year has often been up until now a challenge. Since there were three copies of the tax registers, there have been three places to search for these records:

  • Mantalslängder 1642-1820 found in the chamber archive (English version)
  • In the respective county archive along with the respective district court (for parishes in rural areas) or the city courts.
  • kronokamrers, crown treasurer (kronokassörs), census office (mantalskontors), taxation authority (uppbördsverks) or kommunalborgmästares archive (for parishes in the city)

Once the desired volume was found, it was necessary to locate the records for the desired parish, not always the easiest task especially when there is no parish register.

The new index, Table of content censuses, searching for the tax register makes this much easier.

  • Select Index search.
  • Under index source, select Table of content censuses.
  • Enter the desired parish name and year and click search.
  • Click open image for the desired entry in the result list and the first page of the tax register appears.

tax register index

On February 20, 1904, a fire at the vicarage in Kville destroyed large parts of the church archive. In order to facilitate the research, ArkivDigital has photographed the tax registers for Kville together with the annex parishes even after 1820 (which is usually the end year that we photograph tax registers). In the image above, you see the results list when one searches for the parish Kville for the selected years 1845-1859.

The Table of content censuses consists of nearly 440,000 index entries collected from approximately 9,200 volumes. In order to access the Table of content censuses, one must have an All-in-one subscription.

Additional Table of Content Censuses Search Tips

  • The county information refers to the county that the parish belonged to in the mid 1900’s, Historically, the parish may have belonged to a different county than what is today.
  • The tax registers were usually taken by parish and by city respectively. This also applies in cities with several parishes. Thus, if you are interested in tax register from Jönköping, search for “Jönköpings stad” versus Jönköpings Sofia or Jönköpings Kristina. Stockholm city is however an exception from the rule. Some tax registers were taken for the whole city and while others by parish. There search for both the city of Stockholm and the name of the parish in question. For Göteborg the tax registers ae organized by parish from 1833 forward but for previous years search for the city of Göteborg.
  • Sometimes there were separate tax registers for market towns (köpingar), municipalities along with mills, mines and similar institutions. If there is a separate tax register for a mill for example, distinct from the regular parish tax register, we have created a separate index entry which includes both the parish and the mill’s name (brukets namn) for example “Njutånger: Iggesunds bruk”. If the mill is included as part of the parish’s tax register, there is usually no separate index for the mill.

Click here to see original entry about tax register search tips in Swedish.

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Herdaminne – Personal History of Ministers

There are many types of records within ArkivDigital. One interesting set of records is the herdaminne. The herdaminne is a personal history of clergy who served in the Swedish church since the middle ages. In most cases, you can find a very detailed biography, including the person’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, family members, status, and other biographical notations. Sometimes, you will even find photographs. If you have an ancestor who was a member of the Swedish clergy, these records can be a valuable tool for researching your ancestor.

The herdaminnen are published books that were mostly published between the late 1800’s and present date for all the dioceses within Sweden. In order to find a herdaminne for a particular member of the clergy, you need to know the name of the parish he served in and the name of the diocese (stift) that the parish belonged to. There were some changes in the organizational structure so one needs to verify the diocese the parish belonged to for the designated time period.

Within ArkivDigital, you will find herdaminnen for the following dioceses: four in Sweden and one in Finland.

  • Göteborg
  • Skara
  • Uppsala
  • Växjö
  • Åbo (Finland)

You can find these by selecting archive search and then selecting archive type, printed literature. Select country, Sweden, for the herdaminnen in Sweden and select the country, Finland, for the one in Finland.

Below is an example of a biographical sketch plus a photo for the minister, Peter Magnus Bergström, who was born in Algutsboden on the 14th of January 1811.

herdaminnenVäxjö stifts herdaminne (F, G, H) 3 (1929) Image 810 / Page 151 (AID: v903640.b810.s151)

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Parish maps – a new way to navigate in ArkivDigital!

We are excited to announce a new feature within ArkivDigital – “Parish maps”. With the help of a map, you can easily find a parish and then from the map open the church books.

To do this:

  • Go to Map search.
  • Click on “Parishes”.
  • Select the region that you are interested in and then you will see what parishes are located there.
  • Click on a parish and you will open up the church archive and then you can directly select a book to browse.

Parish MapThe image shows Mörarp pariish outside of Helsingborg.

You can also find the map using a second method. If you happen to be researching within a parish archive and are curious where the parish is located (or what the nearby parishes are), you can find the map by doing the following:

  • Click on the archive info box.
  • Then click on “Show on map”.

zoom in on map

In the above image we are looking at Tånnö parish. When you click on the Archive info box, you will discover that large parts of the church archive were destroyed by fire in 1868. By clicking on “Show on map” then you see where Tånnö lies and and the nearby parishes. You may wish to check the nearby parishes for persons who have disappeared.

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