Church Book Tutorials

At conferences, we receive many questions from our English-speaking customers on where to find examples for reading the church books. Today, we would like to point out that we have some tutorials on our website. In addition, we want to point out a wonderful website that includes some instructional videos on reading birth records from the late 1800’s back to the early 1700’s using ArkivDigital images.

On our English website, you will find a section titled, Swedish Genealogy. In this section, you will find record examples with transcriptions and translations for birth, marriage, death, household examination and moving records and much more. Below are links to these tutorials.

birth tutorial

Also, we would like to point out a wonderful website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) which is free that includes some wonderful instructional videos including among others “Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy” and several videos showing examples of reading birth records.

Click here to link to the learning center which lists the instructional videos.

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Death Record Reading

The contents of the death records in the Swedish church books vary by time and parish. Usually, the death record will contain the name of the deceased, death and burial date, place of residence, age and cause of death. However, in some parishes you will find a death record that gives a biographical sketch or an obituary of the deceased’s life. Because of the extra detail given in these records, these are treasures if you find one for your ancestor.

An example of a death record that reads like an obituary is found in the Söderfors parish for Anna Bäckström who died on November 27, 1799 and was buried on the 8th of December 1799.

soderforsdeath record

Söderfors F:1 (1788-1860) Image 30 (AID: v126071.b30, NAD: SE/ULA/11524)  Link

Record Transcription
Anna Bäckström.  Enka efter afl. Hammarsmeds Mästaren Matts Martin. Född härstädes år 1720.  Fadren:  Ankar Mäst. Pehr Olofsson Bäckström.  Modren: Hustru Catharina Bohm.   År  1744, ingick hon ägtenskap med sin före nämde man i hvilket hon hade 7 barn: 4 söner och 3 döttrar.  Af de förre äro redan 2ne äfven  som 2ne af de sednare med dö.
Den afgångne.  Ålderdomsbräckligheten slutade ett lif, som var ret utmärkt af Gudsfruktan ock christeligt tålamod.

Record Translation
Anna Bäckstrom. Widow of the deceased Master forging blacksmith, Matts Martin.  She was born in this place in 1720. Her father was Ankar Master Pehr Olofsson Bäckström and her mother was wife Catharina Bohm. In 1744, she married the previous named man (Matts Martin) who together had seven children: 4 sons and 3 daughters. Two of the four sons and two of the three daughters are deceased.
Cause of death: Old age infirmities ended a life which was distinguished by the fear of God and Christian patience.
Her age at death was 79 years, 5 months and 27 days.

On our website, you will find more death record examples with transcriptions and English translations.

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