Swedish Estate Inventory (Bouppteckning) Tutorials and Blogs

Estate Inventory Karl Johan ÖgrenAska, Dals och Bobergs domsaga FII:2 (1909-1909) Image 140 / page 3 (AID: v513944.b140.s3, NAD: SE/VALA/01625) (Link)

The Swedish Church Books are a gold mine for the Swedish genealogist providing a wealth of information and are usually the first source to use when researching one’s Swedish heritage. But there are many additional types of records that can help in researching one’s ancestor and gaining a better understanding of how one’s ancestor lived. One very wonderful resource is the bouppteckning or the estate inventory.

Today, we would like to provide a summary of our English tutorials and blogs providing tips on how to get started and researching in the estate inventories as well as the certificates of poverty in Stockholm.

  • Introduction to Swedish estate inventory research
    https://www.arkivdigital.net/swedish-genealogy/swedish-estate-inventories (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-bouppteckning-reading-example (Link)
  • Tips for finding an estate inventory register in an estate inventory volume
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/tips-for-finding-an-estate-inventory-register-in-an-estate-inventory-volume (Link)
  • Solving a genealogical mystery using an estate inventory
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/where-did-klara-settle-in-north-america (Link)
  • Browsing in the estate inventories
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/the-daughters-dowries (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/burial-costs (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-more-than-300-pages (Link)
  • Introduction to the certificates of poverty in Stockholm
    https://www.arkivdigital.net/swedish-genealogy/fattigbevis (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/certificate-of-poverty-fattigbevis-in-stockholm-city (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/introduction-to-the-certificate-of-poverty-fattigbevis (Link)

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Have you seen our register correction function?

Have you found incorrect information in our registers? If so you can correct the error by clicking the “Correct” button which is available for all our registers.

You will find the “Correct” button in the top portion of the post between the buttons “Print” and “Shortcut”.

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When you click on the “Correct” button, a correction form is opened. Here you can change the values that are incorrect.

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Select the information that is incorrect, erase it and enter in the correct information. For example, if a name is incorrect highlight the field and enter in the correct name.

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After you enter the correction, click on “Send”.

We review all corrections before they are updated in the register. In most cases, the review is completed within three business days, but in some cases it may take a little longer.

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October events in North America

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ArkivDigital will be at the following locations in October: 2016 Nordic Family Conference in Salt Lake City and at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s Annual Conference in Edina, Minnesota.

2016 Nordic Family Conference
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be presenting three presentations using ArkiviDigital at the 2016 Nordic Family Conference at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, October 18. In addition to onsite seating, there are 500 spots available for webinar attendees.

More information about 2016 Nordic Family Conference.

To attend in person, click here to register.

To attend the webinar, click here to register.

Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
We will be an exhibitor at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s fall conference on Saturday, October 22 at the Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital as well as research questions. Click here for registration information.

View North American event calendar.

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SCB extracts 1925-1945

The birth, marriage and death extracts from Statistiska centralbyråns (SCB or Bureau of Central Statistics) for the years 1925 to 1945 are now available in ArkivDigital.

The SCB extracts are organized by county and year. This means that we have been able to photograph all parishes through the year 1945. The law of privacy in Sweden prohibits us from photographing some records that are younger than 70 years or for years later than 1945. This also includes church books where the final year in the book is for records later than 1945. Thus if a birth book includes the years 1930 to 1950, we are not allowed to photograph that book because some of the records are protected by the privacy law. In these cases where the original birth, marriage or death books are not available for the years 1925 to 1945, you may wish to look in the SCB extracts.

You will find the SCB extracts in the archive with the long name, Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen. The easiest way to find this archive is to enter “SCB” in the search box and you will be directed to the archive.  Each volume specifies which county and year it covers. If nothing else is mentioned, the volume includes birth, marriage and death records for that year. In other cases there may be an abbreviation specifying the types of records the volume includes. The abbreviations are: fbu (birth records), vbu (marriage records) and dbu (death records).

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Each volume consists of many images and therefore can take a few minutes to locate the correct parish. We are well aware of this problem and are working on creating a register for the SCB extracts so that one can select a parish and year and go directly to the image.

The SCB extracts are based on transcriptions sent by each parish to the Bureau of Central Statistics. One should be conscious that these are secondary sources and there could be errors and that these records do not contain all the information that is included in the original church book records.

deathscbStatistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen  H1AA:2656 (1929-1929) Image 10 (AID: v816233.b10, NAD: SE/RA/42040101) Link.
First page in the SCB extract for Vänersnäs (Skaraborg county) death book for 1929.

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

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Photographs of Released Prisoners

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Kriminalpolisen i Malmö FIa:7 (1882-1882) Image 154 / page 143 (AID: v97414.b154.s143, NAD: SE/MSA/00453) Link.

As a researcher, it is often easy to find many written documents about one’s ancestors. On the other hand, it is often difficult to know what they looked like or to find a portrait. If you happen to have an ancestor who was a criminal, you may be in luck. Many of the earliest Swedish photographs show prisoners.

You will find a number of volumes titled, “Portrait of released prisoners” in the archive Kriminalpolisen i Malmö. These volumes include portraits of prisoners released from prisons throughout Sweden for the period 1876-1910. You can find a name searchable register of the released prisoners on the Swedish side of our website by clicking here.

In the picture above we see the laborer, Carl Jakob Åström, who was released from Långholmen prison in 1882. While the photo is in black and white, a physical description of the prisoner is written to the left of the photo. Here we see that Carl has brown hair (här: brunt), blue eyes (ögon: blå), straight nose (näsa: rak), ordinary mouth (mun: ordinär), pale skin (hy: blek), 5.45 feet tall (höjd: 5.45 fot) and a strong body build (kroppsbyggnad: stark). On the top of the page you will find more details about Carl’s life along with information about the crime that he committed. In this case, it was his fourth time for stealing.

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital Webinar on Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for a webinar sponsored by Legacy Family Tree on Wednesday, September 9th at 8 PM Central Standard Time.

The title of the presentation is “Researching Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital”. Click here to register.  The live webinar is free.

After registering, you will receive an email with information along with a link to join on the day of the webinar.

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Research Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Webinar

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for a webinar sponsored by the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society on Tuesday, January 20th at 7:00 PM Central Standard Time.

The title of the presentation is “Researching Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital”. Click here to register.

The live webinar is free.  After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join on the night of the webinar and handout information.  This is a first come first served webinar.  Registering does not hold a spot for you.  Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.  The live webinar is limited to 100 attendees.

The archived webinar will be available to members of the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society.

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New Records on ArkivDigital

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Recently, we performed a major update of our online archive and many new records are now available. Below is a summary of the major updates.

Church Books
For those of you who have Swedish relatives who have lived in London, England, we have added the church records for the Swedish parish in London, Ulrika Eleonora, to the online archive. You will find these in the archive for Ulrika Eleonora församling (London).  In addition to household examination/congregation books, moving, birth, marriage and death records we have added other documents such as the attachments to the moving records, parish administration records and parish accounts.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar)
Our photographing of the estate inventories for the 1900’s is going at full speed and many newly photographed images are now online. Before Christmas, we will be publishing a blog giving a status of the estate inventory photographing for each county. Watch out for the blog.

Population/Tax Registers (Mantalslängder)
The county tax/population registers from earliest times to 1820 for Kopparberg and Västmanland counties are now available. For the same time period, the district tax registers (häradsskrivarens exemplar av mantalslängder) or copies of tax/census records for Kronoberg county are now available.

Other Records
The bankruptcy cases for Gotland county from the earliest times up to 1940 are now available. However, some of the volumes are missing from Gotlands norra häradsrätt or district court since they were damaged by fire and are in too poor a condition to be photographed.

Other material that is currently being added are the Supreme Court protocols for the years 1737 to 1751 and the prison lists for all of Sweden from the Office of the Chancellor of Justice for the years 1801 to 1805.

Click here to find out what is available on ArkivDigital.

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ArkivDigital and Demographical Database for Southern Sweden (DDSS)

Often reading the older church books with the older script can be a challenge. If you research in parishes in Skåne, Blekinge and Halland, you are very fortunate. The Demographical Database for Southern Sweden (DDSS) consists of three separate databases containing transcriptions extracted from the original Swedish parish church records of births and baptisms, weddings, deaths and burials for about 400 parishes from Southern Sweden. The free site is both in Swedish and English.

Many of these registers in DDSS have been cross-referenced in ArkivDigital online.  If you see the entry “Register i DDSS” in the info box for a highlighted book such as below, that indicates there is a register in DDSS for the highlighted records. In this case the info box notes that there is a register for the birth and christening records (1755-1782) for Röke parish.

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Here is an example of how to use DDSS to help you read a record. Below is a birth record for January 21, 1769 for Röke parish.

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  1. Go to the Demographical Database for Southern Sweden website.
  2. Click on databases.
  3. Click on birth and baptism records.
  4. Select the parish, Röke.
  5. There are several search options. In this case, enter 1769-01-21 in the from date field and 1769-01-21 in the to date field.
  6. Click the search button.
  7. One entry will display in the result list.
  8. Click on the entry and you will see the entry below.

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While not all the Swedish text in the Christening Witness section has  been translated into English, one can search for the translation of these words in a Swedish/English dictionary. On the DDSS site, you will find a Swedish/English genealogical glossary where you will find some of these words.

Complete English Translation
January 21 (Birth date) Ole Svensson’s son Sven from Englarp
Carried to baptism on the 29th (of January) by Nils Tufwes wife, Maria in Önnarp. Witnesses: Per Olson in Lergrafwatorpet Maid: Pernilla in Sågmoll Sissa Jeppas dotter

If you are researching in parishes within Skåne, Blekinge and Halland, you should definitely bookmark the DDSS website for quick reference.

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Newspaper Clippings from Falkenberg 1899-1965 in ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital’s archive includes many types of historical documents. One interesting collection is a set of newspaper clippings from the Falkenberg Cultural and Local Historical Society (Falkenbergs hembygdsförening). These clippings were collected by a postal worker, Charles Moberg in Falkenberg. This collection includes many news items about events and individuals in Falkenberg.

Four of the volumes are titled, death records. In these volumes, you will find death notices and in many cases a photograph and an obituary of the deceased. Each of the death record volumes includes an indexed name register in the beginning of the book.

The other volumes include clippings about big and small events such as birthdays and events in Falkenberg and the surrounding area. These books also begin with an indexed name register.Falkenbergs hembygdsförening Urklipp14 (1911-1945) Bild 210 - sid 13 (1)
Falkenbergs hembygdsförening Urklipp:14 (1911-1945) Image 210 / page 13 (AID: v764390a.b210.s13, NAD: SE/LLA/9999999)
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If you have relatives living in Falkenberg during this period, this is a collection you should investigate.

To find these in ArkivDigital, you can enter “Falkenbergs hembygdsförening” in the search box in ArkivDigital or you can click on advanced search and search for archive type “hembygdsförening”.

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