Certificate of Poverty (Fattigbevis) in Stockholm City

certificate of povertyStockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelning EIId:31 (1903-1904) Image 150 / page 8 (AID: v494721.b150.s8, NAD: SE/SSA/0145a) Link.

In the Stockholm city court archives (Stockholms rådhusrätts arkiv), you will find volumes named certificate of poverty (fattigbevis) in addition to estate inventories (bouppteckningar). For individuals who didn’t have any assets at the time of their death, the heirs would submit a certificate of poverty (fattigbevis) to the court.

The above image is an example of a certificate of poverty for Johan Albin Haughton who died on the 7th of February 1903 at the age of 31 years, 2 months and 9 days. His widow submitted a certificate of poverty.

Boet uppgafs af den aflidnes enka under edlig förpliktelse, att detsamma vid dödstillfället befans i ett sådant skick, att begrafningsomkostnaderna och skulder öfverstego tillgångarne.

Under oath, the widow of the deceased stated that the deceased’s estate at the time of his death was in such a bad state that the burial costs and debts exceeded the assets.

The primary difference between an estate inventory and a certificate of poverty is that there is no detailed inventory of the assets and debts in a certificate of poverty other than a statement noting that the debts were greater than the assets. However, the largest benefit for a researcher is that the heirs of the deceased are named like they are in an estate inventory. If you can’t find an estate inventory for a person, you should investigate or determine if a certificate of poverty was preserved.

The certificates of poverty for Stockholm city court are found in these archives:

  1. Stockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelningen. Certificate of poverty (Fattigbevis) for the years 1756-1924 are included in the EIId series.
  2. Stockholms rådhusrätt, bouppteckningsaved. Certificate of poverty (Fattigbevis) for the years 1925-1933 are included in the E3 series.

In both archives, you will find special name register volumes for the certificates of poverty. In some of the certificate of poverty volumes, you will find in addition a separate register for the actual volume/actual year.

Read more about the certificates of poverty.

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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Swedish Genealogists Visit Kansas & Colorado

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This is a reminder that there will be two wonderful Swedish genealogy research workshops in North America this autumn that you don’t want to miss if you have the opportunity. One will be a weekend workshop in Lindsborg, KS on September 26-27 and the second will be a one-day workshop in Aurora, CO (a suburb of Denver, CO) on Saturday, October 3rd.

At both events, genealogists from Sweden will be giving presentations on Swedish research as well as assisting attendees with their research.

Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital on September 26-27 in Lindsborg, KS “Little Sweden USA” 

Six genealogists from Sweden, Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital and three American Swedish genealogists will present informative sessions on Swedish genealogy.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures by both Swedish and American experts over two days.

Also, hear Michael Peterson who was selected to compete for a grand prize of a Swedish family reunion on the Swedish television show,  “Allt För Sverige” describe his experiences on the show and his trip to Sweden.

Workshop participants will be offered half day sessions in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. The speakers will be available to assist the participants.

2015 Swedish Research Day sponsored by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado on Saturday, October 3 in Aurora, CO

Four genealogists from Sweden and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will lead a one-day workshop giving lectures on records in ArkivDigital, military records, estate inventories, Swedish historical maps and how to find living relatives in Sweden. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for the Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital in Lindsborg, KS.

Click here for program and registration information for 2015 Swedish Research Day in Aurora, CO.

Click here to view North American Event Calendar.

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