Norrland seamen houses are currently being photographed

ArkivDigital has photographed many records for Swedish seamen houses (sjömanshus) over the past few years. There is a good coverage of seamen houses for Southern Sweden in ArkivDigital but the coverage for Norrland seamen houses has been limited. Now for all who are interested in seamen houses in Norrland, new records are being added.

The photographing of the Norrland seamen house records began in spring 2017. We have now added records for four seamen houses from the oldest times to 1940. The four houses that are now complete are Haparanda, Luleå, Piteå and Skellefteå. Currently, we are photographing records for the Umeå seaman house. We are photographing a selection of documents from each seaman house primarily different types of rolls, such as muster and seaman rolls.

We will be adding more seamen house records from Norrland in the future. Our first goal is to complete photographing the Umeå seaman house records. Then we will continue with the seamen houses in Härnösand, Sundsvall, Örnsköldsvik, Gävle, Hudiksvall and Söderhamn.

seamanSkellefteaA page out of the Skellefteå sjömanshus mönstringsliggare for the year 1935, referring to the steamship, Sirius. Link.

You can find seamen house records in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New archive search.
  • Select category, sjömanshus, and click search.
  • Then, you will see a list of the seaman house archives that are currently in ArkivDigital.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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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.

ddss info box

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.

birth record rokeRöke CI:4 (1755-1782) Image 380 / page 35 (AID: v101006a.b380.s35, NAD: SE/LLA/13324)  Link

  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.

DDSS

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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