Additions to the estate inventory index for several counties along with Svea hovrätt

We are working full time to increase the number of searchable entries in our estate inventory index and we have now added new information for several counties and for the nobility’s estate inventories from Svea hovrätt (Svea Court of Appeals).

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This update contains searchable posts for the following counties and years:

Svea hovrätt – Estate inventories for the nobility 1801–1916 for the following counties:

Gotland county
Gävleborg county
Jämtland county
Kopparberg county
Norrbotten county
Stockholm county/city
Södermanland county
Uppsala county
Värmland county (from year 1814)
Västerbotten county
Västernorrland county
Västmanland county
Örebro county

Göteborg och Bohus county
Askims häradsrätt 1824–1887
Marstrands rådhusrätt och magistrat 1861–1891, 1896–1934

Jönköping county
Eksjö rådhusrätt och magistrat 1850–1859

Kalmar county
Aspelands häradsrätt 1699–1829
Tjust häradsrätt 1801–1825

Malmöhus county
Frosta häradsrätt 1677–1810
Luggude häradsrätt 1805–1817, 1822-1826, 1829-1830
Rådhusrätten i Malmö 1850-1950
Trelleborgs rådhusrätt och magistrat 1867-1896

Värmland county
Filipstads rådhusrätt och magistrat 1875-1944
Kils häradsrätt 1737-1860
Kristinehamns rådhusrätt och magistrat 1878-1899

Älvsborg county
Borås rådhusrätt och magistrat 1893–1955
Ulricehamns rådhusrätt och magistrat 1864–1902

Örebro county
Bergmästaren i Nya Kopparbergs med flera bergslag 1728–1838

Östergötland county
Dals häradsrätt 1708–1872
Norrköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1801–1860

This update contains a total of 126,944 new searchable index entries. After the update, the entire estate index contains a total of 2,366,515 entries.

The estate inventories are an important source for genealogical research. Here you can find information about the deceased’s heirs and often prove relationships. Also, you will find a list of all the assets and debts of the deceased.

Our index makes it much easier to find the correct estate inventory, something which in ordinary cases can be quite time consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in an exact order. We launched our estate inventory in 2017 and since then we have added more material on several occasions.

You can search in the estate inventory index by name, the year in which the estate inventory was performed, along with county and parish where the person died. When you search by year, it is important to note that the estate inventory may not have been created in the same year as the person died. It is recommended to include a year range from the year of death and maybe a couple of years in the future.

The estate inventory index includes searchable name entries for estate inventories for the following counties: Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad, Kronoberg, Malmöhus, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the estate inventory index. Watch our blogs, newsletters and other social media for updates.

Click here to check what is included in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

Click here to watch an Introduction to Estate Inventories video.

In order to open the estate inventory index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Estate inventory 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.

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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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