November Events in North America

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ArkivDigital will be at the following locations in November: Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Swedish American Genealogy Workshop in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Historical Society is sponsoring a Swedish American Genealogy workshop on Saturday, November 5th. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving four presentations on Swedish genealogy. The event will be held in room 126 at Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Click here for program and registration information.

Exploring your Swedish Roots at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago
The Swedish American Genealogical Society at the Swedish American Museum is sponsoring a research day on Sunday, November 13th. Along with the museum’s volunteers, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital along with two genealogists from Sweden: Ingrid Nilsson and Elisabeth Thorsell will be available to provide one-on-one assistance for questions about Swedish genealogical research, ArkivDigital and translation assistance. Click here for program and registration information.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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General Muster Roll Column Headings

In a previous blog, we presented some information about the general muster rolls in ArkivDigital, the most commonly used records for military research. In this blog, we will present an English translation of the headings on the muster roll that are shown in the image below.

soldier recordGeneralmönsterrullor – Hälsinge regemente 703 (1863-1863) Image 440 (AID: v374522.b440, NAD: SE/KrA/0023) Link.

The column heading showing the soldier’s name in Swedish is:
Manskapets förra och nuvarande namn, födelseort och tid, antagningsdatum, samt sedan sista General-Mönstring med detsamma skedda förändringar.

English
Soldier’s previous and current name, birth place and date, service entry date, together with the changes since the last general muster roll.

Below are the other column headings:

Swedish                                                                                    English
Nummer.                                                                                     Number
Regementet                                                                                Regiment
Kompaniet                                                                                  Company
Rotarnes Namn och belägenhet.                                           Name and place of  rote
Lefnadsår.                                                                                  Age
Tjensteår vid annat regemente.                                            Service years at another regiment
Summa tjensteår.                                                                     Total Service Years
Längd.                                                                                         Height
Fot.                                                                                               Feet
Tum.                                                                                            Inch
Gift eller ogift.                                                                           Married or unmarried

Sista General-Mönstrings annotationer.                 Last general muster inspection notes.
Närvarande General-Mönstrings anteckningar.  Current general muster inspection notes

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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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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.

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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