Church Book Tutorials

At conferences, we receive many questions from our English-speaking customers on where to find examples for reading the church books. Today, we would like to point out that we have some tutorials on our website. In addition, we want to point out a wonderful website that includes some instructional videos on reading birth records from the late 1800’s back to the early 1700’s using ArkivDigital images.

On our English website, you will find a section titled, Swedish Genealogy. In this section, you will find record examples with transcriptions and translations for birth, marriage, death, household examination and moving records and much more. Below are links to these tutorials.

birth tutorial

Also, we would like to point out a wonderful website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) which is free that includes some wonderful instructional videos including among others “Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy” and several videos showing examples of reading birth records.

Click here to link to the learning center which lists the instructional videos.

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What is the cause of death?

parasitedeath recordKiaby FI:1 (1861-1879) Image 4 / page 3 (AID: v99958.b4.s3, NAD: SE/LLA/13205)  Link.

Often the minister recorded the cause of death in the death book, but we must remember that the ministers were not medically trained. Frequently, it was a symptom which was recorded as the cause of death.

In the above image, entry number 3 is for the widow, Nilla Månsdotter, who died on February 15, 1862 in Kiaby parish at the age of 77 years, 4 months and 15 days. She was buried on the 23rd of February. No cause of death was recorded in the cause of death column but the minister wrote the following notation in the special remarks column, “Behäfted med svårata ohyra i magen” or “infected with abdominal parasites”.

Click here to view a death record example with column heading translations.

Link to the blog entry in Swedish.

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Passenger Ship Lists for Helsingborg and Norrköping

In a previous blog written last December, we stated that passenger ship manifests for emigrants leaving from Göteborg (1869-1935), Malmö (1874-1939) and Stockholm (1869-1940) ports are available on ArkivDigital.  We have recently added passenger lists for persons leaving from Helsingborg. For  Norrköping, we have added the passport journals  (passjournaler) for persons traveling both in and outside of Sweden.

An example of a manifest for a ship leaving from Helsingborg is shown below.
helsingborg
Polisen i Helsingborg DXII:2 (1907-1908) Image 580 / page 56 (AID: v800539.b580.s56, NAD: SE/LLA/10560)  Link.

The above record shows the following passengers departing from Helsingborg on April 4, 1907 on the ship, United States, traveling to New York.

  1. Worker Otto H. Jönsson 19 years from Kvidinge, Kristianstad going to New York.
  2. Widow Anna Timansson, 58 years from Kvistofta going to Boone, Iowa.
  3. Widow Sigrid Kristensson, 34 years from Kvistofta going to Boone, Iowa with her son Nils T.B. age 1.

You can find these records in the police archives in ArkivDigital.  To search for passenger ship records in ArkivDigital online, click on advanced options in the search window and select police archives and in the list you will find the following entries:

Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900)
Norrköpings poliskammare. Huvudarkivet
Polisen in Helsingborg
Poliskammaren i Malmö
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 1 (ÖÄ): Äldre poliskammaren  (Stockholm 1869-1904)
Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 2 (ÖÄ): Poliskammaren (Stockholm 1905-1940)

You can find an article, Introduction to Swedish Passenger Ship Manifests, on our website that gives mores information about the manifests as well as heading translations.

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Swedish Church Book Tutorials

Swedish GenealogyThe Swedish church books are usually the first Swedish records that one uses when tracing one’s Swedish roots. These records are a “gold mine” because they are so complete and contain such detailed information. In many cases, one can trace a person’s life in the church books from birth to death or birth to emigration.

We often hear from many people who have Swedish ancestry but don’t speak Swedish, that they are intimidated by the Swedish church books because they are in Swedish. But there is no need to be. The church books consist primarily of tables of names, places and dates. Yes, there are Swedish words but these words are used repeatedly. Once one becomes familiar with the commonly used words, researching in the church books becomes relatively easy.

On our website, you will find a section titled, Swedish Genealogy. In this section, you will find record examples and translations for birth, marriage, death, household examination and moving records and much more.

Introduction to Swedish Church Books
Birth Record Examples
Marriage Record Examples
Death Record Examples
Household Examination Record Examples
Moving in and Moving out Records

Death record example

Image above: 1700s death record example. Go to page.

Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital USA