More estate inventory indexes!

An important source for the Swedish genealogist is the estate inventory. Here you can prove genealogical relationships and find information about the deceased’s heirs. You will also see the assets and debts of the deceased which will help you gain a better understanding of your ancestor or relative’s life.

Our estate inventories index makes it much simpler for you to find the correct estate inventory, something that can be time-consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in any exact order. About three years ago, we launched our searchable estate inventory index and we have added additional material several times.

Now it is time for a new update. This time we have added new searchable posts for estate inventories from Gävleborg, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Uppsala, Västerbotten and Västernorrland counties. For some of these counties, there were already searchable posts available but we have added more searchable material.

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With this update, we have added 258,982 new searchable index posts. After this update, the estate inventories index includes a total of 1,864,795 posts.

Click here in order to open a PDF file to see what this update includes. In the list, you will see the county and district or city archive that is included in the update. You can even see what years the searchable index covers, both the total and what is included in this update.

In the estate inventories index, you can search by name, the year when the estate inventory was created together with county and parish where the person lived. When you search by year, it is important to remember that the estate inventory was not always created the same year the person died. Therefore, it is often a good idea to search for a time period from the year of death and a couple of years forward.

The estate inventories index now includes searchable name posts from the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add more indexes, so watch our blog or other social media for news about the updates.

Click here to see what is included in the estate inventories index after this update.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

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

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Estate Inventory index for Södermanland and Västmanland

It has been approximately three years since we launched our name searchable estate inventory index which has been updated several times.

Now it is time for a new update. This time we have added searchable posts for estate inventories for Södermanland and Västmanland district and city courts.

Today’s update includes 188,689 new name searchable entries. After this update, the estate inventory index will  include approximately 1.6 million name searchable entries.

trosa estate inventory

The estate inventories are an important source for the researcher. Here, you can prove genealogical relationships and get information about the deceased’s heirs. You also get a detailed list of the deceased’s assets and debts enabling you to get a better understanding of your ancestor’s life.

Our index makes it much easier for you to find the correct estate inventory, since in normal cases it can be time consuming to search since the estate inventories are not arranged in any exact order.

In the estate inventory register, you can search by name, the year the estate inventory was performed along with the county and parish where the deceased lived. When you search by year, it is good to remember that the estate inventory was not always performed the same year the person died. Therefore, search for a time interval beginning with the year the person died and a few years in the future.

Today’s update includes searchable posts from the following archives:

Södermanlands county

Daga häradsrätt 1746-1915
Eskilstuna rådhusrätt och magistrat 1669-1900
Hölebo häradsrätt 1737-1914
Jönåkers häradsrätt 1704-1910
Mariefreds rådhusrätt och magistrat 1685-1900
Nyköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1694-1900
Oppunda häradsrätt 1678-1904
Rekarne tingslags häradsrätt      1880-1901
Rönö häradsrätt 1665-1910
Selebo häradsrätt 1748-1880
Strängnäs rådhusrätt och magistrat 1669-1900
Torshälla rådhusrätt och magistrat 1639-1922
Trosa rådhusrätt och magistrat 1734-1917
Villåttinge häradsrätt 1694-1908
Västerrekarne häradsrätt 1738-1880
Åker och Selebo tingslags häradsrätt 1881-1900
Åkers häradsrätt 1719-1880
Österrekarne häradsrätt 1735-1880

Västmanlands county

Arboga rådhusrätt och magistrat 1652-1903
Gamla Norbergs bergslags häradsrätt 1738-1899
Köpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1652-1900
Norrbo häradsrätt 1714-1928
Siende häradsrätt 1699-1893
Simtuna häradsrätt 1727-1887
Skinnskattebergs bergslags häradsrätt 1746-1906
Snevringe häradsrätt 1629-1900
Torstuna häradsrätt 1736-1887
Tuhundra häradsrätt 1707-1893
Tuhundra, Siende och Yttertjurbo tingslags häradsrätt 1894-1900
Vagnsbro häradsrätt 1770-1899
Våla häradsrätt 1746-1867, 1869-1887
Västmanlands östra domsagas häradsrätt 1888-1900
Yttertjurbo häradsrätt 1744-1893
Åkerbo häradsrätt 1670-1906
Daga häradsrätt 1746-1915

Our estate inventory index also includes searchable name information for the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the index.

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

Click here, to learn more about estate inventories.

In order to open the estate inventory index:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index Search
  • Select Estate Inventories in the list under Index source.

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Now 52 Volumes – Svenska Gods och Gårdar (Swedish estates and farms)

Last November, we published a blog about the books, Svenska Gods och Gårdar, in ArkivDigital. (Click here to read original blog in English or Click here for Swedish.). These are a series of books published during the 1930s and 1940s describing many estates and farms throughout Sweden. The books include information about the farm owner and family, history and size of the farm, livestock and even a picture of the farm. In November, only 21 volumes were available in ArkivDigital. Today, you will find 52 volumes the Svenska Gods och Gårdar archive in ArkivDigital.

Below is an image for the farm in Nyed parish in Värmland county. The owner is Olof Fredr. Ottosson born March 14, 1869 and the son of Otto Jonsson and his wife Maria. He married in 1895 to Kristina Johannesdotter in 1895 who died in 1925. Otto and Kristina had the following children: Elin born 1896, Hildur born 1899, Ivar born 1905 and Kristina born 1912.

nyed godsSvenska gods och gårdar 3:Värmland-Sydöstra (1945) Image 4200 / Page 420 (AID: v950755.b4200.s420)

Below is a household record showing Olof living at the farm Västanå as a child and that his father, Otto Jonsson, is the owner of the farm.

olof fredrikNyed (S) AI:20 (1866-1870) Image 439 / Page 434 (AID: v13034.b439.s434, NAD: SE/VA/13409)

You can locate these books in ArkivDigital by:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Enter Svenska Gods och Gårdar in the box under archive holder

Or

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select printed literature under archive type
  • Select archive Svenska gods och gårdar

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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.

elna larsdotter ei

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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NEW! Births, marriages and deaths in Värmland

In September, we wrote a blog announcing that we had acquired a church book register that was created by the Värmland Genealogy Society. We have now completed the task of linking the register with the church books and we are now publicizing the Värmland index in ArkivDigital.

Now it becomes much easier to find persons who were born, married or died in Värmland. Instead of browsing through the books page by page, you only need to do a quick search. When you find the right person, you can simply click to see the original source in order to verify the information.

varmland new indexSearching for Johan Linroth’s death record in 1775

This update includes a total of 1,280,966 index posts from Värmland, divided as follows:

  • Births: 604,559 posts
  • Marriages: 230,591 posts
  • Deaths: 445,816 posts

The information about the births, marriages and deaths in Värmland have been added to our existing indexes: Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden and Death, parts of Sweden. As earlier mentioned, the index information was provided by the Värmland Genealogy Society.

The index for births in Värmland for the years 1800-1840 was added earlier to ArkivDigital; this index was created in-house.

The index for births, marriages and deaths in Värmland is not 100% complete and which years that have been indexed vary between the various parishes. For some parishes, you will not find indexes for all three record types and for a few they are completely missing. In the following three links, you can see exactly what is included in the update (scroll down until you find Värmland in the list).

After this update our birth index now has 4.1 million posts, our marriage index includes nearly 677,000 posts and our death index includes approximately 1.7 million posts. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

In order to open the indexes for the births, marriages or deaths, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden or Deaths, parts of Sweden in the list under Index source.

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NEW! Births in Värmland 1800–1840

Do you have ancestors from Värmland? Now it is easier to find information about your ancestors who were born in Värmland for the years, 1800-1840. We have just added 215,249 new searchable posts of births in Värmland to our index, Births, parts of Sweden.

The birth index is a great help when you research since you can quickly find the correct person with a simple search. Then you can click directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the birth book.

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

varmland birth 1800 1840

There are now approximately 3.2 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index.

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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Estate Inventory Register available for Skaraborg county

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.

It can take some time to find the correct estate inventory since they are not organized in an exact order. To make it easier to find the correct one, ArkivDigital is working on creating name searchable indexes for the estate inventories.

We have now updated the inventory of estate index with about 200,000 entries for Skaraborg county. If you have ancestors who died in Skaraborg, it is now much easier to find their estate inventory.

skaraborg estate inventorySkara rådhusrätt och magistrat (R) FII:11 (1840-1860) Image 660 / Page 1311 (AID: v144008.b660.s1311, NAD: SE/GLA/11951)

The estate inventories from the following district/city courts in Skaraborg are now searchable.

  • Barne häradsrätt 1743-1859
  • Binnebergs häradsrätt 1737-1860
  • Dimbo häradsrätt 1743-1838
  • Falköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1807-1852
  • Gudhems häradsrätt 1737-1860
  • Hasslerörs häradsrätt 1719-1870
  • Hjo rådhusrätt och magistrat 1719-1944
  • Hova häradsrätt 1738-1862
  • Kinne häradsrätt 1740-1862
  • Kinnefjärdings häradsrätt 1737-1859
  • Kåkinds häradsrätt 1736-1860
  • Kållands häradsrätt 1736-1862
  • Laske häradsrätt 1732-1862
  • Leaby häradsrätt 1748-1858
  • Lidköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1661-1862
  • Mariestads rådhusrätt och magistrat 1840-1898
  • Skara rådhusrätt och magistrat 1714-1943
  • Skånings häradsrätt 1733-1860
  • Skövde rådhusrätt och magistrat 1711-1870
  • Slättängs häradsrätt 1743-1838
  • Vilske häradsrätt 1727-1859
  • Viste häradsrätt 1734-1812
  • Åse häradsrätt 1748-1812
  • Åse och Viste häradsrätt 1812-1859

When you use the inventory of estate index, you can by search by name, the year the estate inventory was created along with the county and parish where the deceased lived.

When you search by year, remember that the estate inventory was not always created in the same year the person died. You may want to search using a time interval, with the start year the year the person died and the end year a couple of years after the deceased’s death date.

Earlier we have added in the inventory of estate index estate inventories from Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg and Bohus, Jämtland, Kalma, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergotland.

Click here to see what estate inventories are included in the estate inventory register.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

To open the inventory of estate index:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Click on Index search
  • Select Inventory of Estate index

The inventory of estate index for Skaraborg has been created in cooperation with the Central Soldier’s Register (Centrala Soldatregistret.)

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Soon it will be easier to research in Värmland!

Wonderful news for all with Värmland roots! Soon, it will be easier to search for your Värmland ancestors. This is thanks to the Värmland Genealogical Society which has allowed ArkivDigital to acquire the church book register which the society has created. The register which is named the Värmland’s Church Book Register (Värmlands Kryrkboksregister) was created over a period of years by members of the society as well as work from some labor market projects. The register was previously published on a DVD/USB. This register will be available in ArkivDigital.

“We see ArkivDigital as a natural partner,” says Lars-Göran Jansson, chairman of the Värmland Genealogical Society.

The new register will include more than 1.2 million index entries for births, marriages and deaths for the majority of Värmland parishes. The fact that this information will become searchable in ArkivDigital will make it much easier for all researchers who have Värmland ancestors when one no longer has to browse page by page in the church books but simply look for the person with a simple search.

Warmland mapMap of Värmland. The map is borrowed from the Postmuseum’s collection at DigitaltMuseum.

ArkivDigital customers will be able to search by name, year, location plus much more. When one has found the information, one can easily click on the original source record to check the information. ArkivDigital is beginning to link the register entries to the church book records and, in a few months, the Värmland register will become available to ArkivDigital customers.

ArkivDigital’s goal is to publish more indexes including those produced by the company and those that have been created by organizations around Sweden over the years.

“We welcome genealogical societies to contact us, if they have registers of church books or other old documents,” says Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital.

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Estate Inventory Status Update – February 2019

Next to the church books, the estate inventory records are probably the most important source material for many genealogists. These rich records provide genealogical information as well as detailing the assets and debts of the deceased which helps one gain a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

We have photographed all the estate inventory records from earliest times up to 1940 for all of Sweden.  Our goal is to photograph all up until 1960. For some counties, the photographing is complete while work remains for other counties. Below is the photographing status for each county. There may be cases in all counties where individual volumes may be missing for example where the volume could not be photographed because of its extremely poor physical condition.

1952 estate inventoryJönköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat (F) FIa:110 (1952) Image 1480 / Page 287 (AID: v497011.b1480.s287, NAD: SE/VALA/01665)

Counties which are complete up to 1940. Photographing is in progress for years 1941-1945.

  • Jämtland

Counties which are complete up to 1945. Photographing is in progress for years 1946-1950.

  • Gävleborg
  • Norrbotten
  • Västerbotten
  • Västernorrland

Counties which are complete up to 1955. Photographing is in progress for years 1956-1960.

  • Jönköping
  • Kalmar
  • Kronoberg
  • Stockholm
  • Värmland
  • Västmanland
  • Örebro
  • Östergötland

Counties which are complete up to 1960.

  • Blekinge
  • Gotland (however only up to year 1947 for city court in Visby)
  • Göteborg och Bohus
  • Halland
  • Kopparberg
  • Kristianstad
  • Malmöhus
  • Skaraborg
  • Södermanland
  • Uppsala
  • Älvsborg

searching estate inventorySearching in inventory of estate index

In conclusion, we wish to point out our searchable name index for estate inventories (Inventory of estate index) which is available to our All-in-one customers. Currently, the register is far from complete but more index entries will be added. You can find out what district and city court archives are name searchable for estate inventories by going to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Birth record reading example with some abbreviations

Prior to the mid 1800’s, the birth books were not standardized and the format varies by minister and time. When looking at a birth book, it is always good to review the minister’s style and determine the format of the content.

Today we will look at a birth record from 1837 in the parish of Älvsbacka (Elvsbacka) parish in Värmland county. In the record below, you will see that the content of the birth record is divided into six boxes. In this record, the minister has recorded the birth date, baptismal date, child’s residence, names of parents, names of witnesses and residence, name of minister who baptized child, age of mother and child’s name.

alvsbacka birthÄlvsbacka (S) C:3 (1827-1860) Image 22 (AID: v9055.b22, NAD: SE/VA/13662) Link.

  • Box 1 – Birth and baptismal month – Juni (June)
  • Box 2 – Birth day 14 (June 14, 1837)
  • Box 3 – Baptismal day 15 (June 15, 1837)
  • Box 4 – Child’s residence in parish, name of parents, names and residence of baptismal witnesses and the name of minister who baptized the child
  • Box 5 – Age of mother – 36
  • Box 6 – Child’s name – Stina Maria

Box 4 Transcription:

Örtnåstorp, H. e. Henrik Andersson o. d. h. Cajsa Magnusdotters barn.
Faddrar:  H. e. Anders Henriksson o. d. h. Ingrid Andersdotter i Örtnås.
D. a. Comm Frykholm.

While most of the words in the birth record are names of persons or places and dates, there are some Swedish words. Also, in this record, the minister has used some abbreviations. Below in text order are the Swedish words and abbreviations.

  • H. e. – hemman ägare – farm owner
  • o – och – and
  • d – dess – his
  • hhustru – wife
  • barn – child
  • Faddrar – witnesses
  • i – at
  • dopt – baptized
  • a – af – by
  • Comm – Komminister – assistant pastor, curate

Complete English translation of Box 4:

Örtnåstorp, Farm owner – Henrik Andersson and his wife. Cajsa Magnusdotters child.
Witnesses- Farm owner Anders Henriksson and his wife Ingrid Andersdotter at Örtnås.
Baptized by Pastor Frykholm.

Sometimes the minister would use full words in one entry and then abbreviate the same words in another entry. If you were to look at another birth entry in the previous year, you will see that the minister has spelled out the phrase baptized by (dopt af) as seen in the image below. By looking at that record, then one can decipher the meaning for the abbreviation “D. a”.

full spelling doptÄlvsbacka (S) C:3 (1827-1860) Image 21 (AID: v9055.b21, NAD: SE/VA/13662) Link.

Click here to see a 1700’s birth record example.

Click here to see an 1800’s birth record example.

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