28 Baptismal Witnesses

unungeUnunge CI:10 (1895-1916) Image 920 / page 85a (AID: v274930.b920.s85a, NAD: SE/SSA/1579)  Link.

It is highly recommended that one records all the information that you find in the church books about your family. Often, this information will prove to be very beneficial in further research.  Most importantly, one should record the names of the baptismal witnesses on a birth record. These names can provide leads in researching other family members or solving genealogical mysteries.

There are usually 2 to 3 men and 2 to 3 men who are baptismal witnesses. Sometimes there are more. But could 28 witnesses be a record?

On January 12, 1907, the girl Birgit Gerda Maria Eleonora was baptized in the parish of Ununge.  In the birth book as shown in the image above, the entry states that she was born on the 15th of November 1906 in Adolf Fredrik parish in Stockholm. Her parents were office manager, Niels Jakob Holst and his wife, Aina Gerda Birgitta Erika Söderström.

Since the four rows allotted for the names of the witnesses were not enough for writing the names of the 28 witnesses, the minister has written the names on an attached list.

A certificate was sent to Maria Magdalena parish where she was recorded and here (image below) the priest has neatly written all 28 names in the space allotted for the names of the witnesses.

maria magdelenaMaria Magdalena CIa:28 (1905-1906) Image 3020 / page 262 (AID: v88249.b3020.s262, NAD: SE/SSA/0012) Link.

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