How to Find Swedish Estate Inventories in Riksarkivet’s Digital Research Room

Estate inventories are a great source of information for the genealogist. Not only can they contain a wealth of information about the personal relationships of the deceased, but they also give an excellent overview of how they lived at the time of their death.

There are two principal sources of information in Swedish genealogy research, other than Ancestry and myHeritage.  Arkiv Digital is a paid service, and Riksarkivet (the Swedish National Archives) also have scanned estate inventories.  Here, I’ll look at finding the estate inventory of one of my ancestors in Riksarkivet’s system. For Arkiv Digital, see How to Find Swedish Estate Inventories using Arkiv Digital.

The Subject – Catharina Andersdotter

Catharina died 28th February 1788 during childbirth, at the croft Enekullen, Iglabo, Ljurs parish, co. Älvsborg (Nårunga C:3 (1770-1799), p. 179 [212]). Note that Ljurs parish was an annex to Nårunga parish. She was 37 at the time and was survived by her husband and children.  Here’s what to do to find her in the probate (estate inventory) records.

Finding the Right Court District Archive

Although we know which parish Catharina died in, we do not yet know which Court District (hundred; “härad“) this parish was located in.  To find this, we need to do a general search – Rikarkivet’s website does not cross-reference the parish/church archives with the Court District archives.  Off to Google we go, and we’ll use this search term:

Nårunga socken härad

You may not always get what you need this way, but with the search terms above, you’re likely to at least get on the right track.  This is the result I got (with the bit we’re interested in underlined):

nårunga search

The Court District name is followed by the word “härad” so now I know that I need to search Riksarkivet for “Gäsene”.  Pop over to The Digital Research Room. You may want to change the language in the menu at the very top of the screen.  In the search box called Archive/parish I type in the name of the Court District and press Search.  I get a whole page of results, and we’re looking for “häradsrätts arkiv” – which means the “Court Districts Court Archive”.  Because it’s digitised, you could find it more quickly by looking for the little computer screen icon.

gäsene search result

Click the link to access the archive proper.

Finding the Right Book

You’ll now get a long list of the different types of records held in the archive.  The vast majority of these will not be digitised, but if we scroll down the list, we’ll reach the volumes in the archive labelled:

F II Bouppteckningar 1712 – 1947.

Note that the designation FII is not always the same across Court District archives, so if you’re doing a general search on the page, what you’re looking for is the word “Bouppteckningar“.

Click the little + to expand the folder and reveal the books that are in it. This list of books will have the volume number followed by the years the book covers.  In our case, we’re looking for the period covering 1788, so I’ll head to volume 8, click the + again, and then select the book:

RA bouppt 1788

From here you’re on your own.  You will need to click your way through the book until you get to the correct page for the estate inventory.  It may be, though, that the person never had one done or that they were done significantly later.  In such cases, it may also be worth examining the following volume in detail too.

A Note on Indices

There are, occasionally, indexes created for estate inventories, and you’ll usually find these under the C-labelled books in Court District archives labelled “Bouppteckningsregister“.  For Gäsene Court District, however, these are only available for the period after 1889, haven’t been photographed, and will not help us here.

Depending on where your ancestor came from, you can also search the Estate Inventories for the Court Districts in co:s Härnösand, Lund, Uppsala, Vadstena, Visby, and Östersund by using the search function at Extended search > Inventory of estates. There are not notes on this search function that states how comprehensive it is, so I cannot say what, exactly, is included in the search.  Arkiv Digital also has a similar index function that covers some of the same, and different, counties. Again, however, it is not a comprehensive index.

Now you can start doing the good stuff – reading the inventory!  If you’re stuck on reading the preamble, check out How to Read the Preamble (or Ingress) of a Swedish Estate Inventory

Have you had any luck finding the right estate inventory at Riksarkivet? Or are you running into trouble?  Let me know how you’ve fared in the comments.

 

The featured image of this post shows the road to Iglabo, 2011, accessed 14/10/2018 from Google maps.

 

5 thoughts on “How to Find Swedish Estate Inventories in Riksarkivet’s Digital Research Room

  1. I appreciate someone with an obsession, even deeper than mine, showing me how to access these obscure and little known records. I spent about 30 years looking for my gggrandmother’s, Augusta Johansdattor, origins around Oslo, only to eventually find out that she was from Dalsland, SE. I think she must have left Sweden for Oslo because she was very, very poor and was looking for work. My area of interest is Rölanda and Gesäter. I think it was a very rural area and there may not be much recorded there. Johannes Trondsson becomes a widower in 1869, when his wife Anna Stina Jansdotter passes away. Then Johannes dies in 1875 leaving his second wife, Anna Lisa Torstensdotter , with all of their children. So far I am not seeing Rölanda and Gesäter in Riksarkivet.

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    1. Matt, the Obsessed Genealogist 15th Oct 2018 — 7:45 am

      Hi Kathy – thanks so much for your note!

      Gesäter is an annex to Rölanda parish, so they will share some ministerial books between them. If you’re just looking for the parish/church archives, then you can get to Gesäter by using this link: https://tinyurl.com/yaa45smc

      and to Rölanda using this one: https://tinyurl.com/y9xfz764

      They were both part of Vedbo Court District, but the probate records for that are only available up until 1861 so far. See https://tinyurl.com/y7gr522w They’re available in full at Arkiv Digital, however there’re no index volumes so unless it’s covered by their searchable index, it’ll be a matter of searching page-by-page.

      The ancestry of Johannes Tronsson (no “d”) and his first wife Anna Stina Jonsdotter has already been researched. If that research is correct, then Anna Lisa and Johannes didn’t have any kids (they married in 1873 and he dies in 1875, so no surprise; all kids were by his first marriage).

      The secondary research (by Mr. Kent Karlsson; read: you *must* verify the below in original sources), gives:

      Gen. 0
      1. Children of Johannes Tronsson

      Gen 1.
      2. Johannes Tronsson, b. 1822 at Rölanda, d. 1875 there, m. to:
      3. Anna Stina Jonsdotter, b. 1823 at Gesäter, d. 1869 at Rölanda.

      Gen. 2.
      4. Tron Olofsson, b. 1793 at Rölanda, d. 1856 at Rölanda, m. 1818 to
      5. Maria Nilsdotter, b. 1799 at Rölanda, d. 1882 there.
      6. Jan (Jon) Eriksson, b. 1794 at Håbol parish, co. Älvsborg, m.
      7. Märta Eriksdotter, b. 1794 at Gesäter.

      Gen 3.
      8. Olof Tronsson, b. 1764 at Rölanda, d. 1814 at Rölanda, m. 1793 to
      9. Kerstin Olsdotter, b. 1767 at Rölanda, d. 1846 at Rölanda.
      10. Nils Jonsson, b. 1763 at Rölanda, d. 1816 at Rölanda, m. 1792 to
      11. Malin Andersdotter, b. 1773 at Rölanda.
      12-14. ?
      15. Sigrid Andersdotter, b. 1753 at Rölanda, d. 1795 at Gesäter. She may have married in 1775 but this research doesn’t show to whom.

      The research goes back, in some branches to the late 16th century, so you have a lot of work to get through – much too much to type out in brief here.

      Let me know how you go with it, though!

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  2. Thank you so much! This is the first I have heard the word Vedbo. I will do some web searches and learn more about Vedbo Court District. About a year ago I had a lot of help from the Swedish research group on Facebook. They helped me find the basic records on my Augusta (b. 1862), her parents, and some of her ancestors. I will go back through the records and compare with what Mr. Kent Karlsson has already done. I must be related to Mr. Kent Karlsson?

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    1. Matt, the Obsessed Genealogist 16th Oct 2018 — 12:45 pm

      I can’t say if you’re related, only that you appear in his research on DISBYT which is an association with a large user-contributed database. It is possible, of course.

      The Facebook group is great so I highly recommend asking follow up questions there, as long as they’re specific.

      “Vedbo” should help you find any estate inventories as that’s mainly what’s scanned in the court district archives.

      Happy Researching!

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