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1.'Death Record: Civil registration'

Beginnng in 1860, the government required the ministers to send copies of death records to the Central Statistical Office. The civil death record does not include the burial date, but does include most of the information found in the church death record for the same time period.

What you are looking for

Civil registers were the best source for determining when a person died. They included everyone in the community and identified the complete name of the person who died.

Why go to the next record

Not all of the Swedish civil registry records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

2.'Parish Register, Death: Church records'

Beginning about 1500, usually much later, the clergy began to keep death/burial records. The earlier records may not give the name of the person who died or was buried, rather, the name of the principal male figure in his/her life. Example - "Pehr Olofsson's wife/child of Nygaard was buried today". The record may also include the age and residence of the decedent. Information found in a death/burial record depends upon how detailed the minister made his record.

What you are looking for

Church burial records were the best source for determining when a person died. They included nearly everyone in the community and identified the complete name of the deceased.

Why go to the next record

Not all death or burial records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

3.'Parish Census Records: Church records'

Clerical surveys (husförhörslängd) often give death dates. Before 1800, death dates are often recorded in the remarks column of the surveys. After 1850 most clerical surveys have a column for death dates. This record is found under the jurisdiction of parish-church.

What you are looking for

Parish Census Records or clerical surveys often contain death information. The minister indicated that the person had died by doing one of the following: drawing a line through the person's name, drawing a cross to the left of the person's name, or writing the word "död" and the death date to the right of the person's name. Some clerical surveys have a special column for recording death dates.

Why go to the next record

Not all clerical surveys contain death information. A line drawn through the person's name could also mean the person moved out of the parish.

4.'Baptism: Church records'

Beginning about 1500, churches required their clergy to keep christening (or baptism) records. The records give the names of the parents and the child and include birth dates. Information found in a christening depends on how detailed the minister made his record.

What you are looking for

In the absence of clerical surveys and probate records, church christening records were the best source for determining when a person died. In the christening record next to the person's name, the minister may put the symbol of a cross and death date, indicating the person died. When the father or mother appears in the christening records with a different spouse, it means the former spouse died the previous year.

Why go to the next record

Not all church christening records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

5.'Marriage Record: Church records'

Couples were married when they were in their twenties and thirties. Second and third marriages may have occurred anytime after that. If the church christening records do not exist, parish marriage records are the best source for determining when a person died. When the father or mother appears in the marriage records with a different spouse, it means the former spouse died the previous year.

What you are looking for

Couples were married when they were in their twenties and thirties. Second and third marriages may have occurred anytime after that. If church christening records do not exist, parish marriage records are the best source for determining when a person died. When the father or mother appears in the marriage records with a different spouse, it means the former spouse died the previous year.

Why go to the next record

Not all parish marriage records have been microfilmed, and the beginning date of these records varies from place to place.

6.'Probate Records: Probate records'

Probate records "bouppteckningar" often give the date the probate or inventory took place. Sometimes the date of death is listed. Names of all legal surviving heirs are often listed. Married female heirs will be listed with the names of their husbands. This record is found under the jurisdiction of court district (härad)

What you are looking for

In the absence of parish registers or clerical surveys, a probate record is the best record for determining the person's date of death. Probate records were usually completed within 30 days of death. In the preamble of some probate records, the death date is recorded. The date at the beginning of the probate's preamble is the date the probate was completed. The person's death usually took place in the year of the probate.

Why go to the next record

Not everyone had a probate record, and not all probate records have been filmed. The beginning date of probates varies from place to place.


 

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