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=== '''District (Härad)'''  ===
  
A Swedish härad is composed of several parishes and is the judicial unit which is responsible for the holding of the inventories of personal effects after the death of an individual.&nbsp; The Family History Library Catalog also uses the härad division for arranging the parishes for the tax lists (census) purposes for cataloging.&nbsp; This is done on a county by county basis.
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The district is a civil jurisdiction used for judicial purposes. A district consists of two to twenty parishes. In Swedish it is usually known as a “härad” but in the central and northern half of Sweden, the words tingslag and bergslag may be used and in some coastal areas the word skeppslag may be used. All of these terms are used for the judicial unit (district) where court proceedings took place, death estates were probated, and tax lists were made.<br>
  
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The district was governed by a district circuit judge (häradshövding) . He was a university trained law graduate. He was assisted by a council of twelve local men (nämndeman or tolveman). These men were permanent jurymen. They were reliable men of honor and stability in the community. It was an honor to be a nämndeman and in some cases this position was passed down from father to son for generations.<br>
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There are a number of ways to determine to which district a parish belonged. Here are some of the ways:
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*The Family Search Wiki Parish List. See [[Sweden: Parish Listing|Parish List]]
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*The Family History Library Catalog at [http://www.familysearch.org www.familysearch.org] (Do a place search for name of your parish. Get the Church Records for that parish. In the notes for the parish will be the judicial district.
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*Lista över svenska härader (List of Swedish districts)&nbsp;See [http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lista_%C3%B6ver_svenska_h%C3%A4rader http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lista_%C3%B6ver_svenska_h%C3%A4rader]
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*A Swedish gazetteer like Rosenberg's Statistiskt-Geografiskt Handlexikon. See [[Sweden: Geografiskt-Statistiskt Handlexikon Öfver Sverige|Geografiskt-Statistiskt Handlexikon Öfver Sverige]]
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District (Härad)

The district is a civil jurisdiction used for judicial purposes. A district consists of two to twenty parishes. In Swedish it is usually known as a “härad” but in the central and northern half of Sweden, the words tingslag and bergslag may be used and in some coastal areas the word skeppslag may be used. All of these terms are used for the judicial unit (district) where court proceedings took place, death estates were probated, and tax lists were made.

The district was governed by a district circuit judge (häradshövding) . He was a university trained law graduate. He was assisted by a council of twelve local men (nämndeman or tolveman). These men were permanent jurymen. They were reliable men of honor and stability in the community. It was an honor to be a nämndeman and in some cases this position was passed down from father to son for generations.

There are a number of ways to determine to which district a parish belonged. Here are some of the ways: