Swedish Probate Inventory

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The inventory of the bouppteckning was a very detailed list of all real-estate, household items, tools, and personal belongings of the deceased.  Each item on the inventory was appraised and given a value.  The entire inventory was totaled.  The inventory (bouppteckning) was then turned in to the local district court or to the city court.  The court judge in the next court session would then decide the distributioin of the estate.  The document for the distribution was called the arvskifte.

The inventory was divided into subtitles.  Some subtitles could be:

  • Gold (guld)
  • Silver (silver)
  • pewter (tenn)
  • Livestock (kreatur)
  • horses (hästar)
  • books (böcker)
  • clothing (klädespersedlar or kläder)
  • linen (linnetyg)
  • crops (gröda)
  • debts (skulder)
  • assets (tillgånger)
  • miscellaneous (diverse)