Swedish Church Records
Death and Funeral books
Confirm date and cause of death.
When you have found a person in the Household Examination Book you might also want to take
a look in the death book to confirm death and funeral date, and maybe also the cause
of death. These books are presented yearly.
The Swedish priests in 1800 and 1900 were not medical educated. Most of them
learned the medical terminology by studying books. This of course can give a wrong
definition about the cause of death.
Some cause of death you can read about are: guzzle, hernia, gangrene, stroke, fever,
leprosy, whopping cough, jaundice, diarrhoea, childmurder, murder, killed under the ice,
worms, measles etc.
In death and funeral books you can find this information:
- date when the person passed away (month + day)
- name of the deceased and profession
name of the deceased wife/husband or father/mother if the person is a deceased child
- name of the deceased date of birth or age upon death (year, month, day)
- civil status
cause of death
- place of death (if other then hometown)
- funeral date
- other notes
|Note ! These books can look different depending on in which parish you are searching in. Most of the books contains same information but can be written in a different way. This you will notice more and more when you search way back in time.