Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sibling Saturday - Bergström siblings at the old cemetery in Helsingborg

At the old cemetery in Helsingborg I found this tombstone with the six Bergström siblings, Carl Johan, age 15, Fabian Mauritz, age 10, Fransyska Eleonora, age 7, Sture Gottfrid, age 3,5, Inez Agda, age 1 3/4, and another Sture Gottfrid age 1.

Ofcourse it made me curious, it has no dates so, when were they born and when did they die? Did they die on the same day, in an accident or what happend to them?

Instead of only writing what I found out, Im going to try to show in step-by-step how I did to find out more information about the Bergström siblings.

1) Since the stone is in Helsingborg, I assume the lived in the Helsingborg area. So, there first place I look to find information is the free webpage. It is a searchable database with churchrecords about birth, marriage and death and covers parishes of Skåne, Blekinge and Halland. Check out the webpage to see exactly what parishes that are covered.

At I choose the database with death and burial records. I pick Fabian to start with and I type that into the deceased first name. I also put in Bergström as the last name of relative. Why? Well, since this is a child that has died usually the fathers name is mentioned. If I don't get any hits I would try with Fabian Mauritz and skip the relative.

Deceased first namn: Fabian Relative last namn: Bergström

Seems I was lucky. One hit that seems to match. Name of Deceased Fabian Mauritz, date June 13 in 1881. Relativees name: Bernhard Mauritz Bergström, father. Parish Helsingborg.

To take a closer look, click on it. As we can see, there is no last name listed on Fabian so doing a search of Fabian Bergström would have given 0 hits. Fabian Mauritz was 9 years, 10 months and 2 days. His father Bernhard Mauritz Bergström seems to be an inn-keeper. Cause of death is diphtheria.

What is important is the sources. This record is found in Helsinborg Stadsförsamling F:7. In this case there is also a note telling the mothers name, Ingrid Christina Olsson and also a page number of the household records 100,3.

2) So, lets check the original source and lets start with the death book. I use a combination of ArkivDigital, and SVAR (all are paysites) and in this case I use ArkivDigital. I search for Helsingborg and in the search results I click on Helsingborgs Stadsförsamling.

Scrolling down the list I find F:7. It covers the years 1875 to 1887 so time to start browsing the pages. While browsing 1881, I reach the month of May and I recognize some names.. On May 22, Franciska Eleonora, daugher of Bernhard Mauritz Bergström, dies from diphtheria, 6 years, 8 months and 10 days old. Two days later, May 24, Sture Gottfried, son of  Bernhard Mauritz Bergström, dies from diphtheria, 3 years, 3 months and 1 day old.

Franciska Eleonora and Sture Gottfrid
Helsingborgs stadsförsamling F:7

Turing a couple of more pages, I reach June 13 and find Fabian Mauritz.

Fabian Mauritz Helsingborgs stadsförsamling F:7

That means we have found three of the six siblings. These three died in within 24 days, all from diphtheria.

3) Next thing I would do before moving on to the other three siblings would be to look at the household record since I know the page number. It was page 100,3 and I should look at a book covering 1881. I notice there are seven books covering 1880 - 1884 so I am greatful about the little number 3 and dig into book III page 100.

There are 7 books covering 1880 - 1884....

There is the family. Bernard Mauritz, his wife Ingrid Christina and six children where three has thier date of death written to the right. The other children, Anna Maria, Hertha Wilhelmina and Gerda Christina are not any of the other names of the stone so I need to keep looking. Far to the right there is a note that the family has moved in 1881 to 4 Pål.

I pretty much so the same steps over again. I go to, look for Inez in the name of the deceased and Bergström in relative last name.

Once again I am lucky and get only one hit that seems to match. Inez Agda, dies October 10 in 1883, 1 year, 7 months and 24 days old from pneumonia.

Inez Agda

This time to find the family in the household record it would be in the fourth book and page 325 of the book covering 1883.

Helsingborgs Stadsförsamling AI:73 page 325
Four of the six siblings are now found.

Back to step one again, doing a search for Sture at I get two hits this time. One is the Sture Gottfrid I found above who died in 1881. Then there is another Sture Gottfrid who died in 1876.

Looking at the record I understand that the names on the stone doesn't seem to be in order on when the children died but in order of how old they were when they died. The Sture Gottfried I found now was born and died before the other siblings but his name is the last one on the stone.

So, almost going to the beginning of the same death book I have been looking in, I find Sture Gottfrid. He dies on New Years Eve of 1876 from scarlet fever.

Sture Gottfrid

According to the helpful note, I need to check page 92 in the third book covering the year of 1876. There is the family listed and now five of the six siblings on the stone are found.

Helsingborgs Stadsförsamling AI:64 page 92

Now I need to find the boy named Carl Johan who died at the age of 15. In the household records above which covers the family from 1876 to 1883 I haven't seen the name Carl Johan. According to those books it looks like Bernhard Mauritz and his wife Ingrid Christina got married in 1866. If Carl Johan would have been thier first child born after thier marriage he should have been listed with the family in 1876 above (assuming he was living with his family at the age of 9-10 years which ofcourse we can't be sure of). It might also be that he was born in 1883 after the family moved and after Inez died. Then he would have died in 1898.

Searching on gives me no relevant hits. I did a couple of searches on the Swedish Census CDs of 1880, 1890 and 1900, finding the family but no son named Carl Johan. But I notice that in 1884 they get a daughter, Inez Theresia and in 1886 a daughter, Ebba.

Looking at the records above I know Mauritz and Ingrid came from Kvistofta in 1866. I take a chance and do a search on in the married records database for the couple.

One hit and they should be on page 14 in the household records in Kvistofta parish.

I find the couple but that doesnt give any more clues about Carl Johan. Looking at the birth book for Hertha Wilhelmina in 1876 it says she is the fifth child of Ingrid. That is interesting. When Ebba is born in 1886 it says she is child number 12.

Hertha Wilhelmina born 1876 is child number 5

Ebba, born February 2 1886 is child  number 12

Looking into the records I have found 10 children. If Ebba is child number twelve and Hertha is number five there are two childern missing in the list below. My guess is they were born between 1866-1868 or maybe out of wedlock.

  • Anna Maria b 1869
  • Fabian Mauritz b 1871
  • Hertha Wilhelmina b 1873 
  • Fransiska Eleonora b 1874
  • Sture Gottfrid b 1876
  • Sture Gottfrid b 1878
  • Gerda Christina b 1879
  • Inez Agda b 1882
  • Inez Theresia b 1884
  • Ebba b 1886

No luck with Carl Johan sofar. My next strategy would be to follow Ingrid Christina from her birth until she married Mauritz Bernhard. I will look into that someother time and with that, I will put Carl Johan Bergström away for a while and be happy with the dates I have found out about the other five siblings:

  • Fabian Mauritz, born August 11 1871 died June 13 1881, age 10 years
  • Fransyska Eleonora, born September 19 died May 22 1881, age 7 years
  • Sture Gottfrid, born February 2 1878 died May 24 1881, age 3,5 years
  • Sture Gottfrid, born February 23 1876, died December 31 1876, age 10 months
  • Inez Agda, born February 16 1882, October 10 1883, age 1 3/4 years


  1. That is fascinating Linda. Thank you for sharing!


  2. Hello,
    My 2nd great grandmother was named Sarah Elizabeth Bergstrom born in Sweden 19 Nov 1876. Her parents were Carl Bergstrom b. abt 1845 and Fredericka Johnson b. 1845. The family immigrated to the United States in 1891. I know little about this family and where they came from in Sweden. Is Bergstrom a common name there? I have no idea if this family is connected to yours.


    1. Hi Jenny,
      I did a lookup in the Emibasdatabase (CD with a lot of Swedes that emigrated) and I think I found your family:

      Post 241856
      Petersson, Carl
      Ägare (married man)
      b. 10/28/1845 in Öja, Kronobergs län (Småland)
      Emigrated 4/26/1892
      from Magersryd, Herråkra, Kronobergs län (Småland)
      to Nordamerika
      Source: Emibas migration file ID: Herråkra G 1892 005

      Post 241857
      Johansdotter, Fredrika
      Hustru (married woman)
      b. 7/6/1845 in Tävelsås, Kronobergs län (Småland)
      Emigrated 4/26/1892
      from Magersryd, Herråkra, Kronobergs län (Småland)
      to Nordamerika
      Source: Emibas migration file ID: Herråkra G 1892 006

      Post 241859
      Carlsdotter, Sara Elisabeth
      Dotter (unmarried woman)
      b. 11/19/1876 in Dänningelanda, Kronobergs län (Småland)
      Emigrated 4/26/1892
      from Magersryd, Herråkra, Kronobergs län (Småland)
      to Nordamerika
      Source: Emibas migration file ID: Herråkra G 1892 008
      Un-normalized versions:
      Parish of birth: Dännigelanda

      There were also a couple of more siblings:
      Carl Johan b 1871
      Gustaf Hjalmar b 1882
      Hanna Lineea b 1885
      Johannes Efraim b 1888

      I know they have the surname Petersson but everything else seems to match.

      It doesnt seem like they are from the same area as the Bergströmsiblings in my blogpost. Bergström is not an unusual name in Sweden.