How to find more info on parents appearing in birth records?

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I would appreciate any help to find more info on Peter Lind and his wife Maja Stina Jonsdotter. They appear in the birth record for their son Johan Fredric Peterson Lindgren, born 13 Feb 1827, Åsheda, Sweden. 

Many thanks, Martin

WikiTree profile: Peter Lind
in Genealogy Help by Martin Lindgren G2G1 (1.3k points)
Thank you all very much. I see that I have to really go in for this, and get the best of resources. :-D Recommendations?

You did have a reference to Arkiv Digital to begin with, didn't you?

They definitely have the best and most readable images, but you have to find people by reading the old handwriting yourself.

FamilySearch has a lot of Swedish births indexed and searchable - but its very hard to find the right ones with all our Swedish names that are all the same. A lot of the Swedish stuff in their database is also transcribed wrong - and there are usually no images availble. Somehow, when I try to search for a birth of somebody with a birth year, most of the hits are for people with than name having children at about that time. But. It's free, and a place to go when you are out of ideas.

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Have you tried Sometimes you get a collection of records to include birth, census and other info.

Also try to google their names along with birth dates to see if any newspaper articles, books or other historical info is out there. 

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
Those avenues are pretty much a last resort when it comes to researching Sweden.
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Does it say where in the parish they live? Are there any husförhörslängder for the parish for that time? Then you should look there.
by Lena Svensson G2G6 Mach 5 (50.8k points)
Looks like Kuttabo.

There's a nice typewritten index in the household record book containing 1827. There IS a Kuttabo in Åseda. Page 179.

There they are. Peter Månsson Lind was a soldier. Born in Dädesjö. That's a parish. Arrived from Näshult in 1822. One more parish in Småland.

Mother came from what looks like Nörrebo in 1824. Suspect that is a farm in Åseda. Mnah... not at a glance in the index.
But. Since there is no birth parish for her, she is probably born in the parish.

Yes. There she is. Same volume of birth records, page 71. Aha! Daughter of a previous soldier in Kuttabo!!
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I've added some data to the profiles for you.

Peter's birth date is 17 Feb; birth name Petter Månsson. Lind is his soldier name.
by Gerry Hagberg G2G6 Mach 1 (15.9k points)
...and while I was doing that, Eva was also on the case.

It made me think of the days when I was new to the game. Such fun with the sedentary rural population where you can run back several generations in no-time-at-all from a birth record. Looking up in the household record, finding birth data for parents, looking up their birth records and from there again to the household records until you reach the earliest household records for the parish and the going gets tougher.

That's the basics - then of course all sorts of snags and puzzles may occur in individual cases.

Following people forward to their death can be a little trickier, when an old widow or widower moves away to a married child in their final years, and things like that.

Also, I must say, I love those typed indexes of villages and farms in a parish; they're a great help when you are learning to interpret the place names in old handwriting.

Very frustrating when there isn't a typed index - or a readable handwritten one.
I totally agree to all that you're saying Eva :-)

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