Where should I look for court information about fatherhood?

+6 votes
The maid Sara Lundberg had two children who later had the surname Löfmark.

I know of two men Löfmark who lived in Lund (Malmöhus, Sweden) at the same time as she did.

If she did file a case for support from the father, where (in what books) should I look for that?

(My knowledge of these kinds of terms is limited, so maybe it could be formulated differently.)
WikiTree profile: Sara Lundberg
in Genealogy Help by Maria Lundholm G2G6 Pilot (159k points)

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In German and Austrian church records i’ve seen cases were annotations are made in the child’s baptismal record where paternity has been acknowledge. Sometimes there is a section in the back of the baptismal register for paternity acknowledgements.

In Mexican Catholic Church records i’ve never seen such acknowledgement in baptismal records, but there are numerous cases in the marriage record of the child where it is stated he/she is an illegimate child with both parents named.

Sometimes illegimate births are in a different register. Is that the case in Sweden ?


After writing the comments above, I found a lengthy article at Family Search on this very topic. Apparently this was a somewhat common event in Sweden. The article at the link discusses it in some detail.


by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (461k points)
edited by George Fulton
Thanks George, that's quite a good summary in Family Search, that I hadn't seen!

In this case, what I  wanted to check, was if the mother has asked for support from the father using legal means.
I suspect that this might involve actually visiting the archives in Lund.
Yes, I'm aware of that, but I would like to know what books to order before I go. :-)
+2 votes

In the parish archives of Lund's cathedral parish there are lists of absolved persons.

Lunds domkyrkoförsamlings kyrkoarkiv, Lysnings- och vigselböcker, SE/LLA/13254/E I/1 (1749-1814), s. 170

[1800] October 4. Undergick Sara Lundberg hemlig skrift
för 2dra gången begångit lägersmål enligt
kämners Rttens dom af den 2dra October

Translation: October 4. Sara Lundberg underwent hemlig skrift (private confession of sins) for second time committed adultery by the ruling of the kämnärsrätt (city's lower court) on October 2, 1800.

The verdict should be in Lunds stadsarkiv: Kämnärsrättens arkiv, volume AIa:82 (1800). Reference code: SE/LLA/10174/A I a/82

by Joakim Axnér G2G5 (5.2k points)
edited by Joakim Axnér
Thanks a lot Joakim!

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