Odensvi skogsfjärding

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For the genealogist the relationship between the parishes of Odensvi and Gunnilbo is a bit tricky, since there is one area that was transferred from one parish to the other in 1725, so that you will have to look for births, marriages and deaths first in Odensvi (1680-1724) and then in Gunnilbo (1725-). The cutpoint seems to be fairly sharp, but there may be exceptions - particularly since people from this part occasionally (fairly often) took their children to be baptized in Hed parish and occasionally married there.

The background is that Gunnilbo parish was originally a part of Odensvi - called Odensvi fjärding. It was broken out about 1580; the two pastorates as such were constituted in 1638.

Somewhat confusingly the part that was transferred from Odensvi to Gunnilbo in 1725 was called Odensvi skogsfjärding.

At the very end of the ministerial book for Odensvi parish 1680-1720 there is a list from 1689 of the homesteads in Odensvi skogsfjärding:

The list has been complemented here with a few alternate names appearing later.

Arealavmätning 1752

In May, June, July and August there was a land survey made of most of Östra Roten: Östra och Västra Röle, Tränmora, Norrmora, Skallbo, Brobo, Persbo and Sörby (or Måssebo). The first page of the document is a beautiful map. The following pages contain detailed descriptions of the size and quality of various areas of forest. For the patches of farmed land just the area is noted, since the purpose of the survey was to evaluate the forest.

The introduction explains that these homesteads were subordinate to Jönsarbo bar iron hammer in Hed parish, owned by Hovintendenten Petter Julin and Karmansbo bar iron hammer in Hed parish, owned by Per Abraham Örnskiöld, secretary in Bergscollegium. The forest had formerly been jointly used by the homesteaders (for producing charcoal for the hammers); it was now going to be properly divided up.

The document can be found at Lantmäteriet, Historiska kartor by searching (in avancerad sökning) for Västmanlands län, 19-GUN-63, Gunnilbo in Lantmäterimyndigheternas arkiv.


Map sketch of Odensvi skogsfjärding, including the church in Hed


  • Eniro has most of the village names - although you have to zoom in far to get Skallbo
  • Google has few names
  • Fornsök has a nice map, but it's fiddly to handle



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