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ålder..........................age
äldst, älst....................eldest
anhöring...................... relative
änka.......................... widow
änkeman........................widower
änkling........................widower
antavla........................pedigree
år............................ year
arf............................inheritance, patrimony
avlidne........................deceased
backstugusittare.............. owner of small cottage and piece of land
barn.......................... child
barnlös........................childless
barnsbörd......................childbirth
begraven, begravd..............buried
bonde..........................farmer, peasant
bor............................live, reside
broder........................ brother
brorsdotter....................brother’s daughter (niece)
brorson........................brother’s son (nephew)
dag............................day
död utan bröstarvinge..........died without issue
döpt.......................... baptized
dotter........................ daughter
dottersdotter..................daughter’s daughter (granddaughter)
dotterson......................daughter’s son (grandson)
dött.......................... died
döv............................deaf
dräng..........................farmhand, bachelor
fäder..........................forefathers
fader, far.................... father
faddrar........................sponsors, godfather/mother, witnesses
farfar........................ father’s father (grandfather)
farbror........................father’s brother (uncle)
farfarsfar.................... father’s father’s father (great-grandfather)
farfarsmor.................... father’s father’s mother (great-grandmother)
farmor........................ father’s mother (grandmother)
farmorfar......................father’s mother’s father (great-grandfather)
farmormor......................father’s mother’s mother (great-grandmother)
farsbarbror....................father’s father’s brother (granduncle)
farsfaster.................... father’s father’s sister (grandaunt)
farsmorbror....................father’s mother’s brother (granduncle)
farsmoster.................... father’s mother’s sister (grandaunt)
faster........................ father’s sister (aunt)
förelyst...................... banns (in Finland)
förfader...................... ancestor
församling.................... parish
flicka........................ girl
född.......................... born
försfödd...................... firstborn
frillebarn.................... bastard child
fru............................wife, madam, mistress
gammal........................ old, aged
gift.......................... married
gosse..........................boy
hustru........................ wife
inhyses........................lodger
kusin..........................cousin
kvinna........................ woman
kyrka..........................church
land.......................... country
län............................county
måg............................son-in-law
maka.......................... wife
make.......................... husband
man............................man, husband
mantal........................ assessed unit of land; taxation of farm
moder, mor.................... mother
morbror........................mother’s brother (uncle)
morfar........................ mother’s father (grandfather)
morfarsfar.................... mother’s father’s father (great-grandfather)
morfarsmor.................... mother’s father’s mother (great-grandmother)
mormor........................ mother’s mother (grandmother)
mormorsfar.................... mother’s mother’s father (great-grandfather)
mormorsmor.................... mother’s mother’s mother (great-grandmother)
morsfarbror....................mother’s father’s brother (granduncle)
morsfaster.................... mother’s father’s sister (grandaunt)
morsmorbror....................mother’s mother’s brother (granduncle)
morsmoster.................... mother’s mother’s sister (grandaunt)
moster........................ mother’s sister (aunt)
månad..........................month
nämdeman...................... juryman
nattvard...................... communion
ogift..........................unmarried
okänd..........................unknown
omkring........................about
oäkta..........................illegitimate
pojke..........................boy
rotebonde......................farmer who furnishes soldier’s equipment
sjöman........................ seaman
skilsmässa.................... divorce, separation
skrud..........................bridal gown
släktforskning................ genealogy
släkting...................... relative
söcken........................ parish
soldat........................ soldier
son............................son
sonsdotter.................... son’s daughter (granddaughter)
sonson........................ son’s son (grandson)
sonsonsdotter..................son’s sons’ daughter (great-granddaughter)
sonsonsson.................... son’s son’s son (great-grandson)
spädbarn...................... infant
stad.......................... town, city
stamfader......................progenitor
stamtavla......................pedigree
stjufbarn......................stepchild
svåger........................ brother-in-law
svärfar........................father-in-law
svärmor........................mother-in-law
syskon........................ brothers and sisters
syster........................ sister
systersdotter..................sister’s daughter (niece)
systerson......................sister’s son (nephew)
testamente.................... will, testament
yngst..........................youngest

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