Ljusnedal parish has changed names and counties. The parish was called
Mässlinge before 1757. It was in Västernorrland county until 1762,
Gävleborg county 1762-1810, and Jämtland county 1810-present. According to
the SVAR catalog, the oldest extant records are from 1749.
I've found few children born out of wedlock in pre-1900 Sweden. Not nearly
as many as I've seen in other countries, Scotland, for example. Maybe the
rate was higher in cities than in the country parishes where my ancestors
lived. On the other hand, I have found many cases where a couple's first
child was born less than nine months after they married. As an extreme
example, my ggg-grandparents Thalenus Persson (age 17 1/2) and Beata
Börjesdotter (age 24) were married 3 Jul 1785 and their first child was
born 14 Jul 1785! I don't know if there is any truth to it, but someone
once told me that men didn't want to get married until the woman got
pregnant because they wanted to be sure that she was able to have children.
At 01:46 PM 10/28/98 -0800, you wrote:
My other family is from Ljusnedal (sp.) in Jamtland, Sweden.
There are no more films for this district to order, can someone
next step? Was Jamtland a different district prior to 1700?
Also, I understand from another Swedish researcher that it was not uncommon
for children to be born out of wedlock? Can someone comment?