Take the 2-minute tour ×
Genealogy & Family History Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for expert genealogists and people interested in genealogy or family history. It's 100% free, no registration required.

In Sweden during the 18th and 19th century each parish had a "Husförhörslängd", a book tallying the people in the parish keeping track of how well they knew their biblical history, and if they had taken their communion.

Very often in these books I find that some people have a marking of three small rings in a triangle. See enclosed picture.

What does this marking mean?

Example of three rings marking

share|improve this question
    
It might have to do with the Trinity. –  American Luke Nov 4 '12 at 18:35
    
@Luke Possible: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shield_of_the_Trinity –  JustinY Nov 4 '12 at 21:46
1  
@Luke though it appears on some and not others, so even if it does symbolize the Trinity it probably has more meaning such as "they completed these sacraments" or something –  JustinY Nov 4 '12 at 21:48
    
What do the headings mean? –  American Luke Nov 4 '12 at 21:48
    
Is it correct that Omstandigheter in the heading means "circumstances", making this column a general collection of other relevant information? –  Fortiter Nov 5 '12 at 0:12
show 1 more comment

1 Answer

up vote 21 down vote accepted

I happened on the answer:

signs

Turns out it means the person has been vaccinated against smallpox, either by vaccine, or by "protective pox", which I think means cowpox.

share|improve this answer
    
Good question; great answer. Thank you Lennart –  GeneJ Nov 4 '12 at 23:14
    
So does the + (for Smittkoppor) indicate that the person died of smallpox or that they survived the disease? –  Fortiter Nov 5 '12 at 0:18
    
@Fortiter: That they survived, at least in the cases I've seen. –  Lennart Regebro Nov 5 '12 at 7:05
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.