Places where O&E might live

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Places where O&E might live

Post by metoo » Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:27 pm

Eli and a turned Oskar wouldn't need much for a place to call home - just somewhere that is dark and infrequently visited by others.

I happened to come upon a YouTube channel where a Swedish girl documents her explorations of old, abandoned houses. Some of these are quite ruined, but others seem to be in relatively good condition - certainly good enough for someone who isn't bothered too much about a lack of heating.
The young woman says that this house was built in the early 19th century, and then she tells a little about the people who lived there. She often does this for houses she visits - I believe she researches the houses through old so-called "kyrkböcker" (church books), where the people in a parish were registered. These books are nowadays available on the Internet, or at least some of them are.

Here is a link to a page from S:t Olai parish in Norrköping, 1746:
https://sok.riksarkivet.se/bildvisning/C0017422_00011
But from the beginning Eli was just Eli. Nothing. Anything. And he is still a mystery to me. John Ajvide Lindqvist

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