NEW! Births in Nora and the surrounding area

It is time again to update our index, Birth index, parts of Sweden, where you can easily search for birth information. This time we have updated our index with 46, 277 searchable name entries from Nora in Örebro county and the surrounding area.

Information for the following parishes and dates are included in the update:

  • Järnboås 1673–1918
  • Nora bergsförsamling 1737–1939
  • Nora stadsförsamling 1843–1924 (for years before 1843, see Nora bergsförsamling)
  • Viker 1872–1918 (parish established in 1871 broken out from Nora bergsförsamling)

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Our birth index makes it easier for you to find the birth records for your ancestors and relatives who were born in these four parishes. Instead of browsing the book page by page, you can now make a quick search in our index. When you have found the person, you can look further by one simple click to double check the information in the index in the original source.

The following information is searchable in the birth index:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Parent’s first name and last name, title/occupation and age
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish

There are now nearly 5 million entries in the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden. We will be updating this index with more parishes and counties so watch our blog and our social media to get information about all updates.

Click here to see all the parishes and years which are included in the index after this update.

In order to open, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select, Index search
  • Select Birth index, parts of Sweden under index source

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Review of Swedish Military Research Blogs

We receive many questions about Swedish military research at conferences and trade shows in North America. Many North Americans discover that one of their ancestors was in the Swedish military serving in the infantry, cavalry or as a båtsman in the Swedish Navy and wish to discover more about their ancestor’s military service.

You will find many military documents in ArkivDigital’s online library from the 1600’s to the 20th century. In our blog, you will find articles about some of the military records in ArkivDigital as well as a few tutorials detailing how to research your Swedish military ancestor. Today, we present a summary of our English blogs related to Swedish military research.

general muster rollGeneralmönsterrullor – Skaraborgs regemente (R) 475 (1859-1863) Image 22 (AID: v60287.b22, NAD: SE/KrA/0023)

Military Rolls (1620-1723)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723-now-complete/

General Muster Rolls
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-rolls/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-roll-column-headings/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/research-soldiers-in-the-general-muster-rolls-example-jan-fras/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/easier-to-find-a-soldier-in-the-general-muster-rolls-using-table-of-content-general-muster-list/

Naval (Flottan)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/navy-flottan-documents-an-overview/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor-a-unique-source/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-for-boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/naval-ship-muster-rolls-skeppsmonsterrullor/

Military Pension Records
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/soldier-pension-documents-pensioner-olof-ceder/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-military-pension-documents-in-arkivdigital/

Officers and Non-commissioned Officers Service Records
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/armys-pension-funds-list-of-qualifications-armens-pensionskassas-meritband/

War Documents of the Great Northern War
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/swedish-soldiers-captured-at-poltava-what-can-one-discover-about-them/

Military Service Cards (1901-1950)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-service-cards-stamkort-search-index/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/additions-to-the-military-service-cards-stamkort-index/

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ArkivDigital’s Family Tree’s Features

About eight months ago, we launched ArkivDigital’s family tree where you can save personal information that you find when you search in our indexes and page through the church books and other documents that are in ArkivDigital.

You can search in the index directly from the family tree and even add sources to the tree with a simple mouse click. To have the sources and family tree integrated in the same service makes it easier for you to organize your information and you can quickly check your sources by clicking on a link.

During the past eight months, we have added several new features to the tree. We have worked to improve the user experience for you who build your tree with us. Here we summarize some of the functions and new features that are in the tree.

family tree overview

Different tree views

You can now select between the following five views when you look at your tree and work with it.

  • Family view
  • Ancestor view
  • Descendant view
  • Fan view
  • Map view

SolfjäderFan view in the family tree

Create 10 different family trees

You can create up to 10 different family trees with ArkivDigital. This is very handy if you wish to make a tree for your ancestors and a separate one for your spouse’s ancestors. If you do genealogy research for people other than yourself, you may also wish to create several different family trees to keep the different families apart.

Family Tree’s map function

With the map function, you can get a geographical view over where in Sweden your family lived. The map view shows individual’s life events placed on a map. If necessary, you can move the person to a more precise location on the map, for example to the farm where he / she lived at birth or death. A new function is that you can now also move several events / persons with one move instead of one at a time.

Click here to read more about the map function.

map view

Invite others to look at your tree

You can invite up to 25 persons to view your tree. This makes it easy to show your genealogy research to your family and friends. It is free for those you invite to view the tree; they only need to create a free account with ArkivDigital in order to get access to the tree. The invited persons can only view your tree; they cannot make any changes.

Click here to read more on inviting persons to view your tree.

Search for persons in the tree

When you have many people in the tree, it is nice to be able to search for the person you are looking for. You do this easily in the search box at the top left. Here you can choose whether you want to search for the person’s name or if you want to search for a place/ parish (new!). The search result list shows blood drop symbols for the straight ancestors and descendants.

search tree place

Printing

If you wish to print your family tree, you can do it as follows:

  • You can print a pedigree view or save as a JPEG image.
  • The fan view can be printed out or saved as a JPEG image.
  • The family view can be printed as shown on the screen.
  • The map view can be printed out or saved as a JPEG file.

If you have a family tree but no ongoing subscription, you can still view your family tree, but you cannot add, edit, or delete anything in the family tree. Without an ongoing subscription, you can choose to delete the entire family tree or export the information in the tree as a GEDCOM file.

Click here to download the English user guide for the family tree.

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Now 52 Volumes – Svenska Gods och Gårdar (Swedish estates and farms)

Last November, we published a blog about the books, Svenska Gods och Gårdar, in ArkivDigital. (Click here to read original blog in English or Click here for Swedish.). These are a series of books published during the 1930s and 1940s describing many estates and farms throughout Sweden. The books include information about the farm owner and family, history and size of the farm, livestock and even a picture of the farm. In November, only 21 volumes were available in ArkivDigital. Today, you will find 52 volumes the Svenska Gods och Gårdar archive in ArkivDigital.

Below is an image for the farm in Nyed parish in Värmland county. The owner is Olof Fredr. Ottosson born March 14, 1869 and the son of Otto Jonsson and his wife Maria. He married in 1895 to Kristina Johannesdotter in 1895 who died in 1925. Otto and Kristina had the following children: Elin born 1896, Hildur born 1899, Ivar born 1905 and Kristina born 1912.

nyed godsSvenska gods och gårdar 3:Värmland-Sydöstra (1945) Image 4200 / Page 420 (AID: v950755.b4200.s420)

Below is a household record showing Olof living at the farm Västanå as a child and that his father, Otto Jonsson, is the owner of the farm.

olof fredrikNyed (S) AI:20 (1866-1870) Image 439 / Page 434 (AID: v13034.b439.s434, NAD: SE/VA/13409)

You can locate these books in ArkivDigital by:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Enter Svenska Gods och Gårdar in the box under archive holder

Or

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select printed literature under archive type
  • Select archive Svenska gods och gårdar

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Korsbaneret – Another source for the family historian

ArkivDigital has recently photographed copies of the Korsbaneret (The Banner of the Cross), a yearly calendar published by the Augustana Lutheran Synod from 1880 to 1950. These booklets contain many articles which include church and congregation news, obituaries of the clergy and their spouses, articles about synods, schools, religion and poetry.

Currently, we have scanned books for the following years in ArkivDigital: 1880 thru 1932 and also the year 1934. You can find the publications by doing the following:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select archive type, printed literature
  • Select country, United States
  • Select tryckta skrifter, USA
  • You will find the issues listed by the title, Korsbaneret and year, in the volume list

At the end of the volume, Korsbaneret, 1929, you will find an index or register for the volumes for the first fifty years, 1880-1929. There are indexes for various categories such as general news , obituaries of ministers and their spouses, illustrations or photos of churches and portraits of individuals.

Let’s look for the obituary for the pastor’s wife, Wilhelmina Lundquist, in Beaver, Illinois. By going to the volume, Korsbaneret, 1929, you will find the beginning of the registers or indexes on page 311. If we page forward to page 330, we will see the index for levnadsteckningar or biographies In the register. Then look for Lundquist, Wilhelmina and you will see next to her name the notations 21 and 275 which means you will find information about her in the volume for the year 1921 on page 275.

korsbaneret registerTryckta skrifter, USA Korsbaneret:1929 (1929) Image 171 / Page 339 (AID: v965044.b171.s339)

Then go to volume Korsbaneret, 1921, open the volume, go to page 275 and you will see the below image.

fru wilhelminaTryckta skrifter, USA Korsbaneret:1921 (1921) Image 141 / Page 275 (AID: v965036.b141.s275)

In this obituary we discover her birth date, place of birth in Sweden and emigration date.

Fru Wilhelmina Lundquist, född Johnson, föddes i Fyreled (Fryele) församling, Jönköping län, Sverige, den 14 februari 1857 och ankom till Amerika och Beaver, Illinois.år 1870. Hon konfirmades i den svenska ev. Lutherska kyrkan i Beaver 1871 och förenades i äktenskap med pastor L. J. Lundquist den 26 juni 1878. Hon fick i tron på sin dyre Frälsare sluta sin jordevandring och ingå i den boning, som Kristus beredt at de sina, den 5 januari 1919 i en ålder af 61 år, 11 månader och 21 dagar.

Wilhelmina Lundquist, born Johnson, was born in Fryele parish in Jönköping county, in Sweden on the 14th of February 1857 and arrived in America and Beaver, Illinois in 1870. She was confirmed in the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver in 1871 and was united in marriage with the pastor L. J. Lundquist on the 26th of June 1878 She was faithful to her dear Savior and ended her earthly journey and entered into the abode prepared for her by Christ on January 5, 1919 at the age of 61 years, 11 months and 21 days.

As you can see these booklets are a another wonderful set of records for the family historian and for those interested in emigration research.

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NEW! Marriages in Gävleborg county 1800-1840

To make it easier for you to research, we have begun to index the marriage books for the years 1800-1840. The first county that we have indexed and are now publishing is Gävleborg county. You will find 30,118 searchable marriage name posts for this county.

The marriage index makes it easier for you to find marriage records for your ancestors and family who married in Gävleborg county. Instead of paging through the books page after page, you can now make a quick search in our index. When you find the marriage index record, you can simply click on the link to the marriage book and verify the information in the original source.

gavleborg marriage

The following information is searchable in the marriage index:

  • Marriage parish
  • Marriage date
  • First and last name of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom

The index, Marriages, parts of Sweden, now totals 742,426 index posts. We will continue to update these indexes with more counties, so watch our blog and other social media to get information about these updates.

Click here to see the parishes and years which are included in the marriage index after this update.

To open, Marriages, parts of Sweden:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select index search.
  • Select Marriages, parts of Sweden in the list under index source.

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Olof Liljegren – Letters from the Civil War

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Illinois – 2 congregations
  • Iowa – 88 congregations
  • Kansas – 99 congregations
  • Minnesota – 125 congregations
  • Missouri – 9 congregations
  • Nebraska – 120 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest.

In the archive for the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Minnesota, you will find a very interesting set of letters, Olof Liljegren – Our Years in the Civil War. This collection consists mostly of letters translated into English written by Olof Liljegren to his father in Sweden, Jonas Nilsson, in Boggsjö, Sundjö parish in Jämtland county between the years of 1861 and 1864.

Olof emigrated from Sweden in 1858 to North America. He served in the Third Minnesota Regiment during the Civil War and in 1865 died in the United States Army in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1865. Besides the letters written by Olof to his father, the collection also includes a letter to his sweetheart, Mary Edblad, a pioneer school teacher in Isanti County, Minnesota as well a letter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death in 1865.

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Letter dated December 1861 from Olof to his father. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 20 (AID: v886267.b20) Link

In the above letter Olof writes to his father the following:

“I have not told you anything about myself. I enlisted in the U. S. Army for three years or the duration of the war. We are building up a Swedish regiment with all officers having been trained in Sweden which makes them excellent officers. The captain’s pay is $108 per month, first lieutenant, $100, 2nd lieutenant, $75, Corporal $15, and private $10 per month.

I took this step after much thought and decided my life is worth no more than the next man and if I die, I feel I can not die for a better cause than to stop slavery.”

 olof deathLetter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death dated December 17, 1865. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 80 (AID: v886267.b80) Link

“I am sending you a few lines to let you know your son Olof died in the United States Army at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 25, 1865. Two days before he died, I stayed with him one day and one nite. He was then so poorly he did not think he could get well. He told me to write to you and gave me authority to take card of his belongings and send his medal home to Sweden.”

To find these letters:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Minnesota
  • Select Vol:31 Printed Documents

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NEW! Births in Göteborgs och Bohus county 1800-1840

It is time for a new updating of our index, Births, parts of Sweden. With this update, we have added 224,047 searchable posts for persons born in Göteborgs och Bohus county for the years 1800-1840.

This update makes it easier for you who have ancestors in Göteborgs och Bohus county. Now, it is much simpler to find their birth records. Instead of browsing through page by page in the birth book, you can make a quick search in our index. When you find the person you are searching for, you can simply click on the link and go directly to the birth record in order to double check the information in the original source.

goteborg birth 1800

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 4.9 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of SwedenWe will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index. https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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NEW! Births in Södermanland county 1800–1840

It is time for a new updating of our index, Births, parts of Sweden. With this update, we have added 22,797 searchable posts for persons born in Södermanland county for the years 1800-1840.

This is a small update in order to complete the index for births in Södermanland county for these years. For Södermanland county, we had previously added many index entries of births and even marriages and deaths. These indexes which were added earlier were created in partnership with KFV (Katrineholm, Flen, Vingåker) genealogical society, Nyköping-Oxelösunds genealogical society and Eskilstuna-Strängnäs genealogical society. After this update, there are now 611,110 searchable posts for births in Södermanland county.

This update makes it easier for you who have ancestors in Södermanland county which were not found in the earlier updates of the birth index. Now, it is much simpler to find their birth records. Instead of browsing through page by page in the birth book, you can make a quick search in our index. When you find the person you are searching for, you can simply click on the link and go directly to the birth record in order to double check the information in the original source.

sodermand 1800

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 4.7 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index. https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister

We have also many name searchable posts for marriages and deaths in Södermanland. Here you can find out what is available for marriage indexes, https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister) and here you will find information about what death records have been indexed: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister.  Note that you need to scroll down the page to see all the information.

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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One of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” in 2020

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ArkivDigital is proud to announce that again we have been selected as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” by Family Tree Magazine. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the top websites where they can make family history research progress, and to honor the individuals and organizations who create those sites.

ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best Scandinavian Genealogy Sites of 2020. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites 2020” by clicking here.

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