Find obituaries in the Houston, Minnesota, Baptist Church Archives

When one browses in the Swedish American church book archives, one will often find photographs, newspaper clippings and sometimes printed obituaries.  Below is an obituary for Christian Johnson found in the archive for the Houston (Minnesota) Baptist Church Archives.

You can find the obituaries by:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country: United States
  • Select U.S. state: Minnesota
  • Select Houston Baptist Church, Minnesota, USA
  • Open archive
  • Select the volume: Dödsruna

houston baptistHouston Baptist Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:9 Image 13 (AID: v902876.b13)

Some of the facts noted in the above obituary are Christian’s death date: February 5, 1911 and his birth date of the 30th of January 1818 in Kongsbacka, Sweden. The obituary states that he was a sailor and that he married Louise Redding in 1850 and emigrated in 1854.

This is an example of how many American records can be misleading when one is trying to jump the pond. While some of the information is correct in the obituary, not all is. In doing further research, we will discover that Christian was born as stated on the 30th of January 1818 but in a place named Asslöv in Tölö parish in Halland county. His parents were Gustaf Jönsson and Lena Svensdotter. His birth record is shown below.

christian johnson birth recordTölö (N) CI:4 (1816-1835) Image 150 (AID: v93627a.b150, NAD: SE/LLA/13427)

He married Lovisa Sofia Röding from Onsala parish in Halland county on the 29th of January 1850 in Onsala. He is shown as a seaman and is using his patronymic name, Christian Gustafsson. The obituary shows how Lovisa’s name has been Americanized: Lovisa to Louise and Röding to Redding. Below is their marriage record.

christian marriageOnsala (N) EI:2 (1849-1860) Image 7 / Page 5 (AID: v93103.b7.s5, NAD: SE/LLA/13297)

The household examination record as shown below gives a date for their move to North America in 1853. They are not shown in the moving out book for 1853 or 1854. Below is the household record.

christian household recordOnsala (N) AI:5 (1849-1853) Image 179 / Page 174 (AID: v93088.b179.s174, NAD: SE/LLA/13297)

In both the marriage record and household record, Christian is shown as Christian Gustafsson but once in North America, he changes his name to Christian Johnson.

Obituaries can be wonderful records to help to identify where one’s ancestor came from in Sweden but many times the information is only partially correct as in this case and it will be necessary to evaluate other records before jumping the pond.

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Searching for a birth record using name indexes

Today, we will look for the birth record for Axel Carlsson born on the 8th of April 1856 in Vrå parish in Kronoberg county. The traditional way of searching for him, would be to search for the church books for the Vrå parish and then search for the birth books within the parish. Today, with our many name searchable indexes, we can often search by name. Today, we will show you how to search for his birth record using 2 name searchable indexes: (1) Population of Sweden 1860-1947 and (2) Birth index, parts of Sweden.

 

Search Using Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is a name searchable index of all the household and congregation books for all of Sweden from 1860 to 1947. First, we will search for Axel Carlsson’s birth record using the Population of Sweden 1860-1947.|

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Population of Sweden 1860-1947.

We can search by using simple search or advanced search. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

  • First name – Axel
  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search.

axel search population of 1860

16 matches are shown in the result list. In this case, these are all matches to household records for Alex tracing his life within Sweden. By clicking on the index record for the years 1856-1860 as shown below, we get an index record showing his birth information and residence as well as a listing of other members in the household. There are links to source and birth records. The link to source is a link to the household record and the links to the birth records are links to the birth books containing the birth record. (In this case, there happens to be two birth books with the birth record.)

 

axel search birth

By clicking on the link to the birth record, you will be directed to the front of the birth book and then you will need to search for the birth record.

axel link to birth book

The birth records are organized in chronological order. Open the book and search for births in 1856 and then for April 8. Below is the image of the birth record.

axel's birth record

Vrå (G) C:2 (1824-1860) Image 75 / Page 141 (AID: v29941.b75.s141, NAD: SE/VALA/00433)


Search Using Birth Index Parts of Sweden

The index Birth Index Parts of Sweden includes a searchable name index of births from earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and many cases even later. Today, the index includes all the parishes within Kronoberg, about eighty parishes in Södermanland county as wall as few parishes in Blekinge, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad and Norrbotten counties. This is an ongoing project and more parishes will be added in the future.

 

Since Vrå parish is in Kronoberg county, we can search for Alex Carlsson’s birth record using the Birth Index Parts of Sweden. To do this:

 

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

Again, we can search using a simple or an advanced search method. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

 

  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search and one match shows in the result list as shown below.

axel birth index

Click on the search result You will then get an index record with a link to the birth record. Click on the link and then you can see both the index record and original birth record. In this case, all the information except for the names of the baptismal witnesses are included in the index record.

 

axel birth index and record


As you can see as more indexes are added, Swedish research is becoming much easier especially with index records in English for those whose native language is not Swedish.

 

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Swedish American Church Book Status Update

Today, we will give an update of the status of the Swedish-American church books that are available in ArkivDigital. Most of the new books are for churches in Iowa and a few more in Minnesota.

We have church books for the following states:

  • Iowa – 82 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 113 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota – 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

swedesburg church       The first Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church that was built in 1868 and destroyed by fire in 1883.

To search for Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital, do the following:

  • Select Archive search.
  • Select country – United States
  • Then select desired state (for example – Iowa). Then a list of congregations for that state will appear.
  • Select the congregation that you desire.

search for iowa church books

Click here for more information about Swedish-American church book records.

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Find the correct tax register with our new index!

When the household records and other church books are missing, the tax registers (mantalslängder) become an important source for researchers. To easily find the correct tax register for a particular parish for a certain year has often been up until now a challenge. Since there were three copies of the tax registers, there have been three places to search for these records:

  • Mantalslängder 1642-1820 found in the chamber archive (English version)
  • In the respective county archive along with the respective district court (for parishes in rural areas) or the city courts.
  • kronokamrers, crown treasurer (kronokassörs), census office (mantalskontors), taxation authority (uppbördsverks) or kommunalborgmästares archive (for parishes in the city)

Once the desired volume was found, it was necessary to locate the records for the desired parish, not always the easiest task especially when there is no parish register.

The new index, Table of content censuses, searching for the tax register makes this much easier.

  • Select Index search.
  • Under index source, select Table of content censuses.
  • Enter the desired parish name and year and click search.
  • Click open image for the desired entry in the result list and the first page of the tax register appears.

tax register index

On February 20, 1904, a fire at the vicarage in Kville destroyed large parts of the church archive. In order to facilitate the research, ArkivDigital has photographed the tax registers for Kville together with the annex parishes even after 1820 (which is usually the end year that we photograph tax registers). In the image above, you see the results list when one searches for the parish Kville for the selected years 1845-1859.

The Table of content censuses consists of nearly 440,000 index entries collected from approximately 9,200 volumes. In order to access the Table of content censuses, one must have an All-in-one subscription.

Additional Table of Content Censuses Search Tips

  • The county information refers to the county that the parish belonged to in the mid 1900’s, Historically, the parish may have belonged to a different county than what is today.
  • The tax registers were usually taken by parish and by city respectively. This also applies in cities with several parishes. Thus, if you are interested in tax register from Jönköping, search for “Jönköpings stad” versus Jönköpings Sofia or Jönköpings Kristina. Stockholm city is however an exception from the rule. Some tax registers were taken for the whole city and while others by parish. There search for both the city of Stockholm and the name of the parish in question. For Göteborg the tax registers ae organized by parish from 1833 forward but for previous years search for the city of Göteborg.
  • Sometimes there were separate tax registers for market towns (köpingar), municipalities along with mills, mines and similar institutions. If there is a separate tax register for a mill for example, distinct from the regular parish tax register, we have created a separate index entry which includes both the parish and the mill’s name (brukets namn) for example “Njutånger: Iggesunds bruk”. If the mill is included as part of the parish’s tax register, there is usually no separate index for the mill.

Click here to see original entry about tax register search tips in Swedish.

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Name Index for Boatman Rolls (Båtsmansrullor)

During the late 1800’s, the boatman rolls (båtsmansrullorna) were created for the Navy seamen (båtsmän). These records are a gold mine for those interested in researching Navy seamen. Each seaman was given his own little book where one can follow his career from admission to discharge. We can discover a description of his physical appearance, where and how he served and even if he was punished for any infractions. In a previous blog, Boatman rolls (Båtsmansrullor) a unique source, which was published a few years ago, you can get more information about these records and also see a detailed example showing the Naval career for Gustaf Johansson Blå.

In order to make it easier to find the correct boatman roll, we have now published a new name searchable index, Boatswain active list. The register covers the entire country and includes about 4,600 index entries.

boatman roll indexWith the help of the index, we have found the record for Eric Eliasson Bergström. He became a boatman at the age of 18 years and 9 months. In the upper right hand corner, there is a description of his physical appearance. He was of medium build, had light brown hair and blue eyes.

In order to access the index to the boatman rolls, you must have an All-in-one subscription. In order to access the index:

  1. Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  2. Select Index search.
  3. Select Boatswain active list in the index source list.

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Name index of Papyrus Paper Mill Employees

Papyrus AB was a paper mill, located in Mölndahl, Sweden. The mill produced wood pulp, fine paper and cardboard and was considered the most technically advanced paper mill in Sweden. The company was founded in 1895 and ceased through a reorganization in 1991.

For about a year, ArkivDigital’s online library has included around ninety volumes of Papyrus employee information. More than 30,000 images are in this collection. To make it easier to navigate in the most interesting sections of the collection, we have created a new name searchable index, Employees at Papyrus.

The index, created by Leif Carlsson, includes over 9,200 index entries. For some employees, there is only one register index record; for other employees, there are multiple entries. The register covers forty years, from the beginning of the 1910’s to the beginning of the 1950’s.

papyrus register

An All-in-one subscription is required to access the index, Employees At Papyrus. To open the index, login at app.arkivdigital.se.

  • Go to index search.
  • Under index source, select Employees at Papyrus.
  • Enter your search information and click search.

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Fall 2019 ArkivDigital Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas

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Mark your calendars and attend our popular fall ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2019 fall workshop will be held the weekend September 28-29, 2019 in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small-town charm.

Click here for program information.

Click here to register.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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Orphanage records within ArkivDigital

Have you discovered an orphan in your Swedish ancestry? ArkivDigital has many types of records within its online archive. One set of records are the orphanage records which document the lives of many of these children.

Within ArkivDigital you will find the archives for the following orphanages:

  • Allmänna barnhuset (Public Orphanage of Stockholm)
  • Amarilitetsbarnhusets i Karlskrona
  • Frimurarbarnhuset i Stockholm (Free Mason Orphanage in Stockholm)
  • Kronohuset i Malmö – Royal Orphanage in Malmö
  • Malmö barnhem (för flickor) – Malmö orphanage for girls
  • Malmö barnhuset – Malmö Orphanage

To search for the orphanages within ArkivDigital, do the following:

  1. Select archive search.
  2. Select archive type: barnhus (barnhus is Swedish for orphanage).
  3. Click on search.

search for orphanages

Below is a record from the Public Orphanage of Stockholm. It shows that Hedwig Elisabet Fagerström was admitted to the orphanage in October 1807 and her birth date is the 15th of November 1799. She became a foster child of tenant farmer, Simon Nilsson, in Skogen in Åtvid parish, Bankekinds district, Östergötland county.

stockholm orphanage

Click here to read more about the Public Orphanage of Stockholm.

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ArkivDigital Visits California

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We will be an exhibitor at the 50th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2019 in Burbank, California, May 30-June 2, 2019.The Jamboree will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations at the conference:

Friday, May 31, 2019 1 PM – 2 PM
Introduction to the Swedish Estate Inventories

Saturday, June 1, 2019 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Research your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital

If you plan to attend the conference, please attend the ArkivDigital presentation to learn more about the new exciting name searchable features in ArkivDigital. Please stop by our booth #304 for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research. Click here to learn more about Jamboree 2019.

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2018 – Another good year for ArkivDigital!

2018 was another good year for ArkivDigital as shown in the recently published annual report. Net sales increased by over 6 percent compared to 2017 and amounted to nearly 35 million Swedish kronor. Around 61 million name index entries were added which is a record in the company’s history and around 5 million new images were added to the database. The number of subscribers at year-end was around 24,000.

The year’s profits were 3.7 million Sweden kronor.

2018results

Mikael Karlsson, Managing Direction since 2012, is pleased with the fine results. Now the focus is on significantly increasing the number of subscribers. Several new initiatives are underway.

Mikael Karlsson says, “It is most important that we broaden our operations, not only offer our customers digitized archival documents and searchable indexes but also a cloud-based family tree. The tree will enable subscribers to gather and structure the information that they discover about their family from the archival documents.”

Below is a summary of the major initiatives where the company’s focus is directed:

  • Continued digitalization of archival documents and other sources.
  • More indexes and other types of indexes which make it easier to search in the archives.
  • Create more educational tools and help functions, especially for beginners.
  • Launch the family tree that will make it possible for customers to not only collect information from ArkivDigital but to gather and structure it.
  • Smoother payment solutions and more effective marketing.
  • Increased interactivity between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers, one being through the family tree.

“In short, ArkivDigital shall be better in all areas,”  says Mikael Karlsson.

The Annual Shareholder’s Meeting will be held at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad on May 23rd. The company proposes a dividend of 30 öre per share.

Click here to view the entire annual report. (Only in Swedish).

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