Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

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From today and through Sunday, January 19, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to learn more about your ancestors and family and discover your own unique history.

You can browse for free more than 86 million newly photographed color images such as Swedish church books, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests and many other historical documents.

Also, discover our index search. You can now search by name in many church books such as the household congregation books for all of Sweden between 1860 and 1947, estate inventories and other documents that have been indexed. Today, there are close to 161 million names in our indexes. In addition, you can view several million aerial photos from all over Sweden for free!

You can also build your own family tree in ArkivDigital. In your family tree you can save your ancestors and the information you find during the free weekend.

If you have never used ArkivDigital before, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to discover all the exciting material contained in our online archive.

If you have been a previous ArkivDigital customer but have not used the service for a while, you can take this opportunity to explore all the new records and indexes that have been added in recent months. Maybe you can supplement your genealogy with new information.

Read more here.

This offer to freely access ArkivDigital is in effect from now until Sunday, January 19, 2020. If you are not registered with us, you first need to register by clicking here on this link.

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

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Review of ArkivDigital’s Indexes

During the last year, ArkivDigital has added and expanded many indexes making it easier for the Swedish researcher. These indexes include name searchable indexes such the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 which is a name searchable index of all the household/congregation records for all of Sweden for the years 1860 -1947. This index includes also the Rotemansarkivet for persons living in Stockholm for the years 1878-1926.

There are also indexes that make it easier to search in an archive such as the index, Table of content censuses which make it easier to find the tax records for a particular parish Today, we will review all the indexes that are within ArkivDigital and point out some blogs for additional information.

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You can find the indexes by:

  • Go to the application – app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under index source click on the down arrow and a drop-down menu will show you a list of indexes.

Today the indexes include the following:

  • Population of Sweden 1860-1947
  • Population of Sweden 1940
  • Population of Sweden 1950
  • Population of Sweden 1960
  • Population of Sweden 1975
  • Population of Sweden 1985
  • Population of Stockholm 1945
  • Inventory of estate
  • Military service cards,
  • Swedes in the US 1940
  • Emigrants
  • Birth index, parts of Sweden
  • Marriage index, parts of Sweden
  • Death index, parts of Sweden
  • Portrait Collection
  • Agriculture Statistics 1944
  • Boatswain active list
  • Employees at Papyrus
  • Riddarhuset, collection of photos
  • Table of content SCB
  • Table of content censuses
  • Table of content general-muster lists

Below are links to blogs that provide additional detail about each index:

Population of Sweden 1860-1947
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1860-1947-now-searchable/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/jumping-the-pond-becomes-easier-with-the-population-of-sweden-1860-1947/

Population of Sweden 1940
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1940-now-available-in-arkivdigital/

Population of Sweden 1950
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/advanced-searching/

Population of Sweden 1960
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/arkivdigital-launches-two-new-powerful-registers/

Population of Sweden 1975
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1975/

Population of Sweden 1985
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1985/

Population of Stockholm 1945
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-stockholm-1945/

Inventory of estate
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-register-available-for-skaraborg-county/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/review-an-estate-inventory-ingress-or-preamble/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-bouppteckning-review/

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

Emigrants
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/search-passenger-ship-manifests-by-name/

Birth index, parts of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/birth-index-parts-of-sweden/

Marriage index, parts of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/updates-to-the-birth-marriage-and-death-indexes/

Death index, parts of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/updates-to-the-birth-marriage-and-death-indexes/

Portrait collection
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/a-quarter-of-a-million-portrait-images/

Agriculture Statistics 1944
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-search-index-for-agricultural-statistics-1944/

Boatswain active list
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-for-boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor/

Employees at Papyrus
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-of-papyrus-paper-mill-employees/

Riddarhuset, collection of photos
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-name-index-for-the-house-of-nobilitys-portrait-collection/

Table of content SCB
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/table-of-contents-for-scb-records/

Table of content censuses
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/find-the-correct-tax-register-with-our-new-index/

Table of content general muster-lists
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/easier-to-find-a-soldier-in-the-general-muster-rolls-using-table-of-content-general-muster-list/

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RootsTech 2020

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RootsTech 2020, North America’s largest family history and technology conference, will be held February 26-29, 2020. at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor and sponsoring a presentation.

Getting to know ArkivDigital for Swedish Research
Thursday, February 27, 2020 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth #1221 and enter a drawing to win special door prizes plus answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy.

More information about RootsTech 2020

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ArkivDigital – 2019 Highlights

We wish you all a Happy New Year! We wish to take a glance backwards at the year 2019 and highlight the year’s events.

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86 Million Images
During the past year, we added 5.5 million images of historical documents which corresponds to 11 million pages to ArkivDigital’s online library. ArkivDigital is the world’s largest online provider of Swedish historical records for the genealogy and local history researcher.

Family Tree
In the beginning of November, we ArkivDigital launched our own family tree. All who have a subscription with ArkivDigital can use the tree in order to save information when one searches in the indexes or browses in the church books. You can create a tree manually or import one with a GEDCOM file from another family tree program that you have used. We continue to work adding new functions to the tree. Since launching the tree in November, we had added a simple print function and the possibility to add up to ten individual trees.

House of Nobility’s (Riddarhuset) portrait collection
At the end of the year, we digitized about 13,000 images from the House of Nobility’s portrait collection and we have also added a name searchable index that makes it simple to find a photo of a member of one of the noble families.

Swedish Estates and Farms (Svenska Gods och Gardar)
The book collection, Svenska Gods och Gardar, published at the end of the 1930’s and during the 1940’s includes much information about Sweden’s farms and about the people who lived on these farms. ArkivDigital has begun to photograph these books and now 21 volumes are accessible in ArkivDigital.

ArkivDigital is one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2019”
During 2019, Family Tree Magazine again selected ArkivDigital as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy”. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Emigrant Search
In September, we added an index with approximately 1.4 million emigrants leaving from the ports of Göteborg (Gothenburg), Malmö, Helsingborg and Stockholm. Now, it is much easier to search for emigrants going to the USA!

Table of contents for general muster rolls
In August, we simplified the method for those who search for soldiers. We published a table of contents search index for the general muster rolls. By using the table of content search index, one can quickly find the correct year, regiment and company.

Rotemansarkivet register
In August, we published the Rotemansarkivet register with 6.3 million index entries for persons who lived in Stockholm city during the years 1878 – 1926. This makes it simpler to find family who lived in Stockholm. The information from the Rotemansarkivet is available in the index, Population in Sweden 1860 – 1947.

Table of content censuses (Mantalslängder)
When the household records and other church books are missing, the tax records become an important source for genealogists. Therefore, we are pleased that we were able to publish a table of content censuses for the tax records. The table of contents makes it much simpler to locate and search in the tax records.

Name Index for Boatman Rolls (Båtsmansrullor)
In June, we published the index, boatswain active list, which makes it easier for one to find a boatman.

Name index for employees of the Papyrus paper mill
Our name searchable index, Employees at Papyrus, allows you to quickly find interesting information about employees at the paper mill, AB Papyrus.

Place aerial photographs on the map
We have added the aerial photographs to the map. Our goal is to make genealogy easy and that includes working with the aerial photographs.

Photographing of estate inventories (bouppteckningar)
We are continuing to photograph estate inventories and have added all estate inventories from the earliest times up to 1940. During the year, we have continued our work and our goal is to photograph estate inventories up to 1960. We now have estate inventories for some counties up to 1960 and in other counties photographing is in progress. We continue to work with the inventory of estate searchable name index to make it simpler to search for the correct estate inventory.

Genealogy Days in Borås
ArkivDigital was the main sponsor for Genealogy Days in Borås at the end of August. These days were as normal successful where we were able to meet many of our wonderful customers. We will see you again at Genealogy Days in Skövde in 2020.

RootsTech
In February, we participated in RootsTech in Salt Lake City in the United States. RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in North America and we will again participate in 2020.

Additions to the military service cards index
In April, we updated our military service cards index and now one can search for military service cards for those who served in the Swedish military during the years 1902 – 1950. There are now approximately 2.4 million register entries in this index.

Educational videos on YouTube
Did you know that ArkivDigital has a YouTube channel? There are many educational videos on how to use ArkivDigital and during the past year, new videos have been added mainly about our new family tree. Look at our YouTube channel here. Note – videos are only in Swedish.

Population of Stockholm 1945
At the end of March, we published the Population of Stockholm 1945 index. The index includes about 670,000 persons and is a big help for all who research in Stockholm in the middle of the 1940’s.

Additions to the Birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden
Several times throughout the year, we have updated our birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden. There are now 3.8 million searchable name entries in the three index collections. Several registers we have created in thanks to partnerships with genealogical societies. We would like to have more partnerships so do not hesitate if you hear about or have a register that you wish to share.

Quickly find a volume
At the beginning of the year, we released another tool, filter function, to help you find a churcAh book or other documents in ArkivDigital. You can now filter and quickly display, for example, all birth books or all church books that contain a certain year. You will find the filter function above the volume list.

Locate parish on a map
Now with the help of a map, you can easily find a parish and then open up the church book archive directly from the map. You can even do the opposite, when you search for a parish from Archive info and want to know where the parish is located (or the nearby parishes). You find the Archive info tab above the volume list. Click on “Show on map” and the map opens and you will come directly to the right location.

Table of content SCB extracts
In January we published a table of content SCB index to make it easier to find the correct SCB extract. The SCB (Statistics Sweden) are birth, marriage and death record extracts for the years 1925 – 1947 (1930 – 1947 for parishes in Stockholm city). The table of content SCB makes it easy to find the correct extract for a parish and year.

A big thank you to all our wonderful customers for a fantastic 2019, and now we go forward to an exciting 2020!

Immigrant Stories in the Swedish American Church Books

ArkivDigital’s online archive includes many Swedish American church books primarily from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. But we also have a few from Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The types of records vary between congregations. The most common sets of records are congregation or membership rolls, birth, marriage, death, confirmation, church protocols, church accounts, anniversary booklets and other types of records.

One of the most interesting set of records is the anniversary booklet (jubileumsskrift). Often these booklets include a history of the church and settlement and describes the life of the early immigrants in North America. Some of these books also contain wonderful biographical sketches and pictures.

john benson imageBucklin Swedish Mission Covenant Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:13 (1880-1980) Image 17 / Page 31 (AID: v950811.b17.s31)

The above image is taken from the Centennial Celebration booklet for the Swedish Mission Covenant Church in Bucklin, Missouri. There is a short biographical sketch of John Benson born Johannes Bengtsson in Skummeslöv parish in Halland county in Sweden on April 4, 1852. It states that he first lived in St. Louis, Missouri and worked for the Johansen Shoe company and then moved to a farm north of Bucklin in 1881. The sketch gives information about his wife and children and states that he died on July 24, 1900.

With the information in the anniversary booklet, we can search for his birth record in ArkivDigital and then trace him forward in the household books until his emigration in 1871. Below is his birth record showing his birth of the 4th of April 1852 at Allarp in Skummeslöv parish. His parents are noted as B. P. Persson and Christina Bengtsdotter. His mother was 32 years old at the time of his birth.

john benson's birth recordSkummeslöv (N) CI:3 (1824-1860) Image 380 / Page 69 (AID: v93216a.b380.s69, NAD: SE/LLA/13348)

To find the Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive Search.
  • Select country, United States.
  • You can also limit the search by state.

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NEW! Updating of the death index with Stockholm deaths

We have made a new updating of our index, Deaths, parts of Sweden! This time the update includes 184,294 name searchable entries for persons who died in different Stockholm parishes.

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The parishes and years that have been added to the index, Deaths parts of Sweden, are listed below:

  • Bromma 1721 – 1752
  • Centralfängelset på Norrmalm 1827 – 1893
  • Göta livgardes församling 1840 – 1861
  • Hedvig Eleonora 1710 – 1868
  • Jakob och Johannes 1736 – 1884
  • Klara 1748 – 1860
  • Kungsholmen 1688 – 1862
  • Riddarholmen 1738 – 1807
  • Storkyrkoförsamlingen 1725 – 1874

The death index makes it easier to find the death record you are searching for. You do not need to browse page by page in the death book. Now a quick search in the index is sufficient. When you find the correct person, you can click on a link to the original source record to verify the information in the index record.

The following information is searchable in the death index.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Death parish
  • Death and/or burial date

There are now approximately 1.2 million entries in the index, Deaths, parts of Sweden. We continue to make updates to the index from all over Sweden so keep an eye on our blog and other social media about updates.

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

 To open, Deaths, parts of Sweden:

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

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Found missing church documents for Eker parish

Many of us genealogists have looked for information in the church books and have not been successful in finding the exact material we are searching. This can be due to a variety of reasons: often because the original documents have been destroyed but sometimes the documents may simply be in the wrong place and therefore not available in the archive.

A while back, a private individual found these types of documents and gave it to us at ArkivDigital. We have now scanned the documents so that it can be a benefit for all of our customers. Now that we have finished the scanning, we will give these documents to the Swedish National Archives where they will be stored.

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These documents are from Eker parish in Örebro county and consist of attachments of migration records for the years 1827-1855 and announcements for the years 1788-1851.

You can find the material by clicking on the links below:

HII: 1a: Attachments to migration records
J: 1a: Announcements

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New: Name Index for the House of Nobility’s Portrait Collection

There is now a name searchable index of the House of Nobility’s (Riddarhusets) portrait collection. The register makes it much easier to find photographs for persons belonging to the nobility.

Riddarhuset-sommarImage from Riddarhusets home page:  Photo: Dick Norberg, Riddarhuset.

The House of Nobility’s portrait collection is from the 1800’s and 1900’s and is kept at the House of Nobility in Stockholm. ArkivDigital has digitized these photos and they have been available in ArkivDigital’s online archive for some time. The portrait collection includes about 13,000 photos from various noble families.

mayor noble houseMayor Carl Henrik Nordenfeldt with children Riddarhuset: Porträttsamling (o) 17 Bild 2740 (AID: v950561.b2740)

To search the House of Nobility’s Portrait Collection:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Riddarhuset, collection of portraits under index source

Enter the first letters of the person’s surname. For example, if you type in Sil, all the names beginning with those letters will appear in a list. Select the surname for the photo you wish to view and click the search button

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Click on the blue button, Open image, so you can begin to page through the photographs for the selected family. Do not forget to look at the back side of the image where you can find the name and other information about the person or persons.

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The register for the portrait collection was created in partnership with the House of Nobility (Riddarhuset)

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Major Carl Axel Ludvig Silfversparre Riddarhuset: Porträttsamling (o) 22 Image 6790 (AID: v950566.b6790)

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New! Updating of the birth index with Stockholm births!

We have made a new updating of our index, Births, parts of Sweden! This time the update includes approximately 82,000 name searchable entries for persons born in different Stockholm parishes.

  • Bromma 1721 – 1752
  • Centralfängelset på Norrmalm 1827 – 1896
  • Göta livgardes församling 1840 – 1927
  • Jakob och Johannes 1787 – 1861
  • Klara 1744 – 1861
  • Riddarholmen 1636 – 1738 plus the years 1794 – 1807
  • Storkyrkoförsamlingen 1623 – 1880
  • Svea Artilleriregementes församling 1784 – 1890

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Our birth index makes it considerably easier to find the person you are searching for. You do not need to browse page after page in the birth books. Now a quick search in the index is sufficient. When you find the correct person, you can click to the original source record to verify the information in the birth book.

The following information is searchable in the birth book:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parents’ first name and last name, their title/occupation and age (this information is missing however for certain parishes and years when it comes to information from Stockholm).

There are now approximately 2.4 million entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We continue to update the index with more counties so keep an eye on our blog and other social media for information about updates.

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

To open, 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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Take a genealogy trip to Sweden and discover your Swedish roots!

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Do you have Swedish roots? You may wish to take this opportunity to participate in a customized genealogy trip to Sweden: Genealogical Adventures – August 3rd – 11th, 2020.

This customized travel package offers participants the possibility to walk in their ancestor’s footsteps, visit the places where their ancestors lived and maybe even meet living relatives. The trip is customized for each individual who participates in the trip.

The Genealogical Adventures 2020 Tour is a joint partnership between Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden and the Adventure Skaraborg Society.

The Adventure Skaraborg Society has experience in arranging customized genealogy and heritage tours to Skaraborg county and the surrounding area. Many people have inquired about customized genealogical travel to other parts of Sweden and up until now the Adventure Skaraborg Society has had to regretfully turn down these requests. But now with the partnership between Network Genealogical Adventures and Adventure Skaraborg Sweden, these requests can now be accepted.

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Network Genealogical Adventures has members all over Sweden, and with the help of the Network members, Adventure Skaraborg Society can arrange a travel package where participants with ancestors from other areas in Sweden can have a local guide to show them their unique Swedish roots.

The exclusive travel package includes:

  • Customized travel itinerary and a personal genealogist.
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites.
  • Travel itinerary includes one day in Gothenburg, two days in Skaraborg county, four nights at your ancestor’s area. The trip ends in Stockholm where the participants gather again after their individual genealogy days in Sweden.
  • Cost is approximately 4,000 USD and includes hotels (double room, additional price $500 for single room), a local genealogy researcher, transportation in Gothenburg, Skaraborg and the area of your ancestors.
    • Note – Extra costs for those who have ancestors elsewhere than in Skaraborg to your destination and to Arlanda airport.

Not included in the price are airfare, travel and medical insurance.

Genealogists specializing in Swedish research will communicate with trip participants prior to their travels in helping them discover more about their Swedish roots. The participant doesn’t need to have any genealogical research skills.

Click here for more information and a detailed itinerary of the exclusive travel package.

Click here to view a flyer.

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