Birth record reading example with some abbreviations

Prior to the mid 1800’s, the birth books were not standardized and the format varies by minister and time. When looking at a birth book, it is always good to review the minister’s style and determine the format of the content.

Today we will look at a birth record from 1837 in the parish of Älvsbacka (Elvsbacka) parish in Värmland county. In the record below, you will see that the content of the birth record is divided into six boxes. In this record, the minister has recorded the birth date, baptismal date, child’s residence, names of parents, names of witnesses and residence, name of minister who baptized child, age of mother and child’s name.

alvsbacka birthÄlvsbacka (S) C:3 (1827-1860) Image 22 (AID: v9055.b22, NAD: SE/VA/13662) Link.

  • Box 1 – Birth and baptismal month – Juni (June)
  • Box 2 – Birth day 14 (June 14, 1837)
  • Box 3 – Baptismal day 15 (June 15, 1837)
  • Box 4 – Child’s residence in parish, name of parents, names and residence of baptismal witnesses and the name of minister who baptized the child
  • Box 5 – Age of mother – 36
  • Box 6 – Child’s name – Stina Maria

Box 4 Transcription:

Örtnåstorp, H. e. Henrik Andersson o. d. h. Cajsa Magnusdotters barn.
Faddrar:  H. e. Anders Henriksson o. d. h. Ingrid Andersdotter i Örtnås.
D. a. Comm Frykholm.

While most of the words in the birth record are names of persons or places and dates, there are some Swedish words. Also, in this record, the minister has used some abbreviations. Below in text order are the Swedish words and abbreviations.

  • H. e. – hemman ägare – farm owner
  • o – och – and
  • d – dess – his
  • hhustru – wife
  • barn – child
  • Faddrar – witnesses
  • i – at
  • dopt – baptized
  • a – af – by
  • Comm – Komminister – assistant pastor, curate

Complete English translation of Box 4:

Örtnåstorp, Farm owner – Henrik Andersson and his wife. Cajsa Magnusdotters child.
Witnesses- Farm owner Anders Henriksson and his wife Ingrid Andersdotter at Örtnås.
Baptized by Pastor Frykholm.

Sometimes the minister would use full words in one entry and then abbreviate the same words in another entry. If you were to look at another birth entry in the previous year, you will see that the minister has spelled out the phrase baptized by (dopt af) as seen in the image below. By looking at that record, then one can decipher the meaning for the abbreviation “D. a”.

full spelling doptÄlvsbacka (S) C:3 (1827-1860) Image 21 (AID: v9055.b21, NAD: SE/VA/13662) Link.

Click here to see a 1700’s birth record example.

Click here to see an 1800’s birth record example.

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Estate Inventory index grows- entries for Jämtland added!

More register entries have been added to ArkivDigital’s digital name searchable estate inventory index which was launched last summer. Recently, 40,000 register posts for Jämtland county have been added. The follow courts and years in Jämtland are now searchable by name:

Bergs tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1900
Brunflo tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1905
Hackås och Näs tingslags häradsrätt 1876-1905
Hallens tingslags häradsrätt 1850-1916
Hammerdals tingslags häradsrätt 1901-1910
Hede tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1900
Lits tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1912
Offerdals tingslags häradsrätt 1740-1916
Ovikens tingslags häradsrätt 1736-1916
Ragunda tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1910
Revsunds tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1905
Sunne tingslags häradsrätt 1748-1916
Svegs tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1900
Undersåkers tingslags häradsrätt 1741-1916

jamtland estate inventorySearching in the estate inventory index

You can find out all the district and city courts and years, the estate inventory index covers by going to this link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar.

In order to access the estate inventory index, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in the web version of our software, which you will find here: https://arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/installation.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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2017 – Another good year for ArkivDigital!

2017 was another good year for ArkivDigital as shown in the recently published annual report. Net sales increased by over 16 percent to nearly 33 million Swedish kronor. Nearly 10 million new images were added to the online archive during the year, which is a record high in the company’s history, as well as approximately 25 million name-register entries were added. The number of subscribers at year-end was close to 26,000.

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Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director since 2012, expressed his pleasure regarding the good results. “In five years, the company’s net sales have nearly doubled, and operating profits have increased nearly fivefold. Naturally, we are happy with what we have achieved but we have much higher goals.”

Mikael Karlsson summarized the continuing priorities for the company:

  • Continued digitization of archive documents and other sources.
  • More name registers and other types of indexes that make it easier to search in the archives.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to ease research, especially for beginners.
  • A family tree that allows one not only to retrieve information from ArkivDigital but to organize and structure the data.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

“In short, ArchivDigital will be better in all areas,” stated Mikael Karlsson.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on May 22 at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad. The board is proposing a dividend of 52 öre per share.

Click here to the page on the website where you can download the annual report. On the right side of the page, click on Årsredovisning räkenskapsåret 2017 to see the report. (Only in Swedish.)

Click here to read the original blog in Swedish.

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Additions to the Population of Sweden 1860-1930

The Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index in ArkivDigital is Sweden’s largest name register. The register, a name searchable index of the household and congregation records from 1860 to 1930, has been expanded by almost 3.7 million new entries. The total number of register entries now totals to just over 88 million.

more 1860 to 1930 indexSearching in the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 Index

The register entries have been added to close some gaps that have been found in the index. If you previously searched for a person using this index, but could not find the person, you may want to try again.

Click here for more information about the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index.

Click here for more information about the advanced searching features.

To access the Population of Sweden 1860–1930 index, one needs an All-in-one subscription.

Read the original blog in Swedish.


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ArkivDigital Visits Michigan and California

ArkivDigital will be visiting Michigan and California during May. We would love to meet you if you are in the area.

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The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 2-5, 2018. ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor at the conference. If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth #428 and enter a drawing to win special door prizes plus answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. Click here to learn more about NGS 2018.

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We will be an exhibitor at the 49thAnnual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2018 in Burbank, California, May 31 and June 1 & 2, 2018. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital on Saturday, June 2rd at 5:00 PM.

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 #314 for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research. Click here to learn more about Jamboree 2018.

 

Visit our event calendar to learn about North American events.

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Passenger Ship Manifests in ArkivDigital

Today, we will review the passenger ship manifests, passenger lists and emigrant registers within ArkivDigital. Earlier we have written about these records in a couple of blogs. See blog dated 8 December 2014 and blog dated 12 May 2015.

Passenger ship manifests for emigrants leaving from Göteborg (1869-1951), Malmö (1874-1939) and Stockholm (1869-1940) ports are available on ArkivDigital. Also, you will find passenger lists for persons leaving from Helsingborg and passport journals (passjournaler) for persons traveling from Norrköping both in and outside of Sweden. You will find these records in the police archives by doing the following:

  • Select New Archive Search
  • Select “police archives” under archive type

You will find the following entries in the volume list:

  • Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900)
  • Norrköpings poliskammare. Huvudarkivet Polisen in Helsingborg
  • Poliskammaren i Malmö
  • Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 1 (ÖÄ): Äldre poliskammaren  (Stockholm 1869-1904)
  • Överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden 2 (ÖÄ): Poliskammaren (Stockholm 1905-1940)

While most of the passenger ship manifests and lists are not name searchable, there are name registers for the following years for passengers leaving from Göteborg: 1871, 1894, 1895 and 1896. Also, there are name registers for persons leaving from Malmö for the years: 1887, 1888, 1892, 1893, 1894 and 1895.

The emigrant registers for Göteborg are listed in alphabetical order both in last name and first name order. Below is the emigrant register for 1871 for Göteborg showing Jöns Svensson age 46 leaving from Unnaryd with the destination of St. Paul departing 9 June 1871 followed by the source code.

jons emigrant registerEmigrantregister EmiReg:1 (1871-1871) Image 2310 / page 443 (AID: v830632.b2310.s443, NAD: ) Link.

The source code is 5:383:4357. The source code includes: the volume number, page number and contract number. To find the manifest for Jöns, one does the following:

  • Return to the volume list in the police archives for Göteborgs poliskammare (-1900)
  • Open Volume EIX:5
  • Go to page 383
  • Look for contract 4357

Below is the manifest for Jöns showing him leaving on the ship, Rollo, traveling to Hull, England on June 9, 1871.

Jons manifestGöteborgs poliskammare (-1900) (O) EIX:5 (1871-1871) Image 1930 / page 383 (AID: v479729.b1930.s383, NAD: SE/GLA/12703) Link.

The format of the source code for Mälmo differs from the source code for Göteborg. Below is the emigrant register for Mälmo for the year 1888 showing Botilla P. Månsdotter age 25 leaving from Backaryd going to Chicago on the 31st of May 1888.

botilla emigration recordEmigrantregister EmiReg:7 (1887-1888) Image 1030 / page 191 (AID: v830638.b1030.s191, NAD: ) Link.

The source code is 3245: 1930. The format of the source code is entry number and contract number.  To find Botilla’s manifest, one does the following:

  • Return to the volume list in the police archives for Poliskammaren i Malmö.
  • Search for the volume for the year 1888 that includes the entry number 3245.
  • The information box will show the ranges of entry numbers for the volume. See below.

malmo entrySearching for Malmö passenger ship manifess for year 1888 and entry #3245

  • Open the volume and search for entry number 3245. The entry numbers are in numerical order. The contract number is next to the entry number. Below is the manifest.

botilla manifestPoliskammaren i Malmö (M) D3:28 (1888-1888) Image 1150 / page 250 (AID: v449930.b1150.s250, NAD: SE/MSA/00780) Link.

You can find an article, Introduction to Swedish Passenger Ship Manifests, on our website that gives more information about the manifests as well as heading translations.

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Over 100 million register posts!

ArkivDigital has now reached another milestone: over 100 million register posts are now searchable! Since the beginning of the year, 13 million register posts have been added which means that the number of register posts has increased from 88 million to 101 million.

Register posts have been added to the following search indexes:

  • The Population of Sweden 1860-1920 has been expanded to include the years 1921 to 1930 and thus the name of the index has been changed to the Population of Sweden 1860 – 1930. See earlier blog.
  • The inventory of estate index additions includes posts for Göteborg-och-Bohus, Värmland, and Älvsborg counties. See earlier blog.
  • The birth, marriage and death indexes addition include posts from Nyköping and the surrounding areas. See earlier blog.

helin estate inventorySearching in the estate inventory register

 The distribution of the register posts is as follows (rounded numbers):

  • Population of Sweden 1950 – 7 million posts
  • Population of Sweden 1960 – 7.5 million posts
  • Population of Sweden 1860-1930 – 84 million posts
  • Inventory of estate – 1 million posts
  • Swedes in the US 1940 – 500,000 posts
  • Portrait collection – 100,000 posts
  • Birth index, parts of Södermanland – 300,000 posts
  • Marriage index, parts of Södermanland – 100,000 posts
  • Death index, parts of Södermanland – 200,000 posts

The Population of Sweden 1950 is available for all subscribers. The other registers are only available in the All-in-one subscription. Several of the registers are only available in the web version of our application program, which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se

See original blog in Swedish.

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United States Naturalization Records in Nebraska Collection

We now have 118 archives in our Nebraska collection. Most of these archives are Swedish American congregation records but not all are church records. One interesting collection in the Nebraska archives consists of declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization and final papers for United States citizenship. These records are from the District Court of Polk County in Osceola, Nebraska.

The process for United States citizenship was generally a two-step process. After a person lived in the U.S. for two years, the person could file a “declaration of intention” to become a citizen. After three additional years, the person could file a petition for naturalization. After the petition was granted, the person was given a certification of naturalization and became a citizen. Click here for more information about the naturalization process.

These applications for citizenship primarily the “declaration of intention” are often used to help a person identify where their ancestor came from in Sweden. Below is the declaration of intention for Axel Theodore Norstrom.

declaration of intentionDistrict Court of Polk County, Osceola, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1907-1922) Image 47 / page 33 (AID: v896407.b47.s33, NAD) Link.

The “declaration of intention” includes such information as physical description, age, occupation, birth date and birth place, emigration place, often name of ship along with date of arrival and arrival port.

In the above record dated 18th of January 1909 we see that Axel was born in Skinnskatteberg parish in Sweden on the 10th of September 1863. He is now living in Stromsberg, Nebraska. The record states that he emigrated from Göteborg, Sweden on the ship, Arabic, and arrived in the port of Boston, Massachusetts on the 14th of October 1905. His last residence in Sweden is Malma. (Note – in the declaration of intention it looks like Malmo but as we do more research, we discover that the last residence in Sweden is in the parish of Malma in Västmanland county).

With the above information, we can jump into the Swedish church book records and verify the information on the declaration of intention. We can search for the birth books for Skinnskatteberg parish and look for his birth record in 1863. Below is his birth record.

norstroms birth recordSkinnskatteberg (U) C:11 (1862-1878) Image 26 (AID: v74059.b26, NAD: SE/ULA/11336) Link.

We can follow him in the household books from the time of his birth until his emigration. Below is the household record showing him emigrating from Malma parish in Västmanland county to America in 1905. You notice that his Swedish name is “Axel Teodor Norström” and the American version is ” Axel Theodore Norstrom”.

norstrom hfl emigration recordMalma (U) AII:2 (1902-1914) Image 150 / page 3 (AID: v263759.b150.s3, NAD: SE/ULA/11056) Link.

You can find the “declarations of intentions” in the District Court Polk County, Nebraska Archives in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New Archive search.
  • Select county, Nebraska.
  • Select District Court of Polk County, Osceola, Nebraska USA archive.
  • Select the book with the years that you are interested in.
  • Each book contains a name register in the front of the book.

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ArkivDigital Visits Nebraska

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We will be an exhibitor at the Nebraska State Genealogy Society’s 41st Annual Conference in Columbus, Nebraska, on April 27-28, 2018.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a presentation on ArkivDigital on Saturday, April 28th at 11 AM. Part of the presentation will highlight the recently added collection of Nebraska records which consists primarily of Swedish American church books but also a collection of declaration of intentions for U.S. citizenship from the District Court of Polk County court house.

 If you are in the area, please stop by our exhibit table and attend the presentation. Click here for more information.

Click here to visit our North American event calendar to see other 2018 events.

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Additions to the estate inventory register

Last summer, ArkivDigital launched a searchable name register for estate inventories, which we discussed in an earlier blog. Go to the earlier blog.

Now, additional name searchable indexes for a large number of estate inventories from the district and city courts in Värmland, Älvsborg along with Göteborgs och Bohus counties have been recently added.

estateinventorygunnarssonSearching in the estate inventory register.

The estate inventory register already included indexes from Gotland, Gävleborg, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Västerbotten, Västernorrland and Östergötland counties. However, no county is complete and the amount of searchable index entries for each county varies. You can find out what district and city courts and years, the estate inventory register covers by going to this link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar. More indexes will be added to the register in the future.

In order to access the estate inventory register, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The register is only available in the web version of our software, which you will find here: https://arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/installation

Read original blog in Swedish.

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