ArkivDigital Spring 2019 Workshop

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Attend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2019 spring workshop will be held the weekend March 23-24, 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 and registration information.

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Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

From today and until Sunday, January 20, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try our ArkivDigital All-in-one service.

New users and users with a Base subscription will get access to everything in our database including the All-in-one, during the whole weekend.

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Map function – Aerial view of Vadstena

Besides everything in our database such as church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records, military, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church records and other historical records you get access to the aerial photographs plus all of our registers: Population of Sweden 1940, Population of Sweden 1950, Population of Sweden 1960, Population of Sweden 1975, Population of Sweden 1985, Population of Sweden 1860-1947 (name index of all household/congregation records between 1860 and 1947), Swedes in US 1940, Inventory of estate, portrait collection, birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden, military service cards and the agricultural statistics of 1944.

This is a great opportunity to discover the historical treasures that our available in our continually growing database as well as our new powerful name searching indexes.

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Jumping the pond becomes easier with the Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The biggest challenge for many persons with Swedish American ancestry is to identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from and his/her Swedish name. For many beginning their research, often one has limited or incorrect information. Many emigrants changed their name and often little information was passed down to the next generation.

But today, it is becoming much easier to find out where an ancestor originated from in Sweden by using the Population of Sweden 1860-1847 index. Even when the information might be incomplete or incorrect, this riddle often now can be solved. The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 index is a searchable name index of all the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years between 1860 and 1947.

Here is an example of a search request. The request is to locate where in Sweden, Swain Pearson, originated. Given information includes a birth date of the 6th of October 1860. Two different emigration dates appeared in the U.S. sources: 1877 and 1875.  The father’s name was Paer Pierson and the mother’s name was Hannah Swans. Also, a sister was named, Bessie Pearson Moline born on the 11th of October 1852 whose emigration dates in the U.S. records were recorded as 1877 and 1866.

One needs to be flexible in the search and use various search criteria. The advanced search offers a variety of possibilities. In this case, we will try a search based on an assumption that the birth dates are correct for Swain and his sister, Bessie. It is better to start wide and then narrow the search.

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We were successful in finding the correct person by doing the following as shown in the above image.

  • Go to Index Search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1846-1847 under Index Source
  • Got to Advanced Search and enter the following information in the following fields:
  • First Name – Look for name beginning with letter S or enter S*
  • Gender – Male
  • Birth date – 1860-10-06

Under the Household section – enter the sister’s birth date – 1852-10-11.

By doing this search, we receive two hits, both for Sven born on the 6th of October 1860 in Djurröd parish in Kristianstad county.

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We also see in the index record below that he has a sister, Bengta, born on the 11th of October 1852.

sven index record

In doing further verification with other records, this was the correct person. Luckily, the given birth dates were correct. On the index record, Sven’s father is noted as Per Lustig and his mother’s name is Hannah Nils or Nilsdotter. Sven emigrated in 1880. His sister Bengta later known as Bessie emigrated in 1872. One sees the challenges working with incomplete and often incorrect information but with the Population of 1860 – 1947, many of these challenges can be overcome.

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Visit ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2019

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RootsTech 2019, North America’s largest family history and technology conference, will be held February 27-March 2, 2019 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor and sponsoring two presentations:

 

Swedish-American Church Books – Great Genealogical Source!
Friday, March 1st 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Room 150

Power of Swedish Research Using ArkivDigital
Saturday, March 2nd 8AM-9AM
Room 155B

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.

Click here for more information about RootsTech 2019.

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Happy New Year!

fireworks-3653379_1920A little glance backwards at the year 2018
Here are some of the years´s highlights!


Interactive map for aerial photographs
Recently, we launched an interactive map that makes it much simpler to search for aerial photographs. This is a first step to adding mapping functionality as another powerful tool in our service.


Swedish-American church books
In addition to Swedish documents, we have also photographed church books in the United States. In 2018, most of the additions were for the state of Iowa but also for Nebraska, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


80 million images in ArkivDigital
We are now the largest provider of Swedish historical documents on the net. We are even larger than the Swedish National Archives who only have 65 million images on their online site.


Population of Sweden 1860-1947
Seventeen new years, 17 million posts (1930-1947) have been added during 2018, and the index now contains the years 1860-1947.
The Population of Sweden is by far the biggest searchable index in Sweden, it contains about 105 million name entries from 37,597 books.


Sweden’s estate inventory register
During the year, ArkivDigital’s searchable estate inventory register grew and we continue to add entries to the register. We will not quit until every estate inventory is searchable by name.


High resolution images of your ancestor’s family farm
Many have discovered our service where one can purchase high resolution photographs of family farms or other buildings. When one purchases a photograph, ArkivDigital will also publish all the other photos in the series and these will be published online and available to all subscribers. This is very similar to our process of ordering court book records.


Our software is now web based
During the year we have further developed and improved our software, mainly “under the hood” in order to increase our speed in developing new features and functionality that will be noticed in the coming years.


ArkivDigital was the head sponsor for Genealogy Days in Växjö in August 2018
Again, we will be the head sponsor for Genealogy Days in Borås in 2019.  Släktforskardagarna i Borås 2019


North America’s largest genealogy conference, RootsTech
We participated in RootsTech this year and will again participate in February 2019.


75,000 Customer corrections have been completed
Thank you! You have corrected 75,000 index entries this year. Continue to send corrections of errors that you discover. We are probably one of the few companies that wants to receive as many “bug reports” as possible.


Population of Sweden 1975
A few years ago, ArkivDigital launched two large searchable name registers which cover the entire Swedish population for the years 1950 and 1960. This year we have gone forward in time and launched a register for Sweden’s population for 1975.


Population of Sweden 1985
Now you can find relatives in the 1980’s. Shortly after we launched the Population of Sweden 1975, we went forward in time and launched a register for Sweden’s population in 1985.


Population of Sweden 1940
The Population of Sweden 1940 is now searchable in ArkivDigital! With a couple of clicks and searches, one can find information about approximately 6.3 million Swedes who lived in Sweden on the 31st of December 1940.


Birth, narriage and death indexes
Thanks to our partnerships with several genealogical societies and private individuals, we now have indexed by name about three million birth, marriage and death records. We welcome more partnerships, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.


The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset)
In the autumn, we have formed a partnership with The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset) to photograph historical documents.
The House of Nobility is an important Swedish historical source. It is a palace and an organization for Swedish nobility. The organization’s purpose is to preserve and maintain historical heritage by:

  • Preserving and publishing genealogies of noble families
  • Managing over 300 foundations
  • Maintaining and preserving the palace

The House of Nobility was founded more than 400 years ago and is organization that lists and documents the history of all Swedish noble families. It is a unique institution and not comparable to any modern organization. You can search for these historical documents of the Swedish nobility in ArkivDigital by going to Archive search and enter “Riddarhuset” in the search box.


150 million register posts
We now have 150 million register posts or 150 million entries searchable by name. 61 million new posts were added this year. No other organization has a larger number of searchable name indexes for Swedish historical records. The Swedish National Archive has just over 30 million published register posts.

A big thank you to all our wonderful customers for a fantastic 2018, and now we go forward to an exciting 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Discover Emigration Place in the Swedish Estate Inventory!

When one researches one’s Swedish heritage, the first books one usually looks at are the Swedish church books because they contain so much information and are so complete. The next set of Swedish historical records many look at are the estate inventories. These rich records provide genealogical information as well as detailing the assets and debts of the deceased which helps one gain a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life. (See Swedish estate inventory tutorial).

The first section of the estate inventory gives information about the deceased and names the heirs and often includes the place where each heir lives. For heirs who have emigrated, sometimes it gives only the country such as USA but sometimes there is detailed information as to where the person lives including street address, city and state. Below is an example of an estate inventory performed on the 15th of November 1917 for Jan Henrik Persson from Lövastorp at Sjöstads allmänning in Ölme parish.

estate inventory addressesÖlme, Visnums och Väse häradsrätt (S) FII:23 (1917-1918) Image 4220 / Page 6 (AID: v441699.b4220.s6, NAD: SE/VA/11141)

Three of his children had emigrated to North America. The cities and states of residence are listed for all three and for one even the street address. How nice is this! The children who emigrated are:

Transcription

  • Sonen – Jan Petter Jansson-Alm, bosatt i Eagle Bend, Minnesota, Nord Amerika.
  • Sonen – Anders Gustaf Jansson-Alm bosatt i Kasota, Minnesota, Nord Amerika.
  • Dotter – Lovisa Hallberg, född Jansson, gift med Hotellvården Johan Fredrik Hallberg, bosatt i 705 West Superior street, Duhlut, Minnesota, Nord America.

 English Translation

  • Son – Jan Petter Jansson-Alm, living at Eagle Bend, Minnesota, North America.
  • Son – Anders Gustaf Jansson-Alm living in Kasota, Minnesota, North America.
  • Daughter – Lovisa Hallberg, born Jansson, married to hotel keeper Johan Fredrik Hallberg, living at 705 West Superior street, Duluth, Minnesota, North America.

ArkivDigital is in the process of indexing by name the estate inventories. Click here to read more about our estate inventory registers.

Click here for more blogs about estate inventories.

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Population of Sweden 1940 Now Available in ArkivDigital

The Population of Sweden 1940 is now searchable in ArkivDigital! With some simple searches and clicks, it is now possible to find information about approximately 6.3 million Swedes who lived in Sweden on the 31st of December 1940.

The source material for the Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the extracts sent to Statistics Sweden that were used to create the 1940 census. Most of the extracts are from the source titled: “Utdrag ur församlingsbok den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract out of the congregation book on December 31,1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”. However, in Stockholm City, no congregation books were created for most of the large parishes at that time. The source for the population census for these parishes comes from “Utdrag ur Stockholms stads civila folkregister den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract from Stockholm City population register on December 31, 1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”.

scb 1940 stockholmExtract from Stockholm city (Sankt Görans congregation). Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:14 (1940) Image 20 / Page 2501 (AID: v884572.b20.s2501, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

soderby 1940 extractExample of extract from congregation book (Söderby-Karls parish). Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:93 (1940) Image 20 / Page 1 (AID: v884651a.b20.s1, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

In the Population of Sweden 1940, you can search for the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Birth date and birth place (parish, county and country)
  • Gender
  • Location (property, village, or block)

In addition, other persons living in the same household can be included in the search criteria.

search 1940 astrid lindgrenSearching for Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking books) in the Population of Sweden 1940.

You can click on the link to the source and you will see an image of the original source. The original record contains information that is not included in the index record. Often, you will find the person’s occupation and sometimes the person’s employer. Employer information can be interesting because this is usually not included in the church books.

The Population of Sweden 1940 complements our other census databases: Population of Sweden 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985 as well as the Population of Sweden 1860-1947. It may be noted that the Population of Sweden 1940 and the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 overlap but in fact they nicely complement each other. The Population of Sweden 1940 gives a snapshot of the population on a certain date (December 31, 1940) whereas the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is an index of the household/congregation church books and allows one to follow a person continuously, year by year.

The Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the entire population of Sweden in 1940 whereas in the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1947, the end year for many parishes is in the 1930’s or even earlier because some of the books contain later years that are protected from being published online by Swedish privacy legislation. In addition, information for many persons living in parishes within Stockholm City is missing since congregation books were not created in those parishes after the year 1877. While in the Population of Sweden 1940, information about the population of Stockholm City is included.

To access the Population of Sweden 1940, one must have an All-in-one subscription and it is only available in the web version of our software which you can fine here: https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, go to Index search and then select “Population of Sweden 1940” in the Index source list.

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Search for Aerial Photographs using an Interactive Map

We are now launching an interactive map feature in ArkivDigital that will simplify searching for aerial photos.

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Click on “Aerial photos” on the menu to the left to open the map.

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You can move around the map by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse. You can zoom in or out by clicking on the plus or minus signs or by scrolling with your mouse. By clicking on a colored point, you will zoom into that area.

image series information

Each map needle marker is an image series. These are not totally accurate in the location but click on the one closest to the area you are interested in. You need to be a little creative when searching. By hovering your mouse over the needle marker, you will see an information box giving information about the image series (serial number, film year and the number of images in the series). Both the front and back sides of the raw copies (paper copies) have been scanned. Thus, the number of photos of houses and farms is half as many as stated in the information box. The back side of the photo can contain some helpful and interesting information.

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When an image series is opened, the map and photo are displayed next to each other. You can scroll through the series just like in a regular volume using the 1 page or 5 pages forward and backward buttons. When the series is open, the map marker becomes blue and other series that are open at the same time will show a green marker.

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You can reset the markers and the size of the map by using the “expand” and “reset map” buttons. More image series will be added to the interactive map funtion.

YouTube Video

You will find an instructional video on how to use the interactive map on YouTube. The video is in Swedish. Click here to see the video.

Order High-Resolution Images

You can purchase high-resolution digital copies of ArkivDigital’s aerial photos. The copy is made directly from the original negative and in such high quality that it can be used  in a variety of ways such as: publication in a book or on the web or framed as a wall hanging.

The price is 1495 Swedish kronor or approximately 165 USD.

You will receive a high-resolution digital image (length and width at least 5000 pixels, often more) in three different file formats: raw (completely unprocessed), tif (suitable for printing), and jpg (suitable for screen display) and all the information that ArkivDigital has about the image (such as the date it was taken and the type of aircraft used when filming).

When ArkivDigial creates the digital image, all other negatives in the same series are also digitized, usually 48, and these usually include other buildings in the same area. These images will then be published in ArkivDigital’s online archive and will be available to you and all customers. The quality of these images, created directly from the original negatives, is significantly better than the raw copies currently online.

If you would like to order photos, contact our customer service at: kundtjanst@arkivdigital.se.

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Moving Certificates between Swedish American Congregations

In an earlier blog (see earlier blog), we wrote about moving out certificates (flyttningsbevis) from parishes within Sweden that have been preserved by some Swedish American churches.

In some Swedish American churches mostly the Lutheran, the minister would note persons joining the congregation and leaving the parish in a separate section of the congregation book. Usually the section showing persons joining the congregation is titled, Reception of new members (Intagna medlemmar) and the section showing people leaving the congregation is titled, Dismissal of members (utträdda medlemmar).

When a person was dismissed or removed from a congregation primarily within the Augustana Lutheran churches, sometimes the person would be given a certificate of removal. These certificates from one Augustana congregation to another came to serve as a pass to the congregation that was active at the new place of residence.

Some of the certificates of removal or transfers are available for some congregations within ArkivDigital. Below is an image of the moving certificate for Anders Peter Falk and his family that is in the archive for the Council Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iowa showing the family moving from St. John’s Church (St. John’s Lutheran Church) in Essex, Iowa to Council Bluffs in 1893.

transfer certificateCouncil Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iowa, USA (IA) Vol:5 (1878-1894) Image 7 (AID: v903227.b7) 

The certificate gives the date of birth and place of birth for all members of the family.

  • Anders Peter Falk born on the 27th of July 1838 in Vena (Hvena) parish in Kalmar county
  • Margareta Charlotta born on the 8th of June 1848 in Lönneberga parish
  • Anna Elenora born on the 22nd of May 1881 in New Windsor, Illinois
  • Ella Victoria born on the 6th of January 1884 in Essex, Iowa

The record also states that Anders Peter Falk emigrated from Sweden in 1854 and Margareta Charlotta emigrated in 1859. It also shows that they joined the church in Essex, Iowa in 1883. Note – remember this is a secondary source so all information should be verified. But this is a wonderful record showing where the parents came from in Sweden and some of their moves within North America. Unfortunately, not many of these records were preserved.

Whenever there are moving certificates either from a parish in Sweden or from another Swedish American parish in North America, you will find these volumes in the parish archives titled, Attachments to migration records.

You can find out if a particular North American congregation has a volume titled, Attachments to migration records by:

  • Go to archive search.
  • Select the country, United States.
  • Select the desired state.
  • Select the desired congregation.
  • Search the volume list.

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