ArkivDigital Visits Minnesota

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We will be an exhibitor at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s fall conference on Saturday, October 27 at the Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation titled “Using the Name Searchable Indexes in ArkivDigital”. She will also be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy.

 Click here for program and registration information.

 

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New search index for Agricultural Statistics 1944

In the church books and other Swedish historical records, we discover many ancestors and relatives who owned or worked on farms. One title one often sees is hemmansägare (home owner or owner of the farm). But what was the practical life like for a person with this title?

When we are talking about rural life in the middle of the 20th century, a useful source, Swedish National Agricultural Census of 1944, has been available in the All-in-one version of ArkivDigital for over a year. It has been somewhat difficult to search in the census but now a name searchable index also in the All-in-one version has been created to ease the search. You can search by the farmer’s name, place name and parish. To search, you do the following:

  • Select New index search.
  • Under index source, select Agriculture statistics 1944.
  • Enter the search criteria and click search.

Here is an example. In the Population of Sweden 1950, you will find a Per Georg Eliasson born in 1882 shown as a hemmansägare at Stenviksstrand 1:10 in Ramsele parish in Västernorrland county. See image below.

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1944 agricultural census searchSearch index record – Agriculture statistics 1944 for Per Georg Eliasson

By looking at the Swedish National Agriculture Census of 1944, one can get a better understanding of his life. His farm consisted of 139 hectares or about 343 acres. You will see that the division of the farm included 7 hectares of tilled land or fields, 17 hectares of pasture land and 96 hectares of woods.

1944 agricultural record
Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Byrån för jordbruksstatistik, Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944 H1AB:696 (1944) Image 9380 (AID: v836350.b9380, NAD: SE/RA/4204012004)

In addition, the record shows that there was no tractor so horses were used to pull the farm equipment. The cows were milked by hand in the morning and the evening. Also, there was no running water in the house but there was electric lighting. However, a wooden stove was used for the cooking.

The census asked if certain agricultural tools and equipment were used on the farm such as a manure spreader (stallgödselspridare), potato harvester (potatisupptagningsmaskin) plus other tools.

By viewing the National Agricultural Census 1944 record, we have a much better understanding of hemmansägare, Per Georg Eliasson’s life on his farm at Stenviksstrand 1:10.

There are in total 44,000 farms throughout Sweden in the National Agricultural Census 1944 including many small farms as well as some city properties. Thus, you may want to search for persons who live on the outskirts of cities who you may not think of as farmers.

These census forms were filled out primarily by the farmers. Unfortunately, many had poor handwriting resulting in errors in the registration both for personal names and place names (parish name should be correct). Thus, one may need to be creative in the search and search for alternative spellings.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Tip for searching in the SCB extracts (birth, marriage death)

The Statistiska centralbyrån (Statistics Sweden) or SCB extracts for birth, marriage and death books between 1925 and 1947 are accessible online with ArkivDigital. We have written about these extracts in previous blogs. (See earlier blog).

These SCB extracts are organized by year, county, type of record and parish. In the past, these extracts were not indexed by parish within ArkivDigital, so one was required to browse the volume to locate the desired parish. Now, these volumes are indexed by parish.

For example, we only have original church death records for the parish of Dalhem in Kalmar county up to 1929 as shown in the below image. Thus, in order to see the death record for 1935, we should look at the 1935 SCB death extracts for Dalhem parish.

dalhem volume list

You will find the SCB extracts in the archive with the long name, Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen. The easiest way to find this archive is to go to “New archive search” and enter “SCB” in the search box. See image below.

scb archive search

Each volume specifies which county and year it covers. To identify the county, roll your mouse over the “i” icon and the county name will appear. If nothing else is mentioned, the volume includes birth, marriage and death records for that year. In other cases, there may be an abbreviation specifying the types of records the volume includes. The abbreviations are: “fbu” (birth records), “vbu” (marriage records) and “dbu” (death records).

scb kalmar 1935

Open the volume and select the drop/down image/page list, you will see that parishes are indexed by parish name and type of book:

  • Födda – birth
  • Döda – death
  • Vigda – marriage

scb parish list

You can browse the list or you can filter the list by entering the name of the parish in the filter box.  Select the death book, click enter and go directly to the page.

filter dalhem

Below is the 1935 SCB death extract for Dalhem parish in Kalmar county.

dalhem death

Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen H1AA:2854 (1935) Image 8910 (AID: v808399.b8910, NAD: SE/RA/42040101)

 

 

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Name searching tips

The number of name searchable indexes in ArkivDigital continues to increase. Recently the Population of Sweden of 1975 and the military service card indexes were added. You can find these indexes by selecting “New Index Search” and then select the desired index under “Index source”.index search screen

There are two methods for searching: simple and advanced. Today, we will focus on the simple search which is more powerful than one might believe at first glance.

The key for all searches is not to write too much information. Begin with a broad search and then narrow the search.

One example: We will look for a woman named Berta Lungren. Select the index, Population of Sweden 1860-1930, and write in her name “Berta Lundgren” in the search field and click on “Search” (or press Enter). The result list shows 202 matches which feels like too many to search through.

berta lundgren

When I add her birth year to the search criteria, the number of matches is reduced to eight. Four of these refer to the woman I am interested in, born on the 3rd of March 1887 in Odensala. But if I look more closely in the match list, I see one that mentions the birth date as the 31st of March 1887 (which is her correct birth date). If I had entered her full birth date instead of only the year, I would have missed all the matches. Therefore, one should never write in more information than what is needed to get a good search result.

bertil 1887

It is also smart to search the same person using different information, for example only the last name and birth date or only the first name and birth date or only the first and last name (the last only works well with a name that is not common). These methods will increase the chances to find as many possible matches.

Now we will look at some more advanced search techniques.

There are a number of special search characters that can be used for searching.

An example: I want to search for a person named Anders Setterqvist, but I know that his last name can be spelled differently in the records: Setterqvist, Sätterqvist, and Zetterqvist. And sometimes quist is written as qvist. In addition, I have seen different birth years for him in the records.

One can write the following in the search box:
anders (zetterq* | sätterq* | setterq*) (1816 | 1817 | 1818)

The result will be a search of all these spellings and years. The vertical bar (|) means  “or” and the asterisk (*) is used as a wildcard showing all the names that include the letters preceding the asterisk. 

zetterquist

Following is a list of the special characters that can be used in ArkivDigital’s searches.

  • * (asterisk) An asterisk at the end of Bergl* will find Berglind, Bergling, Berglund, etc.
  • “ ” (quotation marks) = exact phrase For example “georg olof” will find Georg Olof but not Olof Georg or George Karl Olof.|
  • | (vertical mark) = or (See above explanation)
  • - (minus sign) = not - For example: -västra frölunda will find Östra Frölunda and Frölunda but not Västra Frölunda
  • + (plus sign) = and – For example: Lundqvist+Lundberg will find all posts which includes both names.
  • ~1 (tilde plus a number) after keyword = approximate search with numerical character difference – For example: appelqvist~1 will find in addition to Appelqvist, Appelquist, Appelkvist where one character or letter differs from the original keyword. If one increases number to 2 appelqvist~2, one will also find Apelquist.
  • ~1 tilde plus a number) after phrase = approximate search. An additional word may be found. (The first and last word in the phrase shall be mentioned). For example “sven filip”~1 finds also Sven Gustaf Filip and Sven Erik Filip. A search “sven filip”~2 will find in addition Sven Johan Olof Filip as well as Filip Sven.
  • ( ) parenthesis = searches for alternative spellings – For example aurora (concordia | conkordia | konkordia | koncordia) searches for all posts that includes Aurora Concordia, Aurora Conkordia, Aurora Konkordia and Aurora Koncordia).

These special characters work also with the Advanced search. The search possibilities are nearly infinite. All one has to do is try!

 Read original blog in Swedish.

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Name Searchable Indexes for Birth, Marriage and Death Records in Kronoberg County

For those who research in Kronoberg, we have some wonderful news! Name searchable indexes for all of Kronoberg county have now been added to ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death register, which so far has included around sixty parishes in Södermanland county.

The name searchable indexes for birth, marriage and death records for Kronoberg county are from the earliest times (1600’s) through 1859. Later this autumn we will be adding indexes for later years as well as indexes from certain parishes in the neighboring counties.

The index was created by the Kronoberg Genealogical Society (http://genealogi-kgf.se/index.html) and the index entries are being published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

death record kronoberg searchSearching in death index, parts of Sweden

Our goal is to gradually expand our church index registers so that they eventually cover all of Sweden. Of course, this is still a big task and will take some time, but through cooperation with associations, private individuals and our own efforts, ArkivDigital will achieve the goal in the not-too-distant future.

Click here to see a list of all parishes where name searchable indexes are available for  death records.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death indexes, one must have an All-in-One subscription and the indexes are only available in the web version of our software which you can find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

Click here to read the original blog in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital Visits Kansas City and Workshops in Kansas and Massachusetts

ArkivDigital will be visiting Kansas City, Missouri, Lindsborg, Kansas and Sturbridge, Massachusetts. There will be presentations about Swedish genealogy and ArkivDigital at all these events. Two-day workshops will be held both in Lindsborg, Kansas and Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Both workshops will include a wide range of lectures on Swedish genealogy and ArkivDigital. If you are in the area, we would love to meet you.

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GenealogyKC 2018 – Kansas City, Missouri
GenealogyKC 2018 is a conference for those interested in family history and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on September 7-8, 2018. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations: “Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books” and “Using Name Searchable Registers in ArkivDigital”. Both presentations will be given on both days. Click here for program and registration information. The event is free.

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Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas on September 29-30. Attend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

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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A Swedish American Genealogy Conference will be held in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on October 5-6. Attend two days of Swedish genealogy presentations sponsored by the Swedish Ancestry Research Association. There will be a wide range of topics covered including DNA testing, research topics and immigration stories.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving the following presentations “Getting Started with Swedish Research”, “Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World”, “Introduction to the Swedish Church Books”, “Swedish Estate Inventories” and “Swedish Military Research”.

Enjoy the Northeast during the beautiful autumn season learning more about your Swedish heritage.

Click here to download a program and registration brochure.

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ArkivDigital one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2018”

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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 MagazineFamily 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.

This year, the list of outstanding websites has been broken down into seventeen categories and ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best European Genealogy Sites of 2018. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” in 2018 by clicking here.

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Population of Sweden 1975

The searchable name index registers for the Population of Sweden 1950 and the Population of Sweden 1960 were added to the ArkivDigital online library a couple of years ago. Now we are moving forward and adding a name searchable index for the Population of Sweden 1975. In principle, this is an index of everyone living in Sweden at the end of 1975.

The register is searchable by name and includes full name, birth date, birth parish, marital status, occupation and information about place of residence. Individuals are grouped by households so you can see information about other members of the household. Additional information in the database includes the place of registration in the previous tax register. In many cases you will find a link to the first image of the parish book that will contain the person’s birth record.

1975 population of swedenSearching for Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking books, in the Population of Sweden 1975

The Population of Sweden 1975 register is a wonderful source for those seeking information about people living in Sweden during the latter part of the twentieth century. This census is drawn from the country’s tax register published in 1976 using data collected in November 1975.

In order to access the Population of Sweden 1975, one must have an All-in-one subscription and the register is only available in the web version of our software. You can find the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se.

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Learn about ArkivDigital at the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference

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We will be an exhibitor at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2018 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on August 22-25, 2018. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving demonstrations of ArkivDigital in the Exhibit Hall Learning Center at the following times:

  • Friday, August 24, 2018 – 2:30 PM
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018 – 10:00 AM

If you plan to attend the conference or are in Fort Wayne, please attend the ArkivDigital demonstrations to learn what is new in ArkivDigital. The exhibit hall is open and free to the general public. Please visit our booth #708 for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research plus enter a drawing for an ArkivDigital subscription.

To learn more about the conference, click here.

 

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Birth, marriage, and death registers for Södertälje and neighboring areas

For all who research in Södertälje and the surrounding areas, we have some good news for you. Twelve parishes from Södertälje and nearby areas have now been added to our name searchable indexes: “Birth index, parts of Södermanland”, “Marriage index, parts of Södermanland” and “Death index, parts of Södermanland”.

The following parishes have been added:

  • Hölö
  • Mörkö
  • Södertälje landsförsamling
  • Södertälje stadsförsamling
  • Taxinge
  • Turinge
  • Tveta
  • Vårdinge
  • Ytterenhörna
  • Ytterjärna
  • Överenhörna
  • Överjärna

linnea image and index

The birth, marriage and death registers that have been added are from the oldest times (1600’s) to the year 1900. The register was created by Södertälje Genealogical Society and with thanks it is publicized based on an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death searchable name register, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The register is only accessible on our web version of our software, which you can find here. https://app.arkivdigital.se/.

Click here to see a complete list of all the parishes that are included in the birth, marriage and death registers for parts of Södermanland.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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