August 2019 North American Events

August 2019

Learn more about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy at two library events in the Chicago area.

Elgin Genealogical Society
Kathy Meade will give a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital at the Elgin’s Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 6th. The meeting will be held at the Gordon Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. Come and learn about the vast number of records in ArkivDigital and how to access the service which is available at the library.
Click here for more information.

ArkivDigital and Swedish Genealogy Assistance at the Library
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will provide a free 30-minute consultation answering your ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy questions on Wednesday, August 14 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Click here to sign up for an appointment.

Visit our North American Event Calendar.

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Use the filter feature to quickly find a volume

Earlier this year, we published a blog on how to quickly find a volume within an archive using the filter feature. (See earlier blog.) This is a very helpful tool especially when you are searching in an archive with many volumes.

To illustrate this feature, we will look for an 1801 death book in Sankta Katarina or Katarina parish in Stockholm city.

Our first step is to search for the Sankta Katarina parish archive.

  • Go to Archive search.
  • Enter Sankta Katarina in the search box under Archive holder
  • Open the archive

search for katarina

When you open the archive, you will see that there are 767 volumes for the parish. You can now use the filter function versus scrolling through the volume list to quickly find the volume.

katarina volume list

You can then filter by type of source and year.

katarina filter

By selecting the source, death and burial records, and entering 1801 in the from and to year fields, we have narrowed the volume list to one volume.

katrina death

Click here for a more detailed explanation of the filter feature in English.

Click here for a more detailed explanation in Swedish.

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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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