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

stockholm city birth register

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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Soon even more searchable name indexes in ArkivDigital!

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ArkivDigital has entered into a partnership with the genealogy society, Föreningen Släktdata.

The partnership will allow ArkivDigital to have access to approximately 1.6 million index entries which will be searchable in ArkivDigital. These index entries include births, marriages, and deaths primarily from the western parts of Sweden. The register from Föreningen Släktdata has been created by genealogists from various parts of Sweden and is available on the Föreningen Släktdata website.

The new index entries will make it easier for ArkivDigital’s customers to find even more ancestors and relatives with the help of a simple search. You will be able to search by name, year, place and other criteria. Once you find the person you are looking for, you can easily click a link to access the original record to verify the information. Work on linking the index entries with the church books will begin next year and these new indexes will be available to ArkivDigital customers sometime in the coming year.

ArkivDigital’s goal is to publish more name indexes, both those that the company has created on its own and those that genealogy associations around Sweden have created over the years.

About Föreningen Släktdata
Föreningen Släktdata has existed since 1989 and is a society whose primary goal is to make as many church books as possible freely accessible for genealogists. The society’s searchable database which is free for all can be found at the following web address: www.slaktdata.org.

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