Olof Liljegren – Letters from the Civil War

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Illinois – 2 congregations
  • Iowa – 88 congregations
  • Kansas – 99 congregations
  • Minnesota – 125 congregations
  • Missouri – 9 congregations
  • Nebraska – 120 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest.

In the archive for the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Minnesota, you will find a very interesting set of letters, Olof Liljegren – Our Years in the Civil War. This collection consists mostly of letters translated into English written by Olof Liljegren to his father in Sweden, Jonas Nilsson, in Boggsjö, Sundjö parish in Jämtland county between the years of 1861 and 1864.

Olof emigrated from Sweden in 1858 to North America. He served in the Third Minnesota Regiment during the Civil War and in 1865 died in the United States Army in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1865. Besides the letters written by Olof to his father, the collection also includes a letter to his sweetheart, Mary Edblad, a pioneer school teacher in Isanti County, Minnesota as well a letter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death in 1865.

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Letter dated December 1861 from Olof to his father. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 20 (AID: v886267.b20) Link

In the above letter Olof writes to his father the following:

“I have not told you anything about myself. I enlisted in the U. S. Army for three years or the duration of the war. We are building up a Swedish regiment with all officers having been trained in Sweden which makes them excellent officers. The captain’s pay is $108 per month, first lieutenant, $100, 2nd lieutenant, $75, Corporal $15, and private $10 per month.

I took this step after much thought and decided my life is worth no more than the next man and if I die, I feel I can not die for a better cause than to stop slavery.”

 olof deathLetter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death dated December 17, 1865. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 80 (AID: v886267.b80) Link

“I am sending you a few lines to let you know your son Olof died in the United States Army at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 25, 1865. Two days before he died, I stayed with him one day and one nite. He was then so poorly he did not think he could get well. He told me to write to you and gave me authority to take card of his belongings and send his medal home to Sweden.”

To find these letters:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Minnesota
  • Select Vol:31 Printed Documents

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NEW! Births in Göteborgs och Bohus county 1800-1840

It is time for a new updating of our index, Births, parts of Sweden. With this update, we have added 224,047 searchable posts for persons born in Göteborgs och Bohus county for the years 1800-1840.

This update makes it easier for you who have ancestors in Göteborgs och Bohus county. Now, it is much simpler to find their birth records. Instead of browsing through page by page in the birth book, you can make a quick search in our index. When you find the person you are searching for, you can simply click on the link and go directly to the birth record in order to double check the information in the original source.

goteborg birth 1800

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 4.9 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of SwedenWe will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index. https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister

To open the index, 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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NEW! Births in Södermanland county 1800–1840

It is time for a new updating of our index, Births, parts of Sweden. With this update, we have added 22,797 searchable posts for persons born in Södermanland county for the years 1800-1840.

This is a small update in order to complete the index for births in Södermanland county for these years. For Södermanland county, we had previously added many index entries of births and even marriages and deaths. These indexes which were added earlier were created in partnership with KFV (Katrineholm, Flen, Vingåker) genealogical society, Nyköping-Oxelösunds genealogical society and Eskilstuna-Strängnäs genealogical society. After this update, there are now 611,110 searchable posts for births in Södermanland county.

This update makes it easier for you who have ancestors in Södermanland county which were not found in the earlier updates of the birth index. Now, it is much simpler to find their birth records. Instead of browsing through page by page in the birth book, you can make a quick search in our index. When you find the person you are searching for, you can simply click on the link and go directly to the birth record in order to double check the information in the original source.

sodermand 1800

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 4.7 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index. https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister

We have also many name searchable posts for marriages and deaths in Södermanland. Here you can find out what is available for marriage indexes, https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister) and here you will find information about what death records have been indexed: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister.  Note that you need to scroll down the page to see all the information.

To open the index, 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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One of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” in 2020

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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 Magazine. Family 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.

ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best Scandinavian Genealogy Sites of 2020. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites 2020” by clicking here.

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NEW! Births in Stockholm county 1800-1840!

Do you have ancestors from Stockholm county? Now it is easier to find information about your ancestors who were born in Stockholm for the years, 1800-1840. We have just added 172,362 new searchable posts of births in Stockholm county to our index, Births, parts of Sweden.

The birth index is a great help when you research since you can quickly find the correct person with a simple search. Then you can then click directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the birth book.

stockholm birth 1840

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 4.7 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index. https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister

To open the index, 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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Searching for estate inventories in ArkivDigital

The estate inventories (bouppteckningar) are one of the most important records for genealogists. These records can prove genealogical relationships as well as listing the names of the deceased’s heirs. Also, the estate inventory lists all the assets and debts of the deceased enabling one to get a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

ArkivDigital has estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (early 1700s and even a few from the 1600s) up to 1950 and for many counties up to 1960.

In order to find an estate inventory, you need to know the parish where the person died and the district or city court that the parish belonged to. Today there are three primary methods for searching:

  1. National estate inventory index search.
  2. View photographed estate inventory register.
  3. Searching in the volume.

National estate inventory index search
ArkivDigital is currently building a national estate inventory index for all of Sweden. Currently it is mostly complete for older times but is less complete for the latter 1800s and forward. To find out what district and city courts and years have been indexed, go to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

To illustrate how to access the national estate inventory in ArkivDigital, we will search for the estate inventory for Jan Hindrik Wiväg who died April 2, 1847 in Älvsbacka parish in Värmland county.

  1. Go to app.arkivdigital.se.
  2. Select index source.
  3. Select the index, estate inventory, under index source.
  4. In this case, we will use simple search and enter Hindrik Wiväg in the search box and click search. One could have entered Jan Hindrik Wiväg.
  5. There are two matches in the result list.
  6. Select the one for Jan Hindrik Wiväg.

national estate inventory search

After you selected a match on the result list, you will see an index record as shown below and you can click on the link that will go directly to the estate inventory.

jan hindrik estate inventory

Photographed estate inventory registers
If you don’t find the person in the national estate inventory index, look for a photographed estate inventory register for the court. We will look for the estate inventory for Elna Larsdotter who died February 9, 1838, in Slöinge parish, in Halland county. In order to find out what court district, Slöinge parish belonged, you go to archive search and enter Slöinge in the archive holder search button. Open the archive and scroll down to estate inventories. Click on that and search for estate inventory registers. You will find one that covers the years 1684 to 1848. Open volume and search for Elna Larsdotter. The names are listed by surname in alphabetical order. You will find an entry that gives the year, volume and page number.

estate inventory photographed register

In this case, the entry states that you can find the estate inventory in volume 32 for the year 1838 and on page 185.

Then return to the archive Årstads häradsrätt and look for volume 32, open the volume and go to page 185.

elna larsdotter ei

Searching in the estate inventory volume
If you haven’t found the estate inventory by an index search and no estate inventory register exists, you will need to go the volume beginning with the deceased’s death date and browse forward. You may want to search up to two to three years after the date of death. In the latter 1800s and 1900s, there is a very strong likelihood of finding an estate inventory record but one must be patient and persistent in browsing through the volumes.

Estate Inventories for the nobility
Most of the estate inventories are found in the district and city courts but there are exceptions. The estate inventories for the nobility were given to the Court of Appeals (hovrätten) up until 1917. You will find the estate inventories for Götaland in the Göta hovrätt, for Svealand and Norrland in the Svea hovrätt and for Skåne and Blekinge in the Hovrätten för Skåne och Blekinge.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

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