NEW! Searchable name indexes from Släktdata

At the end of last year, we announced our partnership with the genealogy society, Föreningen Släktdata. The partnership allows ArkivDigital to receive the indexes from Släktdata and these have now been linked to our church books and are searchable in our indexes. This cooperation consists of 1,517,145 posts among which 1,333,167 are now available and searchable in ArkivDigital. The other 183,978 posts have been published in earlier updates of our birth index.

ArkivDigital’s index makes it easier for you to find information about when and where your ancestors were born, married and died instead of browsing through the church books page by page; you can now do a quick search in our index. When you find the person you are seeking, you can simply click further to the original source and double check the information.

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The new searchable information is divided among our existing birth, marriage and death indexes as follows:

  • Births, parts of Sweden: 649,739 posts
  • Marriages, parts of Sweden: 169,050 posts
  • Deaths, parts of Sweden: 514,378 posts

Dependent upon which index you search, you can search by name, birth date, marriage date, death date and parish. Click here for more information about search tips.

After this update, our indexes include the following number of posts (click on the links in order to see more information about which parishes and years are included in the index):

  • Births, parts of Sweden: 5,642,121 posts Click here.
  • Marriages, parts of Sweden: 942,666 posts Click here.
  • Deaths, parts of Sweden: 2,283,768 posts Click here.

To open the indexes for births, marriages and deaths, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se and select Index Search. In the list under index source, you select the index for births, marriages or deaths dependent upon which type of information you are searching.

When you have done this, you can begin to search for your ancestors and relatives. (A subscription is required, read more about the different subscription options which exist.) https://www.arkivdigital.net/products

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ArkivDigital’s source material major help in solving double murder in Linköping!

At the beginning of the summer, there were headlines in the Swedish newspapers and on Swedish TV that a double murder that occurred 16 years ago in Linköping was solved with the help of DNA technology. The genealogist, Peter Sjölund, assisted the police with the investigation and we have asked Peter some questions about how he used ArkivDigital in his work.

Peter-Sjolund-blogg-2048x1772In the media, there is much talk about DNA when it comes to how the double murder in Linköping was solved, but how big a role did traditional genealogy play in this case?

DNA genealogy research is always based on a combination of DNA information and archival research. To find the perpetrator, I had to map 25 family trees back to the1800s and 1700s and via traditional genealogy methods trace 600-700 people from the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century. After that, I had to search all the descendants forward to persons living today by researching in the archival sources. So much traditional genealogy research was required.

Which supplier of the church books have you mainly used to obtain the information and why that particular supplier?

When it comes to church books, I have almost exclusively used ArkivDigital. The quality of the digital color images is absolutely outstanding and the personal registers from the second half of the 19th century onwards are invaluable for searching for people (although of course the information must always be double-checked in the original images).

How much longer do you think this would have taken if you had not had access to the church books online but had to travel around to archives or order microfiche?

I managed to find the perpetrator in about five weeks. If the church books and search registers had not been available online, as they are at ArkivDigital, it would have taken several years to search for the double killer with this method.

Is it primarily the church books you have used or have you also used some slightly more unusual sources that are available in ArkivDigital?

In some isolated cases I have had to check a family in the tax registers, but otherwise I have exclusively used the church books and personal indexes.

How much help have you had from ArkivDigital’s searchable indexes?

Very great help! The indexes really speeded up the search, although of course I always checked the original image to see that the information in the index is correct. When I found errors, I took the opportunity to send in corrections to ArkivDigital, so that the indexes would be even better.

Which searchable register at ArkivDigtal has been the most helpful?

Clearly, the BiS (Population in Sweden) 1840–1947 as it includes the largest time span and data further back in time. I could usually obtain information from the 20th century through the police register.

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Estate Inventory index for Södermanland and Västmanland

It has been approximately three years since we launched our name searchable estate inventory index which has been updated several times.

Now it is time for a new update. This time we have added searchable posts for estate inventories for Södermanland and Västmanland district and city courts.

Today’s update includes 188,689 new name searchable entries. After this update, the estate inventory index will  include approximately 1.6 million name searchable entries.

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The estate inventories are an important source for the researcher. Here, you can prove genealogical relationships and get information about the deceased’s heirs. You also get a detailed list of the deceased’s assets and debts enabling you to get a better understanding of your ancestor’s life.

Our index makes it much easier for you to find the correct estate inventory, since in normal cases it can be time consuming to search since the estate inventories are not arranged in any exact order.

In the estate inventory register, you can search by name, the year the estate inventory was performed along with the county and parish where the deceased lived. When you search by year, it is good to remember that the estate inventory was not always performed the same year the person died. Therefore, search for a time interval beginning with the year the person died and a few years in the future.

Today’s update includes searchable posts from the following archives:

Södermanlands county

Daga häradsrätt 1746-1915
Eskilstuna rådhusrätt och magistrat 1669-1900
Hölebo häradsrätt 1737-1914
Jönåkers häradsrätt 1704-1910
Mariefreds rådhusrätt och magistrat 1685-1900
Nyköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1694-1900
Oppunda häradsrätt 1678-1904
Rekarne tingslags häradsrätt      1880-1901
Rönö häradsrätt 1665-1910
Selebo häradsrätt 1748-1880
Strängnäs rådhusrätt och magistrat 1669-1900
Torshälla rådhusrätt och magistrat 1639-1922
Trosa rådhusrätt och magistrat 1734-1917
Villåttinge häradsrätt 1694-1908
Västerrekarne häradsrätt 1738-1880
Åker och Selebo tingslags häradsrätt 1881-1900
Åkers häradsrätt 1719-1880
Österrekarne häradsrätt 1735-1880

Västmanlands county

Arboga rådhusrätt och magistrat 1652-1903
Gamla Norbergs bergslags häradsrätt 1738-1899
Köpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1652-1900
Norrbo häradsrätt 1714-1928
Siende häradsrätt 1699-1893
Simtuna häradsrätt 1727-1887
Skinnskattebergs bergslags häradsrätt 1746-1906
Snevringe häradsrätt 1629-1900
Torstuna häradsrätt 1736-1887
Tuhundra häradsrätt 1707-1893
Tuhundra, Siende och Yttertjurbo tingslags häradsrätt 1894-1900
Vagnsbro häradsrätt 1770-1899
Våla häradsrätt 1746-1867, 1869-1887
Västmanlands östra domsagas häradsrätt 1888-1900
Yttertjurbo häradsrätt 1744-1893
Åkerbo häradsrätt 1670-1906
Daga häradsrätt 1746-1915

Our estate inventory index also includes searchable name information for the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the index.

Click here, to see what is included in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here, to learn more about estate inventories.

In order to open the estate inventory index:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index Search
  • Select Estate Inventories in the list under Index source.

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Another look at Swedish American Church Books

ArkivDigital has Swedish-American church books for the following states in ArkivDigital’s online library:

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

The Swedish-American church books include birth, marriage, death, membership, reception of members, dismissal of members, protocols and account records. Often you will find anniversary booklets, church histories, attachments to records and even in some congregation archives family histories. The types of records vary by parish and denomination. Click here for more information about types of church records.

The membership books for the Swedish-American Lutheran churches are very similar to the Swedish household/congregation books. These records have often been the link in helping Swedish-Americans identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from. Below is an example from Trade Lake Zion Lutheran Church in Wisconsin for Per Erik Erikson and his family.

per erik eriksonTrade Lake Zion Lutheran Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:2 (1895-1943) Image 54 / Page 23 (AID: v904701.b54.s23) https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v904701?image=54

The above record shows that Per Erik was born on the 27 of September 1848 in Linde (Lindesberg) parish in Örebro county and that he joined this congregation in 1889 and arrived in America in 1880. The record shows his wife, Anna Rosenqvist, who was born on the 16th of July 1862 in Vinslof (Vinslöv) parish in Kristianstad county, followed by the names of their children and their birth information. The record shows that Anna immigrated in 1881. Sometimes, the date of marriage will be shown on the membership record but in this case it is not. More research will be required to find the marriage date. The first child, Harry Lawrence, is shown as having been born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1884 and the next child was born in Trade Lake in 1886. So, it appears that the family moved from St. Paul to Trade Lake between 1884 and 1886 and then joined the congregation in 1889.

With the above information, we can search in the Swedish church books for Per Erik’s birth record.

per eriks birth recordLindesberg (T) CI:13 (1833-1850) Image 408 (AID: v53511.b408, NAD: SE/ULA/10851)
https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v53511?image=408

The birth record confirms his birth date as the 27th of September 1848 and that his parents were Erik Olsson and Maria Andersdotter. His mother was 29 years old at the time of his birth. The family lived in a place in the parish named Ryda.

Also, with a little further research, we can see the notation in the household record showing his move to North America in 1880.

erik move to americaLindesberg (T) AIc:19 (1871-1881) Image 229 / Page 225 (AID: v52142.b229.s225, NAD: SE/ULA/10851) https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v52142?image=229&page=225&register_collection=28

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NEW! Births in Nora and the surrounding area

It is time again to update our index, Birth index, parts of Sweden, where you can easily search for birth information. This time we have updated our index with 46, 277 searchable name entries from Nora in Örebro county and the surrounding area.

Information for the following parishes and dates are included in the update:

  • Järnboås 1673–1918
  • Nora bergsförsamling 1737–1939
  • Nora stadsförsamling 1843–1924 (for years before 1843, see Nora bergsförsamling)
  • Viker 1872–1918 (parish established in 1871 broken out from Nora bergsförsamling)

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Our birth index makes it easier for you to find the birth records for your ancestors and relatives who were born in these four parishes. Instead of browsing the book page by page, you can now make a quick search in our index. When you have found the person, you can look further by one simple click to double check the information in the index in the original source.

The following information is searchable in the birth index:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Parent’s first name and last name, title/occupation and age
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish

There are now nearly 5 million entries in the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden. We will be updating this index with more parishes and counties so watch our blog and our social media to get information about all updates.

Click here to see all the parishes and years which are included in the index after this update.

In order to open, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select, Index search
  • Select Birth index, parts of Sweden under index source

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Review of Swedish Military Research Blogs

We receive many questions about Swedish military research at conferences and trade shows in North America. Many North Americans discover that one of their ancestors was in the Swedish military serving in the infantry, cavalry or as a båtsman in the Swedish Navy and wish to discover more about their ancestor’s military service.

You will find many military documents in ArkivDigital’s online library from the 1600’s to the 20th century. In our blog, you will find articles about some of the military records in ArkivDigital as well as a few tutorials detailing how to research your Swedish military ancestor. Today, we present a summary of our English blogs related to Swedish military research.

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Military Rolls (1620-1723)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723-now-complete/

General Muster Rolls
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-rolls/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-roll-column-headings/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/research-soldiers-in-the-general-muster-rolls-example-jan-fras/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/easier-to-find-a-soldier-in-the-general-muster-rolls-using-table-of-content-general-muster-list/

Naval (Flottan)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/navy-flottan-documents-an-overview/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor-a-unique-source/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-for-boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/naval-ship-muster-rolls-skeppsmonsterrullor/

Military Pension Records
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/soldier-pension-documents-pensioner-olof-ceder/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-military-pension-documents-in-arkivdigital/

Officers and Non-commissioned Officers Service Records
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/armys-pension-funds-list-of-qualifications-armens-pensionskassas-meritband/

War Documents of the Great Northern War
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/swedish-soldiers-captured-at-poltava-what-can-one-discover-about-them/

Military Service Cards (1901-1950)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-service-cards-stamkort-search-index/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/additions-to-the-military-service-cards-stamkort-index/

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