A History of Swedish-Americans of Minnesota

Among the Swedish-American church books collection, you will find some scanned books. One is the 3-volume set, A History of Swedish-Americans of Minnesota, published in 1910.

You will find the three volumes by:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select archive type, printed literature
  • Select tryckta skrifter, Minnesota, USA
  • Then you will find the volumes:
    • Swed.AmericansOfMinnesota:1
    • Swed.AmericansOfMinnesota:2
    • Swed.AmericansOfMinnesota:3

You will find a table of contents covering all three volumes in the first volume. Some of the chapter titles are:

  • A Glance at the History of Sweden
  • Minnesota as a State
  • The Swedish Lutheran Church in Minnesota
  • The Swedish Baptists in Minnesota
  • Swedish Methodism in Minnesota
  • Swedish-American Press in Minnesota
  • City of Minneapolis
  • Leading Citizens of Minnesota

You will also find a name index in the first volume covering all volumes.

The chapter, Leading Citizens of Minnesota, begins on page 1028 in volume 3. Below is an image and short biographical sketch of Oscar Anderson, born March 24, 1847, in Åtvid parish in Östergötland county who emigrated from Sweden in 1868. Note – Oscar Anderson is his Americanized name.

leading citizen of minn


Tutorials – Swedish Church Books

1700 marriage record

We want to point out that we have some Swedish church book tutorials on our English website. You will find a section, Swedish Genealogy. Here, you will find examples with transcriptions and translations for birth, marriage, death, household examination, and moving records. Below are links to these tutorials.

While our indexes to the birth, marriage, death, and household records provide partial transcriptions, more information is usually in the source. These tutorials will help you, in gaining a better understanding of the Swedish church books.


More than 13 million new posts in the Population of Sweden, now 1800-1947

We have made a big update in the Population of Sweden which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and even the largest searchable name index in Sweden. This update includes searchable name posts for the years 1800-1819 and the index now includes the years 1800-1947. There are 147 years where you can find your ancestors and relatives with a simple search.

The update includes 13.3 million searchable name posts and after this update, there are approximately 165.8 million posts in the Population of Sweden 1800-1947. A fantastic asset for you who are curious about your roots.

Bis 1800-1819

The following information is searchable in the Population of Sweden 1800-1947:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birthdate
  • Birthplace (parish, county, country)
  • Residence: parish together with a place (village, farm, quarter, etc.)

There was little standardization in the household books before 1860, and the information entered will vary between parishes. Sometimes, the minister only wrote an abbreviation of the person’s first and last name. Often the birthplace is not noted, and if so, it can be a parish or a place within the parish. Therefore, one should be creative in your search terms.

In the earlier household records, the minister often only recorded the person’s birth year instead of the complete birth date. If you do not find the right person, it may be wise to search only with the birth year when you search among the older information. We have noted some misinterpretations in the birth year where the minister recorded the person’s age versus the birth year in the birthdate column. We are working to identify and correct this where it occurs. Feel free to search for people by entering a first name, last name, and parish if you do not get a date when you enter the year of birth.

The Population of Sweden index includes all persons named in the household and congregation books created during the actual years. The household records (which from 1895 were called congregation books) were a register of the inhabitants of a parish. The household books cover a few years to a couple of decades.

All household volumes that include the year 1800 are in the index. If a household book covers 1753-1803, the index can go as far back as the 1750s. Only household books that end in 1947 or earlier are in the index. Thus, a volume covering 1935-1949 is not in the Population of Sweden index.

There is a direct link to the source (household/congregation record) from the index record. When you click on the link, you end up on the page where your relative is and can quickly and easily see the information in the source. You can find additional information such as moving in and out, emigration, and more in the original record.

Note, the index itself is not the source, but it is a tool that should make it easier for you to find the source. Instead of flipping through thousands of pages, the search becomes much quicker.  With so many millions of records, it is also inevitable that one or two inaccuracies will occur. There is always a trade-off when an index is to be considered ready for publication, and if we were to strive for all indexes to be 100% correctly indexed, they would never be publication-ready. Instead, we choose to make the index available to our users and to continue improving the index and correcting any errors.

If you find an error in the index, you can help us correct it. Click here to learn more about the correction feature. Only submit corrections where the index record does not match the source. Sometimes, the minister has written incorrect information in the household record. The index correction feature is only for indexing errors and not for noting the minister’s mistakes. The index record should mirror the source.

The index is the result of a partnership between ArkivDigital and MyHeritage. ArkivDigital has given the images to MyHeritage, and MyHeritage has indexed the records with the help of its resources.

Here, you can read more about the index and what it includes (in Swedish): https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/befolkningen-i-sverige 

To open Population of Sweden 1800-1947:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select in Index search
  • Select BiS (Population of Sweden) 1800-1947 in the list under Index source


Reminder – January Virtual Genealogy Workshop and book

Do you want to learn more about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy? Are you new to Swedish research?

We would like to remind you that ArkivDigital published a book in English, “Explore Your Swedish Heritage” by Håkan Skogsjö. This book guides one from the first steps of genealogy research to advanced methodologies.

january 8 workshop

This book illustrates how to uncover your Swedish family history through searching archival sources on the internet—church books, estate inventories, military muster rolls, and other historical documents—how to interpret them, and how you can use them in your family research. You do genealogical research directly in the original records. And best of all, the book is written from beginning to end from an ArkivDigital perspective. All case study examples use ArkivDigital showing you the search steps for finding the records.

Click here for more information about the book.

Secondly, we like to remind you that the Lindsborg Old Mill & Swedish Heritage Museum will sponsor a virtual Swedish Genealogy workshop on Saturday, January 8, 2022. The focus will be on Beginning Swedish Research. The topics for the day include:

  • Where do I begin? The basics of Swedish research
  • Introduction to the Swedish church books
  • Researching in the Swedish church books using ArkivDigital
  • Putting it all together

 Click here for program and registration information.

Make 2022 the year for discovering your Swedish heritage!


Searchable name index for births in Malmöhus county 1750-1799

Do you have ancestors who were born in Malmöhus county?  Now it is simpler to find their birth records. We have updated ArkivDigital’s birth index with searchable information for persons who were born in Malmöhus county for the years 1750-1799. This update includes 210,032 new posts which make it easier for you to find the birth information you are seeking.

ArkivDigital’s birth index is a great help for you who search for birth records for your ancestors and family. Instead of browsing page by page in the birth books, you can make a quick search in the Birth index, parts of Sweden. When you have found the person, you are searching for, you can simply click the link to the birth book to double-check the information in the source.


The following information is searchable in the birth index:

  • Birthdate
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birthplace (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parents’ first name and last name, their titles/occupation, and ages.

The total number of entries in the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden, is now more than 9.2 million. We will continue to update the indexes so watch our blog and other social media to get information about all news.

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

To open, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Select, Birth index, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.


90 Million Images!

90 million images

ArkivDigital has reached a new milestone and now has more than 90 million newly photographed images of church books and other documents or more than 180 million pages of historical records available for research.

In ArkivDigital, you will find newly photographed church books, estate inventories, court books, general muster rolls, boatswain rolls, draft registration cards, Swedish-American church books, and many other documents. Also, you will find several million aerial photographs of houses and farms from all over Sweden from the 1950s and forward.

To make it easier to search these records, we have created indexes. With just over 216 million searchable names, ArkivDigital is the largest in Sweden in searchable personal indexes.

Our earlier milestones:

  • 10 million images, August 2008
  • 20 million images, March 2010
  • 30 million images, September 2011
  • 40 million images, March 2013
  • 50 million images, September 2014
  • 60 million images, May 2016
  • 70 million images, July 2017
  • 80 million images, October 2018

Now we are looking forward to our perhaps most important milestone so far, namely to reach 100 million images!