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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Swedish-American church books from Colorado are now online

We have exciting news! We have just added newly photographed images of Swedish-American church books from Colorado. These records were photographed this summer. This new collection includes records from the following churches:

 

  1. Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver
  2. Bethany Lutheran Church, Denver
  3. Bethesda Lutheran Church, Boulder
  4. First Lutheran Church, Boulder
  5. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Boulder
  6. Swedish Evangelical Free Church, Denver
  7. Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Golden

We have photographed many types of documents, everything from congregation books, birth, marriage and death books to protocols, church accounts and much more.

denver augustana lutheran churchCongregation record from Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver for Lars Olsson (formerly Lars Olausson) born the 14th of December 1863 in Uddevalla and his family. 


You can find these church books by:

  1. Access app.arkivdigital.se
  2. Select Archive search
  3. Select Country – United States
  4. Select State – Colorado

We wish to give special thanks to the members of the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado especially Ron Floberg and Beverly Harbourt for contacting these churches, securing agreements and coordinating the photographing schedule.

Filming ColoradoPhotograhing Swedish-American church books at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado.

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Searchable name index for Östergötland births 1750-1799

Now, it has become easier to find you ancestors who were born in Östergötland county. We have recently added 235,433, searchable name posts of persons born in Östergötland county for the years 1750-1799 in our birth index.

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 index. 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 original source.

birth 1750 Ostergotland

The following information is searchable in the birth index:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (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 7.9 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.

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Review of ArkivDigital’s Searchable Name Indexes

During the last years, ArkivDigital has added and expanded many searchable name indexes for the church books,estate inventories, censuses, passenger ship manifests and other collections making it easier for the Swedish researcher. These indexes include name searchable indexes such the Population of Sweden 1820-1947 which is a name searchable index of all the household/congregation records for all of Sweden for the years 1820 -1947. This index includes also the Rotemansarkivet for persons living in Stockholm for the years 1878-1926.

You can find the indexes by:

  • Go to the application – app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Under index source click on the down arrow and a drop-down menu will show you a list of indexes

index search july2021

Today the searchable name indexes include the following:

  • Population of Sweden 1820-1947
  • Population of Sweden 1940
  • Population of Sweden 1950
  • Population of Sweden 1960
  • Population of Sweden 1975
  • Population of Sweden 1985
  • Population of Stockholm 1945
  • Estate inventories
  • Land registrations Northern Gotland
  • Military service cards,
  • Swedes in the US 1940
  • Emigrants
  • Birth index, parts of Sweden
  • Marriage index, parts of Sweden
  • Death index, parts of Sweden
  • Portrait Collection
  • Agriculture Statistics 1944
  • Boatswain active list
  • Employees at Papyrus
  • Riddarhuset, collection of photos

Below are blogs that provide additional detail about each index:

Population of Sweden 1820-1947
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-than-19-million-new-posts-in-the-population-of-sweden-index/

Population of Sweden 1940
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1940-now-available-in-arkivdigital/

Population of Sweden 1950
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/advanced-searching/

Population of Sweden 1960
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/arkivdigital-launches-two-new-powerful-registers/

Population of Sweden 1975
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1975/

Population of Sweden 1985
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1985/

Population of Stockholm 1945
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-stockholm-1945/

Estate Inventory
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/searching-for-estate-inventories-in-arkivdigital/

Land registrations Northern Gotland
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-land-registration-index-for-the-northern-gotland-district-archive/ 

Military service cards|
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-service-cards-stamkort-search-index

Swedes in US 1940
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-register-swedes-in-us-1940/

Emigrants
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/search-for-passenger-ship-manifests

Birth, marriage and death indexes, part of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-searchable-information-for-births-marriages-and-deaths-from-slaktdata/

Portrait collection
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/a-quarter-of-a-million-portrait-images/

Agriculture statistics 1944
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-search-index-for-agricultural-statistics-1944/

Boatswain active list
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-for-boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor

Employees at Papyrus
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-of-papyrus-paper-mill-employees/

Riddarhuset, collection of photos
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-name-index-for-the-house-of-nobilitys-portrait-collection/

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ArkivDigital Videos in English on YouTube

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RootsTech 2021 Connect is over and we wish to thank those who attended our open house. We enjoyed meeting you and answering your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. Each day we gave two presentations and these live presentations were recorded and have been added to ArkivDigital’s YouTube channel.

Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes in duration. The titles of the four presentations are:

  • Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • Introduction to Swedish Church Books
  • Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories
  • Introduction to Swedish Military Research

Click here, to view the open house presentations.

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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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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)

nora image

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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