Reading Swedish church books – examples and videos

Many of you already know that the Swedish church books are a great treasure. They are so complete and provide so much information about one’s Swedish ancestry. But many persons beginning their Swedish research find some of the handwriting intimidating as well have questions about the content in the various church books.

We have written about this in the past but today we would like to remind you that we have some tutorials along with some church book examples on our website. Also, again we want to point out a wonderful website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) that includes some instructional videos on reading Gothic handwriting and reading birth records from the late 1800s back to the early 1700s using ArkivDigital images.

1700s birth record

The website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) which is free includes some wonderful instructional videos such as “Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy” and several videos showing examples of reading birth records.

Click here to link to the learning page which lists the instructional videos.

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NEW! Births, marriages and deaths in Värmland

In September, we wrote a blog announcing that we had acquired a church book register that was created by the Värmland Genealogy Society. We have now completed the task of linking the register with the church books and we are now publicizing the Värmland index in ArkivDigital.

Now it becomes much easier to find persons who were born, married or died in Värmland. Instead of browsing through the books page by page, you only need to do a quick search. When you find the right person, you can simply click to see the original source in order to verify the information.

varmland new indexSearching for Johan Linroth’s death record in 1775

This update includes a total of 1,280,966 index posts from Värmland, divided as follows:

  • Births: 604,559 posts
  • Marriages: 230,591 posts
  • Deaths: 445,816 posts

The information about the births, marriages and deaths in Värmland have been added to our existing indexes: Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden and Death, parts of Sweden. As earlier mentioned, the index information was provided by the Värmland Genealogy Society.

The index for births in Värmland for the years 1800-1840 was added earlier to ArkivDigital; this index was created in-house.

The index for births, marriages and deaths in Värmland is not 100% complete and which years that have been indexed vary between the various parishes. For some parishes, you will not find indexes for all three record types and for a few they are completely missing. In the following three links, you can see exactly what is included in the update (scroll down until you find Värmland in the list).

After this update our birth index now has 4.1 million posts, our marriage index includes nearly 677,000 posts and our death index includes approximately 1.7 million posts. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

In order to open the indexes for the births, marriages or deaths, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden or Deaths, parts of Sweden in the list under Index source.

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NEWS! Births, marriages and deaths in Nederluleå

Again, we have updated our indexes, Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden and Deaths, parts of Sweden. Today we have added information about births, marriages and deaths in Nederluleå.

The update includes the following years and number of posts:

  • Births: 21,727 posts for years 1861–1924
  • Marriages: 5,484 posts for years 1861–1936
  • Deaths: 14,308 posts for years 1861–1930

In addition, this update includes information about births, marriages and deaths for the years 1888-1889 for the little church archive, Luleå-Ofotens järnväg.

The indexes for these births, marriages and deaths have been created in partnership with the Lulebygden genealogical society.

nederlulea death image

We publish these indexes in order to make it simpler for you as a customer to quickly find the person you are searching for. With a simple search, you can now find when your ancestors and relatives were born, married and died. When you find the right person, you can click to the original source and double check the information.

Earlier, we added searchable name indexes for births, marriages and deaths in Nederluleå up to 1860 in our index.

By clicking on the below links, you can see which parishes and years are included in the indexes after this update:

In order to open any of these three indexes, you login at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select, Births parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden or Deaths, parts of Sweden in the list under Index source.

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NEW! Deaths in Roslagen

We have now updated our index, Deaths, parts of Sweden. The updating includes 78,698 entries about deaths from different parishes in Roslagen in Uppland province. You can find this information with a simple search in ArkivDigital’s index. When you find the right person, you can simply click and go directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the death book.

estuna death

The following information is searchable in the death index:

  • First name and last name
  • Death date and death year
  • Death place, death parish and death county
  • Burial date and burial year
  • Relatives (First name and last name)

The following parishes and years are included in the updating of the death index:

  • Björkö-Arholma 1921-1943
  • Edebo 1800-1849
  • Edsbro 1850-1944
  • Estuna 1800-1943
  • Fasterna 1800-1849
  • Frötuna 1800-1943
  • Gottröra 1800-1849
  • Husby-Sjuhundra 1800-1943
  • Häverö 1800-1849
  • Lohärad 1800-1943
  • Länna 1800-1899 and 1909-1943
  • Malsta 1800-1943
  • Norrtälje 1800-1945
  • Närtuna 1800-1849
  • Riala 1800-1943
  • Rimbo 1800-1943
  • Roslags-Bro 1800-1943
  • Rådmansö 1800-1943
  • Rö 1800-1943
  • Singö 1850-1923
  • Skederid 1800-1943
  • Söderby-Karl 1800-1943
  • Ununge 1800-1944
  • Väddö 1800-1943
  • Vätö 1850-1899 and 1914-1926

The information from Roslagen is publicized in partnership with the Norrtälje genealogical society. http://www.norrtelje-sff.se/

There are now approximately 1.3 million index entries in the index, Deaths, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

At this link, https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister, you can see what parishes and years are included in the death index.

In order to open of these indexes, you can login at app.arkivdigital.se and select Index search and under Index source select Deaths, parts of Sweden.

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NEW! Birth, marriage and death indexes in Botvidsbygden

Now, we have again updated our indexes of births, marriages and deaths for parts of Sweden. This time we have added searchable name entries for Botkyrka, Grödinge, Huddinge and Salem parishes in Stockholm county. If you have relatives or ancestors who lived in any of these parishes, you can now find the information with a simple search in ArkivDigital’s index.

The updating includes approximately 51,000 searchable entries from these four parishes.botkrykaSearching for a birth record in Botkyrka using the index, Births, parts of Sweden.

The following parishes and years are included in the update.

 Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Botkyrka 1664-1900
  • Grödinge 1666-1680, 1791-1800 and 1806-1900
  • Huddinge 1765-1900
  • Salem 1710-1900

Marriages, parts of Sweden:

  • Botkyrka 1664-1900
  • Grödinge 1798-1900
  • Huddinge 1765-1900
  • Salem 1724-1900

Deaths, parts of Sweden:

  • Botkyrka 1664-1900
  • Grödinge 1788-1820, 1826-1859 and 1895-1900
  • Huddinge 1673-1900
  • Salem 1724-1900

The register is created in partnership with Botvidsbygdens Släktforskarförening.

After this update, the index, Births, parts of Sweden has 2,645,229 searchable name entries, the index, Marriages, parts of Sweden has 428,605 searchable name entries, and the index, Deaths, parts of Sweden has 1,211,531 searchable name entries.

ArkivDigital’s indexes make it much easier for you to find the person you are searching for. Instead of browsing in the church books page by page, it is a quick search. When you find the correct person, you can simply click on a link to the original source and verify the information.

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Review of ArkivDigital’s Indexes

During the last year, ArkivDigital has added and expanded many indexes making it easier for the Swedish researcher. These indexes include name searchable indexes such the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 which is a name searchable index of all the household/congregation records for all of Sweden for the years 1860 -1947. This index includes also the Rotemansarkivet for persons living in Stockholm for the years 1878-1926.

There are also indexes that make it easier to search in an archive such as the index, Table of content censuses which make it easier to find the tax records for a particular parish Today, we will review all the indexes that are within ArkivDigital and point out some blogs for additional information.

index search screen jan2020

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.

Today the indexes include the following:

  • Population of Sweden 1860-1947
  • Population of Sweden 1940
  • Population of Sweden 1950
  • Population of Sweden 1960
  • Population of Sweden 1975
  • Population of Sweden 1985
  • Population of Stockholm 1945
  • Inventory of estate
  • 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
  • Table of content SCB
  • Table of content censuses
  • Table of content general-muster lists

Below are links to blogs that provide additional detail about each index:

Population of Sweden 1860-1947
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1860-1947-now-searchable/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/jumping-the-pond-becomes-easier-with-the-population-of-sweden-1860-1947/

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/

Inventory of estate
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-register-available-for-skaraborg-county/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/review-an-estate-inventory-ingress-or-preamble/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-bouppteckning-review/

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

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

Birth index, parts of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/birth-index-parts-of-sweden/

Marriage index, parts of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/updates-to-the-birth-marriage-and-death-indexes/

Death index, parts of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/updates-to-the-birth-marriage-and-death-indexes/

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/

Table of content SCB
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/table-of-contents-for-scb-records/

Table of content censuses
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/find-the-correct-tax-register-with-our-new-index/

Table of content general muster-lists
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/easier-to-find-a-soldier-in-the-general-muster-rolls-using-table-of-content-general-muster-list/

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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.

stockholm index death

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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Church Book Record Examples

1770 Birth recordFröjered (R) E:1 (1769-1854) Image 7 / Page 3 (AID: v26939.b7.s3, NAD: SE/GLA/13134)

We continually receive questions from our English-speaking customers on where to find examples for reading the church book records. Today, we would like to point out church record examples on our English website and a few of the blogs that also give examples. On our English website, you will find a section titled, Swedish Genealogy. In this section, you will find record examples including both transcriptions and translations for birth, marriage, death, household and moving records. Below are links to these tutorials.

Below are references to blogs giving more reading examples of birth, marriage, death, and household records.

Birth Record Examples

Marriage Record Examples

Death Record Example

Household Record Example

Also, we would like to point out a wonderful website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) which is free that includes some wonderful instructional videos including among others “Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy” and several videos showing examples of reading birth records. All examples use ArkivDigital images.

Click here to link to the learning center which lists the instructional videos.

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Tip for searching in the SCB extracts (birth, marriage death)

The Statistiska centralbyrån (Statistics Sweden) or SCB extracts for birth, marriage and death books between 1925 and 1947 are accessible online with ArkivDigital. We have written about these extracts in previous blogs. (See earlier blog).

These SCB extracts are organized by year, county, type of record and parish. In the past, these extracts were not indexed by parish within ArkivDigital, so one was required to browse the volume to locate the desired parish. Now, these volumes are indexed by parish.

For example, we only have original church death records for the parish of Dalhem in Kalmar county up to 1929 as shown in the below image. Thus, in order to see the death record for 1935, we should look at the 1935 SCB death extracts for Dalhem parish.

dalhem volume list

You will find the SCB extracts in the archive with the long name, Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen. The easiest way to find this archive is to go to “New archive search” and enter “SCB” in the search box. See image below.

scb archive search

Each volume specifies which county and year it covers. To identify the county, roll your mouse over the “i” icon and the county name will appear. If nothing else is mentioned, the volume includes birth, marriage and death records for that year. In other cases, there may be an abbreviation specifying the types of records the volume includes. The abbreviations are: “fbu” (birth records), “vbu” (marriage records) and “dbu” (death records).

scb kalmar 1935

Open the volume and select the drop/down image/page list, you will see that parishes are indexed by parish name and type of book:

  • Födda – birth
  • Döda – death
  • Vigda – marriage

scb parish list

You can browse the list or you can filter the list by entering the name of the parish in the filter box.  Select the death book, click enter and go directly to the page.

filter dalhem

Below is the 1935 SCB death extract for Dalhem parish in Kalmar county.

dalhem death

Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen H1AA:2854 (1935) Image 8910 (AID: v808399.b8910, NAD: SE/RA/42040101)

 

 

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Birth, marriage, and death registers for Södertälje and neighboring areas

For all who research in Södertälje and the surrounding areas, we have some good news for you. Twelve parishes from Södertälje and nearby areas have now been added to our name searchable indexes: “Birth index, parts of Södermanland”, “Marriage index, parts of Södermanland” and “Death index, parts of Södermanland”.

The following parishes have been added:

  • Hölö
  • Mörkö
  • Södertälje landsförsamling
  • Södertälje stadsförsamling
  • Taxinge
  • Turinge
  • Tveta
  • Vårdinge
  • Ytterenhörna
  • Ytterjärna
  • Överenhörna
  • Överjärna

linnea image and index

The birth, marriage and death registers that have been added are from the oldest times (1600’s) to the year 1900. The register was created by Södertälje Genealogical Society and with thanks it is publicized based on an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death searchable name register, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The register is only accessible on our web version of our software, which you can find here. https://app.arkivdigital.se/.

Click here to see a complete list of all the parishes that are included in the birth, marriage and death registers for parts of Södermanland.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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