ArkivDigital’s Family Tree’s Features

About eight months ago, we launched ArkivDigital’s family tree where you can save personal information that you find when you search in our indexes and page through the church books and other documents that are in ArkivDigital.

You can search in the index directly from the family tree and even add sources to the tree with a simple mouse click. To have the sources and family tree integrated in the same service makes it easier for you to organize your information and you can quickly check your sources by clicking on a link.

During the past eight months, we have added several new features to the tree. We have worked to improve the user experience for you who build your tree with us. Here we summarize some of the functions and new features that are in the tree.

family tree overview

Different tree views

You can now select between the following five views when you look at your tree and work with it.

  • Family view
  • Ancestor view
  • Descendant view
  • Fan view
  • Map view

SolfjäderFan view in the family tree

Create 10 different family trees

You can create up to 10 different family trees with ArkivDigital. This is very handy if you wish to make a tree for your ancestors and a separate one for your spouse’s ancestors. If you do genealogy research for people other than yourself, you may also wish to create several different family trees to keep the different families apart.

Family Tree’s map function

With the map function, you can get a geographical view over where in Sweden your family lived. The map view shows individual’s life events placed on a map. If necessary, you can move the person to a more precise location on the map, for example to the farm where he / she lived at birth or death. A new function is that you can now also move several events / persons with one move instead of one at a time.

Click here to read more about the map function.

map view

Invite others to look at your tree

You can invite up to 25 persons to view your tree. This makes it easy to show your genealogy research to your family and friends. It is free for those you invite to view the tree; they only need to create a free account with ArkivDigital in order to get access to the tree. The invited persons can only view your tree; they cannot make any changes.

Click here to read more on inviting persons to view your tree.

Search for persons in the tree

When you have many people in the tree, it is nice to be able to search for the person you are looking for. You do this easily in the search box at the top left. Here you can choose whether you want to search for the person’s name or if you want to search for a place/ parish (new!). The search result list shows blood drop symbols for the straight ancestors and descendants.

search tree place


If you wish to print your family tree, you can do it as follows:

  • You can print a pedigree view or save as a JPEG image.
  • The fan view can be printed out or saved as a JPEG image.
  • The family view can be printed as shown on the screen.
  • The map view can be printed out or saved as a JPEG file.

If you have a family tree but no ongoing subscription, you can still view your family tree, but you cannot add, edit, or delete anything in the family tree. Without an ongoing subscription, you can choose to delete the entire family tree or export the information in the tree as a GEDCOM file.

Click here to download the English user guide for the family tree.


New map function in ArkivDigital’s family tree

Now, we are launching a map view in our family tree. With this new function, you can get a geographical overview where in Sweden your family lived. The map view shows the events of family members placed on a map. If you do not already have a family tree with ArkivDigital, you can create a tree manually or import a GEDCOM file from another genealogy program.

You open the new map view by clicking on the symbol in the bottom left in the family tree.


You can also open the map view by clicking on the blue button Map Search and then select People.

people map

The persons will automatically be placed on the map if you have entered information about the parish for birth / marriage / death and other events under the heading Parish/Congregation on the person card. Note that the name of the parish must match the name that appears in the proposal list when entering a parish name. If you have made a GEDCOM import and the imported file contains locations with associated coordinates, they will also appear on the map.


If the information about the parish is not under the correct heading (for example, if you made a GEDCOM import and the information about the parish has instead been placed under the heading Place), you can add the parish under the right heading and then the person in question will appear on the map. Select the correct parish from the proposal list (drop down list) that appears when you begin to enter the parish name.

editing event family tree

The people placed on the map are placed in the parish where the actual event took place. Click on the map marker to see a list of events and people for that particular location.

persons with event lists

You can move the person to a more precise location, such as the farm where the person lived when he / she was born or died. To move a person, first click on the map marker and then the pen to edit that person.

move person on map

When you click the edit pen, the marker for the selected person becomes red and you can then move it to the correct location on the map. When you believe the marker is in the right place, click the green icon to save. You can switch between map view and satellite view to easily find the right place on the map.

moved person on map

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When you look at the event list in the person card, there is now a new icon next to the location of the event. The map icon is green if the event is already placed on the map. You can then click on the icon to open the map view and see the location of the event.

event person card

The map icon is gray with a plus sign if the event is not placed on the map. Click on the icon in order to manually place the event and choose where on the map you wish to place it.

You can also filter the events using the various options shown above the map.

family view last image

 Here is a link to the Family Tree User Manual in English. Family Tree English User Manual


NEW! Fan chart view

A new view has been added to the family tree – a fan chart. This view provides an easy way to see an image of your tree and it is simple to navigate. You can open up a person card to view or add additional information, as well as add new individuals.


The fan chart displays the head person and his/her ancestors for several generations – minus siblings and spouses.


Share your family tree!

There is a new function in the family tree at ArkivDigital. You can now invite up to 25 persons to view your tree. This makes it easy to show your research to your relatives and friends.

To do this:
Open your family tree in ArkivDigital and click on the button, “Settings” at the bottom right corner.

family tree 1

In the dialogue routine you now see, click on “Handle tree invites”.

family tree 2

Then click on “Invite to family tree”.

family tree 3

Write in the email address for the person that you wish to invite to view the tree and click OK.

family tree 4

Repeat the above steps to invite more people. The people you invite will receive an email with instructions on how to view the tree.

Looking at the family tree is completely free for the people you invite; they only need to register with their name and email address at ArkivDigital to access the tree.

The invited people can only look at your family tree, they cannot make any changes to it.

By clicking on “Handle tree invites” (see the second image) you can also see the status of the people you have invited and you can also remove the invitation if you no longer want a person to have access to your family tree.

Click here for Family Tree Frequently Asked Questions.