Gammalsvenskby’s church books now available in ArkivDigital

Gammalsvenskbys kyrkoböckeGammalsvenskby (Ukraina) (Ut) 8 (1920-1921) Image 160 / page 64 (AID: v99903.b160.s64, NAD: SE/ViLA/23094) Link.

In the Baltic Sea, west of Estonia’s mainland is the island of Dagö. There was a Swedish speaking peasant settlement on Dagö that was believed to have been founded in the 1200’s. Other Swedish settlements existed along Estonia’s coast and nearby islands. Dagö belonged to Sweden from 1563 to 1721 and was an important Swedish territory in Estonia.

Under the Treaty of Nystad in 1721, Dagö was ceded to Russia. In 1781, the Russian Empress Catherine II forced the resettlement of about 1,000 Dagö-Swedes to Ukraine. Many died during the long march but those who survived founded the community of Gammalsvenskby.

Despite nearly no contact with Sweden, the population of Gammalsvenskby preserved their traditions and Lutheran faith. They even retained the old “östsvenska” dialect. Towards the end of the 1800’s some contact with Sweden was restored and in 1885 a new Swedish church opened.

After the Russian Revolution in 1917 and a devastating famine, many Swedish colonists requested to leave the Soviet Union and return to Sweden. In 1929, 881 villagers arrived in Sweden; only a few chose to remain in Ukraine. Most of the returnees settled in Gotland.

Along with the returnees came the Gammalsvenskby’s church books. Pastor Kristofer Hoas was responsible for seeing  that these books were sent to Sweden. Up until his death in 1941, Pastor Hoas continued to send the church books to Sweden. In 1947, the archive was transferred to the county archives (today’s regional archive) in Visby, where we have recently photographed the documents.

You can find the Gammalsvenskby’s church books in ArkivDigital by entering Gammalsvenskby in the search box.

Read the original blog entry in Swedish.

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Swedish congregations in Oslo and Berlin

Berlin ParishSvenska Victoriaförsamlingen i Berlin OI:3 (1926-1941) Image 4510 (AID: v793345.b4510, NAD: AD/BERLIN/0001) Link.

We have previously posted blogs about the Swedish congregations in Copenhagen and Paris: Svenska Gustafskrykan in Copenhagen and Svenska Sofiaförsamlingen in ParisWe also have records for Swedish congregations in other countries, namely Svenska Victoriaförsamlingen in Berlin, Germany, along with Svenska Margaretaförsamlingen in Oslo, Norway.

Both congregations were established in the beginning of the 1900’s. The birth books for the Oslo congregation begin in 1911 and the marriage and death books begin in 1912. In Berlin, the birth books begin in 1902 and the marriage and death books begin in 1903. For Berlin, there are also congregation books along with moving in and out registers which are missing for Oslo.

In addition to the common record types, we have photographed other types of documents for both the Berlin and Oslo congregations. An example of one is the Svenska Victoriaförsamlingen in Berlin OI: 3 volume which contains documents about church taxes from 1926 to 1941. Among the documents included are letters from church members who believe they do not have to pay a tax. The image above shows a letter from a woman who married a German man and thereby became a German citizen. Since she was required to pay a German church tax, she wrote that she no longer wanted to pay taxes to Victoriaförsamlingen.

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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7 million images have been added during 2015!

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Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar)
During the year, our major project to photograph all of Sweden’s estate inventories for the period 1901-1960, continued. We have added many estate inventories for various years in different counties.  You can read a status update of our estate inventory project in this blog entry.

Court Records
We have now completed projects for photographing the prison lists for all of Sweden from the Office of the Chancellor of Justice and also the Supreme Court protocols. The prison lists from the Office of Chancellor of Justice are available for the period 1750-1825 and the Supreme Court protocols are available for the period 1694-1800.

Documents concerning World War II
A number of records concerning Sweden during the Second World War had been added:

  • Spy and espionage documents from “Stockholms rådhusrätt 1850-1947, Avdelning 5, Avdelningen för spionmål”.
  • Air crashes from ”Flygstaben: Centralexpeditionen”.
  • Beredskapsverket” which consists of the Swedish military defense readiness official military history work. The main material is found in “Beredskapsverket, Avdelning 1”. In “Beredskapsverket, Avdelning 13”, are documents concerning the operations Save Denmark (Rädda Danmark) and Save Norway (Rädda Norge).
  • Documents from the C-byrån, which covered secret intelligence outside Sweden’s borders.

Older military records
Military pension documents from several archives have been added, which we have described in two blogs:

Before the general muster rolls began in the 1680’s, the collection “Rullor 1620-1723” was the primary source for military research. During 2015, we have added the volumes for the years 1620-1647 to ArkivDigital’s online archive.

Records outside of Sweden
The biggest project outside of Sweden during the year was the photographing of the Swedish American congregation church books in Kansas. Most of the volumes are now online but it won’t be until the beginning of next year before the project is complete. An overview of the Kansas collection is found in this blog entry.

During the spring, church books from several Swedish congregations outside of Sweden became available in ArkivDigital.

Concerning other records outside of Sweden, we want to also mention that we have begun to add documents from the seamen homes in Åland,Finland: Mariehamn seaman house and Vårdö seaman house. This project will be completed in the beginning of 2016.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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Swedish moving out certificate (flyttningsbevis) photographed in Kansas

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Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA Vol:13 (0-9999) Image 510 (AID: v812494a.b510) Link.

On September 29, we published a blog stating that we have begun adding the church books from the Swedish American congregations in Kansas, USA (link to the blog) to ArkivDigital’s online library. Since then we have added more records and more will be added in the coming weeks.

Prior to our photographing trip to Kansas, we had expected to find Swedish American congregation documents created within Kansas. But we were surprised to find moving out records (flyttningsbevis) from  parish churches in Sweden preserved in the church archives.

In the image above, we see the moving our certificate for the widow, Anna Åkersten, issued to her when she departed from Hamrånge parish in Gävleborg county on the 21st of August 1879.  If she had moved to another parish in Sweden, she would have taken this certificate to the new parish in Sweden and given it to the minister. In this case, she gave it to the minster in her new home congregation in North America, Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kansas.  Not all Swedish American churches collected these documents but some did and preserved them.

You can find the Kansas church books in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Go to search archive
  • Select advanced options
  • Select the county archive
  • Select the archive “Kansas (USA)”

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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Swedish Parish Records in London

Ulrika Eleonora Congregation in London, England, was established in 1710 and is one of the earliest Swedish international parishes. The church books for Ulrika Eleonora are available in ArkivDigital’s online library.

The types of records available include: household records beginning in the year 1834, birth and baptismal records beginning in 1724, marriage records beginning in 1730 and death records beginning in 1724.  Plus, many other types of records are available.

londonUlrika Eleonora församling (London) FI:1 (1798-1895) Image 240 (AID: v787772.b240, NAD: AD/LONDON/0001) Link.

Above is an image of the death record for a seaman, Niklas Westerberg, in 1817. If you browse through the death books, you will notice many records for seamen.  Below is a transcription and translation of the death notice.

Transcription
“Niklas Westerberg, Sjöman, född i Visby på Gotland dog af feber på London-Hospital den 20 Aug. samt begrofs på Hospitalet begrafningsgrund. Han var omkring 36 år gammal, samt gift här i landet.

Translation
Nilkas Westerberg, a seaman, born in Visby in Gotland county died from a fever at the London Hospital on the 20th of August and was buried in the Hospital’s burial ground. He was approximately 36 years old and was married in this country.

You can search for these parish records by entering “Ulrika Eleonora” in the search box in ArkivDigital.

Do you have an ancestor who moved to London or was a seaman?  Look in these records and you may make some exciting discoveries.

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Swedish Parish Records in Copenhagen

The church books for Svenska Gustafskrykan (Gustaf church) in Copenhagen are now available on ArkivDigital. We have photographed congregation books, migration records as well as birth, marriage and death books and other types of documents.

The Swedish Church’s activities in Copenhagen began in 1901. Religious services in the beginning were held in the Garrison Church (Garnisonskirken) but there were a large number of Swedes in Copenhagen and they soon needed a church of their own.

The foundation stone for the church was laid in 1908. The new church was consecrated in 1911 and named after King Gustaf V.

Svenska Gustafskrykan has long been a popular place for weddings. Many Swedish couples who were not residents of Copenhagen married in this church. This event is recorded in the parish banns and marriage books and the attachments which are extensive. The image below shows a banns certificate (lysningsbevis) for the couple, Hugo Valfrid Belvig from St. Petri’s parish in Malmö in Malmöhus county and Marine Linnéa Hagström from Nödinge parish in Älvsborg county.

copenhage lysningsbevisSvenska Gustafskyrkan i Köpenhamn HV:10 (1934-1936) Image 30 / page 1 (AID: v793477.b30.s1, NAD: AD/KÖPENHAMN/0001) Link.

You can also see the recording of the banns and marriage in the bride’s parish, Nödinge, at the following reference:
Nödinge E:3 (1926-1939) Image 280 (AID: v199869.b280, NAD: SE/GLA/13415) Link.

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Swedish Parish Records in Paris now on ArkivDigital

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Svenska Sofiaförsamlingen i Paris AV:1 (0-9999) Image 40 (AID: v793349.b40, NAD: AD/PARIS/0001)

Sweden’s oldest international parish, Svenska Sofiaförsamlingen, is in Paris, France. The Swedish church presence in Paris dates back to 1626, when Professor Jonas Hambraeus at the Paris Academy began to gather Swedish and German Lutherans for worship services. The parish services were both in Swedish and German. On Sunday, worship services were usually held first in Swedish and then in German. Knowing this, it is easy to understand why the oldest books in the church’s archive are written in German as the above image out of one of the books from the 1600’s shows.

The Swedish parish in Paris existed from the end of the 1600’s to 1806 as an embassy church. The parish did not have a permanent location for services and moved around between the diplomatic envoys’ different residences. At the time of Napoleon Bonaparte’s crowning in 1806, the parish minister received an order to leave the country. For the years up to 1806, there are three volumes available on ArkivDigital: 2 parish registers (församlingsregister) volumes AV: 1-2 (written in German) and a marriage book for the years, 1764-1806. A large portion of the marriage book is written in French.

In the autumn of 1858, the embassy preacher Thor Frithiof Grafström was sent to Paris. At the time, there was the Union between Sweden and Norway and Grafström’s commission was to establish a Swedish-Norwegian parish. The volume, Svenska Sofiaförsamlingen i Paris AI:1, includes various types of documents from the Swedish-Norwegian parish in Paris during the years 1859-1863.

During the period 1863-1877, there was no Swedish priest in Paris. Since 1877 when Emil Flygare became the minister in Paris, the Swedish church presence in Paris has continued without interruption. The parish received its current name in 1878 when the first church, Sofiakapellet, was consecrated and named after the Swedish queen, Sofia of Nassau. The current Swedish parish church, Sofiakyrkan, was consecrated in 1913.

Most of the volumes for the Sofia parish in Paris are after 1877. These volumes include household examination/congregation books, migration records, birth, marriage and death books along with many other types of documents.

Read the original article published in Swedish.

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New records in ArkivDigital

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During March, many new exciting records were added to ArkivDigital’s online library. Below is a summary of the new additions.

We continue to focus on photographing the estate inventories (bouppteckningarna) for the period from 1901 to 1940. Below is a summary of what was completed during March:

  1. Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland counties: All estate inventories for the period 1901-1910 are now available and photographing is in progress for the period 1911-1920.
  2. Gävleborg, Norrbotten, Värmland, Västerbotten and Västernorrland counties: Photographing is complete for the period 1901-1920 and photographing is in progress for the years, 1921-1930.
  3. Malmöhus och Kristianstad counties:  Photographing is complete for the years 1901-1930.
  4. Blekinge och Halland counties: Photographing is in progress for the years 1931-1940.

For those interested in Sweden during World War II, we want to mention that we are currently photographing Beredskapsverket, Avdelning 1 (Defense Readiness Agency, Section 1). This is an official military history collection describing the military defense readiness program for the years 1939-1945.  Work began on these volumes in 1941 but was not completed until after the war. In a future blog, we will present more detailed information about these records.

During March, we have added documents from the Swedish parishes in Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin and Paris. In a future blog we will post more information about these records.

In addition, the church accounts for Jämtland county from earliest times to the year 1800 along with The Public Orphanage of Stockholm’s (Allmänna barnhusets) orphanage rolls from earliest times to the year 1880 were added to the online archive in March.

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