September Events in North America

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During September, we will be exhibiting and giving presentations about ArkivDigital at GenealogyKC 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Nordic Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and at FinnFest USA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also be traveling with Swedish genealogists from Sweden for the SwedGen Tour 2017 with stops in Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois during September and Lindsborg, Kansas in October.

GenealogyKC 2017 – Kansas City, Missouri
GenealogyKC 2017 is a conference for those interested in family history and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on September 8-9th. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy on both days of the conference. Click here for program and registration information.

Nordic Family History Conference – Salt Lake City, Utah and Webinar
On Tuesday, September 12, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving three presentations on ArkivDigital at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as part of the week long Nordic Family History Conference. There will be 120 seats available onsite and 500 spots for webinar attendees. In person and webinar attendance is free, but you must register.  Click here for program and registration information.

FinnFest USA – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation about ArkivDigital at the Finland 100 Genealogy Forum on Thursday, September 21st at FinnFest USA at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More Information.

SwedGen 2017
Swedish genealogists from Sweden along with Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be leading one-day Swedish genealogy workshops in Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd, Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th and a 2-day workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7-8. There will be lectures on records on ArkivDigital, Swedish emigration and culture, historical maps and other Swedish genealogy topics along with opportunities for individual consultations. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd.

Click here for program and registration information for Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th.

Click here for program and registration information for Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7th and 8th.

More information about SwedGen 2017.

Visit our event calendar to see events in North America.

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Now, we begin to add aerial photographs!

At the beginning of the year we announced that ArkivDigital had acquired several million aerial photographs from Svenska-Aero Bilder. Click here to see the earlier blog. During the half year since then, boxes and boxes with maps, negatives and paper copies have been transported to our office in Lyrestad. Once in place, scanners, digital cameras and computers have been working at full speed. We are far from being complete, but we want to show you a little of what we have done.

In order to view the aerial photo collection, one must have an All-in-one subscription and access the service by using the web version of our program software.

First, we want to say it is not easy to find the right picture. You must understand the layout, abbreviation and codes. In addition, not all the photos have yet been scanned and thus are not yet available. So, with these reservations, we will try to explain the steps for finding the correct image.

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In this example, we will search for an aerial photo from the small village, Dalstuda, which lies in Rättviks parish in Koppparberg county in Dalarna province.

First, we go to archive search and select the archive type, Flygbilder, and then we see what is available. Note – that we are continually adding new material.

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Search for “Flygkartor Kopparbergs län” and then select a volume. Each company has photographed their own maps. In this case, we will select SAB:1 (Svenska Aero Bilder).

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The different navigational flight routes are on the overview maps. Locate the map that covers the region or area you are searching for.

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Enlarge (zoom in) the image to see the code number.

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We have now discovered that this is image series E6952 which we shall now search for in the Svensk Aerobilders volume. Select Svenska Aero Bilder Råkopier E:XXXX (SAB). The beginning letter in the image series in this case is E.

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We are now coming close. In the long list, we will find the image series E:6952 and we open the volume by double clicking the volume.

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Now the image series is open and you can page through it in order to look at the images for that flight route. There can be a few images or as many up to a hundred photos. Unfortunately, today there is not a better description of which houses and farms have been photographed.

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Remember to also look at the back of the card (image after photo), there may be some information about who ordered the image. There may be some information noting that one wants the photo trimmed.

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ON BACKSIDE

In conjunction with the flight route notations on a map, logs were also created, named tagningsrapporter or filming reports.

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Today, we are asking for your assistance, even before we have built a proper support system for marking the individual houses and farms on a map.

There is no more detailed information than a number on an image series and an approximate route where the helicopter/airplane has flown when taking the photos for that series. The individual houses are not named. You who have lived or grown up in one place have the detailed knowledge about these houses or farms and if you want to help us identify them, we and other curious users will be very thankful.

When you find a house or farm and you know where it is located, do the following:

  1. Open your email application and send a mail to flygfoto@arkivdigital.se.
  2. In the mail, note the AID and the coordinates for the house or farm.
  3. Send the mail.

Find AID
AID is our identification to an image. This number can be obtained in different ways, e.g. by copying what is in the field or Copy Source Identifier which is circled in red in the image below. Once you have copied the number to your computer’s memory, paste it into your mail by going to the mail message and pressing Ctrl + v or right click with the mouse and in the menu which appears, select, Paste.

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Find the coordinates
An easy way to find the coordinates is to use Google Maps: https://www.google.se.

  1. Enter the location if you know the address or nearest city in the search bar in the upper left corner. If there are multiple places with the same name, select the one that is correct.
  2. The map is now zooming in and you get a mark on the center of the site. If it’s a village or a city, usually the center is highlighted.
  3. Zoom in further by using the mouse wheel or +/- down in the right-hand corner of the map.
  4. You can move around by holding down the left side of the mouse and dragging the image.
  5. You can either view a map or a satellite image. Click on “Satellite” at the bottom left to switch to satellite view.
  6. Click on the house or farm in the Google satellite map that is the same as the image in ArkivDigital and an image will appear below with the coordinates for the place.
  7. Copy this information (right click and select copy) and paste this into the mail message that you send us.

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You mail the following information to us:

AID number of the image –  e.g. v862785.b31
Address coordinates –  e.g. 56.841445, 13. 927757

We will save this information so that we can use it in the future. Thank you for your help.

We are aware that it is quite difficult to search for the right image, but this is a beginning and we hope that together we will enhance the product so that one can easily find the correct photo. We will be writing more blogs in the future about these aerial photos and the collection development.

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Swedish Genealogy Workshops in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas

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The SwedGen Tour, a group of genealogists from Sweden who have made annual trips to North America for the sole purpose of helping Swedish Americans learn more about their Swedish heritage and discover their Swedish roots, will visit Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois and Lindsborg, Kansas this year. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also travel with the group and give presentations on ArkivDigital.

Madison, Wisconsin – Saturday, September 23, 2017
The first SwedGen 2017 event will be sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 23rd. This event will include Swedish genealogy and ArkivDigital presentations. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to have a one-on-one genealogy session with one of the Swedish genealogists. For program details and registration, click here.

If you wish an appointment with one of the Swedish genealogists in Madison, submit your request by clicking here. One-on-one appointments are only available to registered conference attendees.

Rock Island, Illinois – Saturday, September 30, 2017
The second SwedGen 2017 event will be sponsored by the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois on Saturday, September 30th. This will be a repeat of the program given in Madison. Also, a number of registered participants will have an opportunity for a private research session with one of the Swedish genealogists. For program details and registration, click here.

If you wish an appointment with one of the Swedish genealogists in Rock Island, submit your request by clicking here. One-on-one appointments are only available to registered conference attendees.

Lindsborg, Kansas – October 7-8, 2017
The final SwedGen 2017 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on October 7-8.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures for both the beginner and advanced researcher given by both Swedish and American experts over two days. Participants will be offered half day sessions in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. For program and registration details, click here.

To order online for Lindsborg event, click here.

More information about SwedGen Tour 2017.

Visit our event calendar.

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August Events in North America

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ArkivDigital will be at the following locations in August: Swedish American Museum of Chicago and at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Swedish American Museum
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society at the Swedish American Museum on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Chicago, Il.

The title of the presentation is: “What is new in ArkivDigital?”  Click here for more information and reservations.

Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2017
We will be an exhibitor at the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 30 to September 2rd. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a demonstration of ArkivDigital in the Exhibit Hall Learning Center on Thursday, August 31 at 2 PM.

If you plan to attend the conference, please attend the ArkivDigital demonstration to learn what is new in ArkivDigital.  Please visit our booth #227 for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research. To learn more about the conference, click here.

To keep current about our events in North America, visit our event calendar.

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Advanced Searching

Name searching features have been available for the Population of Sweden 1950 and 1960 as well as the Population of Sweden 1888-1920 registers for some time. You can enter the information you know such as a name, birth date, residence in the search box and the search will check all index records for these search terms. You will then see a result list of matches which you can review.

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Now, we are introducing advanced searching features for the various registers. The advanced searching features are now available for the following registers: Population of Sweden 1950, Population of Sweden 1960 and the Population of Sweden 1880-1920.

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To use the new advanced search options, press + on the right-hand side for each selection. You must open at least one of the search selections in order to use the advanced searching.  If you wish to search only with entries in the search box, keep the search selections closed.

Advanced search – Name

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Here you can search by first name, last name, gender or a combination of these fields.

Advanced search – Birth

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Here you can search by birth date or make a selection between years (for example births between 1865 and 1870). Notice the entry format for the date (Birth date – YYYY-MM-DD). One can also search by birth parish, birth county or birth country (if the birth country is not Sweden).

Advanced Search – Census (called Location in Sweden Population of 1880-1920)

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Here you search on information based on where the person lived at that time. For example, in the 1950 Census, where the person lived in 1950. In the example shown above, we are searching for a person who lived at the end of 1950 on a street beginning with Kristina in the Ljungby parish.

Advanced Search – Household

This search possibility is one of the most exciting and usable.  Here one can combine information about persons living together in a family in order to find matches in cases where one does not have a lot of information about the family. One can include multiple persons in the household in the search by clicking “Add person”. In the example, one searches for Bengt Nilsson born in 1821 (Bengt Nilsson 1821 is entered in the search box at the top). Then we click on “Household” and enter Emilia in the first name field. Thus, we are searching for a Bengt Nilsson born in 1821 with an Emilia living in the same household. Three matches appear in the result list and all listings are for the same family.

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Click further and look at the congregation book to confirm the information in the search results.

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Special Note
When you use the new advanced search features, it is the same as other searches. It is better to enter less information first and then enter more information to narrow down the number of matches.

The advanced search function is only available in ArkivDigital’s web version. If you still have not tested the web version, you can start the program at the following link: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

The web version runs in your browser and functions best with the web browser, Google Chrome. If you do not have access to Chrome, you can install it from the following link:
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html

In future blogs, we will share additional tips on how one can use the advanced search features.

Read original article in Swedish.

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70 Million Images!

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ArkivDigital has reached another milestone: 70 million newly photographed color images of old books and other historical documents are now available in our online digital archive. Since most images include two pages, this means that we now have nearly 140 million photographed pages available for historical research.

Approximately 600,000 new images are added each month and we are now focused on our next milestone, 80 million images. We are hoping to reach this goal in about eighteen months.

ArkivDigital’s image 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

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Swedish American Church Book Photographing Project begins in Nebraska

Warren Johnson and Sven HennigPhotographing Swedish-American church books in Omaha, Nebraska

We are happy to announce that we are beginning to photograph the Swedish American church books in Nebraska. This is our third project in the United States. There are approximately one hundred Scandinavian American churches located across the state of Nebraska.

Photographing began on June 22nd at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and filming will continue into the fall of 2017.  An ArkivDigital employee, Sven, is traveling the state visiting churches and copying these historic records. Assisting him with the church visits are three project directors:  Warren E. Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska, Tina Larson with the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska, and Sandra Slater with the Holdrege Area Genealogy Club at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Most of the Nebraska records will be published this fall. Currently, some records for the Aurora Covenant Church in Aurora, Nebraska are available online.  You can find these records by doing the following:

  • Select archive search in ArkivDigital
  • Select county
  • Select Nebraska

Below are links to previous blogs about Swedish-American church records in Kansas and Minnesota.

Swedish American Church Books in Kansas
Swedish American Church Books in Minnesota

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ArkivDigital continues to grow!

Annual report

ArkivDigital recently published the annual company report which shows that 2016 was another great year.

Net sales increased by 18 percent to nearly 29 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 5.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of nearly 3 million compared with the previous year. More than 8 million new images were added to the online database, this is a record high for the company, as well more than 50 million name register entries. The number of subscribers is nearly 26,000.

These strong financial numbers make it possible for the company to enter new ventures. In 2016, the company acquired several million aerial photos primarily of houses and farm from all over Sweden, most taken from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 2000’s.

Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director of ArkivDigital, writes in the annual report, “It is a wonderful feeling and means so much to make these fascinating photo collections available to many today and at the same preserve them for future generations. I am convinced our customers will share the same feelings. But the material will take some time to digitize so it will take some time before all the images are available in a high-quality format in our online service.”

The company is focused on further improving ArkivDigital, Mikael Karlsson presented a summary of the priorities:

  • Continue digitizing archival documents.
  • Digitizing other types of records, such as older photographs.
  • More name registers, example increase the Population of Sweden 1880-1920 to include 1860 to 1930.
  • Indexes that make searches in the documents easier.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to facilitate the research, especially for beginners.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on the 19th of May at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Swedish American Church Book Photographing Project in Minnesota Begins

Many Swedes who immigrated to the United States settled in Minnesota. Thus, we are excited to announce that we have begun to photograph Swedish American church books from congregations in Minnesota. Our first stop was in Dalbo, Minnesota, where we have been able to photograph records from several Minnesota congregations. None of these volumes are yet available online, but we will be soon adding these records.

minnesota filming projectAnna Björkman and Janet Carlson in  Dalbo, Minnesota.

Photographing the church books in Minnesota is our second United States project. In 2015, we photographed over 1,100 church books from Kansas. We have posted a number of blogs about the Swedish American church books in Kansas. Below are links to a few of these blogs.

Swedish American Church Books from Kansas (Link)
Overview of the Swedish American Church Books in Kansas (Link)
Search for a parish of origin in the Swedish American church books (Link)
Biographical sketch in the Swedish American church books (Link)

Read the announcement in the Swedish blog.

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Genealogy Trip to Sweden

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Do your Swedish ancestors come from Skaraborg county or the surrounding region? If so, you may wish to take this opportunity to participate in a customized genealogy trip to Sweden.

The Skaraborg municipality federation along with the municipalities of Skara, Falköping and Tidaholm are sponsoring a wonderful genealogy trip where you can see and discover more about your ancestor’s life in Sweden. The dates for the tour have not yet been finalized but the plans are for a 7 to 10 day visit between August 26 and September 10, 2017.

The exclusive travel package includes:

  • Customized travel itinerary and your own genealogist.
  • 7 to 10 days between August 26 and September 10, 2017.
  • Travel itinerary includes two days in Stockholm and 3 to 5 days in the county of Skaraborg.
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites.
  • Trip is limited to 16 persons, first come first serve. Lindstrom Travel (Rockford, Il) will handle the bookings.
  • Approximate cost is $4000 including roundtrip airfare between Chicago O’Hare and Stockholm, Sweden, housing and transportation in Sweden and the costs for your genealogy researcher.

Genealogists specializing in the Skaraborg area have been identified to work with the trip participants in helping them discovering more about their family roots. Communication between the genealogist and the trip participant will begin prior to the trip.

If you are interested, please respond your interest to Linnea Bengtsson, International Business Developer for the County of Skaraborg at linnea.bengtsson@lidkoping.se or call her at the Rockford, Illinois number: 815 985 3895. Linnea is stationed in Rockford.

Click here for more information about the Lidköping, Skaraborg & Rockford, Madison Industrial Partnership.

About Skaraborg
The County of Skaraborg is situated between the two great lakes Vänern and Vättern with good travel connections to Stockholm and Gothenburg. The municipalities within the County of Skaraborg are: Essunga, Falköping, Grästorp, Gullspång, Götene, Hjo, Karlsborg, Lidköping, Mariestad, Skara, Skövde, Tibro, Tidaholm, Töreboda and Vara.

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