English book – Explore Your Swedish Heritage

Do you want to learn more about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy? ArkivDigital has 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 tells you how to uncover your Swedish origins and your 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through searching archival sources on the internet—church books, estate inventories, military muster rolls, and other historical documents—how to interpret them and how they can be used in your family research.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.

For more information about the book, click here.

In North America, we have a U.S. distributor and a Canadian distributor.

Click here to purchase the book from our U.S. distributor.

Click here to purchase the book from our Canadian distributor.

If you live in country outside of North America and want to purchase an English edition, please contact our customer service at kundtjanst@arkivdigital.se.

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One of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” in 2021

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ArkivDigital is proud to announce that again we have been selected as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” by Family Tree Magazine. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the top websites where they can make family history research progress, and to honor the individuals and organizations who create those sites.

ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best Scandinavian Genealogy Sites of 2021. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites 2021” by clicking here.

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More than 19 million new posts in the Population of Sweden Index

We have made a major update of the Population of Sweden index which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and also the largest name index in Sweden. This update includes the years 1820-1839 and now the index includes posts for the years 1820-1947. This includes 127 years where you can search for your ancestors and family with a simple search.

This update consisted of 19,396,274 new searchable name entries. After this update, there are now about 152.5 million searchable name posts in the Population of Sweden 1820-1947. A fantastic addition for you who are researchers!

The following information is searchable in the Population of Sweden 1820-1947:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place (parish/county/country)
  • Residence: parish along with the place (village, farm, quarter, etc.)
  • Relation (son, daughter, wife, etc.)

1820 to 1947 index

In earlier times, often only the person’s year of birth is given and the minister omitted the month and day in the household book. If you have difficulty in finding the correct person in the older records, you may want to search only by birth year versus the complete birth date. Sometimes the minister wrote the person’s age instead of the year of birth, which may have been misinterpreted in the indexing. We are working to identify and correct the cases where it occurs. In cases where you can’t find the person, you may want to omit the date or enter a range of years in the search.

The BiS (Population in Sweden) 1820-1947 includes all persons in the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years 1820-1947. The household book (which from around 1895 was called the congregation book) was the most important population register, listing all the residents of a parish. The household books usually cover a period of time ranging from a few years to a couple of decades.

From the index record, there is a link directly to the source or the household/congregation record. When you click on the link, you end up on the page where your ancestor or relative is listed and you can quickly and easily check the information in the index against the information in the original source. In the original source, you can also find additional information, such as moving in and out information, emigration and any special notations that the minister may have noted in the record.

Note that the register itself should never be seen as an original source, but it is a tool that makes it easier for you to find the original source. With so many millions of records, it is also inevitable that some inaccuracies creep in. It is always a balance when an index is considered ready for publication. If we were to wait for each index to be 100% correctly indexed, the index would never be ready for. publication. We prefer to make the register available to our users and then continue the work of correcting any errors.

If you find an error in the index, you can help by correcting the error. Click here to find out how to correct an index record.

In order to open the BiS (Population of Sweden) 1820-1947, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select BIS, Population of Sweden 1820-1947 in the list under index source.

The index was created in partnership with MyHeritage.

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Virtual Presentation – Lesser-known records in ArkivDigital

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the virtual monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society of the Swedish American Museum of Chicago on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

The presentation is titled “Lesser-known Records in ArkivDigital”. While many are familiar with the Swedish church books, there are many additional types of historical records in ArkivDigital. This presentation will point out some of these records such as the seamen house records (similar to merchant marines), prison records, orphanage records, domestic passports and other lesser- known records and how they can help you gain a deeper understanding of your Swedish heritage.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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Learn about the new book, Explore Your Swedish Heritage

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation on the book, Explore Your Swedish Heritage, by Håkan Skogsjö and published by ArkivDigital for the Virtual Quarterly Meeting for the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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ARKIVDIGITAL – YEAR IN REVIEW 2020

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This has been a different year for everyone, even for us at ArkivDigital. However, genealogy is a hobby that one can engage in even in a pandemic. We have continued to work to simplify and improve our services for all of you researching your family history. Following are some of the highlights for the year 2020.

88 million images in the database
During the past year, we published 2 million images of historical documents or 4 million pages of historical records. Due to the Corona pandemic, the publication rate was unfortunately lower than in previous years, as we did not have access to the archives in the same manner as before the pandemic.

Continued development of the family tree
During 2020, we continued to develop ArkivDigital’s family tree and several new functions have been added. Among these is the function, where you can invite up 25 persons to view your tree. There are new views, for example the popular fan view along with a function where you can get an overview where in Sweden your ancestors lived.

Digital presentations in Swedish
When Genealogy Days and other conferences were canceled this year, we have instead invested in holding lectures digitally. We participated in the genealogy conference, Finding Family Together Live, and gave lectures via Zoom during Archive Day. In December, we broke participant records when more than 1,000 people connected to listen to Niklas Hertzman’s lecture on the basics of ArkivDigital. We will continue with lectures online also in 2021.

Digital conferences in English
In October and December, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, hosted two ArkivDigital online workshops. In October, Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital and Geoffrey Morris from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City gave a day-long workshop on the Swedish church books. In December, Kathy Meade gave presentations on estate inventories and Swedish military research.

ArkivDigital one of the best 101 best family history sites in 2020
During 2020, Family Tree Magazine again named ArkivDigital as one of the 101 best web sites for genealogy. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading family history magazine which inspires their readers to discover and preserve their family history.

Updating of the estate inventory index
During the fall, we updated our estate inventory index with searchable posts for estate inventories from Södermanland, Gävleborg, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Uppsala, VVasterbotten and Västernorrland counties. This index now includes a total of 1,864,795 searchable name posts.

RootsTech
At the end of February 2020, we were at RootsTech in Salt Lake City in the United States. RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in North America and we will again participate in RootsTech Live 2021 virtual conference.

Additions to the birth, marriage and death indexes
During 2020, we have made many updates to our birth, marriage and death indexes. There are now 10.1 million searchable name entries in the three indexes. This is an increase of 6.3 million from the previous year. We have received several indexes thanks to partnerships with genealogical societies and private individuals. We would like more partnerships, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have an index you would like to share.

Many million new posts in BiS (Population of Sweden)
In the beginning of the year, we updated the index, BiS (Population of Sweden) which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and even the largest name index in Sweden. We added about 21 million searchable name posts for the year 1840-1859 and there are now more than 133 million posts in the index.

Land registration index for the Northern Gotland district archive
In February, we published a land registration index for Northern Gotland’s district archive. The index covers the years 1800-1870 and is searchable by farm name, parish and year. The index includes about 35,000 posts.

Engelholm’s farm archive
During the year, we have digitalized Engelholm’s farm archive. The farm archive comes from the Engelholm manor which is a property located in the St. Anna archipelago in Östergötland. The material consists of 41 volumes including land records, account books, journals, settlement books, poor accounts, farm accounts and much more.

Military rolls (1620-1723) completed in 2020
The Rullor 1620-1723 are earlier military records to the general muster rolls and contain about 550,000 images and about 1800 volumes. During the past year, we completed the photographing of this material from the War Archives and it is now available in our archive.

Material from Riddarhuset (House of Nobility)
During 2020 we have also photographed some interesting material from The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset). If you have some nobility among your ancestors, you may find it rewarding to search within this collection

Updating of Index – Mantals tax records
We have also updated our table of contents or Quick find index to the mantals tax records. The newly photographed tax register volumes are from Blekinge, Halland and Skåne which are searchable in the Quick find: mantals tax records index. There are now approximately 444,000 posts in this Quick Find index.

A big warm thanks to all our customers for a fantastic 2020, now we look forward to an exciting 2021! Happy New Year!

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Research free this weekend with ArkivDigital!

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From now and up through November 15, you can research for free with ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to find information about your ancestors and family and discover more about your unique family history.

You can browse for free nearly 88 million newly photographed color images from the church books and other historical documents as well as search by name among 188 million names that are in our indexes.

Try building you own family tree with ArkivDigital. In the family tree, you can the save the persons and information that you find during the free days.

If you have never used ArkivDigital, this is a perfect time to discover all the exciting material we have in our indexes and archive.

If you have been a customer with ArkivDigital earlier but have not used the service in a while, you can take this opportunity to explore the new material that has been added in the recent months. Maybe you can add new material to your family research.

Click here for more information.

The offering to research free goes from now and up to Sunday, November 15 (Swedish midnight).

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

You can watch Kathy Meade’s recent presentation “Explore your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital” that was given to the Swedish American Genealogy Group’s virtual research event. We have uploaded the recording to ArkivDigital’s YouTube Channel. The video covers topics such as archive search, index search, Swedish estates and farms, update about Swedish American churches and more.

Click here to view.

Click here to download the presentation handout.

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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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One of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” in 2020

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ArkivDigital is proud to announce that again we have been selected as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” by Family Tree Magazine. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the top websites where they can make family history research progress, and to honor the individuals and organizations who create those sites.

ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best Scandinavian Genealogy Sites of 2020. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites 2020” by clicking here.

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NEW – Engelholms gårdsarkiv (farm archive)

ArkivDigital has recently digitized the Engelholm gårdsarkiv (farm archive). The farm archive comes from the Engelholm manor which is a property located in the St. Anna archipelago in Östergötland. Engelholm’s long history begins in the year 1614 when the property was named, Ändö. In 1660, the manor’s name was changed to Engelholm and in 1719 Jacob Spens became the owner of the manor. The Engelholm estate remained in the Spens family up until 2019. You can read more about the estate in in PDF which you find by clicking here. (In Swedish)

engelholm land recordAn example of a record from Engelholms gårdsarkiv in ArkivDigital

The digitized material within ArkivDigital consists of 41 volumes. These volumes include among others: land records, account books, journals, settlement books, poor accounts, farm accounts and much more.

Here you will also find the personal archives for the owners: Jakob Spens, Axel Spens, Gabriel Spens, Fredrik Spens, Carl Gabriel Spens, Carl Axel Spens and Valter Spens. This is a rich gold mine for you who are interested in Engelholm and the Spens family history.

engelholm family treeThe owners of Engleholm are marked by the blue circles. The family tree is from the writing  ”Fideikommissarierna till Engelholm” by Erik Spens.

Earlier, we have also digitized documents from the Höja Säteri (Manor), which was also had been owned by the Spens family and which once also was part of the Engelholm property.

You can find Engelholm’s gårdsarkiv by logging into app.arkivdigital.se, clicking Archive search and then entering Engelholm in the search field under archive holder. If you would rather find the documents for the Höja manor, enter Höja in the search field instead.

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