September 2019 Events in North America

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During September, ArkivDigital will be visiting Colorado, Illinois and Kansas. There will be presentations about ArkivDigital at all three events.

Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Kathy Meade will be the presenter at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado’s monthly meeting on Saturday, September 7th in Denver, Colorado.

The title of the presentation is “What’s New in ArkivDigital””. The presentation will focus on new indexes and archives added in the last two years within ArkivDigital. The presentation will be at the Denver Public Library. If you happen to be in the Denver area, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the rich resources within ArkivDigital.

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Des Plaines, Illinois Public Library
Kathy Meade will give a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital at the Des Plaines Public library in Des Plaines, Illinois on Monday, September 16th. Come and learn about the vast number of records in ArkivDigital and how to access the service which is available at the library.

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Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas
Attend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA” on September 28-29 in Lindsborg Kansas. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

Discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small-town charm.

Click here for program information.

Click here to register.

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August 2019 North American Events

August 2019

Learn more about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy at two library events in the Chicago area.

Elgin Genealogical Society
Kathy Meade will give a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital at the Elgin’s Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 6th. The meeting will be held at the Gordon Public Library in Elgin, Illinois. Come and learn about the vast number of records in ArkivDigital and how to access the service which is available at the library.
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ArkivDigital and Swedish Genealogy Assistance at the Library
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will provide a free 30-minute consultation answering your ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy questions on Wednesday, August 14 at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Click here to sign up for an appointment.

Visit our North American Event Calendar.

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Swedish American Church Book Status Update

Today, we will give an update of the status of the Swedish-American church books that are available in ArkivDigital. Most of the new books are for churches in Iowa and a few more in Minnesota.

We have church books for the following states:

  • Iowa – 82 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 113 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota – 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

swedesburg church       The first Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church that was built in 1868 and destroyed by fire in 1883.

To search for Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital, do the following:

  • Select Archive search.
  • Select country – United States
  • Then select desired state (for example – Iowa). Then a list of congregations for that state will appear.
  • Select the congregation that you desire.

search for iowa church books

Click here for more information about Swedish-American church book records.

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Find the correct tax register with our new index!

When the household records and other church books are missing, the tax registers (mantalslängder) become an important source for researchers. To easily find the correct tax register for a particular parish for a certain year has often been up until now a challenge. Since there were three copies of the tax registers, there have been three places to search for these records:

  • Mantalslängder 1642-1820 found in the chamber archive (English version)
  • In the respective county archive along with the respective district court (for parishes in rural areas) or the city courts.
  • kronokamrers, crown treasurer (kronokassörs), census office (mantalskontors), taxation authority (uppbördsverks) or kommunalborgmästares archive (for parishes in the city)

Once the desired volume was found, it was necessary to locate the records for the desired parish, not always the easiest task especially when there is no parish register.

The new index, Table of content censuses, searching for the tax register makes this much easier.

  • Select Index search.
  • Under index source, select Table of content censuses.
  • Enter the desired parish name and year and click search.
  • Click open image for the desired entry in the result list and the first page of the tax register appears.

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On February 20, 1904, a fire at the vicarage in Kville destroyed large parts of the church archive. In order to facilitate the research, ArkivDigital has photographed the tax registers for Kville together with the annex parishes even after 1820 (which is usually the end year that we photograph tax registers). In the image above, you see the results list when one searches for the parish Kville for the selected years 1845-1859.

The Table of content censuses consists of nearly 440,000 index entries collected from approximately 9,200 volumes. In order to access the Table of content censuses, one must have an All-in-one subscription.

Additional Table of Content Censuses Search Tips

  • The county information refers to the county that the parish belonged to in the mid 1900’s, Historically, the parish may have belonged to a different county than what is today.
  • The tax registers were usually taken by parish and by city respectively. This also applies in cities with several parishes. Thus, if you are interested in tax register from Jönköping, search for “Jönköpings stad” versus Jönköpings Sofia or Jönköpings Kristina. Stockholm city is however an exception from the rule. Some tax registers were taken for the whole city and while others by parish. There search for both the city of Stockholm and the name of the parish in question. For Göteborg the tax registers ae organized by parish from 1833 forward but for previous years search for the city of Göteborg.
  • Sometimes there were separate tax registers for market towns (köpingar), municipalities along with mills, mines and similar institutions. If there is a separate tax register for a mill for example, distinct from the regular parish tax register, we have created a separate index entry which includes both the parish and the mill’s name (brukets namn) for example “Njutånger: Iggesunds bruk”. If the mill is included as part of the parish’s tax register, there is usually no separate index for the mill.

Click here to see original entry about tax register search tips in Swedish.

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Name Index for Boatman Rolls (Båtsmansrullor)

During the late 1800’s, the boatman rolls (båtsmansrullorna) were created for the Navy seamen (båtsmän). These records are a gold mine for those interested in researching Navy seamen. Each seaman was given his own little book where one can follow his career from admission to discharge. We can discover a description of his physical appearance, where and how he served and even if he was punished for any infractions. In a previous blog, Boatman rolls (Båtsmansrullor) a unique source, which was published a few years ago, you can get more information about these records and also see a detailed example showing the Naval career for Gustaf Johansson Blå.

In order to make it easier to find the correct boatman roll, we have now published a new name searchable index, Boatswain active list. The register covers the entire country and includes about 4,600 index entries.

boatman roll indexWith the help of the index, we have found the record for Eric Eliasson Bergström. He became a boatman at the age of 18 years and 9 months. In the upper right hand corner, there is a description of his physical appearance. He was of medium build, had light brown hair and blue eyes.

In order to access the index to the boatman rolls, you must have an All-in-one subscription. In order to access the index:

  1. Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  2. Select Index search.
  3. Select Boatswain active list in the index source list.

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2018 – Another good year for ArkivDigital!

2018 was another good year for ArkivDigital as shown in the recently published annual report. Net sales increased by over 6 percent compared to 2017 and amounted to nearly 35 million Swedish kronor. Around 61 million name index entries were added which is a record in the company’s history and around 5 million new images were added to the database. The number of subscribers at year-end was around 24,000.

The year’s profits were 3.7 million Sweden kronor.

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Mikael Karlsson, Managing Direction since 2012, is pleased with the fine results. Now the focus is on significantly increasing the number of subscribers. Several new initiatives are underway.

Mikael Karlsson says, “It is most important that we broaden our operations, not only offer our customers digitized archival documents and searchable indexes but also a cloud-based family tree. The tree will enable subscribers to gather and structure the information that they discover about their family from the archival documents.”

Below is a summary of the major initiatives where the company’s focus is directed:

  • Continued digitalization of archival documents and other sources.
  • More indexes and other types of indexes which make it easier to search in the archives.
  • Create more educational tools and help functions, especially for beginners.
  • Launch the family tree that will make it possible for customers to not only collect information from ArkivDigital but to gather and structure it.
  • Smoother payment solutions and more effective marketing.
  • Increased interactivity between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers, one being through the family tree.

“In short, ArkivDigital shall be better in all areas,”  says Mikael Karlsson.

The Annual Shareholder’s Meeting will be held at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad on May 23rd. The company proposes a dividend of 30 öre per share.

Click here to view the entire annual report. (Only in Swedish).

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Population of Stockholm 1945

Genealogy research in Stockholm City can be challenging even as late as the mid-1940’s. The absence of household/congregation books in the major Stockholm city parishes makes these church archives less useful than church archives for the rest of the country. Also, this means that persons living in Stockholm City after 1878 are not included in the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 index.

With our new index, the Population of Stockholm 1945, we hope that this will be of great help for those who research in Stockholm City in the mid-1940’s. This index covers the entire population of Stockholm City on December 31, 1945, approximately 670,000 persons.

The sources for this index are forms titled “Utdrag ur Stockholms stads civila folkregister den 31 december 1945 och mantalsluppgift för år 1946” or Extract from the Stockholm City population register on December 31, 1945 and tax records for the year 1946. These forms were sent to the Central Bureau of Statistics and were the basis for the 1945 Census.

population of Stockholm 1945A page out of the extract for Gustav Vasa congregation Kvarter Stjärnfallet 1

The index record shows the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Birth date and birth place (parish/county/country)
  • Marital status
  • Resident parish and address (usually the quarter where the individual is registered)

In addition, other members of the household are displayed.

By clicking on the link to the source, the original source record is shown. You will find more information in the original source than what is included in the index record. Sometimes, you will see the individual’s occupation and even the individual’s employer.

Accessing the Population of Stockholm 1945 requires an All-in-one subscription.

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April 2019 Events in North America

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ArkivDigital will be visiting Moline, Illinois, Manchester, New Hampshire and Beloit, Wisconsin in April. We would love to meet you if you are in the area.

 

 

New England Regional Genealogical Conference, NERGC 2019

We will be at the New  England Regional Genealogical Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 4-6, 2019. We will have an exhibit booth and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a presentation on Friday, April 5 titled, Research Your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital. 

The exhibit hall is open 9 AM to 5 PM on Thursday and Friday and 9 AM to 3:30  PM on Saturday. Please attend our presentation and stop by our booth #502 to learn more about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. We look forward to meeting you. For more information, click here.


Stateline Genealogy Club at the Beloit Public Library
Kathy Meade will give a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital at the Public Library in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday, April 12.
Click here for more information.

45th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference
ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor at the 45th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference in Moline, Illinois on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Click here for more information.

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Updates to the birth, marriage and death indexes

Recently, new index entries have been added to our birth, marriage and death indexes which were launched in August 2017. This time, we have added some years to about thirty parishes in Nyköping and the surrounding area. Previously, these parishes included indexes for years from the earliest times to about 1861. Additional years have been added with the earliest final year being 1894 and the latest 1920.

Below are links to pages showing the parishes with years that have been indexed by name in the birth, marriage and death indexes. The ones shown under the heading “Registren för nedanstående församlingar är skapade i samarbete med Nyköping-Oxölesunds Släktforskarförening (NOSFF)” or the registers created with the partnership with the Nyköping-Oxölesunds Genealogy Society (NOSFF) are the ones with newly added years.

Birth index –  https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister
Marriage index: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister
Death index -: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister

searching birth index parts of swedenSearching in birth index, parts of Sweden

In order to access the indexes, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The indexes are only available in our Web version, which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

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Find the right volume quickly

Now comes another great tool that makes it easier to find a church record or other document in ArkivDigital. You can now filter and quickly display, for example, all birth records or all church records containing the year 1835. You can find the filter function above the volume list. Below you see examples of how you can use the filter function.

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Click on the row Filter and you get 4 different options that you can combine.

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Here we show Hamneda church archives and in the field Search in volume information you can search the information that is recorded for a volume. It can be for example, duplicate or as we see below, the name of a block.

On the second row you can search in Year from and Year to. This means that you can search for all documents that, for example, contain 1835. Then you enter 1835 in both fields.

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On the third row you can choose to show only specific types of source. Below you will only see the Birth and Christening records. You can select several different types of source at the same time.

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You can of course also combine and, for example, show Birth and Christening records for 1835. Here are two volumes that come up. An original book and a rough copy, both containing 1835.

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In the cities there are usually several different household records for the same time period and it is then in the volume information which blocks are included in the respective volume. Below we have searched for Hamburg to find the block “Stadt Hamburg”, located in Malmö St. Petri’s parish. We quickly see that it is 14 volumes. Keep in mind that the blocks can be found in more volumes where the block name is not printed in the volume information.

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You can combine the way you want. We conclude with an example where we look at the archive Göta Hovrätt – Advokatfiskalen Kronobergs län, which is where you find the so-called renovated court records. We show Sunnerbo in the volume information and the volumes covering the years 1695-1712. Instead of looking through 259 volumes, you can quickly see which 15 volumes it is.

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Closes the filter function by pressing x at the top right of the filter function.

Another new feature is that you can sort the columns Archives Volume, Type of source, From and To.

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This is done by clicking on the column heading, a click is sorted from the bottom up and another click from the top down.

Below we have sorted From and shows all the volumes from the oldest start year and forward in time.

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Of course you can combine both filter function and sorting. As a final example, we have chosen to display Birth and Chrisening records and Death and Burial records, and sorted by showing From (starting year for the volume) from the oldest at the top.

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If you want to remove the sorting, click Reset sorting and to close the filter function, click x at the top right of the filter box.

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