Obituaries and Genealogies in Swedish American Record Collections

We have Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital for several states in the United States primarily in the Midwest. One interesting collection is the Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church in Trade Lake in Burnett county, Wisconsin. Among the types of records, you will find in this archive include the typical church books collections such as congregation books, death records, attachments to migration records and anniversary booklets.

But there are also newspaper clippings of obituaries and genealogies for persons who lived in Trade Lake or the nearby area. Many of these are for emigrants or families of emigrants from Sweden.

The obituary collection is titled dödsrunor in the volume list and the death notices are in alphabetical order. Below is the volume list showing these volumes. You can hover over the ‘i” to see the first letters of the names ncluded in the volume.

dodsrunor

Below is the obituary for Andrew Bjork who was born on September 7, 1838 in Ljusnarsberg, Örebro, Sweden.

bjork obituary

Another set of volumes are titled familjehistoria or family histories. If you hover your mouse over the ‘i”, the family name will be visible.

family history

Below is the first page for the family history for the descendants of Johan Olof Akerlind shown as born August 6, 1822 in Fellingsbro, Örebro.

akerlund family history

To find the church books for the Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church:

  • Log in to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive Search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Wisconsin
  • Open the archive for the Trade Lake Swedish Mission Church

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Found missing church documents for Eker parish

Many of us genealogists have looked for information in the church books and have not been successful in finding the exact material we are searching. This can be due to a variety of reasons: often because the original documents have been destroyed but sometimes the documents may simply be in the wrong place and therefore not available in the archive.

A while back, a private individual found these types of documents and gave it to us at ArkivDigital. We have now scanned the documents so that it can be a benefit for all of our customers. Now that we have finished the scanning, we will give these documents to the Swedish National Archives where they will be stored.

eker-forsamling

These documents are from Eker parish in Örebro county and consist of attachments of migration records for the years 1827-1855 and announcements for the years 1788-1851.

You can find the material by clicking on the links below:

HII: 1a: Attachments to migration records
J: 1a: Announcements

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Birth index, Parts of Sweden

Today, we will give an update as to what is available in our index, Birth index, parts of Sweden. This index is a name searchable index for birth records with a partial transcription and a direct link to the original record. The goal is to index all the birth records for Sweden but this will take some time. Below is a summary of the birth records that have been indexed to date.

Recently we have added birth indexes for the years 1800-1840 for the following counties:

  • Gotland
  • Gävleborg
  • Norrbotten
  • Västerbotten
  • Västernorrland
  • Västmanland
  • Älvsborg
  • Örebro

vasternorrland birthArnäs (Y) C:3 (1786-1835) Image 98 / Page 94 (AID: v120945.b98.s94, NAD: SE/HLA/1010007)

In addition, we have indexed birth records from the earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and in certain parishes even later for all parishes in the county of Kronoberg, about 80 parishes in Södermanland county as well as certain parishes in Blekinge county, Jönköping county, Kalmar, county, Kristianstad county and Norrbotten county.

To open the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Select Birth index, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

search birth index

 

Click here to get a complete list of the parishes that have been indexed.

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Via Handelsaffär (A General Store) in Hackvad

ArkivDigital is much more than just church books. We have many types of records that can help you gain a better understanding of how your ancestor lived.  One interesting source is an accounts book for the general store (Via Handelsaffär) in Hackvad in Örebro county. In our online library, you will find an account book for the years 1882-1886. Karl Johan Nilsson, the shopkeeper of Via Handelsaffär, recorded the names of all who shopped at the store listing the items purchased and the amounts paid.  So, if you happen to have ancestors who lived near Hackvad at this time; you may have ancestors who shopped in this store.

Hackvad Journal

Via Handelsaffär, Hackvad Journal:1 (1882-1886) Image 80 / page 12 (AID: v785801.b80.s12)  Link

In the above image, we can see that the farmhand (drängen) Joh. Emil Carlsson purchased the following items on the 2nd of February 1883:

  • rakknif (shaver)
  • borste (brush)
  • tvål (soap)

On the 10th of February, he purchased 6 pairs of socks (par strumpor).

Also, you can find some pictures of Karl Johan Nilsson and Via Handelsaffär in the volume, Via Handelsaffär, Hackvad Historik:1.

You can find these volumes, by using the advanced search function in ArkivDigital online and selecting archive type, private archives.  Then select the archive, Via Handelsaffär, Hackvad.

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