New index simplifies Stockholm genealogy research!

It is now easier to research in Stockholm city! The Stockholm Rotemansarkivet register is now accessible in ArkivDigital. The Rotemansarkivet register consists of approximately 6.3 million posts about individuals who lived in Stockholm city during the years 1878 – 1926.

In the past, it has been a challenge to research genealogy in Stockholm city because there are no household or congregation books from 1878 onwards. This has made it difficult to find and follow one’s ancestors and relatives. Now that the Rotemansarkivet register is now available to search within ArkivDigital, you can supplement your genealogy with the information you previously could not locate.

The information from the Rotemansarkivet is available in the index, Population in Sweden 1860 – 1947.  After this update, the index has nearly 112 million index records.

You can find the following information in the register:

  • First and last name
  • Birthdate and birth place
  • Title/occupation along with marital status
  • Moving in and out information (both year and place)
  • Residence (information about rote, parish, address and real estate or property)
  • Link to the actual page in the population booklet (mantalsboken/rotehäftet)

You search for your relatives and ancestors by entering, for example, name, year of birth and place. When you have found the person you are looking for, you can click on the link to the source to go directly to the original record.

rotemansarkivetImage out of population book for Stockholm city, Klara rote, Kvarteret Skansen

The Roteman Institution (rotemansinstitutionen) was a municipal organization established in 1878 and was discontinued in 1926. One of its responsibilities was population registration. The Roteman Institution was established because Stockholm’s parish priests were unable to manage the public records because of the high growth of the population and also because the inhabitants moved so often. The solution was to divide the city into a number of districts (rotar). In each district, there was a city employee (roteman) rote who was responsible for recording the population statistics in a special booklet called a mantalshäfte. When the district or rote system was introduced each district (rote) corresponded to a parish but since the city grew so quickly, additional districts were created. In 1878 there were 16 districts or rotar and when the system ended in 1926 there were 36 districts or rotar.

To access the Rotemansarkivet register:

  • Log in to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select – Index search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1860 – 1947 under index source.

The Stockholm Rotemansarkivet register was created by the Stockholm city archives.

Click here to read original blog 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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Jumping the pond becomes easier with the Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The biggest challenge for many persons with Swedish American ancestry is to identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from and his/her Swedish name. For many beginning their research, often one has limited or incorrect information. Many emigrants changed their name and often little information was passed down to the next generation.

But today, it is becoming much easier to find out where an ancestor originated from in Sweden by using the Population of Sweden 1860-1847 index. Even when the information might be incomplete or incorrect, this riddle often now can be solved. The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 index is a searchable name index of all the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years between 1860 and 1947.

Here is an example of a search request. The request is to locate where in Sweden, Swain Pearson, originated. Given information includes a birth date of the 6th of October 1860. Two different emigration dates appeared in the U.S. sources: 1877 and 1875.  The father’s name was Paer Pierson and the mother’s name was Hannah Swans. Also, a sister was named, Bessie Pearson Moline born on the 11th of October 1852 whose emigration dates in the U.S. records were recorded as 1877 and 1866.

One needs to be flexible in the search and use various search criteria. The advanced search offers a variety of possibilities. In this case, we will try a search based on an assumption that the birth dates are correct for Swain and his sister, Bessie. It is better to start wide and then narrow the search.

sven advanced search 1

 

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We were successful in finding the correct person by doing the following as shown in the above image.

  • Go to Index Search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1846-1847 under Index Source
  • Got to Advanced Search and enter the following information in the following fields:
  • First Name – Look for name beginning with letter S or enter S*
  • Gender – Male
  • Birth date – 1860-10-06

Under the Household section – enter the sister’s birth date – 1852-10-11.

By doing this search, we receive two hits, both for Sven born on the 6th of October 1860 in Djurröd parish in Kristianstad county.

result list sven

We also see in the index record below that he has a sister, Bengta, born on the 11th of October 1852.

sven index record

In doing further verification with other records, this was the correct person. Luckily, the given birth dates were correct. On the index record, Sven’s father is noted as Per Lustig and his mother’s name is Hannah Nils or Nilsdotter. Sven emigrated in 1880. His sister Bengta later known as Bessie emigrated in 1872. One sees the challenges working with incomplete and often incorrect information but with the Population of 1860 – 1947, many of these challenges can be overcome.

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Population of Sweden 1940 Now Available in ArkivDigital

The Population of Sweden 1940 is now searchable in ArkivDigital! With some simple searches and clicks, it is now possible to find information about approximately 6.3 million Swedes who lived in Sweden on the 31st of December 1940.

The source material for the Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the extracts sent to Statistics Sweden that were used to create the 1940 census. Most of the extracts are from the source titled: “Utdrag ur församlingsbok den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract out of the congregation book on December 31,1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”. However, in Stockholm City, no congregation books were created for most of the large parishes at that time. The source for the population census for these parishes comes from “Utdrag ur Stockholms stads civila folkregister den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract from Stockholm City population register on December 31, 1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”.

scb 1940 stockholmExtract from Stockholm city (Sankt Görans congregation). Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:14 (1940) Image 20 / Page 2501 (AID: v884572.b20.s2501, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

soderby 1940 extractExample of extract from congregation book (Söderby-Karls parish). Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:93 (1940) Image 20 / Page 1 (AID: v884651a.b20.s1, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

In the Population of Sweden 1940, you can search for the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Birth date and birth place (parish, county and country)
  • Gender
  • Location (property, village, or block)

In addition, other persons living in the same household can be included in the search criteria.

search 1940 astrid lindgrenSearching for Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking books) in the Population of Sweden 1940.

You can click on the link to the source and you will see an image of the original source. The original record contains information that is not included in the index record. Often, you will find the person’s occupation and sometimes the person’s employer. Employer information can be interesting because this is usually not included in the church books.

The Population of Sweden 1940 complements our other census databases: Population of Sweden 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985 as well as the Population of Sweden 1860-1947. It may be noted that the Population of Sweden 1940 and the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 overlap but in fact they nicely complement each other. The Population of Sweden 1940 gives a snapshot of the population on a certain date (December 31, 1940) whereas the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is an index of the household/congregation church books and allows one to follow a person continuously, year by year.

The Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the entire population of Sweden in 1940 whereas in the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1947, the end year for many parishes is in the 1930’s or even earlier because some of the books contain later years that are protected from being published online by Swedish privacy legislation. In addition, information for many persons living in parishes within Stockholm City is missing since congregation books were not created in those parishes after the year 1877. While in the Population of Sweden 1940, information about the population of Stockholm City is included.

To access the Population of Sweden 1940, one must have an All-in-one subscription and it is only available in the web version of our software which you can fine here: https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, go to Index search and then select “Population of Sweden 1940” in the Index source list.

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Search by name in the Swedish historical records!

One common question that one hears from Swedish-Americans new to Swedish records, “Are the records searchable by name?” Today, we can say that increasingly more and more Swedish records such as the church books, estate inventories and other record types are searchable by name.  One of ArkivDigital’s primary goals is to make Swedish research easier and one method is name searchable indexes.

search population of 1860 to 1947Searching in the Population of 1860 to 1947 Index

Today, we will review the name searchable indexes that are available in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription.

Church Books

  • Household/Congregations Books (Population of Sweden 1860-1947) – All of the household/congregation books for all of Sweden have been indexed by name for the years from 1860 to 1947. For more information, click here.
  • Birth, marriage and death book indexes – (Birth index- parts of Sweden, Marriage Index- parts of Sweden, Death index- parts of Sweden) Searchable name indexes for birth, marriage and death books for all of the parishes within Kronoberg county and some parishes in nearby counties, around 60 parishes in Södermanland county as well as Nederluleå parish in Norrbotten county. Most of these indexes are from the earliest times (1600’s) up to the second half of the nineteenth century. The end year varies by parish. For some parishes, the end year is 1920. This is an ongoing project and the goal is to index by name the birth, marriage and death books for all of Sweden. Click here for more information.

Estate Inventories (Inventory of estate)

  • Name searchable indexes exist for estate inventories from the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. This is an ongoing project. For a complete list of the district and city courts that have been indexed, click here.

Swedish Census Indexes

  • ArkivDigital has searchable name indexes for the years 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985. Click here for additional information.
    • Population of Sweden 1950
    • Population of Sweden 1960
    • Population of Sweden 1975
    • Population of Sweden 1985

Military records (Military Service Cards)

  • The Military Service Cards index is a name searchable index of all draft registration and service cards for those who served in the Swedish military between 1902 and 1941. Click here for more information.

Swedes in U.S. 1940 Census

  • The Swedes in U.S. 1940 Census index includes all the persons in the 1940 U.S. Census who stated that their birth place was Sweden. Click here for more information.

Other indexes

  • Portrait Collection – Collection of photographs from three Stockholm photography studios from the 1920’s to 1970’s. Click here for more information.
  • Agriculture Census 1944 - Index to 1944 year’s agriculture statistics done by Statistics Sweden (SCB). Click here for more information.

To access the name searchable indexes within ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription:

  • Access the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se/
  • Select “Index Search”.
  • Select the desired index under “Index source”.

search by name

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Population of Sweden 1985

Recently, ArkivDigital, released a name searchable register, Population of Sweden 1975, with information of all persons who lived in Sweden that year. Now, we continue forward in time and launch a new register, the Population of Sweden 1985.

In the new register, Population of Sweden 1985, you will find personal information about all persons who lived in Sweden in 1985. The information includes full name, address, birth date and birth parish, marriage date or date of last change in marital status as well as current tax registration place and previous tax registration place. Also, the index record shows all who lived in the same household.

There are many ways to search for a person in the new register: first and last name, birth date and birth parish, residence and various combinations of this information, for example, all Leif’s who were born on the 13th of September 1928. You can also search by using combination of names within the same household such as all persons named Bertil Lundberg whose spouse was named Edit.

population of sweden 1985Searching for Astrid Lindgren (author of the Pippi Longstocking books) in the Population of Sweden 1985 index.

The source for the Population of Sweden 1985 is an extract from the 1986 tax register and reflects conditions on the 1st of November 1985.For Uppsala county, the tax register for 1986 is missing. Instead the source for Uppsala county, is the 1987 tax registers reflecting conditions on the 1st of November 1986.

In order to access the Population of Sweden 1985, one must have an All-in-one subscription and the register is only available in the web version of our software. You can find the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se.

ArkivDigital is currently working on creating additional name searchable registers. Soon, the Population of Sweden 1940 will be available.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Name searching tips

The number of name searchable indexes in ArkivDigital continues to increase. Recently the Population of Sweden of 1975 and the military service card indexes were added. You can find these indexes by selecting “New Index Search” and then select the desired index under “Index source”.index search screen

There are two methods for searching: simple and advanced. Today, we will focus on the simple search which is more powerful than one might believe at first glance.

The key for all searches is not to write too much information. Begin with a broad search and then narrow the search.

One example: We will look for a woman named Berta Lungren. Select the index, Population of Sweden 1860-1930, and write in her name “Berta Lundgren” in the search field and click on “Search” (or press Enter). The result list shows 202 matches which feels like too many to search through.

berta lundgren

When I add her birth year to the search criteria, the number of matches is reduced to eight. Four of these refer to the woman I am interested in, born on the 3rd of March 1887 in Odensala. But if I look more closely in the match list, I see one that mentions the birth date as the 31st of March 1887 (which is her correct birth date). If I had entered her full birth date instead of only the year, I would have missed all the matches. Therefore, one should never write in more information than what is needed to get a good search result.

bertil 1887

It is also smart to search the same person using different information, for example only the last name and birth date or only the first name and birth date or only the first and last name (the last only works well with a name that is not common). These methods will increase the chances to find as many possible matches.

Now we will look at some more advanced search techniques.

There are a number of special search characters that can be used for searching.

An example: I want to search for a person named Anders Setterqvist, but I know that his last name can be spelled differently in the records: Setterqvist, Sätterqvist, and Zetterqvist. And sometimes quist is written as qvist. In addition, I have seen different birth years for him in the records.

One can write the following in the search box:
anders (zetterq* | sätterq* | setterq*) (1816 | 1817 | 1818)

The result will be a search of all these spellings and years. The vertical bar (|) means  “or” and the asterisk (*) is used as a wildcard showing all the names that include the letters preceding the asterisk. 

zetterquist

Following is a list of the special characters that can be used in ArkivDigital’s searches.

  • * (asterisk) An asterisk at the end of Bergl* will find Berglind, Bergling, Berglund, etc.
  • “ ” (quotation marks) = exact phrase For example “georg olof” will find Georg Olof but not Olof Georg or George Karl Olof.|
  • | (vertical mark) = or (See above explanation)
  • - (minus sign) = not - For example: -västra frölunda will find Östra Frölunda and Frölunda but not Västra Frölunda
  • + (plus sign) = and – For example: Lundqvist+Lundberg will find all posts which includes both names.
  • ~1 (tilde plus a number) after keyword = approximate search with numerical character difference – For example: appelqvist~1 will find in addition to Appelqvist, Appelquist, Appelkvist where one character or letter differs from the original keyword. If one increases number to 2 appelqvist~2, one will also find Apelquist.
  • ~1 tilde plus a number) after phrase = approximate search. An additional word may be found. (The first and last word in the phrase shall be mentioned). For example “sven filip”~1 finds also Sven Gustaf Filip and Sven Erik Filip. A search “sven filip”~2 will find in addition Sven Johan Olof Filip as well as Filip Sven.
  • ( ) parenthesis = searches for alternative spellings – For example aurora (concordia | conkordia | konkordia | koncordia) searches for all posts that includes Aurora Concordia, Aurora Conkordia, Aurora Konkordia and Aurora Koncordia).

These special characters work also with the Advanced search. The search possibilities are nearly infinite. All one has to do is try!

 Read original blog in Swedish.

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Population of Sweden 1975

The searchable name index registers for the Population of Sweden 1950 and the Population of Sweden 1960 were added to the ArkivDigital online library a couple of years ago. Now we are moving forward and adding a name searchable index for the Population of Sweden 1975. In principle, this is an index of everyone living in Sweden at the end of 1975.

The register is searchable by name and includes full name, birth date, birth parish, marital status, occupation and information about place of residence. Individuals are grouped by households so you can see information about other members of the household. Additional information in the database includes the place of registration in the previous tax register. In many cases you will find a link to the first image of the parish book that will contain the person’s birth record.

1975 population of swedenSearching for Astrid Lindgren, author of the Pippi Longstocking books, in the Population of Sweden 1975

The Population of Sweden 1975 register is a wonderful source for those seeking information about people living in Sweden during the latter part of the twentieth century. This census is drawn from the country’s tax register published in 1976 using data collected in November 1975.

In order to access the Population of Sweden 1975, one must have an All-in-one subscription and the register is only available in the web version of our software. You can find the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se.

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Using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 to discover where Hilda moved to!

Within the household and congregation records, there is an entry showing where a person moved to if the person moved during the period the household/congregation books cover.  The information that is normally shown is the place and a date or sometimes there is a reference to another page number and date within the same household book.  However, many times the minister will note an abbreviation that is not easily understood and one must take some time to discover where the person has moved. In the image below, it states that Hilda Joseph. (Josephina). Hjorth born on the 20th of May 1833 moved from Önumstorp in Önum parish in Skaraborg county to V. 41 in 1871.  What does “V. 41” mean?

onum hflÖnum (R) AI:9 (1867-1881) Image 148 / page 142 (AID: v12796.b148.s142, NAD: SE/GLA/13674) Link.

There are two methods for discovering what “V. 41″ means: using traditional methods of deciphering the meaning or using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930.

Now, while the reference to a page number is not usually the letter V, one might go to page 41 in the same household book to see if she is listed there and if one goes there, Hilda will not be found.

The next step is to determine if the parish, Önum, belongs to a pastorat. See previous blog for more information about a pastorat. 

You can check if Önum belongs to a pastorat by accessing ArkivDigital, selecting new archive search, entering Önum in the search box and search. Open the archive for Önum parish and click on the archive info tab. There you will get information about what pastorat Önum belongs to. See the image below.

onum archive info

You will note the following information in the archive info box: Före den 1 maj 1920 var Önum annexförsamling i Skarstads, Hällums, Vara och Önums pastorat or before the 1st of May 1920, Önum was an annex parish in the Skarstads, Hällums, Vara and Önums pastorat.

This information gives us a clue that “V”. might mean Vara and 41 the page number in the Vara household book that includes the year 1871. Our next step is go to archive search and, enter Vara in the search box and click search.

vara search

Search for a household book that includes the year 1871 which is AI:7 that covers the years 1867-1878 and open the volume and go to page 41.

varahfl41Vara (R) AI:7 (1867-1878) Image 46 / page 41 (AID: v12751.b46.s41, NAD: SE/GLA/13611) Link.

In the above image you will see a reference that Hilda has moved in from “Ö 142” or Önum parish on page 142. In this case, the minister is abbreviating Önum. This minister often abbreviates the parish names of parishes within the pastorat by showing only the first letter of the parish name.

Search using the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 Search Index
The Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index makes Swedish research so much easier. For this same case, we can go to New index search, select the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 index, enter Hilda and her birth date 18330520 in the search box, and click search. We receive 7 matches that we can analyze. (There are other ways of searching such as using the advanced search method or using various search criteria,) We see one household record is in Vara. We can quickly link on the match and then link on the image to verify the information. Thus, we quickly know that “V. 41” means Vara page 41. Of course, we have to verify that all the information agrees and this is right Hilda. This one is correct.

1860 Vara search

This is an example how Swedish research is becoming much easier and quicker using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index.

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Over 100 million register posts!

ArkivDigital has now reached another milestone: over 100 million register posts are now searchable! Since the beginning of the year, 13 million register posts have been added which means that the number of register posts has increased from 88 million to 101 million.

Register posts have been added to the following search indexes:

  • The Population of Sweden 1860-1920 has been expanded to include the years 1921 to 1930 and thus the name of the index has been changed to the Population of Sweden 1860 – 1930. See earlier blog.
  • The inventory of estate index additions includes posts for Göteborg-och-Bohus, Värmland, and Älvsborg counties. See earlier blog.
  • The birth, marriage and death indexes addition include posts from Nyköping and the surrounding areas. See earlier blog.

helin estate inventorySearching in the estate inventory register

 The distribution of the register posts is as follows (rounded numbers):

  • Population of Sweden 1950 – 7 million posts
  • Population of Sweden 1960 – 7.5 million posts
  • Population of Sweden 1860-1930 – 84 million posts
  • Inventory of estate – 1 million posts
  • Swedes in the US 1940 – 500,000 posts
  • Portrait collection – 100,000 posts
  • Birth index, parts of Södermanland – 300,000 posts
  • Marriage index, parts of Södermanland – 100,000 posts
  • Death index, parts of Södermanland – 200,000 posts

The Population of Sweden 1950 is available for all subscribers. The other registers are only available in the All-in-one subscription. Several of the registers are only available in the web version of our application program, which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se

See original blog in Swedish.

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