New times ahead for ArkivDigital – Report from Annual Shareholder’s Meeting

ArkivDigital annual shareholders meeting“Headed toward new times” is the title of Archives Digital’s annual report for 2014.  And ArkivDigital’s Chief Executive Officer, Mikael Karlsson, focused on the new as he presented the forthcoming new product features at the Annual Shareholder’s meeting on May 19th in Lyrestad, Sweden.

A new software program replacing the current “ArkivDigital online” will be launched at Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna) in August.   The new program is built using modern technology with a user interface created in the same manner as a web page and displayed with a specially built web browser. A new function will be automatic software upgrades allowing improved versions to be released often without causing user inconveniences.

Another new feature that will be introduced is the capability to manage registers. At Genealogy Days, a searchable name register for Sweden’s entire population for 1950 will be released. Later, a name searchable register for 1960 will be released. The sources for these registers are the tax/population registers (mantal) for 1951 and 1961.  Within a year, there will be a searchable name register for all the household/congregation books for the years 1880-1920 (about).

According to Mikael Karlsson, “These new features will be powerful help tools for all researchers”.

The new program software is a rebuilding of the product. Many new functions are planned for the future such as: better help texts, powerful search possibilities and flexible payment methods, to take a few examples.

Concerning economic development during 2014, there were no unwelcome surprises. Net sales increased by 16 percent to nearly 20 million kronor. The number of subscribers increased 13 percent to nearly 25,000 and the image database grew so that it now includes more than 100 million pages of historical source material. The year’s results were 141,770 kroner (678,511 kroner 2013). The relatively modest profit is explained by the large investments the company is making, among others, personnel costs increased nearly 3 million kronor between 2013 and 2014.

The entire board was reelected which includes Jan Aronson (Chairman), Paul Johansson and Håkan Skogsjö. Folke Brished was appointed as a substitute board member.

You can read the article in Swedish here.


Image –  ArkivDigital’s board meeting in Lyrestad. In the foreground, Jan Aronson, company chairman, and  back of him to the left, Niklas Hertzman (secretary at the board meeting) and Magnus Lindskog (chairman at the board meeting).

Tax Registers (Mantalslängder)

The tax/population registers (mantalslängderna) are an important replacement source in cases where the parish records have been destroyed.  Even in cases where the church records have not been destroyed, the household examination records only go back to the early 1800’s or late 1700’s in many parishes.

The tax/population registers exist from the middle of the 1600’s and while they are not as detailed as the household examination records; they do provide the possibility to continue to follow a family backwards.

Several copies of the tax registers were created. ArkivDigital is photographing the two copies which are preserved at the regional archives primarily the district/city registers and the county rural copies.

The original copy of the tax register exists in the district (häradsskrivarnas) archive. This is the copy that one should use since as a rule it is the one that generally contains the most information. The district office was responsible for the tax registers for the rural areas.  For the cities, you can find original copies of the tax registers in the city hall and magistrates archive, crown treasurer’s archive (kronokassörens arkiv), crown accountancy (kronokamrerarens) or tax collection (uppbördsverkets) archives.

Below is an image of a 1787 tax register for Svenarum parish in Jönköpng county.

Svenarum mantal Jönköpings läns landskontor EIII:34 (1787-1788) Image 158 / page 299 (AID: v400751b.b158.s299, NAD: SE/VALA/01971)  Link

To search for the above record, one method is:

  1. Click on advanced options in the ArkivDigital program.
  2. Search by archive type.
  3. In the archive selection, select country office.
  4. Select Jönköpings läns landskontor.
  5. Open the population register volume that includes the year 1787.
  6. Open the volume and look for a place or parish index.
  7. You will find a place index at the following reference: Jönköpings läns landskontor EIII:34 (1787-1788) Image 3 (AID: v400751b.b3, NAD: SE/VALA/01971)  Link
  8. The place index states that the tax register for Svenarum for 1787 begins on page 298.
  9. Go to page 298 and you will find the beginning page for the 1787 tax register for Svenarum parish as shown above.

For most counties, the copies of the tax registers up to 1820 from the regional archives are now available on ArkivDigital. These records are found in the district registrar or country office archives.


Ancestors from Åland, Finland? You can find them in ArkivDigital!

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Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, is the only area outside of Sweden where ArkivDigital has photographed extensively.  If you have an ancestor from Åland, you are in luck.  You will find many types of records for Åland in ArkivDigital’s online archive.  Below is a summary of the records.


Church Books
You will find church books for Åland’s sixteen parishes: Brändö, Eckerö, Finström, Föglö, Geta, Hammarland, Jomala, Kumlinge, Kökar, Lemland, Lumparland, Mariehamn, Saltvik, Sottunga, Sund (with Skarpans) and Vårdö.  The privacy act only allows the photographing of records up to around 1885

Estate Inventories and Judicial Records
In Åland’s judicial district archive (domsagas arkiv), you will find estate inventories up to 1916, court records up to 1900 and land registration protocols (lagfartsprotokollen) up till 1901 along with other documents such as guardianship protocols, bankruptcies and house inspection records.

Tax Registers and Land Records
In Åland’s district archive (häradsskrivares arkiv), you will find tax registers up to 1933 and also land records.

And in Åland’s land bureau archive (Ålands lantmäteribyrå arkiv), you will find village maps mainly from the 1700s and 1800s (and sometimes later).  There you can get an idea of how the village looked when your ancestor lived there.  You can find explanations (in Swedish) of what the maps show in the Ålands lantmäteribyrå volumes 1b: 1-36.

Find Åland Records in ArkivDigital
You can find Åland records in the online archive by selecting “Search archive” in the ArkivDigital program and then click on “Advanced search”.  Then you select the county or province archive type (it does not matter which one) and select Åland and you will get a list of all the records that are available for Åland.

You can find a list of all the records that are available for Åland here.


Happy New Year from ArkivDigital!

happy new yearTomorrow is New Year’s Eve and all of us at ArkivDigital wish all of you a Happy New Year and much success with your research in 2015.

During 2014, we photographed many new records and now have more than 51 million color images for historical research in our online archive.  We have focused on photographing county and district population/tax registers (mantalslängder) from earliest times to 1820, seaman house records along with estate inventories (bouppteckningar) for the years 1901 to 1940. In addition many other types of records have been added to the archive during the year.

We launched two blogs this year: one in Swedish and one in English. In addition we have published a beginner’s handbook in Swedish for new researchers, “Börja släktforska med ArkivDigital” (Begin to research with ArkivDigital).  Even though it is in Swedish, some English readers have found it helpful. Link to the handbook.

For the second consecutive year, ArkivDigital has received the Di Gasell-utmärkelsen, an award recognizing that we are a rapidly growing company (Link to Swedish press release). We have in addition entered a multiyear research partnership with Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, with the goal to further develop innovative methods for image processing and image analysis (Link to Swedish press release).

In August 2014, ArkivDigital was the head sponsor for Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna)  in Karlstad and we will again be the head sponsor for Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna) in Nyköping  in 2015.  We also participated in North America’s largest genealogy conference, RootsTech in Salt Lake City,Utah, and we will return again this February.

We look forward to an equally exciting 2015. Happy New Year!


New Records on ArkivDigital



Recently, we performed a major update of our online archive and many new records are now available. Below is a summary of the major updates.

Church Books
For those of you who have Swedish relatives who have lived in London, England, we have added the church records for the Swedish parish in London, Ulrika Eleonora, to the online archive. You will find these in the archive for Ulrika Eleonora församling (London).  In addition to household examination/congregation books, moving, birth, marriage and death records we have added other documents such as the attachments to the moving records, parish administration records and parish accounts.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar)
Our photographing of the estate inventories for the 1900’s is going at full speed and many newly photographed images are now online. Before Christmas, we will be publishing a blog giving a status of the estate inventory photographing for each county. Watch out for the blog.

Population/Tax Registers (Mantalslängder)
The county tax/population registers from earliest times to 1820 for Kopparberg and Västmanland counties are now available. For the same time period, the district tax registers (häradsskrivarens exemplar av mantalslängder) or copies of tax/census records for Kronoberg county are now available.

Other Records
The bankruptcy cases for Gotland county from the earliest times up to 1940 are now available. However, some of the volumes are missing from Gotlands norra häradsrätt or district court since they were damaged by fire and are in too poor a condition to be photographed.

Other material that is currently being added are the Supreme Court protocols for the years 1737 to 1751 and the prison lists for all of Sweden from the Office of the Chancellor of Justice for the years 1801 to 1805.

Click here to find out what is available on ArkivDigital.



Many New Records in ArkivDigital

ProduktkatalogArkivDigital’s online library continues to grow at a fast tempo. There are now about 1,200 volumes or 51 million images of Swedish historical records available. Recent new additions to ArkivDigital include: estate inventories, population/tax registers, military records and other types of records.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar)
Currently, we are focusing much of our time photographing estate inventories beginning in the 1900’s.  The estate inventories for Blekinge county from 1911 to 1920 are now accessible online.  We are currently adding estate inventories for Halland,  Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg and Älvsborg counties for the same period and many of these  are now available. Estate inventories for Östergotland county from 1901 to 1910 are also being added.

Population/Tax Registers (Mantalslängder)
The county population/tax registers from the earliest times to the year 1820 for Uppsala county are now available. County population/tax registers for the same period for Västmanland county are being added.  District taxation registers, (häradsskrivarens) or copy of tax/census records, from the earliest times to about the year 1820 are also being added to the online archive. The district taxation registers for Jönköping are now available and photographing is in progress for Kronoberg county.

Military Records
For those who are interested in military research, the archive “Meritförteckningar” is now complete. This archive includes merit and service records for officers and non-commissioned officers of various Swedish and Finnish Regiments from the 1614 to 1903.

In the Army Pension Archive (Arméns pensionskassas), we are currently adding merit, seniority, and service records (meritband) of commissioned and non-commissioned officers for the years 1757 to 1860.

Other Records
The Prisoner lists for all of Sweden from the Office of the Chancellor of Justice from 1750 to 1800 are now online. The Supreme Court Protocols from earliest times to 1736 are now available.

Click here to find out what records are available online.