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”.

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More birth, marriage and death searchable name indexes!

A few months ago, ArkivDigital published a name searchable index for birth, marriage and death records for all the parishes within Kronoberg county from the earliest times to the year 1859.(See previous blog.) We announced earlier that we would be adding indexes for later years for parishes in Kronoberg as well as for some parishes in neighboring counties. Now the publication has been completed.

 

The end year in the index does vary by parish. In general, most of the indexes for the birth records go up to 1920 and the marriage and death indexes go up to 1944. But in many parishes the end year is earlier. Regarding indexes for parishes in neighboring counties (primarily Blekinge and Jönköping counties as well as a couple of parishes from Kalmar and Kristianstad counties), the number of years that have been indexed varies. You can find out what parishes and what years have been indexed at the following links:

The register was created by the Kronoberg’s Genealogical Society and can be published thanks to an agreement between the association and ArkivDigital.

 Searching in Death index, parts of Swedendeath record kronoberg search

Our goal is to gradually expand our church book indexes so that they eventually cover all of Sweden. Of course, we are still just beginning, but through partnerships with genealogical societies, other organizations and private individuals, we can hopefully achieve this goal within the not too distant future.

In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one needs to have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in the web version of our software, which you will find at https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, select “Index search” and then in the list below index source select “Birth index, parts of Sweden”, “Marriage index parts of Sweden” or “Death index- parts of Sweden”.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Population of Sweden 1860-1947 now searchable!

Just over a year ago, ArkivDigital’s largest name searchable index, the Population of Sweden, was expanded by ten years from 1860-1920 to 1860 to 1930. Now, we have added 17 more years. The index now covers the years from 1860 to 1947.

The Population of  Sweden 1860-1947 is Sweden’s largest name searchable index and today contains approximately 105 million index entries collected from 37,597 volumes. The index is not only the largest available in Sweden; it is the easiest to use. All search results link directly to the original record. You click the link and immediately find your relative in the original volume! How much easier can it be!

1860 to 1947Searching in the Population 1860-1947 Index

The index is a name searchable index of all persons in the household/congregation books between 1860 and 1947. The household/congregation books are an inventory of each household living in the parish organized by the place in the parish (for example, farm, village, estate). Each volume covers a series of years. You will see some that cover five years and many that cover more than ten years. Household/congregation books are covered by the privacy law within Sweden that protects some records younger than seventy years from being published online. So, it a book include years that are protected by the privacy law, it has not been photographed. Thus, a book covering the years 1930 to 1950 will not be available.

Also, please note that in many of the large parishes within the city of Stockholm, household records were not created after 1878 and thus you will find no indexes. You will find index entries for most people living in Stockholm city from 1860 to 1877.

The index Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is included in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription. You can find the index in the application by selecting, New index search and then select, Population of Sweden 1860-1947 under index source.

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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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Birth, marriage and death index for Nederluleå

Now for the third time this fall, we have added more entries to our name searchable birth, marriage and death indexes. Previously, we added index entries for the Eskilstuna area (see previous blog) and Kronoberg county (see previous blog). With a partnership with an individual, about 53,000 index entries for birth, marriage and deaths for Nederluleå parish in Norrbotten county from the oldest times to about 1860 have been added to the index.

nederlulea birth imageSearching in name index, Birth index, parts of Sweden

Nederluleå belonged to one of Sweden’s more populated rural parishes, which explains the large number of index entries. The parish received its name in 1831 when Överluleå was broken out to its own parish. The combined parish which existed previously was named Luleå parish. For the period prior to 1831, the index includes the combined parish which means even the area which today includes Överluleå parish.

Since Nederluleå is now part of the birth, marriage and death register, two goals have now been achieved. One, the register now comprises a total of more than two million entries and secondly it also includes entries that have been prepared by a private individual. The records that were added to the index previously were created by  societies or organizations. Our goal for the long run is that the index will cover all of Sweden and in order to achieve this goal, it is important for different types of partnerships, both big and small!

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In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in our web version of our software which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

To find the index:

  • Select New index search
  • Select under index source one of the following:
    • Birth index, parts of Sweden
    • Marriage index, parts of Sweden
    • Death index, parts of Sweden

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Birth, marriage and death indexes for Eskilstuna and surrounding area

Do you research in Eskilstuna and the surrounding areas? If so, you will be happy to know that we have recently added the birth, marriage and death name searchable indexes for parishes from the area which today represents the municipality of Eskilstuna. The following parishes have been added to the index:

Barva
Eskilstuna (stadsförsamlingen)
Eskilstuna Fors
Eskilstuna Kloster
Gillberga
Hammarby
Husby-Rekarne
Jäder
Kjula
Lista
Näshulta
Råby-Rekarne
Stenkvista
Sundby
Torshälla landsförsamling (Hällby)
Torshälla stadsförsamling
Tumbo
Vallby
Västermo
Ärla
Öja

eskiltuna marriageSearching in Marriage Index, parts of Sweden

The indexes for the added parishes are from the oldest time (late 1600’s) to around 1894. In many cases, the indexes are for later years. You can find the end years at the following links:

https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister
https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister
https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister

The register was created by the Eskilstuna-Strängnäs Genealogical Society and the index can be published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in our web version of our software which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

To find the index:

  • Select New index search
  • Select under index source one of the following:
    • Birth index,  parts of Sweden
    • Marriage index,  parts of Sweden
    • Death index,  parts of Sweden

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Read 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. 

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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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Name Searchable Indexes for Birth, Marriage and Death Records in Kronoberg County

For those who research in Kronoberg, we have some wonderful news! Name searchable indexes for all of Kronoberg county have now been added to ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death register, which so far has included around sixty parishes in Södermanland county.

The name searchable indexes for birth, marriage and death records for Kronoberg county are from the earliest times (1600’s) through 1859. Later this autumn we will be adding indexes for later years as well as indexes from certain parishes in the neighboring counties.

The index was created by the Kronoberg Genealogical Society (http://genealogi-kgf.se/index.html) and the index entries are being published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

death record kronoberg searchSearching in death index, parts of Sweden

Our goal is to gradually expand our church index registers so that they eventually cover all of Sweden. Of course, this is still a big task and will take some time, but through cooperation with associations, private individuals and our own efforts, ArkivDigital will achieve the goal in the not-too-distant future.

Click here to see a list of all parishes where name searchable indexes are available for  death records.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death indexes, one must have an All-in-One subscription and the indexes are only available in the web version of our software which you can find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

Click here to read the 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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Birth, marriage, and death registers for Södertälje and neighboring areas

For all who research in Södertälje and the surrounding areas, we have some good news for you. Twelve parishes from Södertälje and nearby areas have now been added to our name searchable indexes: “Birth index, parts of Södermanland”, “Marriage index, parts of Södermanland” and “Death index, parts of Södermanland”.

The following parishes have been added:

  • Hölö
  • Mörkö
  • Södertälje landsförsamling
  • Södertälje stadsförsamling
  • Taxinge
  • Turinge
  • Tveta
  • Vårdinge
  • Ytterenhörna
  • Ytterjärna
  • Överenhörna
  • Överjärna

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The birth, marriage and death registers that have been added are from the oldest times (1600’s) to the year 1900. The register was created by Södertälje Genealogical Society and with thanks it is publicized based on an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death searchable name register, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The register is only accessible on our web version of our software, which you can find here. https://app.arkivdigital.se/.

Click here to see a complete list of all the parishes that are included in the birth, marriage and death registers for parts of Södermanland.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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