ArkivDigital visits Philadelphia

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On Saturday, January 28th, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital gave a presentation at the American Swedish Historical Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the oldest Swedish American museum in the United States. The museum is located on part of a 17th-century land grant originally provided by Queen Christina of Sweden to settlers of New Sweden.

It was wonderful to meet so many researchers from the Philadelphia area. The presentation was held in the New Sweden gallery. There were many positive comments about the new name searching functions within ArkivDigital 2.0. Following the presentation, individual research assistance was given in the Nord Library.

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The genealogy afternoon was followed by a wonderful Swedish pea soup and punch supper (Ärtsoppa och Punsch).

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English Product Catalog

product catalogArkivDigital has photographed over 61 million images of the Swedish historical records. For those who would like to see an overview of the contents of our extensive online archive, we wish to point out our product catalog. The product catalog is available both in Swedish and English. .

The product catalog is organized county by county and presents an overview of the types of documents and for what years that have been published for each county. In addition, the catalog mentions what documents are currently being photographed.

The product catalog should be viewed as a high-level overview at what is available in ArkivDigital. Even if certain documents are mentioned as being complete, individual documents might be missing such as in cases where they have been too damaged to be filmed.  In addition we have filmed many additional documents that are not listed in the catalog because it would be too extensive to include everything.

You will find the English product catalog on our English home page, www.arkivdigital.net. Click on the link “Product Catalog” on the right side of the page in order to open the catalog.

You will find the Swedish version of the product catalog as a PDF file at www.arkivdigital.se/online. Click on the link ”Produktkatalog” on the right side of the page to open the catalog.

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Spies in Stockholm during the 1940’s

 

spies in Stockholm
Stockholms rådhusrätt 1850-1947, Avdelning 5, Avdelningen för spionmål A1:13 (1943-1943) Image 550 / page 1 (AID: v788124.b550.s1, NAD: SE/SSA/01400603) Link.

There is often a strange mystique around certain cities such as Casablanca, Istanbul, and Lisbon. Maybe this is because of the roll they played during the Second World War: neutral places where spies, diplomats and others from warring counties could meet in secret.

Further north one finds another such city: Stockholm. Many persons were drawn here also during the war to meet discreetly at restaurants and in parks.  Microfilms were hidden in the heels of shoes. Envelopes were discreetly exchanged. The Swedish intelligence service was under much pressure to keep up with all these covert activities.

For those who are fascinated by this exciting period of history, you can now find the espionage court protocols (Avdelningen för spionmål)) from the Stockholm city court for the years 1939 to 1946 in ArkivDigital. To find these records, enter “spion” in the search box.  One can find notes such as these in the records as shown in the above image.

Måndagen den 30 november 1942 klockan 18.50 blev svenske medborgaren f.d. direktören John Helge Walter anhållen på Vasagatan utanför hotell Continentel … enär det konstaterats, att direktör Walter vid upprepade tillfällen besökt brittiske marinattachén, captain Henry Denham, i dennes bostad n:r 46 Riddargatan.”

On Monday, the 30th of November 1942 at 6:50 in the evening, Swedish citizen Director John Helge Walter was taken into custody on Vasagatan outside the Hotel Continental…. since it had been established that Director Walter had repeatedly visited the British naval captain, Henry Denhem at his residence, 46 Riddargatan.”

As one reads further one discovers that Director Walter was searched at the station and 20,000 Swedish kronor in cash was found in one of his pant pockets plus more cash in his briefcase. In his wallet two typed questionnaires in English were found. The image below shows some of the English questions.

2nd spy document
Stockholms rådhusrätt 1850-1947, Avdelning 5, Avdelningen för spionmål A1:13 (1943-1943) Image 560 / page 2 (AID: v788124.b560.s2, NAD: SE/SSA/01400603) Link.

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

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Gasellföretag third year in a row!

 

gasellimage1 Managing Director Mikael Karlsson (to the left) and  Chairman of the Board Jan Aronson (to the right) at the Gasellfest in Göteborg on the 24th of November 2015.

In 2015, we celebrated ArkivDigital’s 10th anniversary and in addition we have been awarded the Gasellföretag distinction, from the Swedish financial newspaper, Dagens Industri.

Very few Swedish companies have enjoyed such strong and sustained growth that they are given a Gasellföretag distinction more than once. At our headquarters in Lyrestad, we now have three Gasell awards hanging on our wall.

Our ever expanding database has made it possible for thousands of genealogists and historians to make discoveries about their ancestors, local history, military history and other subjects that touch the past. We wish to give thanks to our trusted customers, employees, shareholders and cooperating partners. Together, we have led the company toward the Gasell award for a third time.

Managing director, Mikael Karlsson says, “Again, we have received confirmation that we are a rapidly growing and successful company. We are extremely proud of our achievements and we continue to focus on further development and joint successes.”

Read the Swedish press release.

diplom 2015 copy

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Passports – Not Only for International Travel

Up until 1860 a passport was required in Sweden for both domestic and international travel.  For a person traveling to another place in Sweden where he or she was not known, a passport was required and it needed to be shown if someone asked to see it. These passports were recorded in passport journals (passjournaler).

We have photographed some of these passport journals for Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.  You can find these passport journals by going to ArkivDigital’s online search window, clicking on advanced options, and selecting the archive type, country cabinet (landskansli).  We have also published name indexes for the passport journals for Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.

For Gävleborg, you will find the passport journals in the volumes named passport journals and you will find name indexes for these journals in the volumes named registers.  If you select Gävleborg läns landskansli, you will find the name indexed registers for the years 1767 – 1858 in the PassReg. Volumes 1 to 10.

gavle name imageGävleborgs läns landskansli PassReg:10 (1842-1858) Image 460 / page 83 (AID: v638342.b460.s83, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

Above is an example from one of the Gävleborg’s name indexed registers.   In the above image, we can see that Carl Erik Frunk received a passport granting him and wife Brita Kristina Hillgren permission to travel from their home in Gävle to a neighboring city, Söderhamn.  You can see the original record in the volume f0r 1850 on page 189 or at the following reference:  Gävleborgs läns landskansli BXIIIa:10a (1842-1858) Image 1000 / page 189 (AID: v637649.b1000.s189, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

In Västernorrland you will find passport journals and here the volumes are named passliggare instead of passport journals and the name indexes are in the register volumes.

In addition we have photographed passport journals for Blekinge and Gotland counties but these are not name indexed. For Gotland, we have photographed passport applications (passansökningar)  as well as incoming passport journals (inkomma pass).

The image below shows a passport that was received in Gotland from Kalmar county. The image shows a maid (pigan) Carin Larsdotter from Bredsättra parish on Öland who received permission to travel to Gotland to seek service work (tjänst).  In addition the passport states that her age is 19: she has blue eyes, dark hair, a straight nose, an ordinary mouth and chin and is short in stature.

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Länsstyrelsen i Gotlands län, Landskansliet EXa:13 (1837-1839) Image 1330 (AID: v482151.b1330, NAD: SE/ViLA/20146)  Link

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Hands-On ArkivDigital Workshops in “Little Sweden U.S.A”

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ArkivDigital and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, have a partnership whereby the museum sponsors spring and fall ArkivDigital workshops. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

The 2015 spring workshop will be held the weekend of March 28-29 and the fall workshop will be held on the weekend of September 26-27. We still have a few openings for the spring workshop and registration is open for the fall workshop.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish roots using ArkivDigital. One participant from a past workshop, Leslye from Missouri, summed up the weekend experience by saying, “This weekend was wonderful….personally I learn so much quicker when I can be involved with a hands on approach. I was able to accomplish more in two days than in the past 5 years”.

Lindsborg, Kansas is known as “Little Sweden U.S.A.” because it was settled by Swedish emigrants in 1869 from Värmland. The town is well known for the Svensk Hyllningsfest, and other celebrations promoting its Swedish heritage. The Svensk Hyllningsfest has been held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941.

One of the local attractions is the McPherson County Old Mill Museum with exhibits in 12 buildings showing the lives of early Kansas settlers. One of the buildings is the Swedish Pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum archives include many county records not stored at the local courthouse as well as microfilms and scanned images of Kansas Swedish American churches. The museum receives many visitors exploring their Swedish ancestry and requests for Swedish research.

Attend one of these workshops and discover your Swedish roots and explore the Swedish community of Lindsborg.

Click here for information about the March 2015 workshop.

Click here for information about the September 2015 workshop.

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Research in Stockholm City 1878-1926

A question that is often asked at conferences and lectures is, “Why are there not any household examination books for Stockholm city parishes at the end of the 1800’s?”  The answer is simple. No household examination records were produced so they do not exist.

Researching in the cities is a little different from researching in the rural areas. And Stockholm research has some unique challenges because of the non-existence of the household examination records beginning in the late 1870’s.   Instead of the household examination books and congregation books for the years 1878-1926, there exists a population register in Stockholm called the roteman’s archive (rotemansarkivet).

Stockholm grew rapidly during the second half of the 19th century and it was common for individuals to frequently move. In order to maintain an accurate population register, a new municipal organization was created called the Roteman’s Institution (rotemansinstitutionen). Stockholm was divided into a number of districts called rotar.  In each district or rote, there was a city employee (roteman) responsible for recording the population statistics.  All who lived in a real estate property (fastighet) were registered in a special ledger.

Currently, the Stockholm City Archives is in the process of digitizing these records and making the material searchable online for free at the Stockholm City Archives site.  While not all the records have been registered, much has been completed and is now available online. This is an extremely valuable resource for Stockholm research. However, it is important to remember that this is a register and there is always a possibility of an error.

Other church books such as the birth, marriage, death, moving in and moving out records exist for Stockholm parishes and these are found in ArkivDigital. The moving in/out records for Stockholm are a very good source because these often contain more information than the moving in/out records for rural areas.

As in other cities, there are many parishes in Stockholm and not all have Stockholm in their name. Therefore, it is sometimes difficult to identify which parishes exist in the city of Stockholm. You can create a list of Stockholm city only parishes by doing the following:

  1. In ArkivDigital, click on the advanced options search button
  2. Select county, Stockholm stads
  3. Select archive type, parish/congregation

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To search in the roteman’s archive on the Stockholm’s city archives site, click here.  Click on the English flag for the English version.

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County Code Abbreviations in ArkivDigital

When one clicks the function button, “search archive” in ArkivDigital online, a list of all the archives in the online library are displayed in alphabetical order.  Each entry displays the archive name, county code and  archive type.

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One can mouse over the county code and a box will display giving the county name for the code. In the above example, the county code for the parish of Floby is R and R is the code for Skaraborg county.

Below is a list showing what county each code represents.

A         Stockholm City
AB      Stockholm county
AC      Västerbotten
AX      Åland, Finland
BD      Norrbotten
C         Uppsala
D         Södermanland
E          Östergotland
F          Jönköping
G         Kronoberg
H         Kalmar
I           Gotland
K         Blekinge
L          Kristianstad
M         Malmöhus
N         Halland
O         Göteborg and Bohus
P          Älvsborg
R         Skaraborg
S          Värmland
T          Örebro
U         Västmanland
W        Kopparberg
X         Gävleborg
Y         Västernorrland
Z         Jämtland

You can find the ArkivDigital online user guide here.

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School Records in ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital has photographed a number of secondary school enrollment lists and other types of school documents. Before education became compulsory in Sweden, often only sons of priests or persons of a little higher social standing attended school. In some cases sons of farmers were given the possibility of formal schooling.

The secondary schools were located in the cities and these enrollment lists and other documents provide a glimpse of a student’s life.  In some records you will find information about the student, where he came from and the student’s father’s name and occupation. Below is an example from Karolinska School in Örebro.

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Karolinska skolan D2A:3 (1861-1881) Image 51 / page 92 (AID: v199611.b51.s92, NAD: SE/OSA/1000)  Link

The record title headings are:

  • Inskrifnings dag           Matriculation or enrollment date
  • Klass                                Class
  • Namn                              Name
  • Född                                Birth
  • Födelse ort                     Birth place
  • Fadren                            Father

The above entry is for the student Gustaf Edvard Axelsson who was born in Filipstad (old spelling Philipstad) parish in Värmland on February 3, 1851. His father is N. F. Axelsson who is a merchant (handlande).

Today, you will find school records from Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Örebro in ArkivDigital’s online archive. You can find these school records by going to advanced search, selecting archive type and searching in the grammar school and school archives.

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