More searchable information for births 1750-1799

We continue to update our birth index with searchable information for the years 1750-1799. We have added information about persons who were born in Södermanland, Värmland and Västernorrland counties. The information for Västernorrland is completely new for this period but for parts of Södermanland and Värmland information for some parishes for this period has been available for some time but we have now added information for additional parishes in these counties.

This update includes 146,610 new searchable posts.

vasternorrland birth 1750

ArkivDigital’s birth index is a great help for you who search for birth records for your ancestors and family. Instead of browsing page by page in the birth books, you can make a quick search in the Birth index, parts of Sweden. When you have found the person, you are searching for, you can simply click the link to the birth book to double check the information in the original source.

The following information is searchable in the birth index:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parents’ first name and last name, their titles/occupation and ages.

The total number of entries in the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden, is now more than 8 million. We will continue to update the indexes so watch our blog and other social media to get information about all news.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the index after this update.

To open, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

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

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Estate inventory index for Stockholm city court 1598-1936

Our estate inventory index is a great tool to help one quickly find one’s ancestors’ estate inventories. We have added to this index 269,530 searchable posts for estate inventories from Stockholm’s city court. This update is for the years 1598 – 1936.

This update includes posts from Stockholms rådhusrätt 1:a avdelning (years 1598-1924) and Stockholms rådhusrätt, bouppteckningsavdelningen (years 1925-1936).

After this update, the estate inventory index totals 2,636,045 posts.

stockholm estate index

The estate inventories are an important source for genealogical research. Here you can find information about the deceased’s heirs and often prove relationships. Also, you will find a list of all the assets and debts of the deceased.

Our index makes it much easier to find the correct estate inventory, something which in ordinary cases can be quite time consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in an exact order. We launched our estate inventory index in 2017 and since then we have added more material on several occasions.

You can search in the estate inventory index by name, the year in which the estate inventory was performed, along with county and parish where the person died. When you search by year, it is important to note that the estate inventory may not have been created in the same year as the person died. It is recommended to include a year range from the year of death and maybe a couple of years in the future.

Search tips: If you use “Advanced search” and fill in a parish name in the “Parish” field, often the index does not refer to a specific parish. If you do not receive any matches when you search with a specific parish name, we suggest that you try searching with Stockholm as the parish name.

The estate inventory index includes searchable name entries for estate inventories for the following counties: Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad, Kronoberg, Malmöhus, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg, Örebro and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the estate inventory index. Watch our blogs, newsletters and other social media for updates.

Click here to check what is included in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

Click here to view a video on Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories.

In order to open the estate inventory index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Estate inventory in the list under Index source.

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Updating of estate inventory index for Göta hovrätt distrikt (Göta Court of Appeals)

Last week, we updated our estate inventory index with new searchable name posts of estate inventories for members of the nobility from Göta hövratts distrikt (Göta Court of Appeals).

From the earlies times and up to and including 1916, members of the nobility submitted their estate inventories to the court of appeals versus their district or city court. Beginning in 1917, the estate inventories for the nobility can be found in the district or city courts.

noble estate inventory

The index includes all of the Court of Appeals estate inventories from 1620 to 1916.

The following counties are included:

  • Blekinge (up to and including 1820)
  • Göteborg och Bohus
  • Halland
  • Jönköping
  • Kalmar
  • Kristianstad (up to and including 1820)
  • Kronoberg
  • Malmöhus (up to and including 1820)
  • Skaraborg
  • Värmland (up to and including 1813)
  • Älvsborg
  • Östergötland

The total number of new searchable index posts is 12,201. After this update, the estate inventory index includes a total of 2,239,571 posts.

For genealogy researchers, the estate inventories are an important resource. Here you find information about the deceased’s heirs. There is a list of all the deceased’s assets and debts which helps you understand better your ancestor’s life.

Our index makes it much easier to find the correct estate inventory, something which in ordinary cases can be quite time consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in an exact order. We launched our estate inventory in 2017 and since then we have added more material on several occasions.

You can search in the estate inventory index by name, the year in which the estate inventory was performed, along with county and parish where the person died. When you search by year, it is important to note that the estate inventory may not have been created in the same year as the person died. It is recommended to include a year range from the year of death and maybe a couple of years in the future.

The estate inventory index includes searchable name entries for estate inventories for the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the estate inventory index. Watch our blogs, newsletters and other social media for updates.

Click here to learn what is include in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here to learn more about estate inventories.

In order to open the Estate inventory index, you login at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and then select, Estate inventories, in the list under Index source.

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Visit ArkivDigital in the Expo Hall at RootsTech Connect

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This year RootsTech Connect, the largest genealogy conference in the world, will be virtual and free from February 25 thru February 27. Please visit us our exhibit booth in the Expo Hall. Here you will find videos that you can view, tutorials that you can download, conference only specials and also a link to “Open House at ArkivDigital” where you can hear live presentations and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Go to ArkivDigital’s Exhibit Booth
Here are the steps for visiting our booth:

  • Go to https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021
  • Click on Expo Hall on the home page
  • You will see a list of exhibitors, click on ArkivDigital
  • Once you enter, you will see links to videos, links to conference specials, downloads and also under Discover More a link to “Open House at ArkivDigital”.

Open House at ArkivDigital
We will be hosting an open house in English via Zoom Thursday, February 25 thru Saturday, February 27 from 11 AM CST to 4 PM CST. We will be giving two presentations each day at 12 PM CST and 2 PM CST. Below are the times and titles of each presentation. The presentation, “Introduction to ArkivDigital”, will be repeated each day. The schedule for each day is as follows:

Thursday, February 25

  • 12 PM CST – Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • 2 PM CST – Introduction to Swedish Church Books

Friday, February 26

  • 12 PM CST – Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • 2 PM CST – Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories

Saturday February 27

  • 12 PM CST – Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • 2 PM CST – Introduction to Swedish Military Records

 Each presentation will be around 30 to 35 minutes followed by time for questions and answers. Click here to go to Zoom room.

Please note that it is first come, first served as we only have room for 1000 visitors at a time in our Zoom channel.

If you need to enter a meeting ID and password for the Zoom meeting, the following is:

Meeting ID:979 8835 0365

Passcode: 692837

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Household record transcripts in Hedemora parish

Within ArkivDigital we have more than 2,800 parish/congregation archives in Sweden. Whenever one looks at a parish archive volume list, one usually sees volumes for household/congregation, moving, birth, marriage, death records followed by other types of record collections. The volume list will vary by parish and so it is important to review the entire volume list before you begin researching within that parish.

Many times, especially in the large cities one will find photographed name registers for some of the church books. These name registers can save you much time in your research. In Hedemora parish in Kopparberg county, one will find a gem: transcripts for early communion and household records. These transcripts were done by the experienced Hedemora researcher Siv Thorsell (1937-2016). These transcripts help one save time in deciphering the old handwriting.

To find the transcriptions for household records in Hedemora parish, do the following:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search.
  • Enter Hedemora in the box under Archive holder.
  • Click the search button.
  • Scroll down and search for the Transcript volumes in the volume list or use the filter function and look for Transcript.

hedemora transcriptSearching for the household and transcription volumes in Hedemora parish for the years 1688 to 1720 using the filter function.

Below are images from a household book and the corresponding transcription record. Most of the time only the head of household and family members’ names are transcribed and not the names of the farm hands or housemaids.

hedemora householdHedemora (W) AI:2 (1698-1704) Image 122 / Page 235 (AID: v130346.b122.s235, NAD: SE/ULA/10388)

hedamore transcript record2Hedemora (W) Husförhörsavskrift:1 (1698-1704) Image 1480 (AID: v894492.b1480, NAD: SE/ULA/10388)

Again, always review the volume list for each parish you are researching and check to see if there are any tools such as name registers or even transcriptions to help you with your research.

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Herdaminne – Personal History of Ministers

There are many types of records within ArkivDigital. One interesting set of records is the herdaminne. The herdaminne is a personal history of clergy who served in the Swedish church since the middle ages. In most cases, you can find a very detailed biography, including the person’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, family members, status, and other biographical notations. Sometimes, you will even find photographs. If you have an ancestor who was a member of the Swedish clergy, these records can be a valuable tool for researching your ancestor.

The herdaminnen are published books that were mostly published between the late 1800’s and present date for all the dioceses within Sweden. In order to find a herdaminne for a particular member of the clergy, you need to know the name of the parish he served in and the name of the diocese (stift) that the parish belonged to. There were some changes in the organizational structure so one needs to verify the diocese the parish belonged to for the designated time period.

Within ArkivDigital, you will find herdaminnen for the following dioceses: four in Sweden and one in Finland.

  • Göteborg
  • Skara
  • Uppsala
  • Växjö
  • Åbo (Finland)

You can find these by selecting archive search and then selecting archive type, printed literature. Select country, Sweden, for the herdaminnen in Sweden and select the country, Finland, for the one in Finland.

Below is an example of a biographical sketch plus a photo for the minister, Peter Magnus Bergström, who was born in Algutsboden on the 14th of January 1811.

herdaminnenVäxjö stifts herdaminne (F, G, H) 3 (1929) Image 810 / Page 151 (AID: v903640.b810.s151)

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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).

Visit our North American event calendar.

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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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