Spring Virtual Swedish Genealogy Workshop

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There will be four presentations:

  • Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • Swedish Historical Maps and Property Records
  • Searching by name in the Swedish church books
  • Finding my ne’er-do-well, scoundrel Swedish great-grandfather using DNA and ArkivDigital

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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ROOTSTECH CONNECT – FEBRUARY 25-27

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This year RootsTech Connect, the largest genealogy conference in the world, will be virtual and free. The event will actually begin on Wednesday, February 24th with a preview of the Expo Hall starting at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time and lasting until 11 PM. At 11 PM Eastern Standard time, the first main stage presentation will be live streamed and the event will continue through Saturday, February 27th.

 

There are hundreds of classes to view and these will also be available for free viewing for up to a year after the conference.

We at ArkivDigital are excited to be participating in this event as an exhibitor and both Kathy Meade and Niklas Hertzman of ArkivDigital will be speakers. Watch our blog and other social media this week for more news about our participation in RootsTech Connect and how to visit us in the Expo Hall.

For more information and registration information about RootsTech Connect, click here.

Click here to view a video of a sneak preview of what you can expect at RootsTech Connect. The video is presented by FamilySearch.

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Virtual Presentation – Lesser-known records in ArkivDigital

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the virtual monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society of the Swedish American Museum of Chicago on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

The presentation is titled “Lesser-known Records in ArkivDigital”. While many are familiar with the Swedish church books, there are many additional types of historical records in ArkivDigital. This presentation will point out some of these records such as the seamen house records (similar to merchant marines), prison records, orphanage records, domestic passports and other lesser- known records and how they can help you gain a deeper understanding of your Swedish heritage.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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Learn about the new book, Explore Your Swedish Heritage

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation on the book, Explore Your Swedish Heritage, by Håkan Skogsjö and published by ArkivDigital for the Virtual Quarterly Meeting for the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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2020 Virtual Winter Swedish Genealogy Workshop

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The McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be hosting a virtual ArkivDigital genealogy workshop on Saturday, December 12 from 9:15 AM to 12 PM Central Standard Time. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

 

There will be two presentations:

  • Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories
  • Exploring Swedish Military Records

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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Virtual ArkivDigital Workshop – Saturday, Oct 10

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Discover Your Swedish Roots”, a virtual genealogy workshop hosted by the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 9am- 4pm Central Standard Time.

Featured speakers will be Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital and Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, Family Search. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

There will be four presentations:

  • Introduction to Swedish Church Books
  • Searching by name in Swedish Records using ArkivDigital
  • Additional Indexes and Historical Collections in ArkivDigital
  • Overcoming Research Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference

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We are excited to share information about the VIRTUAL Nordic Genealogy Conference (September 26–27), organized by the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington, and featuring professional genealogists and subject matter experts from the Nordic countries and North America. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations:

  • ArkivDigital and Swedish Records
  • Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World

Through a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops, you’ll learn to trace your heritage origins through immigration and parish records, genetic testing, and many more sources. Click here for information and to register.

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Another look at Swedish American Church Books

ArkivDigital has Swedish-American church books for the following states in ArkivDigital’s online library:

  • Illinois – 2
  • Iowa – 88
  • Kansas – 99
  • Minnesota – 125
  • Missouri – 9
  • Nebraska – 120
  • Oklahoma – 1
  • South Dakota – 1
  • Wisconsin – 12

The Swedish-American church books include birth, marriage, death, membership, reception of members, dismissal of members, protocols and account records. Often you will find anniversary booklets, church histories, attachments to records and even in some congregation archives family histories. The types of records vary by parish and denomination. Click here for more information about types of church records.

The membership books for the Swedish-American Lutheran churches are very similar to the Swedish household/congregation books. These records have often been the link in helping Swedish-Americans identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from. Below is an example from Trade Lake Zion Lutheran Church in Wisconsin for Per Erik Erikson and his family.

per erik eriksonTrade Lake Zion Lutheran Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:2 (1895-1943) Image 54 / Page 23 (AID: v904701.b54.s23) https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v904701?image=54

The above record shows that Per Erik was born on the 27 of September 1848 in Linde (Lindesberg) parish in Örebro county and that he joined this congregation in 1889 and arrived in America in 1880. The record shows his wife, Anna Rosenqvist, who was born on the 16th of July 1862 in Vinslof (Vinslöv) parish in Kristianstad county, followed by the names of their children and their birth information. The record shows that Anna immigrated in 1881. Sometimes, the date of marriage will be shown on the membership record but in this case it is not. More research will be required to find the marriage date. The first child, Harry Lawrence, is shown as having been born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1884 and the next child was born in Trade Lake in 1886. So, it appears that the family moved from St. Paul to Trade Lake between 1884 and 1886 and then joined the congregation in 1889.

With the above information, we can search in the Swedish church books for Per Erik’s birth record.

per eriks birth recordLindesberg (T) CI:13 (1833-1850) Image 408 (AID: v53511.b408, NAD: SE/ULA/10851)
https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v53511?image=408

The birth record confirms his birth date as the 27th of September 1848 and that his parents were Erik Olsson and Maria Andersdotter. His mother was 29 years old at the time of his birth. The family lived in a place in the parish named Ryda.

Also, with a little further research, we can see the notation in the household record showing his move to North America in 1880.

erik move to americaLindesberg (T) AIc:19 (1871-1881) Image 229 / Page 225 (AID: v52142.b229.s225, NAD: SE/ULA/10851) https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v52142?image=229&page=225&register_collection=28

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Korsbaneret – Another source for the family historian

ArkivDigital has recently photographed copies of the Korsbaneret (The Banner of the Cross), a yearly calendar published by the Augustana Lutheran Synod from 1880 to 1950. These booklets contain many articles which include church and congregation news, obituaries of the clergy and their spouses, articles about synods, schools, religion and poetry.

Currently, we have scanned books for the following years in ArkivDigital: 1880 thru 1932 and also the year 1934. You can find the publications by doing the following:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select archive type, printed literature
  • Select country, United States
  • Select tryckta skrifter, USA
  • You will find the issues listed by the title, Korsbaneret and year, in the volume list

At the end of the volume, Korsbaneret, 1929, you will find an index or register for the volumes for the first fifty years, 1880-1929. There are indexes for various categories such as general news , obituaries of ministers and their spouses, illustrations or photos of churches and portraits of individuals.

Let’s look for the obituary for the pastor’s wife, Wilhelmina Lundquist, in Beaver, Illinois. By going to the volume, Korsbaneret, 1929, you will find the beginning of the registers or indexes on page 311. If we page forward to page 330, we will see the index for levnadsteckningar or biographies In the register. Then look for Lundquist, Wilhelmina and you will see next to her name the notations 21 and 275 which means you will find information about her in the volume for the year 1921 on page 275.

korsbaneret registerTryckta skrifter, USA Korsbaneret:1929 (1929) Image 171 / Page 339 (AID: v965044.b171.s339)

Then go to volume Korsbaneret, 1921, open the volume, go to page 275 and you will see the below image.

fru wilhelminaTryckta skrifter, USA Korsbaneret:1921 (1921) Image 141 / Page 275 (AID: v965036.b141.s275)

In this obituary we discover her birth date, place of birth in Sweden and emigration date.

Fru Wilhelmina Lundquist, född Johnson, föddes i Fyreled (Fryele) församling, Jönköping län, Sverige, den 14 februari 1857 och ankom till Amerika och Beaver, Illinois.år 1870. Hon konfirmades i den svenska ev. Lutherska kyrkan i Beaver 1871 och förenades i äktenskap med pastor L. J. Lundquist den 26 juni 1878. Hon fick i tron på sin dyre Frälsare sluta sin jordevandring och ingå i den boning, som Kristus beredt at de sina, den 5 januari 1919 i en ålder af 61 år, 11 månader och 21 dagar.

Wilhelmina Lundquist, born Johnson, was born in Fryele parish in Jönköping county, in Sweden on the 14th of February 1857 and arrived in America and Beaver, Illinois in 1870. She was confirmed in the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beaver in 1871 and was united in marriage with the pastor L. J. Lundquist on the 26th of June 1878 She was faithful to her dear Savior and ended her earthly journey and entered into the abode prepared for her by Christ on January 5, 1919 at the age of 61 years, 11 months and 21 days.

As you can see these booklets are a another wonderful set of records for the family historian and for those interested in emigration research.

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Olof Liljegren – Letters from the Civil War

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Illinois – 2 congregations
  • Iowa – 88 congregations
  • Kansas – 99 congregations
  • Minnesota – 125 congregations
  • Missouri – 9 congregations
  • Nebraska – 120 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest.

In the archive for the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Minnesota, you will find a very interesting set of letters, Olof Liljegren – Our Years in the Civil War. This collection consists mostly of letters translated into English written by Olof Liljegren to his father in Sweden, Jonas Nilsson, in Boggsjö, Sundjö parish in Jämtland county between the years of 1861 and 1864.

Olof emigrated from Sweden in 1858 to North America. He served in the Third Minnesota Regiment during the Civil War and in 1865 died in the United States Army in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1865. Besides the letters written by Olof to his father, the collection also includes a letter to his sweetheart, Mary Edblad, a pioneer school teacher in Isanti County, Minnesota as well a letter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death in 1865.

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Letter dated December 1861 from Olof to his father. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 20 (AID: v886267.b20) Link

In the above letter Olof writes to his father the following:

“I have not told you anything about myself. I enlisted in the U. S. Army for three years or the duration of the war. We are building up a Swedish regiment with all officers having been trained in Sweden which makes them excellent officers. The captain’s pay is $108 per month, first lieutenant, $100, 2nd lieutenant, $75, Corporal $15, and private $10 per month.

I took this step after much thought and decided my life is worth no more than the next man and if I die, I feel I can not die for a better cause than to stop slavery.”

 olof deathLetter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death dated December 17, 1865. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 80 (AID: v886267.b80) Link

“I am sending you a few lines to let you know your son Olof died in the United States Army at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 25, 1865. Two days before he died, I stayed with him one day and one nite. He was then so poorly he did not think he could get well. He told me to write to you and gave me authority to take card of his belongings and send his medal home to Sweden.”

To find these letters:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Minnesota
  • Select Vol:31 Printed Documents

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