Meet ArkivDigital in Washington, Kansas and Massachusetts

ArkivDigital will be visiting locations in the Northwest, Midwest and Northeast of the United States late summer and early fall. At all these events, there will be presentations on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. If you happen to be in the area, we would love to meet you and help you with your Swedish research questions.

Arlington Washington

The 2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference will be held in Arlington, Washington on August 15-18. ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor at the conference. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving three presentations during the conference on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy.

Click here for program and registration information.

september lindsborg event

Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas on September 29-30. Attend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

Discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small-town charm.

Click here for program and registration information.

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A Swedish American Genealogy Conference will be held in Sturbridge, Massachusetts on October 5-6. Attend two days of Swedish genealogy presentations sponsored by the Swedish Ancestry Research Association. There will be a wide range of topics covered including DNA testing, research topics and immigration stories.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations on “Getting Started with Swedish Research”, “Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World”, “Introduction to the Swedish Church Books”, “Swedish Estate Inventories” and “Swedish Military Research”.

Use the conference as a starting point to enjoy a vacation in the Northeast during the beautiful autumn season

Download here conference registration form for program and registration information.

Visit our North America event calender, by clicking here.

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More Swedish American Church Books in ArkivDigital

Today, we will give a status of the Swedish American church books that are available in ArkivDigital as well as links to the English blogs giving more information about these records.

red oak church recordRed Oak Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Iowa, USA (IA) Vol:1 -1890 Image 31 / Page 35 (AID: v903645.b31.s35) Link.

We have Swedish American church books for the following states:

  • Iowa – 7 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 80 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 9 congregations

To search for Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital, do the following:

  • Select New archive search.
  • Select country – United States
  • Then select desired state (for example – Nebraska).
  • A list of the congregations for that state will appear.

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Below is a list of blogs with links for more information about the Swedish American church books:

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ArkivDigital Visits Michigan and California

ArkivDigital will be visiting Michigan and California during May. We would love to meet you if you are in the area.

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The National Genealogical Society’s 2018 Family History Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan on May 2-5, 2018. ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor at the conference. If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth #428 and enter a drawing to win special door prizes plus answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. Click here to learn more about NGS 2018.

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We will be an exhibitor at the 49thAnnual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2018 in Burbank, California, May 31 and June 1 & 2, 2018. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital on Saturday, June 2rd at 5:00 PM.

If you plan to attend the conference, please attend the ArkivDigital presentation to learn more about the new exciting name searchable features in ArkivDigital. Please stop by our booth #314 for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research. Click here to learn more about Jamboree 2018.

 

Visit our event calendar to learn about North American events.

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United States Naturalization Records in Nebraska Collection

We now have 118 archives in our Nebraska collection. Most of these archives are Swedish American congregation records but not all are church records. One interesting collection in the Nebraska archives consists of declarations of intention, petitions for naturalization and final papers for United States citizenship. These records are from the District Court of Polk County in Osceola, Nebraska.

The process for United States citizenship was generally a two-step process. After a person lived in the U.S. for two years, the person could file a “declaration of intention” to become a citizen. After three additional years, the person could file a petition for naturalization. After the petition was granted, the person was given a certification of naturalization and became a citizen. Click here for more information about the naturalization process.

These applications for citizenship primarily the “declaration of intention” are often used to help a person identify where their ancestor came from in Sweden. Below is the declaration of intention for Axel Theodore Norstrom.

declaration of intentionDistrict Court of Polk County, Osceola, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1907-1922) Image 47 / page 33 (AID: v896407.b47.s33, NAD) Link.

The “declaration of intention” includes such information as physical description, age, occupation, birth date and birth place, emigration place, often name of ship along with date of arrival and arrival port.

In the above record dated 18th of January 1909 we see that Axel was born in Skinnskatteberg parish in Sweden on the 10th of September 1863. He is now living in Stromsberg, Nebraska. The record states that he emigrated from Göteborg, Sweden on the ship, Arabic, and arrived in the port of Boston, Massachusetts on the 14th of October 1905. His last residence in Sweden is Malma. (Note – in the declaration of intention it looks like Malmo but as we do more research, we discover that the last residence in Sweden is in the parish of Malma in Västmanland county).

With the above information, we can jump into the Swedish church book records and verify the information on the declaration of intention. We can search for the birth books for Skinnskatteberg parish and look for his birth record in 1863. Below is his birth record.

norstroms birth recordSkinnskatteberg (U) C:11 (1862-1878) Image 26 (AID: v74059.b26, NAD: SE/ULA/11336) Link.

We can follow him in the household books from the time of his birth until his emigration. Below is the household record showing him emigrating from Malma parish in Västmanland county to America in 1905. You notice that his Swedish name is “Axel Teodor Norström” and the American version is ” Axel Theodore Norstrom”.

norstrom hfl emigration recordMalma (U) AII:2 (1902-1914) Image 150 / page 3 (AID: v263759.b150.s3, NAD: SE/ULA/11056) Link.

You can find the “declarations of intentions” in the District Court Polk County, Nebraska Archives in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New Archive search.
  • Select county, Nebraska.
  • Select District Court of Polk County, Osceola, Nebraska USA archive.
  • Select the book with the years that you are interested in.
  • Each book contains a name register in the front of the book.

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ArkivDigital Visits Nebraska

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We will be an exhibitor at the Nebraska State Genealogy Society’s 41st Annual Conference in Columbus, Nebraska, on April 27-28, 2018.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a presentation on ArkivDigital on Saturday, April 28th at 11 AM. Part of the presentation will highlight the recently added collection of Nebraska records which consists primarily of Swedish American church books but also a collection of declaration of intentions for U.S. citizenship from the District Court of Polk County court house.

 If you are in the area, please stop by our exhibit table and attend the presentation. Click here for more information.

Click here to visit our North American event calendar to see other 2018 events.

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RootsTech 2018

IMG_9132RootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world. This year there were attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries. Over 14,000 registered family history researchers attended RootsTech 2018 plus another 10,000 attended the Family Discovery Day on Saturday. There were more than 200 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was huge with more than 190 vendors displaying their products and services.

For the sixth consecutive year, ArkivDigital, was an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, gave a presentation on “Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books” along with giving a ArkivDigital presentation in the demo theater.

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Each day, there were a stream of visitors stopping by our booth requesting to learn more about our services and Swedish genealogy. Many sought help to discover where in Sweden their ancestor came from, translation help on records as well as viewing short demos on how to search in ArkivDigital. But again this year, we had to explain to a couple of visitors that Sweden is not Switzerland.

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A woman from Utah was moved to tears of happiness to discover the place in Sweden where her ancestor came from which was Högby, Kalmar. She had been looking for thirty years. Even more exciting was discovering that her ancestor had siblings that she knew nothing about. See the above picture.

We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello and told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital and how they love the new search indexes especially the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930.

Read more about RootsTech.

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Attend our Spring ArkivDigital Workshop

 

arkivdigital workshopAttend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2018 spring workshop will be held the weekend March 17-18 in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small-town charm.

If you can’t attend our spring workshop, our fall workshop in Lindsborg will be September 29-30, 2018. There will also be a Swedish Genealogy workshop sponsored by the Swedish Research Ancestry Association (SARA) in Sturbridge Massachusetts on October 5-6, 2018.

  • More information about our Lindsborg spring workshop, click here.
  • More information about our Lindsborg fall workshop, click here.
  • More information about workshop in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, click here.

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Adventure Skaraborg

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Do your Swedish ancestors come from Skaraborg county or the surrounding region? If so, you may wish to take this opportunity to participate in a customized genealogy trip to Sweden: Adventure Skaraborg – August 27 to September 5, 2018.

This customized travel package offers participants the possibility to walk in their ancestor’s footsteps, visit where their ancestors lived and maybe even meet living relatives. The trip is customized for each individual who participates in the trip.

The exclusive travel package includes:

  • Customized travel itinerary and a personal genealogist
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites
  • Travel itinerary includes one day in Gothenburg, five days in Skaraborg County and four days in Stockholm.
  • Cost is $4000 and includes hotels (double room, additional price for single room), travel insurance, a local genealogy researcher, transportation in Sweden and more. Airfare is not included. Roundtrip airfare between Sweden and Chicago O’Hare is approximately $1,000.

Genealogists specializing in the Skaraborg area will communicate with trip participants prior to their travels in helping them discover more about their Swedish roots. The participant doesn’t need to have any genealogical research skills.

For more details about Adventure Skaraborg, click here.

If you are interested in participating in this trip or wish more information, the primary contact is Annelie Jonsson and her email is tagesdotter@gmail.com. The second contact is Linnea Bengtsson, International Business Developer for Skaraborg County. She is based in Rockford, Illinois and her email is: linnea.bengtsson@lidkoping.se.

About Skaraborg
The County of Skaraborg is situated between the two great lakes Vänern and Vättern with good travel connections to Stockholm and Gothenburg. The municipalities within the County of Skaraborg are: Essunga, Falköping, Grästorp, Gullspång, Götene, Hjo, Karlsborg, Lidköping, Mariestad, Skara, Skövde, Tibro, Tidaholm, Töreboda and Vara.

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Visit ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2018

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RootsTech 2018, North America’s largest family history and technology conference, will be held February 28-March 3, 2018 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, will give a presentation, Overcoming Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books, on Friday, March 2nd at 1:30 PM.

In addition, there will be an ArkivDigital demonstration in the demo theater in the vendor hall on Friday, March 2nd at 4:20 PM.

If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth #317 and enter a drawing to win special door prizes plus answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy.

Click here for more information about RootsTech.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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Swedish American Church Book Record Types

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and a few from Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Below are the types of records that you will find in the various congregations However, the type of records that were kept and preserved varies by congregation.

  1. Congregation records or church registers (Församlingsböcker)
  2. Birth and christening records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
  3. Marriage records (Vigselböcker)
  4. Death and burial records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
  5. Catechetical records (Konfirmationsbok)
  6. Protocols (Protokoll)
  7. Accountings (Räkenskaper)
  8. Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
  9. Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
  10. Anniversary documents (Jubileumsskrift)

Congregation Books (Församlingsböcker)
The congregation records or church registers include similar information to the Swedish household or congregation records. The type of information you may find includes:  the names of the household members, birth date, birth place, baptismal date, marriage dates of the head of the household, arrival date in America and arrival date in the congregation. Some of these books have alphabetical name indexes. These records are very helpful in identifying where a person came from in Sweden.

Omaha Congregation RecordCongregation book from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1868-1890) Image 74 / page 69 (AID: v883292.b74.s69, NAD: ) Link.

Birth and Christening Records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
The birth and christening records are somewhat similar to the Swedish birth and christening records. The contents do vary by congregation but they usually contain the child’s name, birth date, baptismal date, names of parents and names of baptismal witnesses.  Most of the time the mother’s married name and not maiden name is presented. These records are organized in chronological order often by baptismal date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha birthsRecords of baptisms from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 21 / page 35 (AID: v883294.b21.s35, NAD: ) Link.

Marriage Records (Vigselböcker)
The marriage records are an important source because it is the one source where the female’s maiden name is shown. The contents in the marriage record usually include the names of the groom and bride, date of the marriage and the places where the bride and groom are from. These records are organized in chronological order.

omaha marriageRecords of Marriages from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 59 / page 173 (AID: v883294.b59.s173, NAD: ) Link.

Death and Burial Records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
The death and burial records sometimes called “Records of Funerals” show the deceased’s name, death date, burial date, age, sometimes names of nearest relatives and cause of death. Unfortunately, abbreviations may be used in names such as “P. A. Swanson” versus the complete name and married women are often noted as “Mrs. Charles Eklund”.  These are organized in chronological order usually by the funeral date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha burialsRecords of Funerals from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 98 / page 291 (AID: v883294.b98.s291, NAD: ) Link.

Catechetical (Konfirmationsbok)
The catechetical records provide names of the persons confirmed. Most of the time, these are only list of names but occasionally, the birth date and the names of the parents of the confirmed will be shown.

Protocols (Protokoll)
The protocols are administrative records for the parish. They contain minutes of administrative meetings and decisions relating to parish matters.

Accountings (Räkenskaper)
The account books will include records of financial transactions such as cash books, bookkeeping records and real estate transactions.

Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
These records record new members of the parish usually stating the name of the person, date of admission and the place where the person came from.

Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
These records record the names of members who leave the parish. Usually, you will find the name of the person, departure date and where the person is going to.

omaha dismissalRecords of Dismissals of Members from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 85 / page 247 (AID: v883294.b85.s247, NAD: ) Link.

Church anniversary document (Jubileumsskrift)
In many congregation archives you will find a church anniversary document celebrating a number of years in existence such as 25 years, 50 years, 75 years or 100 years. These documents usually present a short history of the church or a church organization such as a singing group or other group within the church. Sometimes in addition to the history of the church, biographical information and photos of members of the church are included.

Other documents (Övriga handlingar)
You may find other documents dependent upon the parish such as church school records, tomb or cemetery records, historical notes, church constitution, and attachments to migration records, newspaper clippings and other types of documents.

More information about Swedish American church books:
Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books.

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