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.

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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.

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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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January 2018 Events in North America

During January, ArkivDigital presentations and demonstrations will be held at the First Tuesday Education Program at the Family History Center in Wilmette, Illinois and at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a presentation on “Researching your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital” at the Family History Center in Wilmette, Illinois on Tuesday evening, January 9th.  The presentation will include an overview of ArkivDigital along with a case study showing how to search for church books and estate inventories using both the archive and the index (name) search options. For more information, click here.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society  at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, January 27th. The title of the presentation is “Overcoming Research Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books.Records”. For more information and registration details, click here.

Visit our North American Event Calendar.

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Many church books from Nebraska are now online

During the summer, we published a blog that we were photographing Swedish American church books in Nebraska. See earlier blog. Since then, we have been working at full speed photographing and publishing the material.

We have photographed many types of documents, everything from congregation books, birth, marriage and death books to protocols, church accounts and much more. We have published over 110,000 images from 110 congregations. Still more material will be added in the future.

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An image out of the Bertrand Immanuel Lutheran Church’s “Church-Register” for the years 1883-1907. For church members born in Sweden, both the birth parish and county are noted in the record. Link.

 

You can access these records by doing the following:

  • Select New archive search in ArkivDigital
  • Select County
  • Select Nebraska

Click here to read original blog in Swedish.

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Update on Swedish American Church Books

We have received many questions at recent North American conferences regarding the Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital. Today, we will give a status of the Swedish American church books that are available in ArkivDigital today as well as links to the English blogs giving more information about these records.

We have Swedish American church books for the following states:

  • Kansas – 97 congregations
  • Minnesota – 76 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 43 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation

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

  • Select archive search.
  • Select county archive.
  • 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 Kansas, Minnesota and Illinois in October

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ArkivDigital will be at the following events in October: SwedGen 2017 Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas, Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s Fall Conference in Edina, Minnesota and the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference in Moline, Illinois.

Lindsborg, Kansas – October 7-8
The final SwedGen 2017 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on October 7-8.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures for both the beginner and advanced researcher given by both Swedish and American experts over two days. Participants will be offered half day sessions in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. For program and registration details, click here.

Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota – October 21
We will be an exhibitor at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s fall conference on Saturday, October 21 at the Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital as well as research questions. Click here for registration information.

Illinois State Genealogical Fall Conference 2017 – October 27-28
We will be an exhibitor at the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference on October 27 & 28 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital as well as research questions. Click here for more information.

Visit our North American event calendar here.

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September Events in North America

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During September, we will be exhibiting and giving presentations about ArkivDigital at GenealogyKC 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Nordic Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and at FinnFest USA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also be traveling with Swedish genealogists from Sweden for the SwedGen Tour 2017 with stops in Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois during September and Lindsborg, Kansas in October.

GenealogyKC 2017 – Kansas City, Missouri
GenealogyKC 2017 is a conference for those interested in family history and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on September 8-9th. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy on both days of the conference. Click here for program and registration information.

Nordic Family History Conference – Salt Lake City, Utah and Webinar
On Tuesday, September 12, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving three presentations on ArkivDigital at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as part of the week long Nordic Family History Conference. There will be 120 seats available onsite and 500 spots for webinar attendees. In person and webinar attendance is free, but you must register.  Click here for program and registration information.

FinnFest USA – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation about ArkivDigital at the Finland 100 Genealogy Forum on Thursday, September 21st at FinnFest USA at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More Information.

SwedGen 2017
Swedish genealogists from Sweden along with Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be leading one-day Swedish genealogy workshops in Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd, Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th and a 2-day workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7-8. There will be lectures on records on ArkivDigital, Swedish emigration and culture, historical maps and other Swedish genealogy topics along with opportunities for individual consultations. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd.

Click here for program and registration information for Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th.

Click here for program and registration information for Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7th and 8th.

More information about SwedGen 2017.

Visit our event calendar to see events in North America.

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