The Population of Sweden 1940 is now searchable in ArkivDigital! With some simple searches and clicks, it is now possible to find information about approximately 6.3 million Swedes who lived in Sweden on the 31st of December 1940.
The source material for the Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the extracts sent to Statistics Sweden that were used to create the 1940 census. Most of the extracts are from the source titled: “Utdrag ur församlingsbok den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract out of the congregation book on December 31,1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”. However, in Stockholm City, no congregation books were created for most of the large parishes at that time. The source for the population census for these parishes comes from “Utdrag ur Stockholms stads civila folkregister den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract from Stockholm City population register on December 31, 1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”.
In the Population of Sweden 1940, you can search for the following information:
- First and last name
- Birth date and birth place (parish, county and country)
- Location (property, village, or block)
In addition, other persons living in the same household can be included in the search criteria.
You can click on the link to the source and you will see an image of the original source. The original record contains information that is not included in the index record. Often, you will find the person’s occupation and sometimes the person’s employer. Employer information can be interesting because this is usually not included in the church books.
The Population of Sweden 1940 complements our other census databases: Population of Sweden 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985 as well as the Population of Sweden 1860-1947. It may be noted that the Population of Sweden 1940 and the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 overlap but in fact they nicely complement each other. The Population of Sweden 1940 gives a snapshot of the population on a certain date (December 31, 1940) whereas the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is an index of the household/congregation church books and allows one to follow a person continuously, year by year.
The Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the entire population of Sweden in 1940 whereas in the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1947, the end year for many parishes is in the 1930’s or even earlier because some of the books contain later years that are protected from being published online by Swedish privacy legislation. In addition, information for many persons living in parishes within Stockholm City is missing since congregation books were not created in those parishes after the year 1877. While in the Population of Sweden 1940, information about the population of Stockholm City is included.
To access the Population of Sweden 1940, one must have an All-in-one subscription and it is only available in the web version of our software which you can fine here: https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, go to Index search and then select “Population of Sweden 1940” in the Index source list.
We are now launching an interactive map feature in ArkivDigital that will simplify searching for aerial photos.
Click on “Aerial photos” on the menu to the left to open the map.
You can move around the map by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse. You can zoom in or out by clicking on the plus or minus signs or by scrolling with your mouse. By clicking on a colored point, you will zoom into that area.
Each map needle marker is an image series. These are not totally accurate in the location but click on the one closest to the area you are interested in. You need to be a little creative when searching. By hovering your mouse over the needle marker, you will see an information box giving information about the image series (serial number, film year and the number of images in the series). Both the front and back sides of the raw copies (paper copies) have been scanned. Thus, the number of photos of houses and farms is half as many as stated in the information box. The back side of the photo can contain some helpful and interesting information.
When an image series is opened, the map and photo are displayed next to each other. You can scroll through the series just like in a regular volume using the 1 page or 5 pages forward and backward buttons. When the series is open, the map marker becomes blue and other series that are open at the same time will show a green marker.
You can reset the markers and the size of the map by using the “expand” and “reset map” buttons. More image series will be added to the interactive map funtion.
You will find an instructional video on how to use the interactive map on YouTube. The video is in Swedish. Click here to see the video.
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You will receive a high-resolution digital image (length and width at least 5000 pixels, often more) in three different file formats: raw (completely unprocessed), tif (suitable for printing), and jpg (suitable for screen display) and all the information that ArkivDigital has about the image (such as the date it was taken and the type of aircraft used when filming).
When ArkivDigial creates the digital image, all other negatives in the same series are also digitized, usually 48, and these usually include other buildings in the same area. These images will then be published in ArkivDigital’s online archive and will be available to you and all customers. The quality of these images, created directly from the original negatives, is significantly better than the raw copies currently online.
If you would like to order photos, contact our customer service at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In an earlier blog (see earlier blog), we wrote about moving out certificates (flyttningsbevis) from parishes within Sweden that have been preserved by some Swedish American churches.
In some Swedish American churches mostly the Lutheran, the minister would note persons joining the congregation and leaving the parish in a separate section of the congregation book. Usually the section showing persons joining the congregation is titled, Reception of new members (Intagna medlemmar) and the section showing people leaving the congregation is titled, Dismissal of members (utträdda medlemmar).
When a person was dismissed or removed from a congregation primarily within the Augustana Lutheran churches, sometimes the person would be given a certificate of removal. These certificates from one Augustana congregation to another came to serve as a pass to the congregation that was active at the new place of residence.
Some of the certificates of removal or transfers are available for some congregations within ArkivDigital. Below is an image of the moving certificate for Anders Peter Falk and his family that is in the archive for the Council Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iowa showing the family moving from St. John’s Church (St. John’s Lutheran Church) in Essex, Iowa to Council Bluffs in 1893.
The certificate gives the date of birth and place of birth for all members of the family.
- Anders Peter Falk born on the 27th of July 1838 in Vena (Hvena) parish in Kalmar county
- Margareta Charlotta born on the 8th of June 1848 in Lönneberga parish
- Anna Elenora born on the 22nd of May 1881 in New Windsor, Illinois
- Ella Victoria born on the 6th of January 1884 in Essex, Iowa
The record also states that Anders Peter Falk emigrated from Sweden in 1854 and Margareta Charlotta emigrated in 1859. It also shows that they joined the church in Essex, Iowa in 1883. Note – remember this is a secondary source so all information should be verified. But this is a wonderful record showing where the parents came from in Sweden and some of their moves within North America. Unfortunately, not many of these records were preserved.
Whenever there are moving certificates either from a parish in Sweden or from another Swedish American parish in North America, you will find these volumes in the parish archives titled, Attachments to migration records.
You can find out if a particular North American congregation has a volume titled, Attachments to migration records by:
- Go to archive search.
- Select the country, United States.
- Select the desired state.
- Select the desired congregation.
- Search the volume list.
One common question that one hears from Swedish-Americans new to Swedish records, “Are the records searchable by name?” Today, we can say that increasingly more and more Swedish records such as the church books, estate inventories and other record types are searchable by name. One of ArkivDigital’s primary goals is to make Swedish research easier and one method is name searchable indexes.
Today, we will review the name searchable indexes that are available in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription.
- Household/Congregations Books (Population of Sweden 1860-1947) – All of the household/congregation books for all of Sweden have been indexed by name for the years from 1860 to 1947. For more information, click here.
- Birth, marriage and death book indexes – (Birth index- parts of Sweden, Marriage Index- parts of Sweden, Death index- parts of Sweden) Searchable name indexes for birth, marriage and death books for all of the parishes within Kronoberg county and some parishes in nearby counties, around 60 parishes in Södermanland county as well as Nederluleå parish in Norrbotten county. Most of these indexes are from the earliest times (1600’s) up to the second half of the nineteenth century. The end year varies by parish. For some parishes, the end year is 1920. This is an ongoing project and the goal is to index by name the birth, marriage and death books for all of Sweden. Click here for more information.
Estate Inventories (Inventory of estate)
- Name searchable indexes exist for estate inventories from the following counties: Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. This is an ongoing project. For a complete list of the district and city courts that have been indexed, click here.
Swedish Census Indexes
- ArkivDigital has searchable name indexes for the years 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985. Click here for additional information.
- Population of Sweden 1950
- Population of Sweden 1960
- Population of Sweden 1975
- Population of Sweden 1985
Military records (Military Service Cards)
- The Military Service Cards index is a name searchable index of all draft registration and service cards for those who served in the Swedish military between 1902 and 1941. Click here for more information.
Swedes in U.S. 1940 Census
- The Swedes in U.S. 1940 Census index includes all the persons in the 1940 U.S. Census who stated that their birth place was Sweden. Click here for more information.
- Portrait Collection – Collection of photographs from three Stockholm photography studios from the 1920’s to 1970’s. Click here for more information.
- Agriculture Census 1944 - Index to 1944 year’s agriculture statistics done by Statistics Sweden (SCB). Click here for more information.
To access the name searchable indexes within ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription:
- Access the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se/
- Select “Index Search”.
- Select the desired index under “Index source”.
A few months ago, ArkivDigital published a name searchable index for birth, marriage and death records for all the parishes within Kronoberg county from the earliest times to the year 1859.(See previous blog.) We announced earlier that we would be adding indexes for later years for parishes in Kronoberg as well as for some parishes in neighboring counties. Now the publication has been completed.
The end year in the index does vary by parish. In general, most of the indexes for the birth records go up to 1920 and the marriage and death indexes go up to 1944. But in many parishes the end year is earlier. Regarding indexes for parishes in neighboring counties (primarily Blekinge and Jönköping counties as well as a couple of parishes from Kalmar and Kristianstad counties), the number of years that have been indexed varies. You can find out what parishes and what years have been indexed at the following links:
- Birth indexes: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister
- Marriage indexes: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister
- Death indexes: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister
The register was created by the Kronoberg’s Genealogical Society and can be published thanks to an agreement between the association and ArkivDigital.
Our goal is to gradually expand our church book indexes so that they eventually cover all of Sweden. Of course, we are still just beginning, but through partnerships with genealogical societies, other organizations and private individuals, we can hopefully achieve this goal within the not too distant future.
In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one needs to have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in the web version of our software, which you will find at https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, select “Index search” and then in the list below index source select “Birth index, parts of Sweden”, “Marriage index parts of Sweden” or “Death index- parts of Sweden”.
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.
We have Swedish-American church books for the following states:
- Iowa – 29 congregations
- Kansas – 98 congregations
- Minnesota – 101 congregations
- Missouri – 7 congregations
- Nebraska – 119 congregations
- Oklahoma – 1 congregation
- Wisconsin – 12 congregations
To search for Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital, do the following:
- Select Archive search.
- Select country – United States
- Then select desired state (for example – Nebraska). Then a list of congregations for that state will appear.
- Select the congregation that you desire.
Below is a list of blogs with links for more information about the Swedish-American church books:
- Swedish-American Church Book Record Types
- Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books
- Sven Andersson’s Life in Bucklin, Missouri
Just over a year ago, ArkivDigital’s largest name searchable index, the Population of Sweden, was expanded by ten years from 1860-1920 to 1860 to 1930. Now, we have added 17 more years. The index now covers the years from 1860 to 1947.
The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is Sweden’s largest name searchable index and today contains approximately 105 million index entries collected from 37,597 volumes. The index is not only the largest available in Sweden; it is the easiest to use. All search results link directly to the original record. You click the link and immediately find your relative in the original volume! How much easier can it be!
The index is a name searchable index of all persons in the household/congregation books between 1860 and 1947. The household/congregation books are an inventory of each household living in the parish organized by the place in the parish (for example, farm, village, estate). Each volume covers a series of years. You will see some that cover five years and many that cover more than ten years. Household/congregation books are covered by the privacy law within Sweden that protects some records younger than seventy years from being published online. So, it a book include years that are protected by the privacy law, it has not been photographed. Thus, a book covering the years 1930 to 1950 will not be available.
Also, please note that in many of the large parishes within the city of Stockholm, household records were not created after 1878 and thus you will find no indexes. You will find index entries for most people living in Stockholm city from 1860 to 1877.
The index Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is included in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription. You can find the index in the application by selecting, New index search and then select, Population of Sweden 1860-1947 under index source.
New users and users with a Base subscription will get access to everything in our database including the All-in-one, during the whole weekend.
Besides everything in our database such as church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records, military, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church records and other historical records you get access to the aerial photographs plus all of our registers: Population of Sweden 1950, Population of Sweden 1960, Population of Sweden 1975, Population of Sweden 1985, Population of Sweden 1860-1930 (name index of all household/congregation records between 1860 and 1930), Swedes in US 1940, Inventory of estate, portrait collection, birth, marriage and death indexes for parts of Sweden, military service cards and the agricultural statistics of 1944.
This is a great opportunity to discover the historical treasures that our available in our continually growing database as well as our new powerful name searching indexes.
Recently, ArkivDigital, released a name searchable register, Population of Sweden 1975, with information of all persons who lived in Sweden that year. Now, we continue forward in time and launch a new register, the Population of Sweden 1985.
In the new register, Population of Sweden 1985, you will find personal information about all persons who lived in Sweden in 1985. The information includes full name, address, birth date and birth parish, marriage date or date of last change in marital status as well as current tax registration place and previous tax registration place. Also, the index record shows all who lived in the same household.
There are many ways to search for a person in the new register: first and last name, birth date and birth parish, residence and various combinations of this information, for example, all Leif’s who were born on the 13th of September 1928. You can also search by using combination of names within the same household such as all persons named Bertil Lundberg whose spouse was named Edit.
The source for the Population of Sweden 1985 is an extract from the 1986 tax register and reflects conditions on the 1st of November 1985.For Uppsala county, the tax register for 1986 is missing. Instead the source for Uppsala county, is the 1987 tax registers reflecting conditions on the 1st of November 1986.
In order to access the Population of Sweden 1985, one must have an All-in-one subscription and the register is only available in the web version of our software. You can find the web version by going to https://app.arkivdigital.se.
ArkivDigital is currently working on creating additional name searchable registers. Soon, the Population of Sweden 1940 will be available.