NEW! Births, marriages and deaths in Jämtland

Again, we have updated our indexes: Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden and Deaths, parts of Sweden. This time we have added information about births, marriages and deaths for parishes in Jämtland. The following number of posts have been added in this update:

  • Births: 160,622 new posts from church books from the beginning up till around 1875
  • Marriages: 38,238 new posts from church books from the beginning up till around 1861
  • Deaths: 78,573 new posts from church books from the beginning up till around 1861

These index posts make it simpler for you as a customer to quickly find the person you are searching for. With a simple search, you can find where and when your ancestors and relatives were born, married and died. You can then click to the original source in order to double check the information.

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By clicking on the links shown below, you can see which parishes and years are included in the index after this update.

After this update, the index for Births, parts of Sweden has a total 6,481,737 searchable name posts, Marriages, parts of Sweden has a total of 1,060,938 searchable name posts and Deaths, parts of Sweden has a total of 2,444,365 searchable name posts.

In order to open any of these three indexes, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index Search and then select Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden or Deaths, parts of Sweden in the list under index source.

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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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Updates to the birth, marriage and death indexes

Recently, new index entries have been added to our birth, marriage and death indexes which were launched in August 2017. This time, we have added some years to about thirty parishes in Nyköping and the surrounding area. Previously, these parishes included indexes for years from the earliest times to about 1861. Additional years have been added with the earliest final year being 1894 and the latest 1920.

Below are links to pages showing the parishes with years that have been indexed by name in the birth, marriage and death indexes. The ones shown under the heading “Registren för nedanstående församlingar är skapade i samarbete med Nyköping-Oxölesunds Släktforskarförening (NOSFF)” or the registers created with the partnership with the Nyköping-Oxölesunds Genealogy Society (NOSFF) are the ones with newly added years.

Birth index –  https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister
Marriage index: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister
Death index -: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister

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In order to access the indexes, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The indexes are only available in our Web version, which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

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Attachments to migration records – HII series

Many people are familiar with the moving in (inflyttning) and moving out (utflyttning) church books which are in the “B” series. Whenever a person moved out of the parish, each person was required to notify the minister of his or her move. The minister would give the person a moving our certificate (flyttningsbetyg) and note the move out in the household book and the moving out (utflyttning) book. Once at the new parish, the person would give the certificate to the new minister who would record the move in both the household book and the moving in book (inflyttning). The new minister would generally save the original certificate.

Below is an example of the moving out record for Erik Persson who moved with his wife and one child from Kroppa parish to Ransäter parish in 1861.  Click here for more information about the moving in and out records.

kroppa moving out recordKroppa (S) B:3 (1845-1868) Image 62 / Page 43 (AID: v7303.b62.s43, NAD: SE/VA/13291)

In ArkivDigital, for some parishes we also have the “H II” series which are called “Bilagor till flyttningslängderna” or in English “Attachments to migration records”. While these records are not as commonly used in research, these are the basis of the moving books. Below is an image of the actual moving certificate (fyttningsbetyg) for the same Erik Persson as shown in the above moving out record.

h series betygRansäter (S) HII:3 (1860-1874) Image 83 (AID: v54133.b83, NAD: SE/VA/13426)

Transcription

Torparen Erik Persson, som nu med Hustru och ett barn flyttar från Herrhult i Kroppa Sn. till Munkerud in Ransäter, är född den 2 Sept1825 (tjugofem) i Ransäter, Hustru Johanna Andersdotter är född den 7 Februari 1834 (trettiofyra) i Grythyttan Sn. Båda ega försvarlig christendomskunskap, begått H. h. Nattvard sednast den 3 Mars h.a, äro till lefvernet val fräjdade och haft vacc. koppor. Mannen vid husfor. 1860 närvarande.
Barn: Anna Sofia, född den 22 Sept 1860 (sextio) i Kroppa, ej vaccinered.

Attesterar Kroppa Prestgård den 11 Maj 1861

Translation

Crofter Erik Persson, who with (his) wife and one child (will) move from Herrhult in Kroppa parish to Munkerud in Ransäter, was born on the 2nd of September 1825 in Ransäter. (His) wife, Johanna Andersdotter, was born on the 7th of February 1834 in Grythyttan parish. Both have passable knowledge of Christianity, received Holy Communion on March 3rd, have good character and are well-behaved, have been inoculated for smallpox, were present at the 1860 household examination.
Child: Anna Sofia born on the 22nd of September 1860 in Kroppa, not vaccinated.

Certified (at) Kroppa Prestgård on the 11th of May 1861.

To check if ArkivDigital has the H II series for a parish, go to new archive search, enter the parish name and then look for the H II series books with the title “Attachments to migration records”.  See example below for H II series in Ransäter parish.

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Research in Värnamo, Voxtorp and Tånnö (church books burned)

voxtorpimage1Häradsskrivaren i Östbo fögderi FIa:25 (1850-1851) Image 20 (AID: v299119.b20, NAD: SE/VALA/01961) Link.

It is a great disappointment for a researcher to discover that many of the church books do not exist for the parish his or her ancestor came from. Sometimes there are gaps in the records or an entire series is missing. Sometimes, one knows the reason why the records no longer exist such as a fire but sometimes there is only a note saying the there are no records.

If your ancestors are from Värnamo, Voxtorp and Tånnö parishes in Småland, you will be initially disappointed  because many of the church books were destroyed in a fire in 1869. A story is told that the minister’s maid was in the parsonage cooking pork over the open fireplace. Someone called out for assistance because a cow was calving. The maid ran to help and completely forgot about the pork and the open fire.  While the maid was helping with the calving, the fire spread and the parsonage and the church books burned. By luck a few books and household records from 1861 were preserved as well as the birth, marriage and death books for 1825-1860 for Värnamo parish.

But just because the church books no longer exist does not mean that one cannot research further. One should look for other documents. There may be some tax registers, court records and estate inventories that are available. It may take some time and it is not always easy to research in these documents, but with a little patience one can find some additional information.

Värnamo, Voxtorp and Tånnö parishes are located in Östbo härad or district and it is sometimes said that “an accident seldom comes alone”.  There was a fire at the  Östbo district court in 1834.  This means that there are no estate inventories, court records or other documents in that archive that can be used.  Fortunately  for the court records, there are extracts or duplicate records. The court was required to make  extracts or copies of the original court records and submit it to the Göta Court of Appeals once a year.   In ArkivDigital’s online library, these are available only for the years 1603 to 1750 for Östbo härad (some gaps do exist).

What now remains for that time period are the tax registers/population registers (mantalslängderna). These were produced each year and while they are not as detailed as the household records, one can easily follow a family on a farm year by year. The more recent one comes in time,  the more information one finds in the population registers.

We hope to photograph the population registers and other documents for the parishes where the church books are missing. For some parishes we have already done this. In ArkivDigital population registers for Östbo härad are now available up to and including 1861. Actually, this is the only way one can do family research for Värnamo, Voxtorp and Tånnö parishes.

In ArkivDigital, you can find these populations registers:

  • 1686-1820 (gaps exist) in Jönköping läns landskontor.
  • 1758-1861 (gaps exist) in Häradsskrivaren i Östbo fögderi.

To search in the Jönköping läns landskontor archive using the English interface:

  • Go to ArkivDigital search.
  • Select advance options.
  • Select archive type, country office.
  • Select Jönköping läns landskontor.

To search in the Häradsskrivaren in Östbo fögderi archive using the English interface:

  • Go to ArkivDigital search.
  • Select advance options.
  • Select archive type, district registrar.
  • Select Häradsskrivaren i Östbo fögderi.

voxtorpimage3Häradsskrivaren i Östbo fögderi FIa:25 (1850-1851) Image 2770 (AID: v299119.b2770, NAD: SE/VALA/01961) Link.

The image above is the population register for Värnamo in 1850 showing Alandsryd Skattegård.  Anders Jönsson (born 1800) and his wife (hustru) born 1805 together with Johan (born 1837), Isak (born 1844), Anna (born 1833), Stina (born 1840) and farmhand (dräng) Johan (born 1832) are shown as living in the first section of the farm listing.  Following is the  lodger(inhyses), Jöns (born 1767) and his wife (born 1785). Seeing that Anders last name is Jönsson, it is possible that the lodger, Jöns, and his wife are his parents.

One can’t conclude that this is correct without researching more records. Maybe it’s his father, but Jöns wife is probably not the mother because she would have been only 15 when Anders was born. Maybe Jöns remarried or it may be Anders wife’s parents or even someone completely different. More research is necessary before one can resolve the mystery.

Link to blog in Swedish.

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