Now, we begin to add aerial photographs!

At the beginning of the year we announced that ArkivDigital had acquired several million aerial photographs from Svenska-Aero Bilder. Click here to see the earlier blog. During the half year since then, boxes and boxes with maps, negatives and paper copies have been transported to our office in Lyrestad. Once in place, scanners, digital cameras and computers have been working at full speed. We are far from being complete, but we want to show you a little of what we have done.

In order to view the aerial photo collection, one must have an All-in-one subscription and access the service by using the web version of our program software.

First, we want to say it is not easy to find the right picture. You must understand the layout, abbreviation and codes. In addition, not all the photos have yet been scanned and thus are not yet available. So, with these reservations, we will try to explain the steps for finding the correct image.

boxes in lyrestad

In this example, we will search for an aerial photo from the small village, Dalstuda, which lies in Rättviks parish in Koppparberg county in Dalarna province.

First, we go to archive search and select the archive type, Flygbilder, and then we see what is available. Note – that we are continually adding new material.

select flygbilder

Search for “Flygkartor Kopparbergs län” and then select a volume. Each company has photographed their own maps. In this case, we will select SAB:1 (Svenska Aero Bilder).

share map series

The different navigational flight routes are on the overview maps. Locate the map that covers the region or area you are searching for.

search for correct map

Enlarge (zoom in) the image to see the code number.

enlarge the image

We have now discovered that this is image series E6952 which we shall now search for in the Svensk Aerobilders volume. Select Svenska Aero Bilder Råkopier E:XXXX (SAB). The beginning letter in the image series in this case is E.

search for correct archive

We are now coming close. In the long list, we will find the image series E:6952 and we open the volume by double clicking the volume.

share right volume

Now the image series is open and you can page through it in order to look at the images for that flight route. There can be a few images or as many up to a hundred photos. Unfortunately, today there is not a better description of which houses and farms have been photographed.

page forward

Remember to also look at the back of the card (image after photo), there may be some information about who ordered the image. There may be some information noting that one wants the photo trimmed.

notation photo sizing

ON BACKSIDE

In conjunction with the flight route notations on a map, logs were also created, named tagningsrapporter or filming reports.

tagging report

Today, we are asking for your assistance, even before we have built a proper support system for marking the individual houses and farms on a map.

There is no more detailed information than a number on an image series and an approximate route where the helicopter/airplane has flown when taking the photos for that series. The individual houses are not named. You who have lived or grown up in one place have the detailed knowledge about these houses or farms and if you want to help us identify them, we and other curious users will be very thankful.

When you find a house or farm and you know where it is located, do the following:

  1. Open your email application and send a mail to flygfoto@arkivdigital.se.
  2. In the mail, note the AID and the coordinates for the house or farm.
  3. Send the mail.

Find AID
AID is our identification to an image. This number can be obtained in different ways, e.g. by copying what is in the field or Copy Source Identifier which is circled in red in the image below. Once you have copied the number to your computer’s memory, paste it into your mail by going to the mail message and pressing Ctrl + v or right click with the mouse and in the menu which appears, select, Paste.

copy source

Find the coordinates
An easy way to find the coordinates is to use Google Maps: https://www.google.se.

  1. Enter the location if you know the address or nearest city in the search bar in the upper left corner. If there are multiple places with the same name, select the one that is correct.
  2. The map is now zooming in and you get a mark on the center of the site. If it’s a village or a city, usually the center is highlighted.
  3. Zoom in further by using the mouse wheel or +/- down in the right-hand corner of the map.
  4. You can move around by holding down the left side of the mouse and dragging the image.
  5. You can either view a map or a satellite image. Click on “Satellite” at the bottom left to switch to satellite view.
  6. Click on the house or farm in the Google satellite map that is the same as the image in ArkivDigital and an image will appear below with the coordinates for the place.
  7. Copy this information (right click and select copy) and paste this into the mail message that you send us.

google maps

You mail the following information to us:

AID number of the image –  e.g. v862785.b31
Address coordinates –  e.g. 56.841445, 13. 927757

We will save this information so that we can use it in the future. Thank you for your help.

We are aware that it is quite difficult to search for the right image, but this is a beginning and we hope that together we will enhance the product so that one can easily find the correct photo. We will be writing more blogs in the future about these aerial photos and the collection development.

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AID – ArkivDigital’s Unique Code for Images

Every image within ArkivDigital’s online archive has a unique identification code named, AID. This identifier should not be used as a source citation for your records but only as a help tool or aid to quickly locate an image in the archive.

You can generate source citations for records while using ArkivDigital online by using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + C” (or “⌘ + C” on a Mac) which will generate a citation containing the parish name,  volume ID, years, image / page number, image AID number and NAD (National Archive Database) code for a church book record.

Source citation example for a household record in a church book:
 Älvsbacka AI:11 (1841-1845) Image 17 / page 11 (AID: v9037.b17.s11, NAD: SE/VA/13662)

Source citation example for a military record:
Generalmönsterrullor – Skaraborgs regemente 444 (1717-1717) Image 16 (AID: v60256.b16, NAD: SE/KrA/0023)

You can then paste the citation into a word processing program or a genealogy program by using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + V” (“⌘ + V” on a Mac).

If you use the shortcut “Ctrl + A” (”⌘ + A” on a Mac), only the AID number will be created.  For the above church record example: v9037.b17.s11.

AID is useful when you want to quickly go to a specific page or image within ArkivDigital online. You can write or paste in the AID number in the AID search box in the bottom right of the program. (See the picture below).  Click on Go or hit the enter key.

AID window

In order to use the AID code to find a record in ArkivDigital’s online archive, you must have an active ArkivDigital subscription and your program version must be 1.4 or later.

You can download the ArkivDigital user guide for more information about the functions within the program, ArkivDigital online.

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Swedish Church Book Tutorials

Swedish GenealogyThe Swedish church books are usually the first Swedish records that one uses when tracing one’s Swedish roots. These records are a “gold mine” because they are so complete and contain such detailed information. In many cases, one can trace a person’s life in the church books from birth to death or birth to emigration.

We often hear from many people who have Swedish ancestry but don’t speak Swedish, that they are intimidated by the Swedish church books because they are in Swedish. But there is no need to be. The church books consist primarily of tables of names, places and dates. Yes, there are Swedish words but these words are used repeatedly. Once one becomes familiar with the commonly used words, researching in the church books becomes relatively easy.

On our website, you will find a section titled, Swedish Genealogy. In this section, you will find record examples and translations for birth, marriage, death, household examination and moving records and much more.

Introduction to Swedish Church Books
Birth Record Examples
Marriage Record Examples
Death Record Examples
Household Examination Record Examples
Moving in and Moving out Records

Death record example

Image above: 1700s death record example. Go to page.

Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital USA