Hands-On ArkivDigital Workshop in “Little Sweden U.S.A.”

leslyeArkivDigital and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas have a partnership whereby the museum sponsors spring and fall ArkivDigital workshops. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2016 fall workshop will be held the weekend October 1-2.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish roots using ArkivDigital.  Shari from Kansas who attended the spring 2016 workshop summed up the weekend experience by saying, “This was a very useful weekend for me. I had access to people I could ask questions for two days straight. It was nice to be able to work on my research and have someone to talk a problem over with.”

Lindsborg, Kansas is known as “Little Sweden U.S.A.” because it was settled by Swedish emigrants in 1869 from Värmland. The town is well known for the Svensk Hyllningsfest, and other celebrations promoting its Swedish heritage. The Svensk Hyllningsfest has been held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941.

One of the local attractions is the McPherson County Old Mill Museum with exhibits in 12 buildings showing the lives of early Kansas settlers. One of the buildings is the Swedish Pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum receives many visitors exploring their Swedish ancestry and requests for Swedish research.

Attend one of these workshops and 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.

Participants in the labWorkshop participants researching in the computer lab – Spring 2016

Click here for detailed information about the program and registration.

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Publication of the Swedish American church records now complete

kansas church recordFalun Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA Vol:1 (1887-1913) Image 38 / page 16 (AID: v812504.b38.s16) Link.

During the last few months, we have been adding more Swedish American congregation records from Kansas to ArkivDigital’s online library. We have now completed the addition of this material which we photographed in Kansas last summer and fall. Previously, we  posted several blogs about this collection and you can read more about these records here.

Our Swedish American church collection includes about 75,000 images and over 1,000 volumes from approximately 90 congregations. Most of the material consists of records from congregations in Kansas but we do have a few in Missouri and also for one congregation in Oklahoma. Our hope is that one can discover more about Swedish immigrants’ descendants which should be a great benefit to both our Swedish and American customers.

Many of the Swedish American congregation church books are very similar to the Swedish church books. The image at the top of this page is from a “Church Register” for the Falun Lutheran Church in Falun, Kansas. The content of the record is similar to that of a Swedish household or congregation book. In this record, you see information about a Karl Fredrik Holmgren and his family. The record shows Karl’s birth date as the 9th of November 1845 in Falun.

You can use this information to find Karl’s birth record in the Swedish church books. Below is an image of his birth record from the Falu Kristine parish birth book.

carl fredriks birth recordFalu Kristine CI:12 (1828-1861) Image 148 / page 286 (AID: v129846.b148.s286, NAD: SE/ULA/11441) Link.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2016

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RootsTech is the largest family history event in the world and RootsTech 2016 (February 4-6) held in Salt Lake City, Utah was bigger than ever. There were over 25,000 registered attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries, 260 exhibitors and over 250 interesting and informative lectures.

Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital’s North American representative, gave a demonstration of ArkivDigital to a packed room on Thursday, February 4th. Many of the attendees expressed their excitement about the future searchable name register for the 1880-1920 household records which will make the search process so much easier.

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ArkivDigital had a booth in the exhibit hall with three workstations and there was a steady stream of visitors every day asking questions about ArkivDigital and how to use the service, how to find the place where their Swedish ancestor came from in Sweden, look-ups in the 1950 Swedish census, requests for reading assistance in reading records and many other Swedish genealogy and research questions. We wish to thank all the customers who stopped by the booth to say ArkivDigital is the best for Swedish research. But we were especially moved when one woman stopped by our booth and put her arms around the monitor and said, ”Oh, I love ArkivDigital. You gave me my family!”

Read more about RootsTech 2016 here.

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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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Merry Christmas from ArkivDigital

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All of us at ArkivDigital wish you a very Merry Christmas.

We hope that many of you will have time to be with your families and share your family history. Some of you may be able to share exciting research discoveries that you made during the past year while others may have the opportunity to seek answers to questions from family members about one’s ancestry. We hope that your holidays are filled with family, friends and much happiness.

If you discover you need a little more research time to answer some questions, we want to remind you that we are offering a special on a monthly subscription for ArkivDigital for 195 SEK or about 23 USD (regular price is 225 SEK or about 26 USD). Go to our home page.

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Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) Status Update

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Göteborgs rådhusrätt och magistrat. Första avdelningen efter 1901. EIIIa:150 (1930-1930) Image 500 / page 547 (AID: v562001.b500.s547, NAD: SE/GLA/14055) Link.

After the church books, the estate inventories (bouppteckningar), are probably the most valuable source for many genealogists.  The estate inventories provide genealogical information as well as help one gain a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life. The estate inventory details the assets and debts of the deceased person’s estate.

For some time now, the estate inventories from earliest times to 1900 have been available in ArkivDigital’s online library.  The one exception has been Jämtland county where the records between 1861 and 1900 have not been added. However, we will be adding these records in the near future.

For the period 1901-1960, we have reached different milestones in various parts of the country.  Below is a summary of what estate inventories are now available by county followed by a summary of the volumes we are currently photographing. There may be single copies missing in each county in cases where the original records were in such poor physical condition that they could not be photographed.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) available in ArkivDigital:
1917: Stockholm city.
1920: Göteborg och Bohus, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg, Örebro, Östergötland.
1930: Gävleborg, Västerbotten.
1940: Blekinge, Halland, Jämtland, Kristianstad, Malmöhus, Stockholm county (exception Stockholm city, see above).
1945: Värmland, Gotland.

Photographing in progress for the following:
1918-1940: Stockholm city.
1921-1930: Göteborg och Bohus, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Skaraborg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västmanland, Älvsborg, Örebro, Östergötland.
1921-1940: Norrbotten, Västernorrland.
1931-1940: Gävleborg, Västerbotten.
1941-1945: Blekinge, Halland, Kristianstad, Malmöhus.
1946-1950: Värmland.
1946-1960: Gotland.

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Swedish Research Weekend in Lindsborg, Kansas

Sandzen receptionThis past weekend, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum, ArkivDigital along with six genealogists from Sweden led a Swedish genealogy workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas. Nearly 100 persons attended. The workshop began on Friday evening with a welcome reception at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery. The next two days were filled will lectures and computer lab sessions where participants were able to research using ArkivDigital.

The lecturers were Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital, six genealogists from Sweden: Anneli Andersson, Charlotte Börjesson, Olof Cronberg, Anna-Lena Hultman, Ingrid Nilsson and Elisabeth Thorsell. Geoffrey Morris from FamilySearch in Salt Lake City and Michael Peterson from Tioga, Texas, a participant on the Allt För Sverige TV series.

The lectures included presentations both for the beginner and the advanced researcher. A special treat was a presentation by Michael Peterson who shared his amazing journey to Sweden and his experience participating on the TV series, Allt för Sverige.

Workshop participants were given the opportunity to work in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. All the lecturers plus the staff and volunteers from the McPherson County Old Mill Museum assisted the participants in their research.

Geoff Morris presentation

Computer Lab

A wonderful surprise happened in the computer lab. Two participants, Bruce Frost and Connie Fulkerson discovered that they shared the same second great grandparents. Olof Cronberg was helping Connie and her father, Paul Nelson, research their ancestry and Bruce Frost overheard their conversation and learned that they were searching for one of his ancestors. They discovered their common ancestors, John Nelson and Anna Carlsdotter Peterson. Anna Carlsdotter Peterson was from Blekinge and arrived in Chicago in 1868. Below is a picture of Bruce Frost, Connie Fulkerson and her father, Paul Nelson along with Olof Cronberg.

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Bruce Frost and Michael Peterson are also related. They share the same great grandfather, Nels Peter Flyckt from Kalmar. While Bruce and Michael had been in contact previously by email, they met for the first time face to face at the conference. Bruce and Michael took a side trip to visit Nels Peter Flyckt’s grave at Salemsborg church, just seven miles north of Lindsborg during a break. See the picture below.

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A participant, Peg Frost, commented about the weekend, “All in all it was an amazing weekend! We gained so much knowledge from all the speakers and had so much fun interacting with all the workshop participants.”

A one-day workshop will be held in Aurora, Colorado (suburb of Denver) with four of the genealogists from Sweden along with Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital on Saturday, October 3rd. So if you happen to be in the Denver area, there is still time to register for the event. Information about the Swedish Research Fair in Colorado.

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Swedish Genealogists Visit Kansas & Colorado

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This is a reminder that there will be two wonderful Swedish genealogy research workshops in North America this autumn that you don’t want to miss if you have the opportunity. One will be a weekend workshop in Lindsborg, KS on September 26-27 and the second will be a one-day workshop in Aurora, CO (a suburb of Denver, CO) on Saturday, October 3rd.

At both events, genealogists from Sweden will be giving presentations on Swedish research as well as assisting attendees with their research.

Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital on September 26-27 in Lindsborg, KS “Little Sweden USA” 

Six genealogists from Sweden, Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital and three American Swedish genealogists will present informative sessions on Swedish genealogy.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures by both Swedish and American experts over two days.

Also, hear Michael Peterson who was selected to compete for a grand prize of a Swedish family reunion on the Swedish television show,  “Allt För Sverige” describe his experiences on the show and his trip to Sweden.

Workshop 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. The speakers will be available to assist the participants.

2015 Swedish Research Day sponsored by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado on Saturday, October 3 in Aurora, CO

Four genealogists from Sweden and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will lead a one-day workshop giving lectures on records in ArkivDigital, military records, estate inventories, Swedish historical maps and how to find living relatives in Sweden. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for the Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital in Lindsborg, KS.

Click here for program and registration information for 2015 Swedish Research Day in Aurora, CO.

Click here to view North American Event Calendar.

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Swedish Genealogy Workshops in Kansas and Colorado

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The SwedGen Tour, a group of genealogists from Sweden who have made annual trips to North America for the sole purpose of helping Swedish Americans learn more about their Swedish heritage and discover their Swedish roots, will visit Lindsborg, Kansas and Aurora, Colorado this fall. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also travel with the group and give presentations on how to use ArkivDigital.

The first SwedGen 2015 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on September 26-27, 2015.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures 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. The speakers will be available to assist the participants.

The second SwedGen 2015 event will be a one-day workshop held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Aurora Community College in Aurora, Colorado. This event will include ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy presentations as well as an opportunity for one-on-one Swedish genealogy research assistance. If you wish a one-on-one session in Aurora, please submit your request by September 1st by clicking here.

Attend one of these workshops to discover more about your Swedish heritage and to learn more about the vast number of Swedish historical records available in ArkivDigital.

More information and registration for the Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas.

More information and registration for the Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Aurora, Colorado.

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