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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A quarter of a million portrait images!

ArkivDigital has recently added about 250,000 portraits to its online archive. The database includes personal photographs from three Stockholm photography studios: Jaeger, Bergne and Welinder photographed from 1920 up to the 1970’s. Most of the portraits are of Stockholmers but there are even photographs from other parts of the country. Along with the portrait collection is a name searchable register.

In order to view the portrait register, one must have an All-in-one subscription and access the service by using the web version of our program software. In order to access the portrait collection, do the following:

  • In the program, select “New index search”.
  • Select “Portrait collection”.
  • You can begin to search.

portrait search

Most of the portrait orders include several images. There are both portraits representing only one person and also group pictures. The amount of information that is shown on the register will vary by image as well as studio. Below is an index record for Astrid Lindgren author of the Pippi Longstocking books for a photograph ordered in 1944.

index portrait lindgren

The type of information that is shown in the register for all three studios includes:

  • Envelope information – The name which is mentioned most often is the person who ordered the photograph. Often this can be the same person who is in the picture.
  • Studio – The name of the studio.
  • Order – The order number. For the Welinder studio, some orders are divided into multiple envelope and there are multiple entries in the register. Under “shared orders” are images linked to the same order.
  • Date – This may be a complete date (day, month and year) or just a year.

Plus, there is a link to the portrait image. Below is the image for Fru Astrid Lindgren.

fru lindgrenFru Astrid Lindgren photographed at Welinder studio in 1944.

You can find more information in Swedish about this collection by clicking here.

Click here to read Swedish blog about the portrait collection.

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Royal Palace Archive (Slottsarkivet) Documents – now in ArkivDigital

During the spring, ArkivDigital began photographing documents preserved at the Royal Palace archives (Slottsarkivet) which is located at the Royal Palace in Stockholm. We have partly photographed palace books that are included in the archive for Ståthållarämbetet på Stockholms slott or the Office of the Governor of the Royal Palace at Stockholm as well as some estate inventories from the Nedre Borgrätten (Lower Court of Justice) and Övre Borgrätten (Upper Court of Justice) archives.

The palace books that we have photographed reference the years 1645-1655.These volumes include, among other items, tax registers for the city of Stockholm.

stockholm tax record 1645

Tax register for Stockholm city for the year 1645. The record is included in the palace general ledger for that year. Link.

The Courts of Justice in the palace were responsible for handling all matters of justice related to the court staff. In addition, the court employees submitted their estate inventories to the palace court of justice and not to the city court. The estate inventories for the court employees who were aristocrats were submitted to the Upper Court of Justice while the other court employees’ estate inventories were submitted to the Lower Court of Justice.

clas flemingCount Clas Fleming’s estate inventory. Filed with övre borgrätten (Upper Court) in 1831. Link.

We will continue to photograph at the Royal Palace during the late summer and fall and will primarily focus on photographing the country books containing tax registers from Svartsjö county. Svartsjö county existed for about 20 years in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s and covers the area that today represents the municipality of Ekerö.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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70 Million Images!

70 million images

ArkivDigital has reached another milestone: 70 million newly photographed color images of old books and other historical documents are now available in our online digital archive. Since most images include two pages, this means that we now have nearly 140 million photographed pages available for historical research.

Approximately 600,000 new images are added each month and we are now focused on our next milestone, 80 million images. We are hoping to reach this goal in about eighteen months.

ArkivDigital’s image milestones:

  • 10 million images – August 2008
  • 20 million images – March 2010
  • 30 million images – September 2011
  • 40 million images – March 2013
  • 50 million images – September 2014
  • 60 million images – May 2016

Read original blog in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital continues to grow!

Annual report

ArkivDigital recently published the annual company report which shows that 2016 was another great year.

Net sales increased by 18 percent to nearly 29 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 5.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of nearly 3 million compared with the previous year. More than 8 million new images were added to the online database, this is a record high for the company, as well more than 50 million name register entries. The number of subscribers is nearly 26,000.

These strong financial numbers make it possible for the company to enter new ventures. In 2016, the company acquired several million aerial photos primarily of houses and farm from all over Sweden, most taken from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 2000’s.

Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director of ArkivDigital, writes in the annual report, “It is a wonderful feeling and means so much to make these fascinating photo collections available to many today and at the same preserve them for future generations. I am convinced our customers will share the same feelings. But the material will take some time to digitize so it will take some time before all the images are available in a high-quality format in our online service.”

The company is focused on further improving ArkivDigital, Mikael Karlsson presented a summary of the priorities:

  • Continue digitizing archival documents.
  • Digitizing other types of records, such as older photographs.
  • More name registers, example increase the Population of Sweden 1880-1920 to include 1860 to 1930.
  • Indexes that make searches in the documents easier.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to facilitate the research, especially for beginners.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on the 19th of May at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Summary of new records added in 2017

Over 3,000 newly photographed volumes have been added to our online digital archive since the beginning of the year. We want to take this opportunity to summarize the most important additions. To find out what is available in our online library, click here.

1946 death recordÖdestugu (F) F:2 (1917-1946) Image 520 / page 49 (AID: v172844.b520.s49, NAD: SE/VALA/00473)

Modern church books – For most counties, we have had added the church books whose confidentiality or protection from the privacy laws expired at the end of last year. These include birth, death and congregation books up to 1946 with the exception of books that may contain retroactively introduced sensitive data. (This is especially common in birth books.) In addition, we have added moving in/out books and marriage records up to the year 1980.

SCB extracts for 1946 – Because of the privacy laws, we seldom are able to publish all the birth, marriage and death books up to 1946. If the original book is not available, the SCB extracts are a good replacement. In the beginning of March, we added the SCB extracts for 1946. Earlier we published the extracts for the years 1925 through 1945. You will find the SCB extracts in the archive: Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen. The easiest way to search for the SCB extracts is to select archive search and enter “SCB” in the search box.

Estate inventories - Currently, we are photographing estate inventories for the period 1931 to 1960. The progress varies between counties. If you want to know what is available for a particular county, go to this page https://www.arkivdigital.net/volume. On the right side of the page, select the county that you interested in and there you will find a summary of what is available for that county.

National Archives tax register copies – We have earlier (with some exceptions) photographed the two copies of the tax registers which are preserved at the regional archives, namely the häradsskrivarnas(städernas) or the district (city) copies and the county office examples from the earliest times up to and including the year 1820.

Unfortunately, it is not unusual that there are missing tax register copies both for the district/city and county. Fortunately, there was a third copy stored at the National Archives which is in a collection named, Mantalslängder 1642-1820 or Tax Registers 1642-1820. We are currently photographing volumes from this collection to cover gaps in our records. To date, we have primarily published the tax register for Älvsborg county. The tax registers for Älvsborg county have been a blank spot on the map for us because the county office copies are completely missing prior to 1835 because they were destroyed by the Vänersborg city fire in 1834. Only sporadic copies of the district/city tax registers were preserved.

Seamen houses – Documents from many of the seamen houses have been available in ArkivDigital for a long period. But the Norrland seamen houses have been completely missing but this is beginning to change. We have begun to add documents for the seaman house in Haparanda and more documents for other seaman houses in Norrland will be added in the future.

All of us at ArkivDigital wish you a lovely Easter with lots of good food and the pleasant company of loved ones. Happy Easter!

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Information sources in the ArkivDigital program

In the ArkivDigital program, there are information boxes that can help you in your search for records. Here are examples of a few.

When one enters a name of a parish archive or other name in the search box in the archive search form, the search results will appear on the right side. When you click on the desired parish, the row is highlighted in gray.

forshem search

Once you click on the selected parish, the volume list for the parish appears on the right side.

interface explanations

Below are explanations of parts of the search form numbered 1 to 4.

  1. Here you see what was typed in the search box (Forsh), which brought up four hits including the desired parish. Forshem is the third one in the list.
  2. You can open and close the search form by clicking on the magnifying glass.
  3. Click on “Archive info” and you will get more information about the archive.

nad box

  1. (A) Information on which county the parish is in. In this case Forshem is in Skaraborg county.
  2.  (B) Link to NAD or the National Archive Database at the National Archives. There is an abbreviation for the actual regional archive. (GLA = Göteborg Regional Archive). By clicking on the link, your browser will direct you to the regional archive where you can find a list of the physical volumes that exist in the archive.
  3. (C) Information about the organization of the parish. In this case, it states that since January 1, 1962, Forshem is the mother parish in the Forshem, Fullösa, Medelplana, Västerplana, Österplana och Kestad parishes’ pastorat. Up to December 31, 1961, Forshem was the mother parish in the Forshem, Kinne-Vedum och Fullösa parishes’ pastorat. You can more information about mother parishes and annex parishes in a previously published blog. Go to the blog.
  4. (D)Stift is the name of the diocese that the parish belongs to. In this case the diocese is Skara. Härad or district is the name of the district that the parish belongs to. In this case, the district is Kinne. The district is important to know when you are searching for the district tax registers.

In this box, you can also find other information about the archive. As an example, you may see a note that the records were partially destroyed by fire.

4. The symbol “i” indicates that there is more information on the volume. Hold the cursor over the “i” and a box with more information will appear.

information box

You can see the same information by clicking once on the volume that has an “i”. The list of the volumes moves to the left and the information is shown on the right. There is also a button to click on to open the volume.

information box 2

Read original blog in Swedish.

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1946 SCB extracts (birth, death and marriage)

Now the Statistiska centralbyrån (Statistics Sweden) or SCB extracts for birth, marriage and death books for 1946 are accessible online with ArkivDigital. Because of privacy rules, we are seldom able to photograph the original birth, marriage and death books up to this date. The SCB extracts are a good replacement when the original books are not available.

scb 1946Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen  H1AA:3671 (1946-1946) Image 750 (AID: v816356.b750, NAD: SE/RA/42040101) Link.

You will the SCB extracts in the archive: Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Avdelningen för befolkningsstatistik 1:a avdelningen. The easiest way to search for the SCB extracts is to select archive search and enter “SCB” in the search box. The volumes are organized by county thus requiring one to browse through the book to find the correct parish. We plan to begin the indexing of these books so that it will be easy to locate each parish.

The SCB extracts from 1925 to 1945 were added at an earlier date. In an earlier blog, we published information about these records. Go to earlier blog.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Swedish Military Blogs

We receive many questions about Swedish military research at conferences and trade shows in North America. Many North Americans discover that one of their ancestors was in the Swedish military serving in the infantry, cavalry or as a båtsman in the Swedish Navy and wish to discover more about their ancestor’s military service.

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many military records from the 1600’s to the 20th century. In our blog, you will find articles about some of the military records in ArkivDigital as well as a few tutorials in how to research your Swedish military ancestor. Today we present a summary of the Swedish military blogs you can find in our English blog.

military recordsGeneralmönsterrullor – Värmlands regemente (S) 216 (1851-1855) Image 2300 (AID: v46609a.b2300, NAD: SE/KrA/0023) Link.

  • Military Rolls (1620-1723)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723/ (Link)
  • Researching in the General Muster Rolls
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/research-soldiers-in-the-general-muster-rolls-example-jan-fras/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/statistical-digest-of-the-swedish-army-system-grill/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-rolls/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-roll-column-headings/ (Link)
  • Naval (Flottan)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/navy-flottan-documents-an-overview/(Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor-a-unique-source/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/naval-ship-muster-rolls-skeppsmonsterrullor/ (Link)
  • Military Pension Records
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/soldier-pension-documents-pensioner-olof-ceder/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-military-pension-documents-in-arkivdigital/ (Link)
  • Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers’ Service Records
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/armys-pension-funds-list-of-qualifications-armens-pensionskassas-meritband/ (Link)
  • Great Northern War Documents
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/swedish-soldiers-captured-at-poltava-what-can-one-discover-about-them/ (Link)

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Sven Anderson’s Life in Bucklin, Missouri

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas and a few from Missouri and Oklahoma. While the record types will vary by parish, the most common sets of records found in the books include:

  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)

The anniversary or commemorative booklets for a church celebrating a number of years such as 25, 50, 75 or 100 years in existence can be very interesting to browse. Many present a short history of the church and even occasionally biographical sketches and photographs of early settlers. These can be wonderful sources for learning about the lives of early Swedish American settlers in North America.

 

The Bucklin, Missouri, Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church 100-year commemorative booklet includes a number of biographies of early church members. One of the biographies is for Sven Anderson who emigrated from Nydala parish in Jönköping County in 1869. Below is a photo of Sven and his wife, Matilda.

photo of sven anderson

Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:1 (1870-1970) Image 10 / page 7 (AID: v811754.b10.s7, NAD: )  Link.

 

You will also find a short biographical sketch of Sven’s life in the new country. The sketch includes birth dates, birth places, emigration dates and death dates for both him and his wife along with information about their children. It also states, “In 1870, they came to Bucklin, Mo, and bought 40 acres of land north of Bucklin in the rolling hills of Mussel Fork from the Railroad Co. Sven being a skilled workman built a 3-room frame house with fireplace. The barn was made of logs with a prairie hay roof.” Below is the image of the written biography.

sven andersson biography

Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:1 (1870-1970) Image 10 / page 7 (AID: v811754.b10.s7, NAD:)

 

You can find the commemorative booklet for the Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  1. Select new archive search
  2. Click on county and select Missouri (USA) MO
  3. Select Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church
  4. Select printed document 1870 – 1970

Below are links to additional blogs about the Swedish American church books:

Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books

Swedish American Church books in Kansas

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