More Images of Farms in ArkivDigital

In previous blogs, we have written about the volumes of Svenska Gods och Gårdar available in ArkivDigital’s online archive. (Click here for blog published on July 20th and click here for blog published on November 18, 2019.). There are more than 50 volumes giving descriptions and pictures of farms throughout Sweden.

Besides the more than 50 volumes of Svenska Gods och Gårdar we have other archival collections which also include descriptions of estates and farms within Sweden as well as written texts describing the region and parish. In some cases, you will find written histories of the area.

The additional archival collections are:

  • Svenska bebyggelse
  • Skånes bebyggelse
  • Bygd och folk
  • Svenska hembygd
  • Svenska samhällen
  • Svenska städer och samhällen
  • Svenska villor

The volumes in the Svenska bebyggelse archive are for the following counties:

  • Kalmar
  • Kronoberg
  • Malmöhus

svensk bebyggelseImage of Mellangård in Alvesta parish in Kronoberg. Svensk bebyggelse (G, H, M) Kronoberg (1952) Image 240 / Page 31 (AID: v954215.b240.s31)

The volumes in the Bygd och folk archive are for the following regions:

  • Bohuslän
  • Gävleborg
  • Jämtland
  • Västerbotten
  • Ångermanland

The volumes in the Svensk hembyd archive are for the following regions:

  • Hälsingland
  • Uppsala & Stockholm
  • Västmanland
  • Ångermanland

svensk hembydImage of Elfkarhed 1, Nils Matts in Alfta parish. Home owner is Per Nilsson. Svensk hembygd Hälsingland (1938) Image 290 / Page 25 (AID: v951560.b290.s25)

The Svenska samhällen archive includes only one volume:

  • Dalarna och Gästrikland

The volumes in the Svenska städer och samhällen archive are for the following regions:

  • Bergslagen: västra
  • Södermanland:III

svenska stImage of Dammkärr in Vansö parish in Södermanland county. Home owner is Anton Gustav Lindblad who purchased the farm in 1925 from Johan F. Karlsson. Svenska städer och samhällen (D, S, T) Södermanland:III (1949) Image 8460 / Page 818 (AID: v954218.b8460.s818)

The volumes in the Svenska villor archive are for the following areas:

  • Skaraborg: Norra
  • Skaraborg: Södra
  • Västmanland: Västra
  • Västmanland:Östra

You can find these additional archives by going to app.arkivdigital.se, select archive search and then select archive type, printed literature. These collections are included in the archive list.

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Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference

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We are excited to share information about the VIRTUAL Nordic Genealogy Conference (September 26–27), organized by the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington, and featuring professional genealogists and subject matter experts from the Nordic countries and North America. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations:

  • ArkivDigital and Swedish Records
  • Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World

Through a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops, you’ll learn to trace your heritage origins through immigration and parish records, genetic testing, and many more sources. Click here for information and to register.

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NEW! Searchable name indexes from Släktdata

At the end of last year, we announced our partnership with the genealogy society, Föreningen Släktdata. The partnership allows ArkivDigital to receive the indexes from Släktdata and these have now been linked to our church books and are searchable in our indexes. This cooperation consists of 1,517,145 posts among which 1,333,167 are now available and searchable in ArkivDigital. The other 183,978 posts have been published in earlier updates of our birth index.

ArkivDigital’s index makes it easier for you to find information about when and where your ancestors were born, married and died instead of browsing through the church books page by page; you can now do a quick search in our index. When you find the person you are seeking, you can simply click further to the original source and double check the information.

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The new searchable information is divided among our existing birth, marriage and death indexes as follows:

  • Births, parts of Sweden: 649,739 posts
  • Marriages, parts of Sweden: 169,050 posts
  • Deaths, parts of Sweden: 514,378 posts

Dependent upon which index you search, you can search by name, birth date, marriage date, death date and parish. Click here for more information about search tips.

After this update, our indexes include the following number of posts (click on the links in order to see more information about which parishes and years are included in the index):

  • Births, parts of Sweden: 5,642,121 posts Click here.
  • Marriages, parts of Sweden: 942,666 posts Click here.
  • Deaths, parts of Sweden: 2,283,768 posts Click here.

To open the indexes for births, marriages and deaths, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se and select Index Search. In the list under index source, you select the index for births, marriages or deaths dependent upon which type of information you are searching.

When you have done this, you can begin to search for your ancestors and relatives. (A subscription is required, read more about the different subscription options which exist.) https://www.arkivdigital.net/products

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ArkivDigital’s source material major help in solving double murder in Linköping!

At the beginning of the summer, there were headlines in the Swedish newspapers and on Swedish TV that a double murder that occurred 16 years ago in Linköping was solved with the help of DNA technology. The genealogist, Peter Sjölund, assisted the police with the investigation and we have asked Peter some questions about how he used ArkivDigital in his work.

Peter-Sjolund-blogg-2048x1772In the media, there is much talk about DNA when it comes to how the double murder in Linköping was solved, but how big a role did traditional genealogy play in this case?

DNA genealogy research is always based on a combination of DNA information and archival research. To find the perpetrator, I had to map 25 family trees back to the1800s and 1700s and via traditional genealogy methods trace 600-700 people from the end of the 18th century and during the 19th century. After that, I had to search all the descendants forward to persons living today by researching in the archival sources. So much traditional genealogy research was required.

Which supplier of the church books have you mainly used to obtain the information and why that particular supplier?

When it comes to church books, I have almost exclusively used ArkivDigital. The quality of the digital color images is absolutely outstanding and the personal registers from the second half of the 19th century onwards are invaluable for searching for people (although of course the information must always be double-checked in the original images).

How much longer do you think this would have taken if you had not had access to the church books online but had to travel around to archives or order microfiche?

I managed to find the perpetrator in about five weeks. If the church books and search registers had not been available online, as they are at ArkivDigital, it would have taken several years to search for the double killer with this method.

Is it primarily the church books you have used or have you also used some slightly more unusual sources that are available in ArkivDigital?

In some isolated cases I have had to check a family in the tax registers, but otherwise I have exclusively used the church books and personal indexes.

How much help have you had from ArkivDigital’s searchable indexes?

Very great help! The indexes really speeded up the search, although of course I always checked the original image to see that the information in the index is correct. When I found errors, I took the opportunity to send in corrections to ArkivDigital, so that the indexes would be even better.

Which searchable register at ArkivDigtal has been the most helpful?

Clearly, the BiS (Population in Sweden) 1840–1947 as it includes the largest time span and data further back in time. I could usually obtain information from the 20th century through the police register.

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ArkivDigital’s Family Tree’s Features

About eight months ago, we launched ArkivDigital’s family tree where you can save personal information that you find when you search in our indexes and page through the church books and other documents that are in ArkivDigital.

You can search in the index directly from the family tree and even add sources to the tree with a simple mouse click. To have the sources and family tree integrated in the same service makes it easier for you to organize your information and you can quickly check your sources by clicking on a link.

During the past eight months, we have added several new features to the tree. We have worked to improve the user experience for you who build your tree with us. Here we summarize some of the functions and new features that are in the tree.

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Different tree views

You can now select between the following five views when you look at your tree and work with it.

  • Family view
  • Ancestor view
  • Descendant view
  • Fan view
  • Map view

SolfjäderFan view in the family tree

Create 10 different family trees

You can create up to 10 different family trees with ArkivDigital. This is very handy if you wish to make a tree for your ancestors and a separate one for your spouse’s ancestors. If you do genealogy research for people other than yourself, you may also wish to create several different family trees to keep the different families apart.

Family Tree’s map function

With the map function, you can get a geographical view over where in Sweden your family lived. The map view shows individual’s life events placed on a map. If necessary, you can move the person to a more precise location on the map, for example to the farm where he / she lived at birth or death. A new function is that you can now also move several events / persons with one move instead of one at a time.

Click here to read more about the map function.

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Invite others to look at your tree

You can invite up to 25 persons to view your tree. This makes it easy to show your genealogy research to your family and friends. It is free for those you invite to view the tree; they only need to create a free account with ArkivDigital in order to get access to the tree. The invited persons can only view your tree; they cannot make any changes.

Click here to read more on inviting persons to view your tree.

Search for persons in the tree

When you have many people in the tree, it is nice to be able to search for the person you are looking for. You do this easily in the search box at the top left. Here you can choose whether you want to search for the person’s name or if you want to search for a place/ parish (new!). The search result list shows blood drop symbols for the straight ancestors and descendants.

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Printing

If you wish to print your family tree, you can do it as follows:

  • You can print a pedigree view or save as a JPEG image.
  • The fan view can be printed out or saved as a JPEG image.
  • The family view can be printed as shown on the screen.
  • The map view can be printed out or saved as a JPEG file.

If you have a family tree but no ongoing subscription, you can still view your family tree, but you cannot add, edit, or delete anything in the family tree. Without an ongoing subscription, you can choose to delete the entire family tree or export the information in the tree as a GEDCOM file.

Click here to download the English user guide for the family tree.

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Now 52 Volumes – Svenska Gods och Gårdar (Swedish estates and farms)

Last November, we published a blog about the books, Svenska Gods och Gårdar, in ArkivDigital. (Click here to read original blog in English or Click here for Swedish.). These are a series of books published during the 1930s and 1940s describing many estates and farms throughout Sweden. The books include information about the farm owner and family, history and size of the farm, livestock and even a picture of the farm. In November, only 21 volumes were available in ArkivDigital. Today, you will find 52 volumes the Svenska Gods och Gårdar archive in ArkivDigital.

Below is an image for the farm in Nyed parish in Värmland county. The owner is Olof Fredr. Ottosson born March 14, 1869 and the son of Otto Jonsson and his wife Maria. He married in 1895 to Kristina Johannesdotter in 1895 who died in 1925. Otto and Kristina had the following children: Elin born 1896, Hildur born 1899, Ivar born 1905 and Kristina born 1912.

nyed godsSvenska gods och gårdar 3:Värmland-Sydöstra (1945) Image 4200 / Page 420 (AID: v950755.b4200.s420)

Below is a household record showing Olof living at the farm Västanå as a child and that his father, Otto Jonsson, is the owner of the farm.

olof fredrikNyed (S) AI:20 (1866-1870) Image 439 / Page 434 (AID: v13034.b439.s434, NAD: SE/VA/13409)

You can locate these books in ArkivDigital by:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Enter Svenska Gods och Gårdar in the box under archive holder

Or

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search
  • Select printed literature under archive type
  • Select archive Svenska gods och gårdar

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One of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” in 2020

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ArkivDigital is proud to announce that again we have been selected as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” by Family Tree Magazine. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the top websites where they can make family history research progress, and to honor the individuals and organizations who create those sites.

ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best Scandinavian Genealogy Sites of 2020. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites 2020” by clicking here.

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Searching for estate inventories in ArkivDigital

The estate inventories (bouppteckningar) are one of the most important records for genealogists. These records can prove genealogical relationships as well as listing the names of the deceased’s heirs. Also, the estate inventory lists all the assets and debts of the deceased enabling one to get a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

ArkivDigital has estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (early 1700s and even a few from the 1600s) up to 1950 and for many counties up to 1960.

In order to find an estate inventory, you need to know the parish where the person died and the district or city court that the parish belonged to. Today there are three primary methods for searching:

  1. National estate inventory index search.
  2. View photographed estate inventory register.
  3. Searching in the volume.

National estate inventory index search
ArkivDigital is currently building a national estate inventory index for all of Sweden. Currently it is mostly complete for older times but is less complete for the latter 1800s and forward. To find out what district and city courts and years have been indexed, go to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

To illustrate how to access the national estate inventory in ArkivDigital, we will search for the estate inventory for Jan Hindrik Wiväg who died April 2, 1847 in Älvsbacka parish in Värmland county.

  1. Go to app.arkivdigital.se.
  2. Select index source.
  3. Select the index, estate inventory, under index source.
  4. In this case, we will use simple search and enter Hindrik Wiväg in the search box and click search. One could have entered Jan Hindrik Wiväg.
  5. There are two matches in the result list.
  6. Select the one for Jan Hindrik Wiväg.

national estate inventory search

After you selected a match on the result list, you will see an index record as shown below and you can click on the link that will go directly to the estate inventory.

jan hindrik estate inventory

Photographed estate inventory registers
If you don’t find the person in the national estate inventory index, look for a photographed estate inventory register for the court. We will look for the estate inventory for Elna Larsdotter who died February 9, 1838, in Slöinge parish, in Halland county. In order to find out what court district, Slöinge parish belonged, you go to archive search and enter Slöinge in the archive holder search button. Open the archive and scroll down to estate inventories. Click on that and search for estate inventory registers. You will find one that covers the years 1684 to 1848. Open volume and search for Elna Larsdotter. The names are listed by surname in alphabetical order. You will find an entry that gives the year, volume and page number.

estate inventory photographed register

In this case, the entry states that you can find the estate inventory in volume 32 for the year 1838 and on page 185.

Then return to the archive Årstads häradsrätt and look for volume 32, open the volume and go to page 185.

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Searching in the estate inventory volume
If you haven’t found the estate inventory by an index search and no estate inventory register exists, you will need to go the volume beginning with the deceased’s death date and browse forward. You may want to search up to two to three years after the date of death. In the latter 1800s and 1900s, there is a very strong likelihood of finding an estate inventory record but one must be patient and persistent in browsing through the volumes.

Estate Inventories for the nobility
Most of the estate inventories are found in the district and city courts but there are exceptions. The estate inventories for the nobility were given to the Court of Appeals (hovrätten) up until 1917. You will find the estate inventories for Götaland in the Göta hovrätt, for Svealand and Norrland in the Svea hovrätt and for Skåne and Blekinge in the Hovrätten för Skåne och Blekinge.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

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NEW! Births in Uppsala 1800–1840

Do you have ancestors from Uppsala? Now it is easier to find information about your ancestors who were born in Uppsala for the years, 1800-1840. We have just added 184,198 new searchable posts of births in Uppsala to our register, Births, parts of Sweden.

The birth register is a great help when you research since you can quickly find the correct person with a simple search. Then you can then click directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the birth book.

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

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There are now approximately 4.5 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index. https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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NEW! Births in Skaraborg 1800–1840

Do you have ancestors from Skaraborg? Now it is easier to find information about your ancestors who were born in Skaraborg for the years, 1800-1840. We have just added 219,510 new searchable posts of births in Skaraborg to our register, Births, parts of Sweden.

The birth register is a great help when you research since you can quickly find the correct person with a simple search. Then you can then click directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the birth book.

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You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Birth parish
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 4.3 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index.

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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