Virtual Presentation – Lesser-known records in ArkivDigital

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the virtual monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society of the Swedish American Museum of Chicago on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

The presentation is titled “Lesser-known Records in ArkivDigital”. While many are familiar with the Swedish church books, there are many additional types of historical records in ArkivDigital. This presentation will point out some of these records such as the seamen house records (similar to merchant marines), prison records, orphanage records, domestic passports and other lesser- known records and how they can help you gain a deeper understanding of your Swedish heritage.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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Learn about the new book, Explore Your Swedish Heritage

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation on the book, Explore Your Swedish Heritage, by Håkan Skogsjö and published by ArkivDigital for the Virtual Quarterly Meeting for the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota on Saturday, January 16, 2021.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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ARKIVDIGITAL – YEAR IN REVIEW 2020

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This has been a different year for everyone, even for us at ArkivDigital. However, genealogy is a hobby that one can engage in even in a pandemic. We have continued to work to simplify and improve our services for all of you researching your family history. Following are some of the highlights for the year 2020.

88 million images in the database
During the past year, we published 2 million images of historical documents or 4 million pages of historical records. Due to the Corona pandemic, the publication rate was unfortunately lower than in previous years, as we did not have access to the archives in the same manner as before the pandemic.

Continued development of the family tree
During 2020, we continued to develop ArkivDigital’s family tree and several new functions have been added. Among these is the function, where you can invite up 25 persons to view your tree. There are new views, for example the popular fan view along with a function where you can get an overview where in Sweden your ancestors lived.

Digital presentations in Swedish
When Genealogy Days and other conferences were canceled this year, we have instead invested in holding lectures digitally. We participated in the genealogy conference, Finding Family Together Live, and gave lectures via Zoom during Archive Day. In December, we broke participant records when more than 1,000 people connected to listen to Niklas Hertzman’s lecture on the basics of ArkivDigital. We will continue with lectures online also in 2021.

Digital conferences in English
In October and December, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, hosted two ArkivDigital online workshops. In October, Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital and Geoffrey Morris from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City gave a day-long workshop on the Swedish church books. In December, Kathy Meade gave presentations on estate inventories and Swedish military research.

ArkivDigital one of the best 101 best family history sites in 2020
During 2020, Family Tree Magazine again named ArkivDigital as one of the 101 best web sites for genealogy. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading family history magazine which inspires their readers to discover and preserve their family history.

Updating of the estate inventory index
During the fall, we updated our estate inventory index with searchable posts for estate inventories from Södermanland, Gävleborg, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Uppsala, VVasterbotten and Västernorrland counties. This index now includes a total of 1,864,795 searchable name posts.

RootsTech
At the end of February 2020, we were at RootsTech in Salt Lake City in the United States. RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in North America and we will again participate in RootsTech Live 2021 virtual conference.

Additions to the birth, marriage and death indexes
During 2020, we have made many updates to our birth, marriage and death indexes. There are now 10.1 million searchable name entries in the three indexes. This is an increase of 6.3 million from the previous year. We have received several indexes thanks to partnerships with genealogical societies and private individuals. We would like more partnerships, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have an index you would like to share.

Many million new posts in BiS (Population of Sweden)
In the beginning of the year, we updated the index, BiS (Population of Sweden) which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and even the largest name index in Sweden. We added about 21 million searchable name posts for the year 1840-1859 and there are now more than 133 million posts in the index.

Land registration index for the Northern Gotland district archive
In February, we published a land registration index for Northern Gotland’s district archive. The index covers the years 1800-1870 and is searchable by farm name, parish and year. The index includes about 35,000 posts.

Engelholm’s farm archive
During the year, we have digitalized Engelholm’s farm archive. The farm archive comes from the Engelholm manor which is a property located in the St. Anna archipelago in Östergötland. The material consists of 41 volumes including land records, account books, journals, settlement books, poor accounts, farm accounts and much more.

Military rolls (1620-1723) completed in 2020
The Rullor 1620-1723 are earlier military records to the general muster rolls and contain about 550,000 images and about 1800 volumes. During the past year, we completed the photographing of this material from the War Archives and it is now available in our archive.

Material from Riddarhuset (House of Nobility)
During 2020 we have also photographed some interesting material from The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset). If you have some nobility among your ancestors, you may find it rewarding to search within this collection

Updating of Index – Mantals tax records
We have also updated our table of contents or Quick find index to the mantals tax records. The newly photographed tax register volumes are from Blekinge, Halland and Skåne which are searchable in the Quick find: mantals tax records index. There are now approximately 444,000 posts in this Quick Find index.

A big warm thanks to all our customers for a fantastic 2020, now we look forward to an exciting 2021! Happy New Year!

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Research free this weekend with ArkivDigital!

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From now and up through November 15, you can research for free with ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to find information about your ancestors and family and discover more about your unique family history.

You can browse for free nearly 88 million newly photographed color images from the church books and other historical documents as well as search by name among 188 million names that are in our indexes.

Try building you own family tree with ArkivDigital. In the family tree, you can the save the persons and information that you find during the free days.

If you have never used ArkivDigital, this is a perfect time to discover all the exciting material we have in our indexes and archive.

If you have been a customer with ArkivDigital earlier but have not used the service in a while, you can take this opportunity to explore the new material that has been added in the recent months. Maybe you can add new material to your family research.

Click here for more information.

The offering to research free goes from now and up to Sunday, November 15 (Swedish midnight).

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

You can watch Kathy Meade’s recent presentation “Explore your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital” that was given to the Swedish American Genealogy Group’s virtual research event. We have uploaded the recording to ArkivDigital’s YouTube Channel. The video covers topics such as archive search, index search, Swedish estates and farms, update about Swedish American churches and more.

Click here to view.

Click here to download the presentation handout.

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Orphanage Records in ArkivDigital

We have been recently receiving questions about availability of orphanage records within ArkivDigital. It has been a while since we wrote a blog or newsletter about these records. Within ArkivDigital, you will find archives for the following orphanages:

  • Allmänna barnhuset (Public Orphanage of Stockholm)
  • Amarilitetsbarnhusets i Karlskrona
  • Frimurarbarnhuset i Stockholm (Free Mason Orphanage in Stockholm)
  • Kronohuset i Malmö – Royal Orphanage in Malmö
  • Malmö barnhem (för flickor) – Malmö orphanage for girls
  • Malmö barnhuset – Malmö Orphanage

To search for the orphanages within ArkivDigital, do the following:

  • Select archive search.
  • Select archive type: barnhus (barnhus is Swedish for orphanage).
  • Click on search.

Sweden’s largest orphanage was Allmänna barnhuset or the Public Orphanage of Stockholm which was founded in 1633 and active until the 20th century. Many of the children at the Public Orphanage were placed in homes around Sweden and the orphanage records show where they were placed. Below is an image of an orphanage record from the Public Orphanage of Stockholm.

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The above record is for Anna Charlotta Göransson born on the 18th of January 1827. Her mother is noted as the deceased widow, Anna Greta Göransson. Anna Charlotta was placed in the home of farmer Pehr Pehrsson at Österfligge in Liden parish in Västernorrland county in 1831.

Click here to read more about the Public Orphanage of Stockholm.

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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

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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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