Spring Virtual Swedish Genealogy Workshop

ADlogga2-stor The McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be hosting a virtual Swedish genealogy workshop on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM Central Standard Time. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be one of the presenters. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

There will be four presentations:

  • Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • Swedish Historical Maps and Property Records
  • Searching by name in the Swedish church books
  • Finding my ne’er-do-well, scoundrel Swedish great-grandfather using DNA and ArkivDigital

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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ArkivDigital Videos in English on YouTube

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RootsTech 2021 Connect is over and we wish to thank those who attended our open house. We enjoyed meeting you and answering your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. Each day we gave two presentations and these live presentations were recorded and have been added to ArkivDigital’s YouTube channel.

Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes in duration. The titles of the four presentations are:

  • Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • Introduction to Swedish Church Books
  • Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories
  • Introduction to Swedish Military Research

Click here, to view the open house presentations.

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Visit ArkivDigital in the Expo Hall at RootsTech Connect

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This year RootsTech Connect, the largest genealogy conference in the world, will be virtual and free from February 25 thru February 27. Please visit us our exhibit booth in the Expo Hall. Here you will find videos that you can view, tutorials that you can download, conference only specials and also a link to “Open House at ArkivDigital” where you can hear live presentations and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Go to ArkivDigital’s Exhibit Booth
Here are the steps for visiting our booth:

  • Go to https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/rtc2021
  • Click on Expo Hall on the home page
  • You will see a list of exhibitors, click on ArkivDigital
  • Once you enter, you will see links to videos, links to conference specials, downloads and also under Discover More a link to “Open House at ArkivDigital”.

Open House at ArkivDigital
We will be hosting an open house in English via Zoom Thursday, February 25 thru Saturday, February 27 from 11 AM CST to 4 PM CST. We will be giving two presentations each day at 12 PM CST and 2 PM CST. Below are the times and titles of each presentation. The presentation, “Introduction to ArkivDigital”, will be repeated each day. The schedule for each day is as follows:

Thursday, February 25

  • 12 PM CST – Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • 2 PM CST – Introduction to Swedish Church Books

Friday, February 26

  • 12 PM CST – Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • 2 PM CST – Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories

Saturday February 27

  • 12 PM CST – Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • 2 PM CST – Introduction to Swedish Military Records

 Each presentation will be around 30 to 35 minutes followed by time for questions and answers. Click here to go to Zoom room.

Please note that it is first come, first served as we only have room for 1000 visitors at a time in our Zoom channel.

If you need to enter a meeting ID and password for the Zoom meeting, the following is:

Meeting ID:979 8835 0365

Passcode: 692837

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ROOTSTECH CONNECT – FEBRUARY 25-27

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This year RootsTech Connect, the largest genealogy conference in the world, will be virtual and free. The event will actually begin on Wednesday, February 24th with a preview of the Expo Hall starting at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time and lasting until 11 PM. At 11 PM Eastern Standard time, the first main stage presentation will be live streamed and the event will continue through Saturday, February 27th.

 

There are hundreds of classes to view and these will also be available for free viewing for up to a year after the conference.

We at ArkivDigital are excited to be participating in this event as an exhibitor and both Kathy Meade and Niklas Hertzman of ArkivDigital will be speakers. Watch our blog and other social media this week for more news about our participation in RootsTech Connect and how to visit us in the Expo Hall.

For more information and registration information about RootsTech Connect, click here.

Click here to view a video of a sneak preview of what you can expect at RootsTech Connect. The video is presented by FamilySearch.

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Search for Passenger Ship Manifests

Today, we wish to remind you that you can find passenger ship manifests for persons leaving from Swedish ports in ArkivDigital’s online archive and you can search by name. ArkivDigital has manifests from the following ports: Göteborg (Gothenburg), Malmö, Helsingborg and Stockholm. You can search by name for these records by doing the following:

  1. Go to Index search.
  2. Select emigrants under Index Source.
  3. You can search using a simple search or advanced search.

You can search for the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date or calculated birth year
  • Departure date
  • Departure port
  • Vessel or name of the ship

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In the above image, we see the index record and original manifest for P. O. Westermark. The index record details the departure date, departure age, departure port and the name of the ship. It is always important to review the original record for possible additional information. In this case, we see that his place of residence was the parish of Gamleby and his destination is noted as Du Bois, Pennsylvania. The destination place can be helpful in locating the person in North America.

Click here for more information about searching for passenger ship manifests.

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More than 19 million new posts in the Population of Sweden Index

We have made a major update of the Population of Sweden index which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and also the largest name index in Sweden. This update includes the years 1820-1839 and now the index includes posts for the years 1820-1947. This includes 127 years where you can search for your ancestors and family with a simple search.

This update consisted of 19,396,274 new searchable name entries. After this update, there are now about 152.5 million searchable name posts in the Population of Sweden 1820-1947. A fantastic addition for you who are researchers!

The following information is searchable in the Population of Sweden 1820-1947:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place (parish/county/country)
  • Residence: parish along with the place (village, farm, quarter, etc.)
  • Relation (son, daughter, wife, etc.)

1820 to 1947 index

In earlier times, often only the person’s year of birth is given and the minister omitted the month and day in the household book. If you have difficulty in finding the correct person in the older records, you may want to search only by birth year versus the complete birth date. Sometimes the minister wrote the person’s age instead of the year of birth, which may have been misinterpreted in the indexing. We are working to identify and correct the cases where it occurs. In cases where you can’t find the person, you may want to omit the date or enter a range of years in the search.

The BiS (Population in Sweden) 1820-1947 includes all persons in the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years 1820-1947. The household book (which from around 1895 was called the congregation book) was the most important population register, listing all the residents of a parish. The household books usually cover a period of time ranging from a few years to a couple of decades.

From the index record, there is a link directly to the source or the household/congregation record. When you click on the link, you end up on the page where your ancestor or relative is listed and you can quickly and easily check the information in the index against the information in the original source. In the original source, you can also find additional information, such as moving in and out information, emigration and any special notations that the minister may have noted in the record.

Note that the register itself should never be seen as an original source, but it is a tool that makes it easier for you to find the original source. With so many millions of records, it is also inevitable that some inaccuracies creep in. It is always a balance when an index is considered ready for publication. If we were to wait for each index to be 100% correctly indexed, the index would never be ready for. publication. We prefer to make the register available to our users and then continue the work of correcting any errors.

If you find an error in the index, you can help by correcting the error. Click here to find out how to correct an index record.

In order to open the BiS (Population of Sweden) 1820-1947, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select BIS, Population of Sweden 1820-1947 in the list under index source.

The index was created in partnership with MyHeritage.

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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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