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.

map view

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.

elna larsdotter ei

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

uppsala birth

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.

skaraborg birth 1800

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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Updating of index: Mantals tax records

About a year ago, ArkivDigital launched an index titled, Quick find: Mantals tax records  earlier called Table of content censuses (link to the original blog http://blog.arkivdigital.net/find-the-correct-tax-register-with-our-new-index/). The index Quick find: Mantals tax records makes it much easier for you to find the right tax record for a specific parish which saves you much time as a researcher.

During the last months, we have photographed about 150 additional tax record volumes from Blekinge, Halland and Skåne. These account for tax records from 1820 and going forward for parishes where the church records were burned. These recently photographed tax records  are now searchable in our index, Quick find: Mantals tax records. This update includes 4,702 new posts and the total number of posts in the Quick find: Mantals tax records is now approximately 440,000 posts.

New table of content census

If you research in a parish in Blekinge, Halland or Skåne where the household records are missing, a tip is to search in the Quick find: Mantals tax records These tax records can function as a replacement to the household records even if they often do not include as much detailed information.

In order to search in the Quck Find: Mantals tax records in ArkivDigital, you do the following:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Click on Index Search.
  • Select, Quick find: Mantals tax records in the list under Index source.
  • Write in the desired parish and year and click on Search.
  • Click on Open Image for the desired volume in the search list and the first page in the actual tax record will be opened.

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Reading Swedish church books – examples and videos

Many of you already know that the Swedish church books are a great treasure. They are so complete and provide so much information about one’s Swedish ancestry. But many persons beginning their Swedish research find some of the handwriting intimidating as well have questions about the content in the various church books.

We have written about this in the past but today we would like to remind you that we have some tutorials along with some church book examples on our website. Also, again we want to point out a wonderful website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) that includes some instructional videos on reading Gothic handwriting and reading birth records from the late 1800s back to the early 1700s using ArkivDigital images.

1700s birth record

The website (swedishgenealogyguide.com) which is free includes some wonderful instructional videos such as “Reading Gothic Handwriting for Swedish Genealogy” and several videos showing examples of reading birth records.

Click here to link to the learning page which lists the instructional videos.

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Household record transcripts in Hedemora parish

Within ArkivDigital we have more than 2,800 parish/congregation archives in Sweden. Whenever one looks at a parish archive volume list, one usually sees volumes for household/congregation, moving, birth, marriage, death records followed by other types of record collections. The volume list will vary by parish and so it is important to review the entire volume list before you begin researching within that parish.

Many times, especially in the large cities one will find photographed name registers for some of the church books. These name registers can save you much time in your research. In Hedemora parish in Kopparberg county, one will find a gem: transcripts for early communion and household records. These transcripts were done by the experienced Hedemora researcher Siv Thorsell (1937-2016). These transcripts help one save time in deciphering the old handwriting.

To find the transcriptions for household records in Hedemora parish, do the following:

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive search.
  • Enter Hedemora in the box under Archive holder.
  • Click the search button.
  • Scroll down and search for the Transcript volumes in the volume list or use the filter function and look for Transcript.

hedemora transcriptSearching for the household and transcription volumes in Hedemora parish for the years 1688 to 1720 using the filter function.

Below are images from a household book and the corresponding transcription record. Most of the time only the head of household and family members’ names are transcribed and not the names of the farm hands or housemaids.

hedemora householdHedemora (W) AI:2 (1698-1704) Image 122 / Page 235 (AID: v130346.b122.s235, NAD: SE/ULA/10388)

hedamore transcript record2Hedemora (W) Husförhörsavskrift:1 (1698-1704) Image 1480 (AID: v894492.b1480, NAD: SE/ULA/10388)

Again, always review the volume list for each parish you are researching and check to see if there are any tools such as name registers or even transcriptions to help you with your research.

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NEWS! Births, marriages and deaths in Nederluleå

Again, we have updated our indexes, Births, parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden and Deaths, parts of Sweden. Today we have added information about births, marriages and deaths in Nederluleå.

The update includes the following years and number of posts:

  • Births: 21,727 posts for years 1861–1924
  • Marriages: 5,484 posts for years 1861–1936
  • Deaths: 14,308 posts for years 1861–1930

In addition, this update includes information about births, marriages and deaths for the years 1888-1889 for the little church archive, Luleå-Ofotens järnväg.

The indexes for these births, marriages and deaths have been created in partnership with the Lulebygden genealogical society.

nederlulea death image

We publish these indexes in order to make it simpler for you as a customer to quickly find the person you are searching for. With a simple search, you can now find when your ancestors and relatives were born, married and died. When you find the right person, you can click to the original source and double check the information.

Earlier, we added searchable name indexes for births, marriages and deaths in Nederluleå up to 1860 in our index.

By clicking on the below links, you can see which parishes and years are included in the indexes after this update:

In order to open any of these three indexes, you login at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select, Births parts of Sweden, Marriages, parts of Sweden or Deaths, parts of Sweden in the list under Index source.

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