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We will be an exhibitor at the 50th Annual Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree 2019 in Burbank, California, May 30-June 2, 2019.The Jamboree will be celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations at the conference:

Friday, May 31, 2019 1 PM – 2 PM
Introduction to the Swedish Estate Inventories

Saturday, June 1, 2019 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Research your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital

If you plan to attend the conference, please attend the ArkivDigital presentation to learn more about the new exciting name searchable features in ArkivDigital. Please stop by our booth #304 for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research. Click here to learn more about Jamboree 2019.

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2018 – Another good year for ArkivDigital!

2018 was another good year for ArkivDigital as shown in the recently published annual report. Net sales increased by over 6 percent compared to 2017 and amounted to nearly 35 million Swedish kronor. Around 61 million name index entries were added which is a record in the company’s history and around 5 million new images were added to the database. The number of subscribers at year-end was around 24,000.

The year’s profits were 3.7 million Sweden kronor.

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Mikael Karlsson, Managing Direction since 2012, is pleased with the fine results. Now the focus is on significantly increasing the number of subscribers. Several new initiatives are underway.

Mikael Karlsson says, “It is most important that we broaden our operations, not only offer our customers digitized archival documents and searchable indexes but also a cloud-based family tree. The tree will enable subscribers to gather and structure the information that they discover about their family from the archival documents.”

Below is a summary of the major initiatives where the company’s focus is directed:

  • Continued digitalization of archival documents and other sources.
  • More indexes and other types of indexes which make it easier to search in the archives.
  • Create more educational tools and help functions, especially for beginners.
  • Launch the family tree that will make it possible for customers to not only collect information from ArkivDigital but to gather and structure it.
  • Smoother payment solutions and more effective marketing.
  • Increased interactivity between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers, one being through the family tree.

“In short, ArkivDigital shall be better in all areas,”  says Mikael Karlsson.

The Annual Shareholder’s Meeting will be held at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad on May 23rd. The company proposes a dividend of 30 öre per share.

Click here to view the entire annual report. (Only in Swedish).

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Herdaminne – Personal History of Ministers

There are many types of records within ArkivDigital. One interesting set of records is the herdaminne. The herdaminne is a personal history of clergy who served in the Swedish church since the middle ages. In most cases, you can find a very detailed biography, including the person’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, family members, status, and other biographical notations. Sometimes, you will even find photographs. If you have an ancestor who was a member of the Swedish clergy, these records can be a valuable tool for researching your ancestor.

The herdaminnen are published books that were mostly published between the late 1800’s and present date for all the dioceses within Sweden. In order to find a herdaminne for a particular member of the clergy, you need to know the name of the parish he served in and the name of the diocese (stift) that the parish belonged to. There were some changes in the organizational structure so one needs to verify the diocese the parish belonged to for the designated time period.

Within ArkivDigital, you will find herdaminnen for the following dioceses: four in Sweden and one in Finland.

  • Göteborg
  • Skara
  • Uppsala
  • Växjö
  • Åbo (Finland)

You can find these by selecting archive search and then selecting archive type, printed literature. Select country, Sweden, for the herdaminnen in Sweden and select the country, Finland, for the one in Finland.

Below is an example of a biographical sketch plus a photo for the minister, Peter Magnus Bergström, who was born in Algutsboden on the 14th of January 1811.

herdaminnenVäxjö stifts herdaminne (F, G, H) 3 (1929) Image 810 / Page 151 (AID: v903640.b810.s151)

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Additions to the Military Service Cards (Stamkort) Index

In August 2018, we added the searchable name index, military service cards, to ArkivDigital. This index consists of nearly two million index entries for persons who enrolled in the military service from 1902 to 1941 (persons born between 1881 and-1921). The index makes it much easier to find draft registration cards from the various archives which used different methods for organizing these cards.

We have now added more entries to the military service cards index. It now includes persons who enrolled in the years from 1942 to 1950 (persons born in the years 1922-1931). Approximately 400,000 additional draft registration cards are now searchable by name.

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The conscription military card gives details about the enlistee from enlistment (at 20 or 21 years) till he became 47 years or left the military. It is not only information recorded at the time of enrollment but also data referring emergency preparations activities during World War II and additional training exercises. You can find more information about these military service cards by clicking here.

In order to access the military service card index, one must have an All-in-one subscription.

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View list of Swedish parishes in web version!

One comment that we have heard several times at recent conferences is “I can’t see a list of all the parishes in Sweden in ArkivDigital’s web version”. In order to see the list of  parishes in the web version, one must do the following:

parish searchListing of 2,859 parishes within Sweden

You will see a listing of 2,859 parishes. The parishes are listed in alphabetical order. Remember that there are three additional letters in the Swedish alphabet: Å, Ä, Ö. These letters are at the end of the alphabet.

You can further limit your search by county or province. Make sure the country selected is Sweden. Sweden is the default country. Under Swedish county, you can select a desired county and then only the parishes for that county will be selected. In the example below, the county of Kalmar was selected. Now only the 127 parishes for Kalmar are shown.

kalmar searchList of Kalmar parishes

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Name Register Review

ArkivDigital’s goal is to make Swedish research quicker and easier. We have added the Population of Sweden 1860-1947, a name searchable index of all the household/congregation books for all of Sweden with a direct link to the original record. We have added searchable name indexes for births, marriages, and death records for parts of Sweden primarily for the county of Kronoberg, many parishes in Södermanland county and a few other parishes with a direct link to the original record. Our goal is to index all the birth, marriage and death records for all of Sweden with links to the original records and this is in progress but will take some time.

Meanwhile, we would like to point out we do have printed name registers for various church books such as marriage name indexes for parishes in Gotland, name registers in some of the large city parishes and other name registers. We have written blogs about these name registers in the past and today we would like to present a summary of these blogs.

Name Registers
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-registers/

Name registers in parish archives
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-registers-in-parish-archives/

Stockholm City church book registers
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/stockholm-city-church-book-registers/

Gotland marriage name indexes
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/gotland-marriage-name-indexes/

stockholm cith birth indexA page out the Klara parish birth book register for the years 1744-1780. The register is organized alphabetically and gives a reference to the volume and page number where you will find the complete record. Klara (A, AB) FbReg:3 (1744-1780) Image 190 / Page 29 (AID: v883771.b190.s29, NAD: SE/SSA/0010)

1758 stockholm recordThe birth record for Anders on the 7th of September 1758 in Klara parish. Klara (A, AB) CIb:1 (1755-1764) Image 115 / Page 221 (AID: v87351.b115.s221, NAD: SE/SSA/0010)

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Estate Inventory (Bouppteckning) Review

Usually the first set of Swedish records one looks at when one begins one’s Swedish genealogical research are the Swedish church books. These books are wonderful and contain so much information. For many, the next set of records are the estate inventories because these records provide genealogical information as well as offer a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

Today, we have estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (approximately early 1700’s) up to 1940 in ArkivDigital. We are currently adding records up to 1960. For a complete status as of February 2019, click here.

We are also beginning to index by name the estate inventories and the name of the index source is inventory of estate. Click here to get an update of what estate inventories have been indexed. Click here to get more information about estate inventory indexes.

estate inventory aprilSearching for an estate inventory using the inventory of estate index

Below you will find a listing of tutorials and blogs where you can find more information on how to find and research in the estate inventories.

  • Introduction to Swedish estate inventory research
    https://www.arkivdigital.net/swedish-genealogy/swedish-estate-inventories (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-bouppteckning-reading-example (Link)
  • Tips for finding an estate inventory register in an estate inventory volume
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/tips-for-finding-an-estate-inventory-register-in-an-estate-inventory-volume (Link)
  • Solving a genealogical mystery using an estate inventory
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/where-did-klara-settle-in-north-america (Link)
  • Discovering an emigration place in the estate inventories (Link)
  • Browsing in the estate inventories
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/the-daughters-dowries (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/burial-costs (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-more-than-300-pages (Link)

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Searchable indexes in ArkivDigital

Last Friday, we announced the addition of the new name searchable index, Population of Stockholm 1945. Our indexes continue to grow making Swedish genealogy much easier. Today, we will review all the indexes that are within ArkivDigital and point out some blogs for additional information.

You can find the indexes by:

  • Go to the application – https://app.arkivdigital.se/
  • Select Index search.
  • Under index source click on the down arrow and a drop-down menu will show you a list of indexes.

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Today the indexes include the following:

  • Population of Sweden 1860-1947
  • Population of Sweden 1940
  • Population of Sweden 1950
  • Population of Sweden 1960
  • Population of Sweden 1975
  • Population of Sweden 1985
  • Population of Stockholm 1945
  • Inventory of estate
  • Military service cards,
  • Swedes in the US 1940
  • Birth index, parts of Sweden
  • Marriage index, parts of Sweden
  • Death index, parts of Sweden
  • Portrait Collection
  • Agriculture Statistics 1944
  • Table of Content SCB

Below are blogs that provide additional detail about each index.

Population of Sweden 1860-1947
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1860-1947-now-searchable/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/jumping-the-pond-becomes-easier-with-the-population-of-sweden-1860-1947/

Population of Sweden 1940
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1940-now-available-in-arkivdigital/

Population of Sweden 1950
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/advanced-searching/

Population of Sweden 1960
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/arkivdigital-launches-two-new-powerful-registers/

Population of Sweden 1975
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1975/

Population of Sweden 1985
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1985/

Population of Stockholm 1945
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-stockholm-1945/

Inventory of Estate 
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-status-update-february-2019/

Military service cards
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-service-cards-stamkort-search-index/

Swedes in US 1940
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-register-swedes-in-us-1940/

Birth, marriage and death indexes, part of Sweden
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/updates-to-the-birth-marriage-and-death-indexes/

Portrait collection
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/a-quarter-of-a-million-portrait-images/

Agricultural Statistics 1944
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-search-index-for-agricultural-statistics-1944/

Table of contents SCB
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/table-of-contents-for-scb-records/

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Swedish Portraits (Svenska Porträttgalleri)

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many types of records such as the church books, estate inventories, court records, tax registers and military records. But there are many additional types of records within ArkivDigital including scanned books. One interesting set is the Svenskt Porträttgalleri.

The Svenskt Porträttgalleri includes 26 volumes of portraits and biographical data for over 20,000 persons who represented key segments of Swedish life including clergy, military officers, academics, doctors, publishers, financiers, and others. The series includes a general register or an index which lists all the individuals in alphabetical order and points to the volume that shows the photograph and biography. You can find these volumes in ArkivDigital by going to archive search and selecting archive type, printed litterature.

As an example, we will look for Gustaf Unonius, who was the founder of St. Ansgarius Church established in 1849 in Chicago, Illinois. This was the first Scandinavian church in Chicago. To find the biographical data for Gustav Unonius in the Svenskt Porträttgalleri, do the following:

  • Access ArkivDigital (app.arkivdigital.se).
  • Select archive search.
  • Select archive type – printed litterature.
  • Select the archive – Svenskt Porträttgalleri.
  • Open the general register volume. The names are listed in alphabetical order.
  • Below is the register entry.

unonius registerSvenskt porträttgalleri (o) Generalregister (1913) Image 3900 / Page 765 (AID: v903628.b3900.s765)

The information in the register is an abbreviated biographical sketch along with pointing out where we can find his portrait and a more detailed biography in Volume 15 (XV). The information shown in the register is the following:

Unonius, Gustaf Elias Marius was born in Helsingfors (Helsinki, Finland) on the 25th of August 1810. He was a pastor at an Anglo-American church, a customs collector in Grisslehamn and died in Hacksta parish in Uppsala county on the 14th of October 1902.

The next step is to go to Volume XV. You will see that Volume XV and XVI are in the same volume in ArkivDigital. The names are listed in alphabetical order for each volume. Browse through the book to search for Gustaf Unonius. Below is his photograph and a more detailed biographical sketch.

gustaf unonius full biographySvenskt porträttgalleri (o) XV-XVI (1897-1900) Image 990 / Page 181 (AID: v903622.b990.s181)

In the above record, you will find a few more details about Gustaf Elias Marius Unonius’s life. Additional information in this record includes that he studied in Uppsala, emigrated to America in 1841, studied at an Anglo-American seminary in Wisconsin in 1843, ordained to the priesthood in 1845, was a pastor at the Swedish-Norwegian parish, St. Ansgarius in Chicago in 1849 and still a priest in the Anglo-American church and returned to Sweden in 1858. In 1860, for his work with the Swedish immigrants in America he was given a reward of 3,000 riksdaler. He worked as a customs official in Grisslehamn from 1863 to 1888. The last portion of the sketch list some of his publications and probably the best known being Minnen fr. en Sjuttonåring vistelse in nordvestra Amerika or Memoir for a Seventeen-Year Stay i Northwest America. This work has been translated into English with the title of A Pioneer in Northwest America 1841-1858, The Memoirs of Gustaf Unonius.

The Svenskt Porträttgalleri is a wonderful source for finding photographs and some biographical information about persons active in Swedish society.

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Memory Album (Minnesalbum) from Frederic Trade Lake Baptist Church in Wisconsin

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Iowa – 60 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 106 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest. In the archives for the Frederic Trade Lake Baptist Church in Burnett County, Wisconsin, you will find a minnesalbum or a memory album.

This congregation was established on the 5th of June 1869 in Knut Anderson’s schoolhouse. Below is an image listing the names of the early congregants and where they came from in Sweden.

frederic trade blogFrederic Trade Lake Baptist Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:25 Image 58 (AID: v904644.b58) (left side of the image)

Below is an image of John Ring, the first pastor of the church, and his wife.

john ringFrederic Trade Lake Baptist Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:25 Image 58 (AID: v904644.b58) (right side of the image)

John Ring or Jonas Ring was born in Delsbo, Gävleborg, Sweden on the 16th of February 1829. (Note – the record in the album states that he is from Ilsbo but he was actually born in Delsbo but did live part of his life in Ilsbo.)  He and his wife and children emigrated from Sundsvall, Västernorrland. Below is the household record showing them moving to America along with a notation that he and his wife are Baptists.

ring household recordSundsvalls Gustav Adolf (Y) AI:6b (1851-1866) Image 179 / Page 468 (AID: v122499.b179.s468, NAD: SE/HLA/1010190)

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