RootsTech 2018

IMG_9132RootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world. This year there were attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries. Over 14,000 registered family history researchers attended RootsTech 2018 plus another 10,000 attended the Family Discovery Day on Saturday. There were more than 200 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was huge with more than 190 vendors displaying their products and services.

For the sixth consecutive year, ArkivDigital, was an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, gave a presentation on “Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books” along with giving a ArkivDigital presentation in the demo theater.

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Each day, there were a stream of visitors stopping by our booth requesting to learn more about our services and Swedish genealogy. Many sought help to discover where in Sweden their ancestor came from, translation help on records as well as viewing short demos on how to search in ArkivDigital. But again this year, we had to explain to a couple of visitors that Sweden is not Switzerland.

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A woman from Utah was moved to tears of happiness to discover the place in Sweden where her ancestor came from which was Högby, Kalmar. She had been looking for thirty years. Even more exciting was discovering that her ancestor had siblings that she knew nothing about. See the above picture.

We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello and told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital and how they love the new search indexes especially the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930.

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Name Searchable Indexes in ArkivDigital

Swedish genealogy is becoming easier as new name searchable indexes become available in ArkivDigital. Most of these indexes are found only in the All-in-One subscription. The Population of Sweden 1950 index is found in both the base and All-in-One subscriptions. Today, we will review the name searchable indexes that exist in ArkivDigital as well point out the blogs that provide additional information.

You can find the name searchable indexes in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Access  ArkivDigital
  • Select New Index Search
  • Select index source

indexsearchallinoneIndexes available in the All-in-One subscription

Population of Sweden 1950 – Name Searchable of persons living in Sweden in 1950
Available both in base and All-in-One subscriptions
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-register-searches-in-arkivdigitals-web-version/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/advanced-searching/

Population of Sweden 1960 – Name Searchable index of persons living in Sweden in 1960
Only available in All-in-One Subscription
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/advanced-searching/

Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 – Name index of household/congregation records between 1860 and 1930
Only available in All-in-One Subscription

http://blog.arkivdigital.net/population-of-sweden-1880-1920-grows-and-now-becomes-1860-1920/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/ten-years-added-to-arkivdigitals-largest-name-register/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/advanced-searching/

Swedes in US 1940 – All persons in 1940 United States Census who mentioned their birth place was Sweden
Only available in All-in-One Subscription
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/new-register-swedes-in-us-1940/

Inventory of estate – Searchable name index for estate inventories
Only available in All-in-One Subscription
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/digital-searchable-estate-inventory-register-now-in-arkivdigital/

Portrait collection – Personal photographs from three Stockholm photography studios
Only available in All-in-One Subscription
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/a-quarter-of-a-million-portrait-images/

Birth index – Index of births between 1666 and 1894 for Western Södermanland
Marriage index - Index of marriages between 1666 and 1894 for Western Södermanland
Death index - Index of deaths between 1666 and 1894 for Western Södermanland
Only available in All-in-One Subscription
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/registers-for-birth-death-and-marriage-records-1666-1894-for-vastra-sodermanland/

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Attend our Spring ArkivDigital Workshop

 

arkivdigital workshopAttend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2018 spring workshop will be held the weekend March 17-18 in Lindsborg, Kansas.

Discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small-town charm.

If you can’t attend our spring workshop, our fall workshop in Lindsborg will be September 29-30, 2018. There will also be a Swedish Genealogy workshop sponsored by the Swedish Research Ancestry Association (SARA) in Sturbridge Massachusetts on October 5-6, 2018.

  • More information about our Lindsborg spring workshop, click here.
  • More information about our Lindsborg fall workshop, click here.
  • More information about workshop in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, click here.

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Norrland seamen houses are currently being photographed

ArkivDigital has photographed many records for Swedish seamen houses (sjömanshus) over the past few years. There is a good coverage of seamen houses for Southern Sweden in ArkivDigital but the coverage for Norrland seamen houses has been limited. Now for all who are interested in seamen houses in Norrland, new records are being added.

The photographing of the Norrland seamen house records began in spring 2017. We have now added records for four seamen houses from the oldest times to 1940. The four houses that are now complete are Haparanda, Luleå, Piteå and Skellefteå. Currently, we are photographing records for the Umeå seaman house. We are photographing a selection of documents from each seaman house primarily different types of rolls, such as muster and seaman rolls.

We will be adding more seamen house records from Norrland in the future. Our first goal is to complete photographing the Umeå seaman house records. Then we will continue with the seamen houses in Härnösand, Sundsvall, Örnsköldsvik, Gävle, Hudiksvall and Söderhamn.

seamanSkellefteaA page out of the Skellefteå sjömanshus mönstringsliggare for the year 1935, referring to the steamship, Sirius. Link.

You can find seamen house records in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Select New archive search.
  • Select category, sjömanshus, and click search.
  • Then, you will see a list of the seaman house archives that are currently in ArkivDigital.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Visit ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2018

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RootsTech 2018, North America’s largest family history and technology conference, will be held February 28-March 3, 2018 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, will give a presentation, Overcoming Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books, on Friday, March 2nd at 1:30 PM.

In addition, there will be an ArkivDigital demonstration in the demo theater in the vendor hall on Friday, March 2nd at 4:20 PM.

If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth #317 and enter a drawing to win special door prizes plus answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy.

Click here for more information about RootsTech.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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Swedish National Archives tax records – status update

A few months ago, we published a blog about the types of tax registers that are available in ArkivDigital. Go to previous blog. As stated in the blog post, three copies of the tax registers were created. Unfortunately, the preservation of these different copies is uneven. Often, one will find that only one or two of the copies have been preserved; if one is really unlucky, none of them.

 

Earlier, we have photographed the two copies which are preserved at the regional archives from the oldest times to 1820. We have also been photographing the third copy which is preserved at the National Archives in Stockholm (Riksarkivet i Stockholm). We are currently doing complementary photographing which means that we are only photographing volumes where no corresponding copies exist in the regional archives.

Below is a status listing the tax registers from the National Archives we have photographed or are in the progress of photographing. The focus has been to photograph the counties with the biggest gaps in the regional archives. 

  • Completed counties
    Blekinge
    Göteborgs och Bohus
    Kronoberg
    Malmöhus
    Södermanland
    Västerbotten
    Älvsborg
  • In Progress
    Kopparberg

To find these records in ArkivDigital:

  • Go to New Archive Search
  • Enter Mantalslängder 1642-1820 in the search box
  • You will see a list of the archives (one per county)

tax register stockholm First page of ”Qwarntulls och Mantals Längd oppå Byy Sochn Pro Anno 1653” or the Tax Register for By parish for the year 1654. Page is from the National Archive’s tax register copy for the tax registers for 1653 or Kopparberg county. Link.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Ten years added to ArkivDigital’s largest name register!

Last fall, ArkivDigital’s largest name register became even larger. The Population of Sweden index grew by twenty years from 1880-1920 to 1860 to 1920. Now another decade has been added, so the register spans seventy years, from 1860 to 1930.

The Population of Sweden 1860-1930 is Sweden’s largest name register and includes now about 85 million register posts collected from 30,553 volumes. The register includes all persons who are named in Sweden’s household and congregation books created during those years. This means that a person who moved often will be found several times in the indexes, which explains why the register is many times greater that what Sweden’s population was at the time.

The register is not only the largest one that exists in Sweden, it is probably the easiest to use. All search results contain a direct link to the source. You click on the link and find immediately your relative in the original volume. Very smooth and easy!

1860-1920- Hulda ElisabetImage: Searching in the Population of Sweden 1860-1930

The register Population of Sweden 1860-1930 is included in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription. In ArkivDigital’s web version, you click “New index search” and select “Population of Sweden 1860-1930” under “Index source”. Then you can begin to search by entering the desired name in the search box under “Search index”.

If the name of the person is unusual, it is often enough just to enter the first and last name, but for more common names, for example for the name, Andersson, the birth date or the birthplace should be entered.

 

One should start with a broad search by entering as little as possible. If the search results are too many, add additional information until the search results become manageable. Then click on the desired entry and all the details will be displayed. Under the heading “Links” is a direct link to the original record in the original volume.

The household records (from the 1900’s called congregation books in English) were the most important set of public records, a generally geographically organized general register of residents in the parish where information from other church books (birth, marriage and death books, etc.) were noted along with additional information such as movements within or out of the parish.

 

These records were created for most of Sweden except for a few large parishes within Stockholm city. Instead during the years 1878-1926, a new municipal organization was created called the Roteman’s Institution (rotemansinstitutionen). Stockholm was divided into a number of districts called rotar.  In each district or rote, there was a city employee (roteman) responsible for recording the population statistics. Therefore, many people living in Stockholm are missing in the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index. They can be found in the Rotemansarkivet 1878-1926 which is found on the Stockholm City Archives free website.

With the update of the Population in Sweden to 1930, ArkivDigital now has more than 100 million registry entries, easily accessible to anyone with an All-In-one subscription, and most of them with a link directly to the source.

 

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Swedish American Church Book Record Types

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and a few from Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Below are the types of records that you will find in the various congregations However, the type of records that were kept and preserved varies by congregation.

  1. Congregation records or church registers (Församlingsböcker)
  2. Birth and christening records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
  3. Marriage records (Vigselböcker)
  4. Death and burial records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
  5. Catechetical records (Konfirmationsbok)
  6. Protocols (Protokoll)
  7. Accountings (Räkenskaper)
  8. Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
  9. Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
  10. Anniversary documents (Jubileumsskrift)

Congregation Books (Församlingsböcker)
The congregation records or church registers include similar information to the Swedish household or congregation records. The type of information you may find includes:  the names of the household members, birth date, birth place, baptismal date, marriage dates of the head of the household, arrival date in America and arrival date in the congregation. Some of these books have alphabetical name indexes. These records are very helpful in identifying where a person came from in Sweden.

Omaha Congregation RecordCongregation book from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1868-1890) Image 74 / page 69 (AID: v883292.b74.s69, NAD: ) Link.

Birth and Christening Records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
The birth and christening records are somewhat similar to the Swedish birth and christening records. The contents do vary by congregation but they usually contain the child’s name, birth date, baptismal date, names of parents and names of baptismal witnesses.  Most of the time the mother’s married name and not maiden name is presented. These records are organized in chronological order often by baptismal date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha birthsRecords of baptisms from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 21 / page 35 (AID: v883294.b21.s35, NAD: ) Link.

Marriage Records (Vigselböcker)
The marriage records are an important source because it is the one source where the female’s maiden name is shown. The contents in the marriage record usually include the names of the groom and bride, date of the marriage and the places where the bride and groom are from. These records are organized in chronological order.

omaha marriageRecords of Marriages from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 59 / page 173 (AID: v883294.b59.s173, NAD: ) Link.

Death and Burial Records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
The death and burial records sometimes called “Records of Funerals” show the deceased’s name, death date, burial date, age, sometimes names of nearest relatives and cause of death. Unfortunately, abbreviations may be used in names such as “P. A. Swanson” versus the complete name and married women are often noted as “Mrs. Charles Eklund”.  These are organized in chronological order usually by the funeral date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha burialsRecords of Funerals from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 98 / page 291 (AID: v883294.b98.s291, NAD: ) Link.

Catechetical (Konfirmationsbok)
The catechetical records provide names of the persons confirmed. Most of the time, these are only list of names but occasionally, the birth date and the names of the parents of the confirmed will be shown.

Protocols (Protokoll)
The protocols are administrative records for the parish. They contain minutes of administrative meetings and decisions relating to parish matters.

Accountings (Räkenskaper)
The account books will include records of financial transactions such as cash books, bookkeeping records and real estate transactions.

Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
These records record new members of the parish usually stating the name of the person, date of admission and the place where the person came from.

Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
These records record the names of members who leave the parish. Usually, you will find the name of the person, departure date and where the person is going to.

omaha dismissalRecords of Dismissals of Members from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 85 / page 247 (AID: v883294.b85.s247, NAD: ) Link.

Church anniversary document (Jubileumsskrift)
In many congregation archives you will find a church anniversary document celebrating a number of years in existence such as 25 years, 50 years, 75 years or 100 years. These documents usually present a short history of the church or a church organization such as a singing group or other group within the church. Sometimes in addition to the history of the church, biographical information and photos of members of the church are included.

Other documents (Övriga handlingar)
You may find other documents dependent upon the parish such as church school records, tomb or cemetery records, historical notes, church constitution, and attachments to migration records, newspaper clippings and other types of documents.

More information about Swedish American church books:
Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books.

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January 2018 Events in North America

During January, ArkivDigital presentations and demonstrations will be held at the First Tuesday Education Program at the Family History Center in Wilmette, Illinois and at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a presentation on “Researching your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital” at the Family History Center in Wilmette, Illinois on Tuesday evening, January 9th.  The presentation will include an overview of ArkivDigital along with a case study showing how to search for church books and estate inventories using both the archive and the index (name) search options. For more information, click here.

Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society  at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, January 27th. The title of the presentation is “Overcoming Research Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books.Records”. For more information and registration details, click here.

Visit our North American Event Calendar.

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