Searching for a birth record using name indexes

Today, we will look for the birth record for Axel Carlsson born on the 8th of April 1856 in Vrå parish in Kronoberg county. The traditional way of searching for him, would be to search for the church books for the Vrå parish and then search for the birth books within the parish. Today, with our many name searchable indexes, we can often search by name. Today, we will show you how to search for his birth record using 2 name searchable indexes: (1) Population of Sweden 1860-1947 and (2) Birth index, parts of Sweden.

 

Search Using Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is a name searchable index of all the household and congregation books for all of Sweden from 1860 to 1947. First, we will search for Axel Carlsson’s birth record using the Population of Sweden 1860-1947.|

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Population of Sweden 1860-1947.

We can search by using simple search or advanced search. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

  • First name – Axel
  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search.

axel search population of 1860

16 matches are shown in the result list. In this case, these are all matches to household records for Alex tracing his life within Sweden. By clicking on the index record for the years 1856-1860 as shown below, we get an index record showing his birth information and residence as well as a listing of other members in the household. There are links to source and birth records. The link to source is a link to the household record and the links to the birth records are links to the birth books containing the birth record. (In this case, there happens to be two birth books with the birth record.)

 

axel search birth

By clicking on the link to the birth record, you will be directed to the front of the birth book and then you will need to search for the birth record.

axel link to birth book

The birth records are organized in chronological order. Open the book and search for births in 1856 and then for April 8. Below is the image of the birth record.

axel's birth record

Vrå (G) C:2 (1824-1860) Image 75 / Page 141 (AID: v29941.b75.s141, NAD: SE/VALA/00433)


Search Using Birth Index Parts of Sweden

The index Birth Index Parts of Sweden includes a searchable name index of births from earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and many cases even later. Today, the index includes all the parishes within Kronoberg, about eighty parishes in Södermanland county as wall as few parishes in Blekinge, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad and Norrbotten counties. This is an ongoing project and more parishes will be added in the future.

 

Since Vrå parish is in Kronoberg county, we can search for Alex Carlsson’s birth record using the Birth Index Parts of Sweden. To do this:

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Birth index, parts of Sweden.

Again, we can search using a simple or an advanced search method. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

 

  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search and one match shows in the result list as shown below.

axel birth index

Click on the search result You will then get an index record with a link to the birth record. Click on the link and then you can see both the index record and original birth record. In this case, all the information except for the names of the baptismal witnesses are included in the index record.

 

axel birth index and record


As you can see as more indexes are added, Swedish research is becoming much easier especially with index records in English for those whose native language is not Swedish.

 

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Find the right volume quickly

Now comes another great tool that makes it easier to find a church record or other document in ArkivDigital. You can now filter and quickly display, for example, all birth records or all church records containing the year 1835. You can find the filter function above the volume list. Below you see examples of how you can use the filter function.

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Click on the row Filter and you get 4 different options that you can combine.

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Here we show Hamneda church archives and in the field Search in volume information you can search the information that is recorded for a volume. It can be for example, duplicate or as we see below, the name of a block.

On the second row you can search in Year from and Year to. This means that you can search for all documents that, for example, contain 1835. Then you enter 1835 in both fields.

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On the third row you can choose to show only specific types of source. Below you will only see the Birth and Christening records. You can select several different types of source at the same time.

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You can of course also combine and, for example, show Birth and Christening records for 1835. Here are two volumes that come up. An original book and a rough copy, both containing 1835.

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In the cities there are usually several different household records for the same time period and it is then in the volume information which blocks are included in the respective volume. Below we have searched for Hamburg to find the block “Stadt Hamburg”, located in Malmö St. Petri’s parish. We quickly see that it is 14 volumes. Keep in mind that the blocks can be found in more volumes where the block name is not printed in the volume information.

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You can combine the way you want. We conclude with an example where we look at the archive Göta Hovrätt – Advokatfiskalen Kronobergs län, which is where you find the so-called renovated court records. We show Sunnerbo in the volume information and the volumes covering the years 1695-1712. Instead of looking through 259 volumes, you can quickly see which 15 volumes it is.

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Closes the filter function by pressing x at the top right of the filter function.

Another new feature is that you can sort the columns Archives Volume, Type of source, From and To.

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This is done by clicking on the column heading, a click is sorted from the bottom up and another click from the top down.

Below we have sorted From and shows all the volumes from the oldest start year and forward in time.

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Of course you can combine both filter function and sorting. As a final example, we have chosen to display Birth and Chrisening records and Death and Burial records, and sorted by showing From (starting year for the volume) from the oldest at the top.

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If you want to remove the sorting, click Reset sorting and to close the filter function, click x at the top right of the filter box.

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Russians who worked on the Göta Canal

Gota canal russiansGöta kanalbolag EII:8 (1813-1813) Image 67 / page 60 (AID: v89674.b67.s60, NAD: SE/VALA/02660) Link.

We previously published a blog about the Göta Canal Company’s archive in ArkivDigital. (Link to blog entry.)  In that blog, we pointed out a list of Russians in the pioneer company (pionjärkompaniet) who signed up to work on the canal so that they could return to Russia. You can find more information about these Russians who helped build the canal in several archival sources.

Approximately 60,000 men worked on building the canal between 1810 and 1832. The majority of these were Swedish soldiers from sixteen different regiments along with two naval companies. In addition a company of Russian deserters (pionjärkompaniet) also worked on the canal.

In the volume Göta kanalbolag EII: 8 on pages 58-65, you will find an inspection roll for the pioneer company (pionjärkompaniet). The roll was created at the mustering at Forsviks bruk on the 29th of May 1813. Above is an image of a page from the roll. The record shows the name, age and height of each person in the company. Occasionally in the remarks column are notes indicating if the person was ill or given special orders.

Even in the church books, you can find information about these Russians.The image below is a birth record from 1814 in the Bällefors C: 5 volume. In this birth book, you can find a number of children with Russian fathers.

ballefors birthBällefors (R) C:5 (1807-1852) Image 32 (AID: v28848.b32, NAD: SE/GLA/13073) Link.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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