Moving Certificates between Swedish American Congregations

In an earlier blog (see earlier blog), we wrote about moving out certificates (flyttningsbevis) from parishes within Sweden that have been preserved by some Swedish American churches.

In some Swedish American churches mostly the Lutheran, the minister would note persons joining the congregation and leaving the parish in a separate section of the congregation book. Usually the section showing persons joining the congregation is titled, Reception of new members (Intagna medlemmar) and the section showing people leaving the congregation is titled, Dismissal of members (utträdda medlemmar).

When a person was dismissed or removed from a congregation primarily within the Augustana Lutheran churches, sometimes the person would be given a certificate of removal. These certificates from one Augustana congregation to another came to serve as a pass to the congregation that was active at the new place of residence.

Some of the certificates of removal or transfers are available for some congregations within ArkivDigital. Below is an image of the moving certificate for Anders Peter Falk and his family that is in the archive for the Council Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iowa showing the family moving from St. John’s Church (St. John’s Lutheran Church) in Essex, Iowa to Council Bluffs in 1893.

transfer certificateCouncil Bluffs Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Iowa, USA (IA) Vol:5 (1878-1894) Image 7 (AID: v903227.b7) 

The certificate gives the date of birth and place of birth for all members of the family.

  • Anders Peter Falk born on the 27th of July 1838 in Vena (Hvena) parish in Kalmar county
  • Margareta Charlotta born on the 8th of June 1848 in Lönneberga parish
  • Anna Elenora born on the 22nd of May 1881 in New Windsor, Illinois
  • Ella Victoria born on the 6th of January 1884 in Essex, Iowa

The record also states that Anders Peter Falk emigrated from Sweden in 1854 and Margareta Charlotta emigrated in 1859. It also shows that they joined the church in Essex, Iowa in 1883. Note – remember this is a secondary source so all information should be verified. But this is a wonderful record showing where the parents came from in Sweden and some of their moves within North America. Unfortunately, not many of these records were preserved.

Whenever there are moving certificates either from a parish in Sweden or from another Swedish American parish in North America, you will find these volumes in the parish archives titled, Attachments to migration records.

You can find out if a particular North American congregation has a volume titled, Attachments to migration records by:

  • Go to archive search.
  • Select the country, United States.
  • Select the desired state.
  • Select the desired congregation.
  • Search the volume list.

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More birth, marriage and death searchable name indexes!

A few months ago, ArkivDigital published a name searchable index for birth, marriage and death records for all the parishes within Kronoberg county from the earliest times to the year 1859.(See previous blog.) We announced earlier that we would be adding indexes for later years for parishes in Kronoberg as well as for some parishes in neighboring counties. Now the publication has been completed.

 

The end year in the index does vary by parish. In general, most of the indexes for the birth records go up to 1920 and the marriage and death indexes go up to 1944. But in many parishes the end year is earlier. Regarding indexes for parishes in neighboring counties (primarily Blekinge and Jönköping counties as well as a couple of parishes from Kalmar and Kristianstad counties), the number of years that have been indexed varies. You can find out what parishes and what years have been indexed at the following links:

The register was created by the Kronoberg’s Genealogical Society and can be published thanks to an agreement between the association and ArkivDigital.

 Searching in Death index, parts of Swedendeath record kronoberg search

Our goal is to gradually expand our church book indexes so that they eventually cover all of Sweden. Of course, we are still just beginning, but through partnerships with genealogical societies, other organizations and private individuals, we can hopefully achieve this goal within the not too distant future.

In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one needs to have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in the web version of our software, which you will find at https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, select “Index search” and then in the list below index source select “Birth index, parts of Sweden”, “Marriage index parts of Sweden” or “Death index- parts of Sweden”.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Birth, marriage and death index for Nederluleå

Now for the third time this fall, we have added more entries to our name searchable birth, marriage and death indexes. Previously, we added index entries for the Eskilstuna area (see previous blog) and Kronoberg county (see previous blog). With a partnership with an individual, about 53,000 index entries for birth, marriage and deaths for Nederluleå parish in Norrbotten county from the oldest times to about 1860 have been added to the index.

nederlulea birth imageSearching in name index, Birth index, parts of Sweden

Nederluleå belonged to one of Sweden’s more populated rural parishes, which explains the large number of index entries. The parish received its name in 1831 when Överluleå was broken out to its own parish. The combined parish which existed previously was named Luleå parish. For the period prior to 1831, the index includes the combined parish which means even the area which today includes Överluleå parish.

Since Nederluleå is now part of the birth, marriage and death register, two goals have now been achieved. One, the register now comprises a total of more than two million entries and secondly it also includes entries that have been prepared by a private individual. The records that were added to the index previously were created by  societies or organizations. Our goal for the long run is that the index will cover all of Sweden and in order to achieve this goal, it is important for different types of partnerships, both big and small!

nederlulea search

In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in our web version of our software which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

To find the index:

  • Select New index search
  • Select under index source one of the following:
    • Birth index, parts of Sweden
    • Marriage index, parts of Sweden
    • Death index, parts of Sweden

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Birth, marriage and death indexes for Eskilstuna and surrounding area

Do you research in Eskilstuna and the surrounding areas? If so, you will be happy to know that we have recently added the birth, marriage and death name searchable indexes for parishes from the area which today represents the municipality of Eskilstuna. The following parishes have been added to the index:

Barva
Eskilstuna (stadsförsamlingen)
Eskilstuna Fors
Eskilstuna Kloster
Gillberga
Hammarby
Husby-Rekarne
Jäder
Kjula
Lista
Näshulta
Råby-Rekarne
Stenkvista
Sundby
Torshälla landsförsamling (Hällby)
Torshälla stadsförsamling
Tumbo
Vallby
Västermo
Ärla
Öja

eskiltuna marriageSearching in Marriage Index, parts of Sweden

The indexes for the added parishes are from the oldest time (late 1600’s) to around 1894. In many cases, the indexes are for later years. You can find the end years at the following links:

https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/fodelseregister
https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister
https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister

The register was created by the Eskilstuna-Strängnäs Genealogical Society and the index can be published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

In order to access ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death index, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The index is only available in our web version of our software which you will find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

To find the index:

  • Select New index search
  • Select under index source one of the following:
    • Birth index,  parts of Sweden
    • Marriage index,  parts of Sweden
    • Death index,  parts of Sweden

search birth marriage death

Read original blog in Swedish.

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New search index for Agricultural Statistics 1944

In the church books and other Swedish historical records, we discover many ancestors and relatives who owned or worked on farms. One title one often sees is hemmansägare (home owner or owner of the farm). But what was the practical life like for a person with this title?

When we are talking about rural life in the middle of the 20th century, a useful source, Swedish National Agricultural Census of 1944, has been available in the All-in-one version of ArkivDigital for over a year. It has been somewhat difficult to search in the census but now a name searchable index also in the All-in-one version has been created to ease the search. You can search by the farmer’s name, place name and parish. To search, you do the following:

  • Select New index search.
  • Under index source, select Agriculture statistics 1944.
  • Enter the search criteria and click search.

Here is an example. In the Population of Sweden 1950, you will find a Per Georg Eliasson born in 1882 shown as a hemmansägare at Stenviksstrand 1:10 in Ramsele parish in Västernorrland county. See image below.

1950 per georg

1944 agricultural census searchSearch index record – Agriculture statistics 1944 for Per Georg Eliasson

By looking at the Swedish National Agriculture Census of 1944, one can get a better understanding of his life. His farm consisted of 139 hectares or about 343 acres. You will see that the division of the farm included 7 hectares of tilled land or fields, 17 hectares of pasture land and 96 hectares of woods.

1944 agricultural record
Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Byrån för jordbruksstatistik, Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944 H1AB:696 (1944) Image 9380 (AID: v836350.b9380, NAD: SE/RA/4204012004)

In addition, the record shows that there was no tractor so horses were used to pull the farm equipment. The cows were milked by hand in the morning and the evening. Also, there was no running water in the house but there was electric lighting. However, a wooden stove was used for the cooking.

The census asked if certain agricultural tools and equipment were used on the farm such as a manure spreader (stallgödselspridare), potato harvester (potatisupptagningsmaskin) plus other tools.

By viewing the National Agricultural Census 1944 record, we have a much better understanding of hemmansägare, Per Georg Eliasson’s life on his farm at Stenviksstrand 1:10.

There are in total 44,000 farms throughout Sweden in the National Agricultural Census 1944 including many small farms as well as some city properties. Thus, you may want to search for persons who live on the outskirts of cities who you may not think of as farmers.

These census forms were filled out primarily by the farmers. Unfortunately, many had poor handwriting resulting in errors in the registration both for personal names and place names (parish name should be correct). Thus, one may need to be creative in the search and search for alternative spellings.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Name searching tips

The number of name searchable indexes in ArkivDigital continues to increase. Recently the Population of Sweden of 1975 and the military service card indexes were added. You can find these indexes by selecting “New Index Search” and then select the desired index under “Index source”.index search screen

There are two methods for searching: simple and advanced. Today, we will focus on the simple search which is more powerful than one might believe at first glance.

The key for all searches is not to write too much information. Begin with a broad search and then narrow the search.

One example: We will look for a woman named Berta Lungren. Select the index, Population of Sweden 1860-1930, and write in her name “Berta Lundgren” in the search field and click on “Search” (or press Enter). The result list shows 202 matches which feels like too many to search through.

berta lundgren

When I add her birth year to the search criteria, the number of matches is reduced to eight. Four of these refer to the woman I am interested in, born on the 3rd of March 1887 in Odensala. But if I look more closely in the match list, I see one that mentions the birth date as the 31st of March 1887 (which is her correct birth date). If I had entered her full birth date instead of only the year, I would have missed all the matches. Therefore, one should never write in more information than what is needed to get a good search result.

bertil 1887

It is also smart to search the same person using different information, for example only the last name and birth date or only the first name and birth date or only the first and last name (the last only works well with a name that is not common). These methods will increase the chances to find as many possible matches.

Now we will look at some more advanced search techniques.

There are a number of special search characters that can be used for searching.

An example: I want to search for a person named Anders Setterqvist, but I know that his last name can be spelled differently in the records: Setterqvist, Sätterqvist, and Zetterqvist. And sometimes quist is written as qvist. In addition, I have seen different birth years for him in the records.

One can write the following in the search box:
anders (zetterq* | sätterq* | setterq*) (1816 | 1817 | 1818)

The result will be a search of all these spellings and years. The vertical bar (|) means  “or” and the asterisk (*) is used as a wildcard showing all the names that include the letters preceding the asterisk. 

zetterquist

Following is a list of the special characters that can be used in ArkivDigital’s searches.

  • * (asterisk) An asterisk at the end of Bergl* will find Berglind, Bergling, Berglund, etc.
  • “ ” (quotation marks) = exact phrase For example “georg olof” will find Georg Olof but not Olof Georg or George Karl Olof.|
  • | (vertical mark) = or (See above explanation)
  • - (minus sign) = not - For example: -västra frölunda will find Östra Frölunda and Frölunda but not Västra Frölunda
  • + (plus sign) = and – For example: Lundqvist+Lundberg will find all posts which includes both names.
  • ~1 (tilde plus a number) after keyword = approximate search with numerical character difference – For example: appelqvist~1 will find in addition to Appelqvist, Appelquist, Appelkvist where one character or letter differs from the original keyword. If one increases number to 2 appelqvist~2, one will also find Apelquist.
  • ~1 tilde plus a number) after phrase = approximate search. An additional word may be found. (The first and last word in the phrase shall be mentioned). For example “sven filip”~1 finds also Sven Gustaf Filip and Sven Erik Filip. A search “sven filip”~2 will find in addition Sven Johan Olof Filip as well as Filip Sven.
  • ( ) parenthesis = searches for alternative spellings – For example aurora (concordia | conkordia | konkordia | koncordia) searches for all posts that includes Aurora Concordia, Aurora Conkordia, Aurora Konkordia and Aurora Koncordia).

These special characters work also with the Advanced search. The search possibilities are nearly infinite. All one has to do is try!

 Read original blog in Swedish.

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Name Searchable Indexes for Birth, Marriage and Death Records in Kronoberg County

For those who research in Kronoberg, we have some wonderful news! Name searchable indexes for all of Kronoberg county have now been added to ArkivDigital’s birth, marriage and death register, which so far has included around sixty parishes in Södermanland county.

The name searchable indexes for birth, marriage and death records for Kronoberg county are from the earliest times (1600’s) through 1859. Later this autumn we will be adding indexes for later years as well as indexes from certain parishes in the neighboring counties.

The index was created by the Kronoberg Genealogical Society (http://genealogi-kgf.se/index.html) and the index entries are being published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

death record kronoberg searchSearching in death index, parts of Sweden

Our goal is to gradually expand our church index registers so that they eventually cover all of Sweden. Of course, this is still a big task and will take some time, but through cooperation with associations, private individuals and our own efforts, ArkivDigital will achieve the goal in the not-too-distant future.

Click here to see a list of all parishes where name searchable indexes are available for  death records.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death indexes, one must have an All-in-One subscription and the indexes are only available in the web version of our software which you can find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

Click here to read the original blog in Swedish.

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Birth, marriage, and death registers for Södertälje and neighboring areas

For all who research in Södertälje and the surrounding areas, we have some good news for you. Twelve parishes from Södertälje and nearby areas have now been added to our name searchable indexes: “Birth index, parts of Södermanland”, “Marriage index, parts of Södermanland” and “Death index, parts of Södermanland”.

The following parishes have been added:

  • Hölö
  • Mörkö
  • Södertälje landsförsamling
  • Södertälje stadsförsamling
  • Taxinge
  • Turinge
  • Tveta
  • Vårdinge
  • Ytterenhörna
  • Ytterjärna
  • Överenhörna
  • Överjärna

linnea image and index

The birth, marriage and death registers that have been added are from the oldest times (1600’s) to the year 1900. The register was created by Södertälje Genealogical Society and with thanks it is publicized based on an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

In order to access the birth, marriage and death searchable name register, one must have an All-in-one subscription. The register is only accessible on our web version of our software, which you can find here. https://app.arkivdigital.se/.

Click here to see a complete list of all the parishes that are included in the birth, marriage and death registers for parts of Södermanland.

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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Military Service Cards (Stamkort) Search Index

The digitized conscription service cards (stamkort) for Swedish men who enrolled in the military from 1902 to 1941 were previously published in ArkivDigital and have been available for some time. Up until now, it has taken some time and effort to find the military service card for a desired person. There are nearly two million cards and these are spread out in a large number of archives which in turn used different methods for organizing the cards.

The military service card includes the name of the conscript, birth date, birth place and enrollment number. Additional information included in the service card are the branch of the service the recruit served in, service time (including basic and additional military training as well as emergency preparation service during World War II), promotions, record of punishments if any and even sometimes the conscript’s home address and civil occupation.

 

The draft registration age changed in 1914 from age 21 years to 20, which means that the military service cards that are online cover men born approximately between the years 1881 to 1921.

 

Now, these military service cards have been indexed by name in ArkivDigital making it simple to find the desired card.  Select new index search and then select the military service cards index. Fill in the name and or birth information, select the desired post in the result list and click on the link which opens the image of the military service card. How much simpler can it be!

draft registration recordÖstergötlands inskrivningsområde (Io 4), Inskrivningsområdesexpeditionen (E, H) D2b:58 (1912) Image 50 (AID: v807027.b50, NAD: SE/KrA/0473/B04001Ö)

The above record shows a search for Karl Sigvard Gustavsson born on the 2nd of December 1912 in the parish of Horn, resulting in the above index record. Click on the link and you will see the image of the military service card. On the card, you will find notes about his military service from his enrollment in 1932 to his discharge in 1959.

To access the military service cards index, one must have an All-in-one subscription and the register is only available in our web version of our software. You can find our web version by going to: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

 

Click here to read the original blog in Swedish.

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Using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 to discover where Hilda moved to!

Within the household and congregation records, there is an entry showing where a person moved to if the person moved during the period the household/congregation books cover.  The information that is normally shown is the place and a date or sometimes there is a reference to another page number and date within the same household book.  However, many times the minister will note an abbreviation that is not easily understood and one must take some time to discover where the person has moved. In the image below, it states that Hilda Joseph. (Josephina). Hjorth born on the 20th of May 1833 moved from Önumstorp in Önum parish in Skaraborg county to V. 41 in 1871.  What does “V. 41” mean?

onum hflÖnum (R) AI:9 (1867-1881) Image 148 / page 142 (AID: v12796.b148.s142, NAD: SE/GLA/13674) Link.

There are two methods for discovering what “V. 41″ means: using traditional methods of deciphering the meaning or using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930.

Now, while the reference to a page number is not usually the letter V, one might go to page 41 in the same household book to see if she is listed there and if one goes there, Hilda will not be found.

The next step is to determine if the parish, Önum, belongs to a pastorat. See previous blog for more information about a pastorat. 

You can check if Önum belongs to a pastorat by accessing ArkivDigital, selecting new archive search, entering Önum in the search box and search. Open the archive for Önum parish and click on the archive info tab. There you will get information about what pastorat Önum belongs to. See the image below.

onum archive info

You will note the following information in the archive info box: Före den 1 maj 1920 var Önum annexförsamling i Skarstads, Hällums, Vara och Önums pastorat or before the 1st of May 1920, Önum was an annex parish in the Skarstads, Hällums, Vara and Önums pastorat.

This information gives us a clue that “V”. might mean Vara and 41 the page number in the Vara household book that includes the year 1871. Our next step is go to archive search and, enter Vara in the search box and click search.

vara search

Search for a household book that includes the year 1871 which is AI:7 that covers the years 1867-1878 and open the volume and go to page 41.

varahfl41Vara (R) AI:7 (1867-1878) Image 46 / page 41 (AID: v12751.b46.s41, NAD: SE/GLA/13611) Link.

In the above image you will see a reference that Hilda has moved in from “Ö 142” or Önum parish on page 142. In this case, the minister is abbreviating Önum. This minister often abbreviates the parish names of parishes within the pastorat by showing only the first letter of the parish name.

Search using the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 Search Index
The Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index makes Swedish research so much easier. For this same case, we can go to New index search, select the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930 index, enter Hilda and her birth date 18330520 in the search box, and click search. We receive 7 matches that we can analyze. (There are other ways of searching such as using the advanced search method or using various search criteria,) We see one household record is in Vara. We can quickly link on the match and then link on the image to verify the information. Thus, we quickly know that “V. 41” means Vara page 41. Of course, we have to verify that all the information agrees and this is right Hilda. This one is correct.

1860 Vara search

This is an example how Swedish research is becoming much easier and quicker using the Population of Sweden 1860-1930 index.

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