Swedish American Church Book Status Update

Today, we will give an update of the status of the Swedish-American church books that are available in ArkivDigital. Most of the new books are for churches in Iowa and a few more in Minnesota.

We have church books for the following states:

  • Iowa – 82 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 113 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota – 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

swedesburg church       The first Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church that was built in 1868 and destroyed by fire in 1883.

To search for Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital, do the following:

  • Select Archive search.
  • Select country – United States
  • Then select desired state (for example – Iowa). Then a list of congregations for that state will appear.
  • Select the congregation that you desire.

search for iowa church books

Click here for more information about Swedish-American church book records.

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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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Södermanland’s Name Register Grows!

ArkivDigital continues to publish name registers for older church books for the benefit of family history researchers. The latest addition is a number of parishes in eastern Södermanland.

The new register includes birth, marriage and death records from the oldest times (primarily at the end of the 1600’s) till around 1860 and includes the congregations in  the Nyköping area: Bergshammar, Bogsta, Bälinge, Bärbo, Dillnäs, Frustuna, Gryt, Gåsinge, Halla, Husby-Oppunda, Kattnäs, Kila, Lid, Ludgo, Lunda, Lästringe, Nykyrka, Nyköpings Västra and Sankt Nicolai, Nyköpings Östra and Helgona, Ripsa, Runtuna, Råby-Rönö, Spelvik and Stigtomta.

The register will be expanded further in the future with the following congregations: Svarta, Sättersta, Torsåker, Trosa land, Trosa town, Tuna, Tunaberg, Tystberga, Vagnhärad, Vrena and Västerljung.

The register was created by the Nyköpings-Oxelösunds genealogy society and is published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

ArkivDigital has linked all the register entries to the images in the church books. This means that a researcher can quickly go from the register to the original source by a single mouse click.

sodermanlands indexSearching in the name register Births part of Södermanland

Earlier ArkivDigital added a name register for about twenty parishes in western Södermanland, as a result of a cooperation with the Katrineholm-Flen-Vingåkers genealogy society. Also, in this register, there is a direct link between the register and the original church book. See earlier blog.

ArkivDigital has ambitions to publicize several person registers, both created by the company and those created by genealogy societies around Sweden throughout the years.

“We have already completed agreements with additional societies and hopefully it will be even more,” says Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital.

During the spring, ArkivDigital will be adding a searchable name register for the draft registration cards (stamkorten) with military information for several hundred thousand draftees during the first half of the twentieth century.

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

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Swedish American Church Book Photographing Project in Minnesota Begins

Many Swedes who immigrated to the United States settled in Minnesota. Thus, we are excited to announce that we have begun to photograph Swedish American church books from congregations in Minnesota. Our first stop was in Dalbo, Minnesota, where we have been able to photograph records from several Minnesota congregations. None of these volumes are yet available online, but we will be soon adding these records.

minnesota filming projectAnna Björkman and Janet Carlson in  Dalbo, Minnesota.

Photographing the church books in Minnesota is our second United States project. In 2015, we photographed over 1,100 church books from Kansas. We have posted a number of blogs about the Swedish American church books in Kansas. Below are links to a few of these blogs.

Swedish American Church Books from Kansas (Link)
Overview of the Swedish American Church Books in Kansas (Link)
Search for a parish of origin in the Swedish American church books (Link)
Biographical sketch in the Swedish American church books (Link)

Read the announcement in the Swedish blog.

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Publication of the Swedish American church records now complete

kansas church recordFalun Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA Vol:1 (1887-1913) Image 38 / page 16 (AID: v812504.b38.s16) Link.

During the last few months, we have been adding more Swedish American congregation records from Kansas to ArkivDigital’s online library. We have now completed the addition of this material which we photographed in Kansas last summer and fall. Previously, we  posted several blogs about this collection and you can read more about these records here.

Our Swedish American church collection includes about 75,000 images and over 1,000 volumes from approximately 90 congregations. Most of the material consists of records from congregations in Kansas but we do have a few in Missouri and also for one congregation in Oklahoma. Our hope is that one can discover more about Swedish immigrants’ descendants which should be a great benefit to both our Swedish and American customers.

Many of the Swedish American congregation church books are very similar to the Swedish church books. The image at the top of this page is from a “Church Register” for the Falun Lutheran Church in Falun, Kansas. The content of the record is similar to that of a Swedish household or congregation book. In this record, you see information about a Karl Fredrik Holmgren and his family. The record shows Karl’s birth date as the 9th of November 1845 in Falun.

You can use this information to find Karl’s birth record in the Swedish church books. Below is an image of his birth record from the Falu Kristine parish birth book.

carl fredriks birth recordFalu Kristine CI:12 (1828-1861) Image 148 / page 286 (AID: v129846.b148.s286, NAD: SE/ULA/11441) Link.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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Mother Parish and Annex Parishes (Moder- och annexförsamlingar)

The pastorat is a geographical area that a minister has responsibility for within the Swedish Lutheran Church. The pastorat may include one or multiple parishes or congregations. This means that a minister might have had administrative responsibility for several parishes at the same time. If there are multiple parishes in a pastorat, the parish where the minister lives is called the moderförsamling or mother parish and the other parishes are each called annexförsamling or annex parish.

When a minister had responsibility for multiple parishes, he would usually store all the parish books together and sometimes he would record a birth record in the wrong book or note an incorrect place on a moving certificate. Thus if you are tracing a person and can’t locate a record in the parish book where you think that it should be recorded, you should check to see if the parish is a mother or annex parish.

You will find information if the parish was a moderförsamling (mother parish) or an annexförsamling (annex parish) in the info box in the upper left hand side of the search window in ArkivDigital.

Example:
Anders Ström moved with his family from Holltorp Blankgården in Naum parish and the priest noted in the moving out column in the household examination book that the family moved to the parish Vara in Skaraborg county in 1881. When one looks at the Vara moving in records for 1881, there is no record of the family moving in. Does Vara belong to a pastorat with multiple parishes?

By reviewing the info box in the search window, we can see that Vara was an annex parish in Skarstad, Hällum, Vara and Önum pastorat.

VarainfoboxTranslation:
Since May 1, 1920 Vara is the mother parish in Vara, Skarstad, Hällum and Önum pastorat.
Before May 1, 1920, Vara was an annex parish in Skarstad, Hällum, Vara and Önum pastorat.

One should look at the moving in records for 1881 in these parishes. In this case, you will find the family in the moving in records for Skarstad in 1881.Skarstad Moving In recordSkarstad B:3 (1860-1889) Image 37 / page 70 (AID: v12684.b37.s70, NAD: SE/GLA/13473)
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The moving in book shows that you will find the family under Råckgården on page 53 in the Skarstad household examination book. This can be confirmed in the following household examination reference. Skarstad AI:8 (1880-1894) Image 59 / page 53 (AID: v12668.b59.s53, NAD: SE/GLA/13473).
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