ArkivDigital continues to grow!

Annual report

ArkivDigital recently published the annual company report which shows that 2016 was another great year.

Net sales increased by 18 percent to nearly 29 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 5.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of nearly 3 million compared with the previous year. More than 8 million new images were added to the online database, this is a record high for the company, as well more than 50 million name register entries. The number of subscribers is nearly 26,000.

These strong financial numbers make it possible for the company to enter new ventures. In 2016, the company acquired several million aerial photos primarily of houses and farm from all over Sweden, most taken from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 2000’s.

Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director of ArkivDigital, writes in the annual report, “It is a wonderful feeling and means so much to make these fascinating photo collections available to many today and at the same preserve them for future generations. I am convinced our customers will share the same feelings. But the material will take some time to digitize so it will take some time before all the images are available in a high-quality format in our online service.”

The company is focused on further improving ArkivDigital, Mikael Karlsson presented a summary of the priorities:

  • Continue digitizing archival documents.
  • Digitizing other types of records, such as older photographs.
  • More name registers, example increase the Population of Sweden 1880-1920 to include 1860 to 1930.
  • Indexes that make searches in the documents easier.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to facilitate the research, especially for beginners.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on the 19th of May at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad.

Read original blog in Swedish.

ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital acquires millions of aerial photographs

aerobilder-1

ArkivDigital has acquired several million aerial photos from Svenska Aero-Bilder AB. These will now be digitized and added to ArkivDigital’s online archive. These images will complement the church books, estate inventories, military documents, court books and other archival records that currently exist in ArkivDigital.

“Our goal is to continually add new material and create new services for our customers to help them in their research. These images will complement other records in our archives such as the images of the church records.

Through this acquisition, we will have millions of aerial photographs of farms, cottages, villas, petrol stations and much more from the 1950’s to the present day from all over Sweden,”  said the company’s CEO, Mikael Karlsson.

ASA-6167-43pressBjörnänge about 5 kilometers southeast of Åre 1960

“There is a huge enthusiasm surrounding old pictures. Many people are interested in their past and these images have become a cultural treasure. Several of these houses have been photographed as many as five times over ten-year cycles.

We are extremely pleased  that all these images will now be digitized and preserved for future generations who will have the opportunity to  access these unique photographs via the internet,” said Pereric Öberg, president and owner of Svenska Aero-Bilder AB.

ArkivDigital

Dean C. A. Landberg’s Diary

Many of us are used to browsing in the church books, estate inventories and other documents and discovering information about our ancestors. As we gain more knowledge about them, we still want more.  Many of us  will visit the farms or places where they lived. But we become ecstatic if we find some old letters or diaries that help us better understand our ancestor’s life. If you are lucky, maybe one of your ancestors wrote a diary describing his or her daily life.

Dean Carl August Landberg was born in 1802 in Uddevalla and died in 1871 in Naverstad in Bohuslän.  He studied in Lund and received his master’s degree in 1829 and was ordained as a minister in the same year. He was a teacher at Gustafsberg orphanage until 1841 when he became the vicar in Narverstad and Mo. His diary from 1817 to 1845 has been preserved at the Regional Archive in Göteborg. Archive Digital has photographed this book which contains many interesting insights about his life as well as the daily weather.

diary symbols
Prosten C A Landbergs dagbok (Privatarkiv A0591) 1 (1817-1845) Image 8 (AID: v3586.b8, NAD: SE/GLA/10548) Link.

In his diary, he created special symbols so that he could quickly summarize the day’s weather and his mood as shown in the above image. In addition there were some symbols used in connection with his work. A few of the symbols are translated below:

snö – snow
snö med yra – whirling snow
blåst – wind
åska – thunderstorm
regn i myckenhet – heavy rain
mulet – cloudy
frost – frost
vackert klart väder – beautiful clear weather
särdeles märkvärdig händelse – particularly remarkable event
glada underrättelser – good news
ledsamma underrättelser – bad news
glatt lynne – cheerful
dåligt lynne – poor temper or bad mood
opasslig - unwell
sjuk – sick
Convivium – festivity

In the image below on the right side we see his entry for Wednesday, December 17, 1834.

diaryentryProsten C A Landbergs dagbok (Privatarkiv A0591) 1 (1817-1845) Image 39 (AID: v3586.b39, NAD: SE/GLA/10548) Link.

Onsdagen den 17/12. Vackert klart väder och frost. Marschalk på bröloppet till Mattilda Lignell och Schultz – circa 40 personer – Björklund war min Embetsbroder – kl 2 på natten slut – låg hos Björklund. Convivium (= fest)

Wednesday, December 17th. Beautiful clear weather and frost. Usher at the marriage between Mattilda Lignell and Schultz – around 40 persons – Björklund was my fellow clergyman – ended at 2 AM – stayed over at Börklund’s.  Festivity.

You can read the original article in Swedish here.

ArkivDigital