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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Digital searchable estate inventory register – now in ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital has now launched a new name searchable register for estate inventories. The building of this register is still in progress but today the register includes estate inventory index entries for Gotland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kronoberg, Stockholm, Uppsala and Östergötland counties. As the register expands, other counties will be added.

You will find a list of the district courts (härader) and city courts (rådhusrätter) where estate inventories are currently name searchable by going to the following page: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

In order to access the estate inventory register, you must have an All-in-one subscription and the register is only accessible in the web version of our program software which you find here: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

Below is an example of searching for the estate inventory for Sven Svensson who died on the 28th of August 1766 in Ljung parish in Östergötland county.

  • Access ArkivDigital.
  • Select new index search.
  • Select index source – Inventory of estate.
  • Enter Sven Svensson and Ljung in the search box. (Note – we could have limited the search to Sven Svensson and received many matches or we could also have added the year 1766 and further limited the number of matches.)
  • Click search.
  • A result list will appear on the right. In this case, there are 10 matches.
  • Select the one for the year 1766.

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Below is the result page. Notice all the headings are in English in the English version. The result page shows the following information: first name, last name, occupation, name of the archive, parish, place such as farm or village in the parish, year, and sometimes extra information. In this case the record gives the name of Sven’s wife, Brita Nilsdotter. There is also a link to the original estate inventory record.

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Additional Comments

  • In certain cases, only the place (farm, village, etc.) and not the parish name is mentioned in the register. If you cannot find a person, try searching by excluding the parish name in the search criteria.
  • The estate inventory year is the year that it was created. This could happen one or several years after the date of death. In the advanced search, you can search for an interval of years by entering the start and end years for the search.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

Read original blog in Swedish here.

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Advanced Searching

Name searching features have been available for the Population of Sweden 1950 and 1960 as well as the Population of Sweden 1888-1920 registers for some time. You can enter the information you know such as a name, birth date, residence in the search box and the search will check all index records for these search terms. You will then see a result list of matches which you can review.

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Now, we are introducing advanced searching features for the various registers. The advanced searching features are now available for the following registers: Population of Sweden 1950, Population of Sweden 1960 and the Population of Sweden 1880-1920.

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To use the new advanced search options, press + on the right-hand side for each selection. You must open at least one of the search selections in order to use the advanced searching.  If you wish to search only with entries in the search box, keep the search selections closed.

Advanced search – Name

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Here you can search by first name, last name, gender or a combination of these fields.

Advanced search – Birth

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Here you can search by birth date or make a selection between years (for example births between 1865 and 1870). Notice the entry format for the date (Birth date – YYYY-MM-DD). One can also search by birth parish, birth county or birth country (if the birth country is not Sweden).

Advanced Search – Census (called Location in Sweden Population of 1880-1920)

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Here you search on information based on where the person lived at that time. For example, in the 1950 Census, where the person lived in 1950. In the example shown above, we are searching for a person who lived at the end of 1950 on a street beginning with Kristina in the Ljungby parish.

Advanced Search – Household

This search possibility is one of the most exciting and usable.  Here one can combine information about persons living together in a family in order to find matches in cases where one does not have a lot of information about the family. One can include multiple persons in the household in the search by clicking “Add person”. In the example, one searches for Bengt Nilsson born in 1821 (Bengt Nilsson 1821 is entered in the search box at the top). Then we click on “Household” and enter Emilia in the first name field. Thus, we are searching for a Bengt Nilsson born in 1821 with an Emilia living in the same household. Three matches appear in the result list and all listings are for the same family.

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Click further and look at the congregation book to confirm the information in the search results.

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Special Note
When you use the new advanced search features, it is the same as other searches. It is better to enter less information first and then enter more information to narrow down the number of matches.

The advanced search function is only available in ArkivDigital’s web version. If you still have not tested the web version, you can start the program at the following link: https://app.arkivdigital.se.

The web version runs in your browser and functions best with the web browser, Google Chrome. If you do not have access to Chrome, you can install it from the following link:
https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html

In future blogs, we will share additional tips on how one can use the advanced search features.

Read original article in Swedish.

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