Search for Passenger Ship Manifests

Today, we wish to remind you that you can find passenger ship manifests for persons leaving from Swedish ports in ArkivDigital’s online archive and you can search by name. ArkivDigital has manifests from the following ports: Göteborg (Gothenburg), Malmö, Helsingborg and Stockholm. You can search by name for these records by doing the following:

  1. Go to Index search.
  2. Select emigrants under Index Source.
  3. You can search using a simple search or advanced search.

You can search for the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date or calculated birth year
  • Departure date
  • Departure port
  • Vessel or name of the ship

westermarkmanifest

In the above image, we see the index record and original manifest for P. O. Westermark. The index record details the departure date, departure age, departure port and the name of the ship. It is always important to review the original record for possible additional information. In this case, we see that his place of residence was the parish of Gamleby and his destination is noted as Du Bois, Pennsylvania. The destination place can be helpful in locating the person in North America.

Click here for more information about searching for passenger ship manifests.

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More than 19 million new posts in the Population of Sweden Index

We have made a major update of the Population of Sweden index which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and also the largest name index in Sweden. This update includes the years 1820-1839 and now the index includes posts for the years 1820-1947. This includes 127 years where you can search for your ancestors and family with a simple search.

This update consisted of 19,396,274 new searchable name entries. After this update, there are now about 152.5 million searchable name posts in the Population of Sweden 1820-1947. A fantastic addition for you who are researchers!

The following information is searchable in the Population of Sweden 1820-1947:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place (parish/county/country)
  • Residence: parish along with the place (village, farm, quarter, etc.)
  • Relation (son, daughter, wife, etc.)

1820 to 1947 index

In earlier times, often only the person’s year of birth is given and the minister omitted the month and day in the household book. If you have difficulty in finding the correct person in the older records, you may want to search only by birth year versus the complete birth date. Sometimes the minister wrote the person’s age instead of the year of birth, which may have been misinterpreted in the indexing. We are working to identify and correct the cases where it occurs. In cases where you can’t find the person, you may want to omit the date or enter a range of years in the search.

The BiS (Population in Sweden) 1820-1947 includes all persons in the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years 1820-1947. The household book (which from around 1895 was called the congregation book) was the most important population register, listing all the residents of a parish. The household books usually cover a period of time ranging from a few years to a couple of decades.

From the index record, there is a link directly to the source or the household/congregation record. When you click on the link, you end up on the page where your ancestor or relative is listed and you can quickly and easily check the information in the index against the information in the original source. In the original source, you can also find additional information, such as moving in and out information, emigration and any special notations that the minister may have noted in the record.

Note that the register itself should never be seen as an original source, but it is a tool that makes it easier for you to find the original source. With so many millions of records, it is also inevitable that some inaccuracies creep in. It is always a balance when an index is considered ready for publication. If we were to wait for each index to be 100% correctly indexed, the index would never be ready for. publication. We prefer to make the register available to our users and then continue the work of correcting any errors.

If you find an error in the index, you can help by correcting the error. Click here to find out how to correct an index record.

In order to open the BiS (Population of Sweden) 1820-1947, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select BIS, Population of Sweden 1820-1947 in the list under index source.

The index was created in partnership with MyHeritage.

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NEW! Deaths in Roslagen

We have now updated our index, Deaths, parts of Sweden. The updating includes 78,698 entries about deaths from different parishes in Roslagen in Uppland province. You can find this information with a simple search in ArkivDigital’s index. When you find the right person, you can simply click and go directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the death book.

estuna death

The following information is searchable in the death index:

  • First name and last name
  • Death date and death year
  • Death place, death parish and death county
  • Burial date and burial year
  • Relatives (First name and last name)

The following parishes and years are included in the updating of the death index:

  • Björkö-Arholma 1921-1943
  • Edebo 1800-1849
  • Edsbro 1850-1944
  • Estuna 1800-1943
  • Fasterna 1800-1849
  • Frötuna 1800-1943
  • Gottröra 1800-1849
  • Husby-Sjuhundra 1800-1943
  • Häverö 1800-1849
  • Lohärad 1800-1943
  • Länna 1800-1899 and 1909-1943
  • Malsta 1800-1943
  • Norrtälje 1800-1945
  • Närtuna 1800-1849
  • Riala 1800-1943
  • Rimbo 1800-1943
  • Roslags-Bro 1800-1943
  • Rådmansö 1800-1943
  • Rö 1800-1943
  • Singö 1850-1923
  • Skederid 1800-1943
  • Söderby-Karl 1800-1943
  • Ununge 1800-1944
  • Väddö 1800-1943
  • Vätö 1850-1899 and 1914-1926

The information from Roslagen is publicized in partnership with the Norrtälje genealogical society. http://www.norrtelje-sff.se/

There are now approximately 1.3 million index entries in the index, Deaths, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

At this link, https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/dodregister, you can see what parishes and years are included in the death index.

In order to open of these indexes, you can login at app.arkivdigital.se and select Index search and under Index source select Deaths, parts of Sweden.

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NEW! Population of Sweden 1860-1947 now 1840-1947!

Now, we have updated the Population of Sweden which is ArkivDigital’s largest searchable name index and the largest in Sweden. The updating is for the years 1840-1859. You can now search all the household/congregation books for the years 1840-1947 for all of Sweden. Yes, 107 years!

The updating consists of 21,287,297 searchable index entries. After this update, there are now more than 133 million index entries in the BiS (Population of Sweden) 1840-1947. A fantastic addition for Swedish genealogists.

The following information is searchable in the BiS(Population of Sweden) 1840-1947 index:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place (parish/county/country)
  • Location: parish along with place (village, farm, quarter, etc.)
  • Household relation (son, daughter, wife, etc.)

The index includes all persons mentioned in the household/congregation books for the years 1840 -1947. The household/congregation books (after 1895 these records are called congregation books) are the most important source for keeping track of the inhabitants of a parish. The household/congregation books include a range of years from a few years to a few decades.

1840 to 1947 search

For all the index search hits there is a link directly to the original source, the household/congregation record. When you click on the link, you see the original record where your ancestor lived and you can quickly verify the information in the index record against the original record. In the original record, you can also find additional information, such as moves to another place within Sweden or emigration information.

1840 to 1947 image

In order to access BiS (Population of Sweden) 1840-1947, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se and click on Index search and select BiS, (Population of Sweden) 1840-1947 in the list under index source.

The register was created in partnership with MyHeritage.

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New! Name searchable birth index – 1800-1840 in Jönköping

We have again updated the index, Births, parts of Sweden, and this time we have made it easier for you who search for ancestors born in Jönköping county.

The updating includes approximately 150,909 index entries with persons who were born in Jönköping for the years, 1800 – 1840.

jonkoping birth 1800 to 1840

The birth register is a great help when you research since you can quickly find the correct person with a simple search. Then you can then click directly to the original source in order to verify the information in the birth book.

You will find the following information in the index record:

  • Birth date
  • Baptismal date
  • Child’s first name
  • Birth place (village, farm, etc.)
  • Parent’s names, titles/occupations and ages

There are now approximately 2.6 million index entries in the index, Births, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the registers with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

Click here to see what parishes and years are included in the Births, parts of Sweden index.

To open the index, Births, parts of Sweden:

  • Login at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search
  • Select, Births, parts of Sweden, in the list under Index source.

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NEW! Updating of the death index with Stockholm deaths

We have made a new updating of our index, Deaths, parts of Sweden! This time the update includes 184,294 name searchable entries for persons who died in different Stockholm parishes.

stockholm index death

The parishes and years that have been added to the index, Deaths parts of Sweden, are listed below:

  • Bromma 1721 – 1752
  • Centralfängelset på Norrmalm 1827 – 1893
  • Göta livgardes församling 1840 – 1861
  • Hedvig Eleonora 1710 – 1868
  • Jakob och Johannes 1736 – 1884
  • Klara 1748 – 1860
  • Kungsholmen 1688 – 1862
  • Riddarholmen 1738 – 1807
  • Storkyrkoförsamlingen 1725 – 1874

The death index makes it easier to find the death record you are searching for. You do not need to browse page by page in the death book. Now a quick search in the index is sufficient. When you find the correct person, you can click on a link to the original source record to verify the information in the index record.

The following information is searchable in the death index.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Death parish
  • Death and/or burial date

There are now approximately 1.2 million entries in the index, Deaths, parts of Sweden. We continue to make updates to the index from all over Sweden so keep an eye on our blog and other social media about updates.

Click here to see the parishes and years that are included in the death index after this update.

 To open, Deaths, parts of Sweden:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select, Index search.
  • Select Deaths, parts of Sweden in the list under index source.

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Search passenger ship manifests by name!

We have some exciting news! You can now search by name approximately 1.4 million passenger ship manifests of persons emigrating from Sweden.

The ship manifests for emigrants created by the local police authorities in Göteborg, Malmö, Stockholm and Helsingborg have been available in ArkivDigital for a few years. Now, these manifests have been indexed by name so it is much quicker to search for the emigrant you are seeking.

You can search for the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date or calculated birth year
  • Departure date
  • Departure port
  • Vessel or name of the ship

Search Tips

One tip is that you may wish to be a little creative in your search. Many names have been abbreviated so you should search with the full name and also use various abbreviations.

For many persons, only the age is shown on the manifest. We have calculated a birth year based on the mentioned age at departure. For persons who emigrated in the 1900’s, sometimes a complete birth date is noted in the manifest. If you search by the exact birth date and you do not get a match, you can search by birth year and also by the year before and year after the birth year.

Once you have found the right person in the search results, you can click on the link to see the original manifest. The original record will often include additional information such as the person’s home parish in Sweden along with the destination where the emigrant planned to travel.

emigrant register

The following information is included in the register:

  • Stockholm police (överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden): Approximately 38,000 posts from 1869 – 1940.
  • Gothenburg (Göteborg) police: Approximately 1.24 million posts from 1869 – 1951.
  • Malmö police: Approximately 169,000 posts from 1874 – 1939.
  • Police in Helsingborg: Approximately 11,000 posts from 1907 – 1908, 1929 -1949 along with 1956 – 1964.

Once you find the right person, you can search other archives within ArkivDigital. If the person was still alive in 1940 and living in the United States, you can find more information in the register, Swedes in US 1940. ArkivDigital also has many Swedish-American church books primarily in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska and a few other states. You can find the Swedish-American church books by going to Archive Search and selecting United States as the country. You can also limit the search by state.

To search in the new emigrant’s index:

  • Login at app.arkividigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Select the index, Emigrants, under index source.

The index was created in partnership with Ancestry.

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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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Jumping the pond becomes easier with the Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The biggest challenge for many persons with Swedish American ancestry is to identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from and his/her Swedish name. For many beginning their research, often one has limited or incorrect information. Many emigrants changed their name and often little information was passed down to the next generation.

But today, it is becoming much easier to find out where an ancestor originated from in Sweden by using the Population of Sweden 1860-1847 index. Even when the information might be incomplete or incorrect, this riddle often now can be solved. The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 index is a searchable name index of all the household/congregation books for all of Sweden for the years between 1860 and 1947.

Here is an example of a search request. The request is to locate where in Sweden, Swain Pearson, originated. Given information includes a birth date of the 6th of October 1860. Two different emigration dates appeared in the U.S. sources: 1877 and 1875.  The father’s name was Paer Pierson and the mother’s name was Hannah Swans. Also, a sister was named, Bessie Pearson Moline born on the 11th of October 1852 whose emigration dates in the U.S. records were recorded as 1877 and 1866.

One needs to be flexible in the search and use various search criteria. The advanced search offers a variety of possibilities. In this case, we will try a search based on an assumption that the birth dates are correct for Swain and his sister, Bessie. It is better to start wide and then narrow the search.

sven advanced search 1

 

advanced search 2

We were successful in finding the correct person by doing the following as shown in the above image.

  • Go to Index Search
  • Select the Population of Sweden 1846-1847 under Index Source
  • Got to Advanced Search and enter the following information in the following fields:
  • First Name – Look for name beginning with letter S or enter S*
  • Gender – Male
  • Birth date – 1860-10-06

Under the Household section – enter the sister’s birth date – 1852-10-11.

By doing this search, we receive two hits, both for Sven born on the 6th of October 1860 in Djurröd parish in Kristianstad county.

result list sven

We also see in the index record below that he has a sister, Bengta, born on the 11th of October 1852.

sven index record

In doing further verification with other records, this was the correct person. Luckily, the given birth dates were correct. On the index record, Sven’s father is noted as Per Lustig and his mother’s name is Hannah Nils or Nilsdotter. Sven emigrated in 1880. His sister Bengta later known as Bessie emigrated in 1872. One sees the challenges working with incomplete and often incorrect information but with the Population of 1860 – 1947, many of these challenges can be overcome.

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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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