New Records in ArkivDigital

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Our online library has over 56 million images which equates to about 112 million pages of Swedish historical records. Many records were added to ArkivDigital recently. Below is a summary of the highlights.

Military – Soldiers and military intelligence
If you are interested in researching soldiers and military history, we have added some new materials. We have begun to add some military pension documents as well as documents from the so-called C-byrån, which covered military intelligence outside of Sweden during the Second World War. You will find military pension documents in the archive Krigskollegium Krigsmanshuskontoret, and also in the rolls from the Navy’s pension archive or Flottans pensionskassa.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar)
We continue to add more estate inventories (bouppteckningar) to the online archive. Estate inventories for Stockholm city up to 1914 are now available and Kalmar, Kronoberg, Uppsala and Västmanland counties are now available up to 1920. Gävleborg county is now complete up to 1930. Kristianstad and Malmöhus counties are now complete and accessible up to 1940 and we now have estate inventories up to 1945 for Värmland county. In addition, estate inventories have been added for other counties.

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General Muster Rolls

soldier recordGeneralmönsterrullor – Hälsinge regemente 703 (1863-1863) Image 440 (AID: v374522.b440, NAD: SE/KrA/0023) Link.

The general muster rolls (generalmönsterrullorna) are the primary records  one uses to research Swedish soldiers who served in the military between the 1680’s and 1880’s. The muster rolls were kept by the respective regiments between every three to five years. In these rolls, you will find information about all soldiers and officers, regiment by regiment, company by company.

In the general muster roll, one can follow  soldiers and officers from the time they entered the service until their discharge. Types of information you will find in the muster rolls include: soldier’s name, both their soldier name and earlier name, birth date or age, number of years in the service, height and marital status. One learns if the soldier was promoted and sometimes one learns about commendations.  At the end of the soldier’s career, the reason for his discharge is often stated.

The above image gives information about the soldier, Jonas Käck, who served in the Hälsinge regiment in 1863. He served for the rote, Sörfly, in Hanebo parish in Gävleborg county. He was previously named Jon Jonsson and was born in Hanebo parish in Gävleborg county on July 9, 1818. He entered the military on December 10, 1840. At the time of the 1863 muster, he was 44 years old and had served in the military for 22 4/12 years.  He was 6 feet and 1.5 inches tall.

The general muster rolls for both the allotted  (indelta) and enlisted (värvade) Swedish regiments are available in ArkivDigital’s online library. You can find these records by:

  • Access ArkivDigital online
  • Select advanced options
  • Select archive type, military

An alternative search method is to enter “generalmönsterrullor” in the search box and click search.

Click here to read article about the general muster rolls in Swedish.

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New records in ArkivDigital

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During March, many new exciting records were added to ArkivDigital’s online library. Below is a summary of the new additions.

We continue to focus on photographing the estate inventories (bouppteckningarna) for the period from 1901 to 1940. Below is a summary of what was completed during March:

  1. Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland counties: All estate inventories for the period 1901-1910 are now available and photographing is in progress for the period 1911-1920.
  2. Gävleborg, Norrbotten, Värmland, Västerbotten and Västernorrland counties: Photographing is complete for the period 1901-1920 and photographing is in progress for the years, 1921-1930.
  3. Malmöhus och Kristianstad counties:  Photographing is complete for the years 1901-1930.
  4. Blekinge och Halland counties: Photographing is in progress for the years 1931-1940.

For those interested in Sweden during World War II, we want to mention that we are currently photographing Beredskapsverket, Avdelning 1 (Defense Readiness Agency, Section 1). This is an official military history collection describing the military defense readiness program for the years 1939-1945.  Work began on these volumes in 1941 but was not completed until after the war. In a future blog, we will present more detailed information about these records.

During March, we have added documents from the Swedish parishes in Copenhagen, Oslo, Berlin and Paris. In a future blog we will post more information about these records.

In addition, the church accounts for Jämtland county from earliest times to the year 1800 along with The Public Orphanage of Stockholm’s (Allmänna barnhusets) orphanage rolls from earliest times to the year 1880 were added to the online archive in March.

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Passports – Not Only for International Travel

Up until 1860 a passport was required in Sweden for both domestic and international travel.  For a person traveling to another place in Sweden where he or she was not known, a passport was required and it needed to be shown if someone asked to see it. These passports were recorded in passport journals (passjournaler).

We have photographed some of these passport journals for Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.  You can find these passport journals by going to ArkivDigital’s online search window, clicking on advanced options, and selecting the archive type, country cabinet (landskansli).  We have also published name indexes for the passport journals for Gävleborg and Västernorrland counties.

For Gävleborg, you will find the passport journals in the volumes named passport journals and you will find name indexes for these journals in the volumes named registers.  If you select Gävleborg läns landskansli, you will find the name indexed registers for the years 1767 – 1858 in the PassReg. Volumes 1 to 10.

gavle name imageGävleborgs läns landskansli PassReg:10 (1842-1858) Image 460 / page 83 (AID: v638342.b460.s83, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

Above is an example from one of the Gävleborg’s name indexed registers.   In the above image, we can see that Carl Erik Frunk received a passport granting him and wife Brita Kristina Hillgren permission to travel from their home in Gävle to a neighboring city, Söderhamn.  You can see the original record in the volume f0r 1850 on page 189 or at the following reference:  Gävleborgs läns landskansli BXIIIa:10a (1842-1858) Image 1000 / page 189 (AID: v637649.b1000.s189, NAD: SE/HLA/1030001)  Link

In Västernorrland you will find passport journals and here the volumes are named passliggare instead of passport journals and the name indexes are in the register volumes.

In addition we have photographed passport journals for Blekinge and Gotland counties but these are not name indexed. For Gotland, we have photographed passport applications (passansökningar)  as well as incoming passport journals (inkomma pass).

The image below shows a passport that was received in Gotland from Kalmar county. The image shows a maid (pigan) Carin Larsdotter from Bredsättra parish on Öland who received permission to travel to Gotland to seek service work (tjänst).  In addition the passport states that her age is 19: she has blue eyes, dark hair, a straight nose, an ordinary mouth and chin and is short in stature.

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Länsstyrelsen i Gotlands län, Landskansliet EXa:13 (1837-1839) Image 1330 (AID: v482151.b1330, NAD: SE/ViLA/20146)  Link

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County Code Abbreviations in ArkivDigital

When one clicks the function button, “search archive” in ArkivDigital online, a list of all the archives in the online library are displayed in alphabetical order.  Each entry displays the archive name, county code and  archive type.

county code picture

One can mouse over the county code and a box will display giving the county name for the code. In the above example, the county code for the parish of Floby is R and R is the code for Skaraborg county.

Below is a list showing what county each code represents.

A         Stockholm City
AB      Stockholm county
AC      Västerbotten
AX      Åland, Finland
BD      Norrbotten
C         Uppsala
D         Södermanland
E          Östergotland
F          Jönköping
G         Kronoberg
H         Kalmar
I           Gotland
K         Blekinge
L          Kristianstad
M         Malmöhus
N         Halland
O         Göteborg and Bohus
P          Älvsborg
R         Skaraborg
S          Värmland
T          Örebro
U         Västmanland
W        Kopparberg
X         Gävleborg
Y         Västernorrland
Z         Jämtland

You can find the ArkivDigital online user guide here.

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Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) Status Update

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We have mentioned in previous blogs that we are currently photographing the estate inventories (bouppteckningar) for all of Sweden for the period 1901-1940. For two counties, Gotland and Jämtland, the photographing is complete for these years and the records are available in ArkivDigital’s online archive. For the other counties, photographing is in progress and proceeding at full speed.

We have chosen to photograph the estate inventories at the respective provincial archives in groups of 10-year sequences. This means that we first photograph the period 1901-1910, then the period 1911-1920 and continue in this manner. Below is the current status of the photographing for each county.

Photographing is in progress for the time period 1901-1910 for the following counties: Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland.

Concerning the southern part of Sweden, the estate inventories for Blekinge and Halland counties are available online up to 1920.  Malmöhus and Kristianstad county estate inventories are complete for the period 1901-1910 and the majority of the estate inventories for the period 1911-1920 are also available online.

For Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg and Älvsborg counties, the majority of the estate inventories for the period 1901-1910 along with half of the estate inventories for 1911-1920 are available online. For these counties, we were not able to photograph these estate inventories in exact chronological order.  At the moment there are some gaps but these will be corrected later.

Regarding Gävleborg, Västernorrland, Västerbotten and Norrbotten counties, the photographing for the period 1901-1910 is complete and the material is available online. However, there are a few individual volumes missing that we have not been able to access.  We are in the process of adding volumes for the period 1911-1920.

The estate inventories for Stockholm county for the period 1901-1910 are complete and volumes are being added for the period 1911-1920. We have decided not to begin photographing the estate inventories for Stockholm city until we finish photographing the estate inventories for Stockholm county up to 1940. Once these volumes are complete and available online, we will begin photographing the Stockholm city estate inventories.

The photographing of estate inventories will continue at a brisk pace during 2015 and newly photographed volumes will be added continually.

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