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.

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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.

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

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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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Population of Sweden 1940 Now Available in ArkivDigital

The Population of Sweden 1940 is now searchable in ArkivDigital! With some simple searches and clicks, it is now possible to find information about approximately 6.3 million Swedes who lived in Sweden on the 31st of December 1940.

The source material for the Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the extracts sent to Statistics Sweden that were used to create the 1940 census. Most of the extracts are from the source titled: “Utdrag ur församlingsbok den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract out of the congregation book on December 31,1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”. However, in Stockholm City, no congregation books were created for most of the large parishes at that time. The source for the population census for these parishes comes from “Utdrag ur Stockholms stads civila folkregister den 31 december 1940 och mantalsuppgift för år 1941 (Extract from Stockholm City population register on December 31, 1940 and tax information for the year 1941)”.

scb 1940 stockholmExtract from Stockholm city (Sankt Görans congregation). Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:14 (1940) Image 20 / Page 2501 (AID: v884572.b20.s2501, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

soderby 1940 extractExample of extract from congregation book (Söderby-Karls parish). Statistiska Centralbyrån (SCB) – 1940 års folkräkning H1AA:93 (1940) Image 20 / Page 1 (AID: v884651a.b20.s1, NAD: SE/RA/42040113)

In the Population of Sweden 1940, you can search for the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Birth date and birth place (parish, county and country)
  • Gender
  • Location (property, village, or block)

In addition, other persons living in the same household can be included in the search criteria.

search 1940 astrid lindgrenSearching for Astrid Lindgren (author of Pippi Longstocking books) in the Population of Sweden 1940.

You can click on the link to the source and you will see an image of the original source. The original record contains information that is not included in the index record. Often, you will find the person’s occupation and sometimes the person’s employer. Employer information can be interesting because this is usually not included in the church books.

The Population of Sweden 1940 complements our other census databases: Population of Sweden 1950, 1960, 1975 and 1985 as well as the Population of Sweden 1860-1947. It may be noted that the Population of Sweden 1940 and the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 overlap but in fact they nicely complement each other. The Population of Sweden 1940 gives a snapshot of the population on a certain date (December 31, 1940) whereas the Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is an index of the household/congregation church books and allows one to follow a person continuously, year by year.

The Population of Sweden 1940 consists of the entire population of Sweden in 1940 whereas in the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1947, the end year for many parishes is in the 1930’s or even earlier because some of the books contain later years that are protected from being published online by Swedish privacy legislation. In addition, information for many persons living in parishes within Stockholm City is missing since congregation books were not created in those parishes after the year 1877. While in the Population of Sweden 1940, information about the population of Stockholm City is included.

To access the Population of Sweden 1940, one must have an All-in-one subscription and it is only available in the web version of our software which you can fine here: https://app.arkivdigital.se. In order to find the index, go to Index search and then select “Population of Sweden 1940” in the Index source list.

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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.

advancedsearch6Lunds domkyrkoförsamling (M) AIIa:18 (1902-1908) Image 180 / page 716 (AID: v104649.b180.s716, NAD: SE/LLA/13254) (Link)

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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