Russians who worked on the Göta Canal

Gota canal russiansGöta kanalbolag EII:8 (1813-1813) Image 67 / page 60 (AID: v89674.b67.s60, NAD: SE/VALA/02660) Link.

We previously published a blog about the Göta Canal Company’s archive in ArkivDigital. (Link to blog entry.)  In that blog, we pointed out a list of Russians in the pioneer company (pionjärkompaniet) who signed up to work on the canal so that they could return to Russia. You can find more information about these Russians who helped build the canal in several archival sources.

Approximately 60,000 men worked on building the canal between 1810 and 1832. The majority of these were Swedish soldiers from sixteen different regiments along with two naval companies. In addition a company of Russian deserters (pionjärkompaniet) also worked on the canal.

In the volume Göta kanalbolag EII: 8 on pages 58-65, you will find an inspection roll for the pioneer company (pionjärkompaniet). The roll was created at the mustering at Forsviks bruk on the 29th of May 1813. Above is an image of a page from the roll. The record shows the name, age and height of each person in the company. Occasionally in the remarks column are notes indicating if the person was ill or given special orders.

Even in the church books, you can find information about these Russians.The image below is a birth record from 1814 in the Bällefors C: 5 volume. In this birth book, you can find a number of children with Russian fathers.

ballefors birthBällefors (R) C:5 (1807-1852) Image 32 (AID: v28848.b32, NAD: SE/GLA/13073) Link.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital’s employees celebrate success in Lyrestad!

FestArkivDigital’s personnel outside the corporate headquarters in Lyrestad, Sweden.

This year ArkivDigital celebrated 10 years as a company. Naturally, we wanted to celebrate this event with all our employees!

Yesterday, Thursday, December 3rd, all our employees were invited to a meeting at our company headquarters in Lyrestad closing with a julbord (Christmas table) and festivities at the beautiful Norrqvarn Hotel and Conference Center next to the Göta Canal.

It was an extremely enjoyable gathering for all!

There was much mingling in the company headquarters. Colleagues who met for the first time got to know each other and there were many happy reunions between employees who work in different locations who seldom have the opportunity to meet. In the afternoon, Managing Director, Mikael Karlsson, and Chairman of the Board, Jan Aronson, presented to the group a summary of the past 10 years and the exciting plans for the company’s future. Then all proceeded to Norrqvarn for the evening festivities.

The elegantly prepared julbord included pickled herring, potatoes, Swedish meatballs, lutefisk and many other dishes that are associated with a traditional julbord. There was much eating, drinking and lots of laughter around the tables until the wee hours.

We wish to thank all our employees for a very special day and evening!

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Göta Canal Company’s Archive in ArkivDigital

pioneer companyGöta kanalbolag EII:20 (1820-1820) Image 341 (AID: v89682.b341, NAD: SE/VALA/02660) Link.

The Göta Canal is one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions for visitors from Sweden and abroad.

ArkivDigital has photographed many older documents from Göta Canal Company’s archive.  Among the many records you will find in the online library are rolls of soldiers and craft workers who worked on the canal, registers of ships and incoming correspondence to the Executive Board.

The Göta Canal Company (Aktiebolaget Göta Kanalbolag) manages the canal which was completed in 1832. The company was established in 1810 when construction of the canal began. The Göta Canal Company was privately owned up until 1978, when it was taken over by the state.

One example of what you can find among the many exciting documents in this archive is a list of 19 Russians who were in the “pionjärkompaniet” or pioneer company who requested to return to their home country. You will find this document in volume 20 for “To the Executive Board received letters”.  The first names on the list were: Constantin Simeonow, Andrei Iwanow and Iwan Kaslow. See the image at the top of the page.

You can search for the Göta Canal archive documents in ArkivDigital by entering “Göta kanalbolag” in the search box or you can select advanced options and select archive type, corporate archives and then select “Göta kanalbolag”. See image below.

gota canal search box

Read original article in Swedish.

Army’s pension fund’s list of qualifications “Arméns pensionskassas meritband”

meritbandArméns pensionskassa: Överstyrelsen, Arméns pensionskassa  E5:60 (1817-1821) Image 6580 / page 635 (AID: v779034.b6580.s635, NAD: SE/KrA/0078A004Ö) Link.

Do you have a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in your ancestry who belonged to the Swedish army? Or do you have an interest in military history and would like to follow an officer’s career? If the answer is yes to either question, you may find the list of qualifications (meritband) in the Army Pension Archive (arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv) of great interest.

Both the officers and non-commissioned officers sent in merit and service lists to the pension fund (pensionskassan) continually throughout their military career.  These lists were banded together into a meritband or a list of qualifications.  Since an individual sent in several lists, you may find different qualification lists or meritband for the same person.

The meritband began in 1757 and there are now records up to 1883 in the Army Pension Archive (arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv) on ArkivDigital. You can search for these records in ArkivDigital by:

  • Select advanced options in the search window
  • Select archive type: military archives
  • Select arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv

You will find name indexes for these records in the volumes E5: 198-206.

The above image is an example of a document out of a meritband or a list of qualifications for Sergeant Gust. P. von Wulfschmidt. In the record, we see that his military career began in 1796 when he was accepted as a volunteer, in 1801 he was promoted to being responsible for the armory (rustmästare) and that in 1812 he became a sergeant. There is also information that he received orders for duty in Norway and on the Göta Canal.

In addition to the meritband, you can find military service documents in the archive “Meritförteckningar”. Here you will documents prior to 1757, from the 1600’s and forward. Beginning in 1757 the records in the archive “Meritförteckningar” and the meritband in the “arméns pensionskassas” archive complement each other.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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