NEW! Marriages in Västerbotten county 1800–1840

We have updated our marriage index with 12,620 searchable marriages from Västerbotten county. The information covers the years 1800-1840.

The marriage index makes it easier for you to find your ancestors’ marriage records in Västerbotten. It means that you no longer need to browse page by page in the marriage books in different parishes, but only make a search in our index. When you have found the bridal couple and marriage that you are seeking, you can simply click on a link that takes you directly to the original source where you can doublecheck the information.

The following information is searchable in the marriage index:

  • Marriage parish
  • Marriage date
  • First and last name of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom

vasterbotten marriage

There are now a total of 1,250,922 posts in the index, Marriages parts of Sweden. We will continue to update this index with more counties so watch our blog and other social media to get information about all updates.

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

In order to open Marriages, parts of Sweden, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, click on Index search and select Marriages, parts of Sweden in the list under index source.

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New! Marriages in Uppsala county 1800-1840

It is time for a new updating of our marriage index. We have updated our index with 27,280 searchable marriages from Uppsala county. The information covers the years 1800-1840.

The marriage index makes it easier for you to find your ancestors’ marriage records. It means that you no longer need to browse page by page in the marriage books in different parishes, but only make a search in our index. When you have found the bridal couple and marriage that you are seeking, you can simply click on a link that takes you directly to the original source where you can doublecheck the information.

The following information is searchable in the marriage index:

  • Marriage parish
  • Marriage date
  • First and last name of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom

uppsala marriage

There are now a total of 1,238,302 posts in the index, Marriages parts of Sweden. We will continue to update this index with more counties so watch our blog and other social media to get information about all updates.

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

In order to open Marriages, parts of Sweden, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, click on Index search and select Marriages, parts of Sweden in the list under index source.

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NEW! Updating of marriage index for 1800-1840

We have updated our marriage index with 60,601 searchable name posts for Östergötland county for the years 1800-1840.

With the help of the marriage index, it becomes easier to find marriage records for your ancestors and family. You do not need to browse page after page in the marriage books but you can now make a quick search in our index. When you find the bridal couple and marriage that you are seeking, you can simply click on a link and go directly to the marriage book to double check the information in the original source.

ostegotlandmarriage

The following information is searchable in the marriage index:

  1. Marriage parish
  2. Marriage date
  3. First and last name of bride and groom
  4. Residence of bride and groom

Today, the index, Marriages, parts of Sweden, now totals 1,211,022 name searchable posts. We will continue to update this index with more counties. So watch our blog and other social media for information about the update.

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

In order to open Marriages, parts of Sweden, you login at app.arkivdigital.se and click on Index search and then select Marriages, parts of Sweden, under index source.

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NEW! Updating of marriage index 1800-1840

We have updated our marriage index. This time we have added 89,483 searchable marriage name posts from six counties: namely Blekinge, Halland, Norrbotten, Södermanland, Värmland and Örebro. The information covers the years 1800-1840.

lappman marriage

The marriage index makes it simpler for you to find marriage records for your ancestors and relatives. Instead of browsing page by page in the marriage book, you can make a quick search by using the index. When you have found the bridal couple that you are seeking, it is simple to go further with a simple click and double check the information in the original record.

The following information is searchable in our marriage index:

  • Marriage parish
  • Marriage date
  • First and last name of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom

There is now a total of 1,150,421 posts in the index, Marriages, parts of Sweden. We will continue to update the index with information from more counties. Watch our blog and other social media to receive information on all updates.

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

In order to open, Marriages, parts of Sweden, log in at app.arkivdigital.se, and select Index search and select, Marriages, parts of Sweden, in the list under index source.

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NEW! Marriages in Gävleborg county 1800-1840

To make it easier for you to research, we have begun to index the marriage books for the years 1800-1840. The first county that we have indexed and are now publishing is Gävleborg county. You will find 30,118 searchable marriage name posts for this county.

The marriage index makes it easier for you to find marriage records for your ancestors and family who married in Gävleborg county. Instead of paging through the books page after page, you can now make a quick search in our index. When you find the marriage index record, you can simply click on the link to the marriage book and verify the information in the original source.

gavleborg marriage

The following information is searchable in the marriage index:

  • Marriage parish
  • Marriage date
  • First and last name of bride and groom
  • Residence of bride and groom

The index, Marriages, parts of Sweden, now totals 742,426 index posts. We will continue to update these indexes with more counties, so watch our blog and other social media to get information about these updates.

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

To open, Marriages, parts of Sweden:

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

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NEW! Marriage index for Gotland

We have now updated our index, Marriages, parts of Sweden, with information about marriages for Gotland. The marriage index covers all of Gotland from the earliest times up to and including the year 1860. For about twenty parishes, it includes even later years, some as far up to and including 1920.

There are 38, 423 marriage index posts included in this latest update. There is now a total of 715,280 searchable marriage index records.

gotland marriage

You can find the marriage information with a simple search in ArkivDigital’s index. When you have found the correct person, you can simply click the link to the original record and double check the information in the marriage book.

The following information is searchable in the index:

  • Name of the bride and groom
  • Residence of the bride and groom
  • Marriage date
  • Marriage parish
  • Marriage county

Many of our indexes are created by different societies but also private individuals contribute to our index growing and this marriage index is created by Olle Överby.

You can see what parishes and years are included in the marriage index by going to this link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/vigselregister

To open the marriage index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, click on Index search and select Marriages, parts of Sweden in the list under Index source.

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Swedish American Church Book Record Types

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and a few from Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Below are the types of records that you will find in the various congregations However, the type of records that were kept and preserved varies by congregation.

  1. Congregation records or church registers (Församlingsböcker)
  2. Birth and christening records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
  3. Marriage records (Vigselböcker)
  4. Death and burial records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
  5. Catechetical records (Konfirmationsbok)
  6. Protocols (Protokoll)
  7. Accountings (Räkenskaper)
  8. Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
  9. Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
  10. Anniversary documents (Jubileumsskrift)

Congregation Books (Församlingsböcker)
The congregation records or church registers include similar information to the Swedish household or congregation records. The type of information you may find includes:  the names of the household members, birth date, birth place, baptismal date, marriage dates of the head of the household, arrival date in America and arrival date in the congregation. Some of these books have alphabetical name indexes. These records are very helpful in identifying where a person came from in Sweden.

Omaha Congregation RecordCongregation book from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1868-1890) Image 74 / page 69 (AID: v883292.b74.s69, NAD: ) Link.

Birth and Christening Records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
The birth and christening records are somewhat similar to the Swedish birth and christening records. The contents do vary by congregation but they usually contain the child’s name, birth date, baptismal date, names of parents and names of baptismal witnesses.  Most of the time the mother’s married name and not maiden name is presented. These records are organized in chronological order often by baptismal date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha birthsRecords of baptisms from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 21 / page 35 (AID: v883294.b21.s35, NAD: ) Link.

Marriage Records (Vigselböcker)
The marriage records are an important source because it is the one source where the female’s maiden name is shown. The contents in the marriage record usually include the names of the groom and bride, date of the marriage and the places where the bride and groom are from. These records are organized in chronological order.

omaha marriageRecords of Marriages from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 59 / page 173 (AID: v883294.b59.s173, NAD: ) Link.

Death and Burial Records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
The death and burial records sometimes called “Records of Funerals” show the deceased’s name, death date, burial date, age, sometimes names of nearest relatives and cause of death. Unfortunately, abbreviations may be used in names such as “P. A. Swanson” versus the complete name and married women are often noted as “Mrs. Charles Eklund”.  These are organized in chronological order usually by the funeral date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha burialsRecords of Funerals from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 98 / page 291 (AID: v883294.b98.s291, NAD: ) Link.

Catechetical (Konfirmationsbok)
The catechetical records provide names of the persons confirmed. Most of the time, these are only list of names but occasionally, the birth date and the names of the parents of the confirmed will be shown.

Protocols (Protokoll)
The protocols are administrative records for the parish. They contain minutes of administrative meetings and decisions relating to parish matters.

Accountings (Räkenskaper)
The account books will include records of financial transactions such as cash books, bookkeeping records and real estate transactions.

Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
These records record new members of the parish usually stating the name of the person, date of admission and the place where the person came from.

Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
These records record the names of members who leave the parish. Usually, you will find the name of the person, departure date and where the person is going to.

omaha dismissalRecords of Dismissals of Members from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 85 / page 247 (AID: v883294.b85.s247, NAD: ) Link.

Church anniversary document (Jubileumsskrift)
In many congregation archives you will find a church anniversary document celebrating a number of years in existence such as 25 years, 50 years, 75 years or 100 years. These documents usually present a short history of the church or a church organization such as a singing group or other group within the church. Sometimes in addition to the history of the church, biographical information and photos of members of the church are included.

Other documents (Övriga handlingar)
You may find other documents dependent upon the parish such as church school records, tomb or cemetery records, historical notes, church constitution, and attachments to migration records, newspaper clippings and other types of documents.

More information about Swedish American church books:
Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books.

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