NEW! Searchable information for births, marriages and deaths from Släktdata

We have added more searchable information for births, marriages and deaths in ArkivDigital’s indexes. We have a partnership with the genealogy society, Föreningen Släktdata, which gives us access to register posts which can be linked to our church books and become searchable via our indexes. This new update includes 278,906 new posts.

The newly searchable information is divided among our existing birth, marriage and death indexes as follows:

  • Births, parts of Sweden: 88,889 posts
    • Information from the following counties: Blekinge, Gotland, Göteborg och Bohus, Halland, Uppsala, Värmland, Älvsborg and Örebro.
  • Marriages, parts of Sweden: 50,604 posts
    • Information from the following counties: Gotland, Göteborg och Bohus, Halland, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Älvsborg and Örebro.
  • Deaths, parts of Sweden: 139,413 posts
    • Information from the following counties: Gotland, Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Älvsborg, Örebro and Östergötland.

The number of posts vary among the various counties; sometimes it is only a few parishes and sometimes many parishes. The time period that is covered varies between shorter and longer time periods.

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ArkivDigital’s index makes it easier for you to find information about when and where your ancestors were born, married and died. Instead of paging through a book page by page, you can now make a quick search in our index. When you have found the person, you are searching for, you can simply click a link to the original source where you can double check the information.

Dependent upon which index you use to search, you can search by name, birth date, marriage date, death date and parish. If you want to learn more search tips, we recommend reading the following: http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-searching-tips/

After this index, our indexes include the following post totals (Click on the links in order to see more information about which parishes and years are included in the index):

In order to open the birth, marriage and death indexes, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se and select Index search. In the list under Index source, you then select the birth, marriage or death index dependent upon what type of information you are seeking.

When you have done that, you now can search for your ancestors and relatives! (A subscription is required. Click here to find more information about the different types of subscriptions that are offered.

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Additions to the estate inventory index for several counties along with Svea hovrätt

We are working full time to increase the number of searchable entries in our estate inventory index and we have now added new information for several counties and for the nobility’s estate inventories from Svea hovrätt (Svea Court of Appeals).

april estate inventory

This update contains searchable posts for the following counties and years:

Svea hovrätt – Estate inventories for the nobility 1801–1916 for the following counties:

Gotland county
Gävleborg county
Jämtland county
Kopparberg county
Norrbotten county
Stockholm county/city
Södermanland county
Uppsala county
Värmland county (from year 1814)
Västerbotten county
Västernorrland county
Västmanland county
Örebro county

Göteborg och Bohus county
Askims häradsrätt 1824–1887
Marstrands rådhusrätt och magistrat 1861–1891, 1896–1934

Jönköping county
Eksjö rådhusrätt och magistrat 1850–1859

Kalmar county
Aspelands häradsrätt 1699–1829
Tjust häradsrätt 1801–1825

Malmöhus county
Frosta häradsrätt 1677–1810
Luggude häradsrätt 1805–1817, 1822-1826, 1829-1830
Rådhusrätten i Malmö 1850-1950
Trelleborgs rådhusrätt och magistrat 1867-1896

Värmland county
Filipstads rådhusrätt och magistrat 1875-1944
Kils häradsrätt 1737-1860
Kristinehamns rådhusrätt och magistrat 1878-1899

Älvsborg county
Borås rådhusrätt och magistrat 1893–1955
Ulricehamns rådhusrätt och magistrat 1864–1902

Örebro county
Bergmästaren i Nya Kopparbergs med flera bergslag 1728–1838

Östergötland county
Dals häradsrätt 1708–1872
Norrköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat 1801–1860

This update contains a total of 126,944 new searchable index entries. After the update, the entire estate index contains a total of 2,366,515 entries.

The estate inventories are an important source for genealogical research. Here you can find information about the deceased’s heirs and often prove relationships. Also, you will find a list of all the assets and debts of the deceased.

Our index makes it much easier to find the correct estate inventory, something which in ordinary cases can be quite time consuming since the estate inventories are not organized in an exact order. We launched our estate inventory in 2017 and since then we have added more material on several occasions.

You can search in the estate inventory index by name, the year in which the estate inventory was performed, along with county and parish where the person died. When you search by year, it is important to note that the estate inventory may not have been created in the same year as the person died. It is recommended to include a year range from the year of death and maybe a couple of years in the future.

The estate inventory index includes searchable name entries for estate inventories for the following counties: Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg, Göteborg och Bohus, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad, Kronoberg, Malmöhus, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Stockholm, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg and Östergötland. We will continue to add entries to the estate inventory index. Watch our blogs, newsletters and other social media for updates.

Click here to check what is included in the estate inventory index after this update.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

Click here to watch an Introduction to Estate Inventories video.

In order to open the estate inventory index, you log in at app.arkivdigital.se, select Index search and select Estate inventory in the list 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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Searching for estate inventories in ArkivDigital

The estate inventories (bouppteckningar) are one of the most important records for genealogists. These records can prove genealogical relationships as well as listing the names of the deceased’s heirs. Also, the estate inventory lists all the assets and debts of the deceased enabling one to get a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

ArkivDigital has estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (early 1700s and even a few from the 1600s) up to 1950 and for many counties up to 1960.

In order to find an estate inventory, you need to know the parish where the person died and the district or city court that the parish belonged to. Today there are three primary methods for searching:

  1. National estate inventory index search.
  2. View photographed estate inventory register.
  3. Searching in the volume.

National estate inventory index search
ArkivDigital is currently building a national estate inventory index for all of Sweden. Currently it is mostly complete for older times but is less complete for the latter 1800s and forward. To find out what district and city courts and years have been indexed, go to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

To illustrate how to access the national estate inventory in ArkivDigital, we will search for the estate inventory for Jan Hindrik Wiväg who died April 2, 1847 in Älvsbacka parish in Värmland county.

  1. Go to app.arkivdigital.se.
  2. Select index source.
  3. Select the index, estate inventory, under index source.
  4. In this case, we will use simple search and enter Hindrik Wiväg in the search box and click search. One could have entered Jan Hindrik Wiväg.
  5. There are two matches in the result list.
  6. Select the one for Jan Hindrik Wiväg.

national estate inventory search

After you selected a match on the result list, you will see an index record as shown below and you can click on the link that will go directly to the estate inventory.

jan hindrik estate inventory

Photographed estate inventory registers
If you don’t find the person in the national estate inventory index, look for a photographed estate inventory register for the court. We will look for the estate inventory for Elna Larsdotter who died February 9, 1838, in Slöinge parish, in Halland county. In order to find out what court district, Slöinge parish belonged, you go to archive search and enter Slöinge in the archive holder search button. Open the archive and scroll down to estate inventories. Click on that and search for estate inventory registers. You will find one that covers the years 1684 to 1848. Open volume and search for Elna Larsdotter. The names are listed by surname in alphabetical order. You will find an entry that gives the year, volume and page number.

estate inventory photographed register

In this case, the entry states that you can find the estate inventory in volume 32 for the year 1838 and on page 185.

Then return to the archive Årstads häradsrätt and look for volume 32, open the volume and go to page 185.

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Searching in the estate inventory volume
If you haven’t found the estate inventory by an index search and no estate inventory register exists, you will need to go the volume beginning with the deceased’s death date and browse forward. You may want to search up to two to three years after the date of death. In the latter 1800s and 1900s, there is a very strong likelihood of finding an estate inventory record but one must be patient and persistent in browsing through the volumes.

Estate Inventories for the nobility
Most of the estate inventories are found in the district and city courts but there are exceptions. The estate inventories for the nobility were given to the Court of Appeals (hovrätten) up until 1917. You will find the estate inventories for Götaland in the Göta hovrätt, for Svealand and Norrland in the Svea hovrätt and for Skåne and Blekinge in the Hovrätten för Skåne och Blekinge.

Click here for more information about estate inventories.

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New! Name searchable birth index – 1800-1840 in Halland county

We have again updated the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden, and this time we have made it easier for you who search for ancestors born in Halland county for the years 1800-1840.The updating includes approximately 113,211 searchable name entries.

The birth index 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.

searching halland birthSearching for a birth record in Halland in the index, Birth index, Parts of Sweden

You will find the following information in the index record:

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

There are now approximately 2.7 million index entries in the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden. We will be updating the indexes with more counties so watch our blogs for information about future updates.

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

To open the index, Birth index, parts of Sweden:

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

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Immigrant Stories in the Swedish American Church Books

ArkivDigital’s online archive includes many Swedish American church books primarily from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. But we also have a few from Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The types of records vary between congregations. The most common sets of records are congregation or membership rolls, birth, marriage, death, confirmation, church protocols, church accounts, anniversary booklets and other types of records.

One of the most interesting set of records is the anniversary booklet (jubileumsskrift). Often these booklets include a history of the church and settlement and describes the life of the early immigrants in North America. Some of these books also contain wonderful biographical sketches and pictures.

john benson imageBucklin Swedish Mission Covenant Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:13 (1880-1980) Image 17 / Page 31 (AID: v950811.b17.s31)

The above image is taken from the Centennial Celebration booklet for the Swedish Mission Covenant Church in Bucklin, Missouri. There is a short biographical sketch of John Benson born Johannes Bengtsson in Skummeslöv parish in Halland county in Sweden on April 4, 1852. It states that he first lived in St. Louis, Missouri and worked for the Johansen Shoe company and then moved to a farm north of Bucklin in 1881. The sketch gives information about his wife and children and states that he died on July 24, 1900.

With the information in the anniversary booklet, we can search for his birth record in ArkivDigital and then trace him forward in the household books until his emigration in 1871. Below is his birth record showing his birth of the 4th of April 1852 at Allarp in Skummeslöv parish. His parents are noted as B. P. Persson and Christina Bengtsdotter. His mother was 32 years old at the time of his birth.

john benson's birth recordSkummeslöv (N) CI:3 (1824-1860) Image 380 / Page 69 (AID: v93216a.b380.s69, NAD: SE/LLA/13348)

To find the Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive Search.
  • Select country, United States.
  • You can also limit the search by state.

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Estate Inventory Status Update – February 2019

Next to the church books, the estate inventory records are probably the most important source material for many genealogists. These rich records provide genealogical information as well as detailing the assets and debts of the deceased which helps one gain a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

We have photographed all the estate inventory records from earliest times up to 1940 for all of Sweden.  Our goal is to photograph all up until 1960. For some counties, the photographing is complete while work remains for other counties. Below is the photographing status for each county. There may be cases in all counties where individual volumes may be missing for example where the volume could not be photographed because of its extremely poor physical condition.

1952 estate inventoryJönköpings rådhusrätt och magistrat (F) FIa:110 (1952) Image 1480 / Page 287 (AID: v497011.b1480.s287, NAD: SE/VALA/01665)

Counties which are complete up to 1940. Photographing is in progress for years 1941-1945.

  • Jämtland

Counties which are complete up to 1945. Photographing is in progress for years 1946-1950.

  • Gävleborg
  • Norrbotten
  • Västerbotten
  • Västernorrland

Counties which are complete up to 1955. Photographing is in progress for years 1956-1960.

  • Jönköping
  • Kalmar
  • Kronoberg
  • Stockholm
  • Värmland
  • Västmanland
  • Örebro
  • Östergötland

Counties which are complete up to 1960.

  • Blekinge
  • Gotland (however only up to year 1947 for city court in Visby)
  • Göteborg och Bohus
  • Halland
  • Kopparberg
  • Kristianstad
  • Malmöhus
  • Skaraborg
  • Södermanland
  • Uppsala
  • Älvsborg

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In conclusion, we wish to point out our searchable name index for estate inventories (Inventory of estate index) which is available to our All-in-one customers. Currently, the register is far from complete but more index entries will be added. You can find out what district and city court archives are name searchable for estate inventories by going to the following link: https://www.arkivdigital.se/online/register/bouppteckningar

Read the original blog in Swedish.

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More modern church books in ArkivDigital

During January and February, we were busy photographing church books whose confidentiality or protection from the law of privacy expired at the end of last year. The volumes included are congregation books, birth and death records with an end year of 1946. In addition, we also photographed moving in and out books and marriage books with the starting year 1946 and year ending no later than 1980.

The photographing for Blekinge, Gotland, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kopparberg, Kristianstad, Kronoberg, Malmohus, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland counties are now complete. Newly photographed images from several other counties are now available online and more will be added in the near future.

1946 death recordÖdestugu (F) F:2 (1917-1946) Image 520 / page 49 (AID: v172844.b520.s49, NAD: SE/VALA/00473)  Link.

You can find more detail as to what volumes are available in ArkivDigital such as the modern church books and other types of volumes on our website, (link to website page).

Finally, we would also like to mention a few words about the birth and baptismal books.  In these books, it is common that notes may be added to a record, for example a note relating to an adoption, often decades after the event. The 70-year privacy law begins from the date of the last inserted note. For example, a note might have been entered in 1956 in a book containing birth records between 1930 and 1946. This means that the book is protected by the privacy law for 70 years after 1956 or it can’t be photographed until 2027.  So in some cases, we currently do not have the opportunity to photograph some of the birth and baptismal books even though they do not contain any birth records for persons born after 1946.

Read original article in Swedish.

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Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) 1901-1960 – Status update

ArkivDigital has been photographing estate inventory records for the period, 1901 to 1960 for a while. We have mentioned this activity several times in our blogs, the last one was about a year ago: see previous blog. We have photographed much more since then and thought it was a good time to give a status update.



Our photographing progress varies between counties. Below is a status by county of what records are complete followed by a summary of the records we are currently photographing. Our goal is to photograph estate inventories up to and including the year 1960.  But in Gotland, we have been successful in photographing some later records. For all counties, single volumes may be missing in cases where they were in such poor physical condition that they could not be photographed.

Estate inventories are available in ArkivDigital up to the year noted:

1920: Jönköping, Kalmar, Östergötland
1930: Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Örebro
1940: Gävleborg, Jämtland*, Stockholm
1945: Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Älvsborg
1950: Värmland
1960: Blekinge, Halland, Kristianstad, Malmöhus
1980: Gotland, (Visby city court 1945-1961 missing)

Photographing is in progress for the following:

1921-1930: Jönköping, Kalmar, Östergötland.
1931-1940: Kopparberg, Norrbotten, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Örebro
1941-1945: Stockholm
1946-1950: Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Älvsborg
1951-1955: Värmland

*For Jämtland county, there are some estate inventories missing for the period 1861-1900. But currently photographing is in progress for these records. For the rest of Sweden, the estate inventories from earliest time to the year 1900 are available in ArkivDigital and have been for some time.

estateinventory1926Eksjö rådhusrätt och magistrat FIII:9 (1921-1930) Image 7050 / page 30 (AID: v496946.b7050.s30, NAD: SE/VALA/01662) Link.

During the 1900’s, more estate inventories were typewritten. In the above image, which is from the Eksjö rådhusrätt och magistrats collection of estate inventories from the year 1926, we see the end or last page of a typewritten estate inventory and the beginning page of a handwritten one.

Learn more about estate inventories.

View original article in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital and Swedish Genealogists’ Research Day in Portland, Oregon

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Three genealogists from Sweden and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital led a one-day workshop in Portland, Oregon at Nordia House on Tuesday, September 20. The participants were given presentations about records in ArkivDigital, Swedish emigration and culture, historical maps and other Swedish genealogy topics. In addition, many participants received individual assistance with their personal research.

It was wonderful to meet so many Swedish-Americans in Oregon. Among the many areas where the participants’ Swedish roots originated included Skåne, Halland, Småland, Värmland, Närke, Dalarna and Jämtland.

The SwedGen Tour 2016 continues with stops in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, September 24 and in Seattle, Washington on Sunday, September 25. There is still time to register for these events.

Click here for program and registration information for the program in Tacoma.

Click here for program and registration information for the program in Seattle.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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