Virtual ArkivDigital Genealogy Workshop – September 25

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The Lindsborg Old Mill and Swedish Heritage Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be hosting a virtual Swedish genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM Central Daylight Time. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be one of the presenters. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

Four presentations on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy will be given during the day. Conference specials will be offered to registered attendees. The presentations will be the following:

  • Getting to know ArkivDigital for Swedish Research
  • Create a family tree in ArkivDigital
  • Exploring lesser-known records in ArkivDigital
  • Historical Weights, Measures and Money of Sweden

Click here for program information and click here for registration.

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Swedish American Church Books in ArkivDigital

ArkivDigital has Swedish-American church books for the following states in ArkivDigital’s online library:

  • Illinois – 2
  • Iowa – 88
  • Kansas – 100
  • Minnesota – 125
  • Missouri – 9
  • Nebraska – 120
  • Oklahoma – 1
  • South Dakota – 1
  • Wisconsin – 12

The Swedish-American church books include birth, marriage, death, membership, reception of members, dismissal of members, protocols and account records. Often you will find anniversary booklets, church histories, attachments to records and even in some congregation archives family histories. The types of records vary by parish and denomination. Click here for more information about types of church records.

Anniversary books were often created to celebrate the 50th, 75th, or 100th anniversary of the church. These books often will give a history of the congregation, sometimes a history of the settlement, biographical sketches of the ministers and even occasionally biographies, genealogies and photos of the early church members.

Below is a photo of Mrs. David Lindström or Maja Lisa Andersdotter born on July 28, 1811 in Fivlered parish and who emigrated with her husband and children to North America in 1852. This was taken from the 1863-1903 Minnesalbum (Anniversary booklet or remembrance album) for the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Congregation in Paxton, Illinois. In 1903, she was the oldest living member in the congregation.

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Spring Virtual Swedish Genealogy Workshop

ADlogga2-stor The McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be hosting a virtual Swedish genealogy workshop on Saturday, March 20 from 9:00 AM to 4 PM Central Standard Time. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be one of the presenters. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

There will be four presentations:

  • Introduction to ArkivDigital
  • Swedish Historical Maps and Property Records
  • Searching by name in the Swedish church books
  • Finding my ne’er-do-well, scoundrel Swedish great-grandfather using DNA and ArkivDigital

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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2020 Virtual Winter Swedish Genealogy Workshop

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The McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be hosting a virtual ArkivDigital genealogy workshop on Saturday, December 12 from 9:15 AM to 12 PM Central Standard Time. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

 

There will be two presentations:

  • Introduction to Swedish Estate Inventories
  • Exploring Swedish Military Records

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Virtual ArkivDigital Workshop – Saturday, Oct 10

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Discover Your Swedish Roots”, a virtual genealogy workshop hosted by the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 9am- 4pm Central Standard Time.

Featured speakers will be Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital and Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, Family Search. Registration will be limited to 100 attendees.

There will be four presentations:

  • Introduction to Swedish Church Books
  • Searching by name in Swedish Records using ArkivDigital
  • Additional Indexes and Historical Collections in ArkivDigital
  • Overcoming Research Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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Another look at Swedish American Church Books

ArkivDigital has Swedish-American church books for the following states in ArkivDigital’s online library:

  • Illinois – 2
  • Iowa – 88
  • Kansas – 99
  • Minnesota – 125
  • Missouri – 9
  • Nebraska – 120
  • Oklahoma – 1
  • South Dakota – 1
  • Wisconsin – 12

The Swedish-American church books include birth, marriage, death, membership, reception of members, dismissal of members, protocols and account records. Often you will find anniversary booklets, church histories, attachments to records and even in some congregation archives family histories. The types of records vary by parish and denomination. Click here for more information about types of church records.

The membership books for the Swedish-American Lutheran churches are very similar to the Swedish household/congregation books. These records have often been the link in helping Swedish-Americans identify where in Sweden their ancestor came from. Below is an example from Trade Lake Zion Lutheran Church in Wisconsin for Per Erik Erikson and his family.

per erik eriksonTrade Lake Zion Lutheran Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:2 (1895-1943) Image 54 / Page 23 (AID: v904701.b54.s23) https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v904701?image=54

The above record shows that Per Erik was born on the 27 of September 1848 in Linde (Lindesberg) parish in Örebro county and that he joined this congregation in 1889 and arrived in America in 1880. The record shows his wife, Anna Rosenqvist, who was born on the 16th of July 1862 in Vinslof (Vinslöv) parish in Kristianstad county, followed by the names of their children and their birth information. The record shows that Anna immigrated in 1881. Sometimes, the date of marriage will be shown on the membership record but in this case it is not. More research will be required to find the marriage date. The first child, Harry Lawrence, is shown as having been born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1884 and the next child was born in Trade Lake in 1886. So, it appears that the family moved from St. Paul to Trade Lake between 1884 and 1886 and then joined the congregation in 1889.

With the above information, we can search in the Swedish church books for Per Erik’s birth record.

per eriks birth recordLindesberg (T) CI:13 (1833-1850) Image 408 (AID: v53511.b408, NAD: SE/ULA/10851)
https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v53511?image=408

The birth record confirms his birth date as the 27th of September 1848 and that his parents were Erik Olsson and Maria Andersdotter. His mother was 29 years old at the time of his birth. The family lived in a place in the parish named Ryda.

Also, with a little further research, we can see the notation in the household record showing his move to North America in 1880.

erik move to americaLindesberg (T) AIc:19 (1871-1881) Image 229 / Page 225 (AID: v52142.b229.s225, NAD: SE/ULA/10851) https://app.arkivdigital.se/volume/v52142?image=229&page=225&register_collection=28

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Olof Liljegren – Letters from the Civil War

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Illinois – 2 congregations
  • Iowa – 88 congregations
  • Kansas – 99 congregations
  • Minnesota – 125 congregations
  • Missouri – 9 congregations
  • Nebraska – 120 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest.

In the archive for the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Minnesota, you will find a very interesting set of letters, Olof Liljegren – Our Years in the Civil War. This collection consists mostly of letters translated into English written by Olof Liljegren to his father in Sweden, Jonas Nilsson, in Boggsjö, Sundjö parish in Jämtland county between the years of 1861 and 1864.

Olof emigrated from Sweden in 1858 to North America. He served in the Third Minnesota Regiment during the Civil War and in 1865 died in the United States Army in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1865. Besides the letters written by Olof to his father, the collection also includes a letter to his sweetheart, Mary Edblad, a pioneer school teacher in Isanti County, Minnesota as well a letter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death in 1865.

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Letter dated December 1861 from Olof to his father. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 20 (AID: v886267.b20) Link

In the above letter Olof writes to his father the following:

“I have not told you anything about myself. I enlisted in the U. S. Army for three years or the duration of the war. We are building up a Swedish regiment with all officers having been trained in Sweden which makes them excellent officers. The captain’s pay is $108 per month, first lieutenant, $100, 2nd lieutenant, $75, Corporal $15, and private $10 per month.

I took this step after much thought and decided my life is worth no more than the next man and if I die, I feel I can not die for a better cause than to stop slavery.”

 olof deathLetter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death dated December 17, 1865. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 80 (AID: v886267.b80) Link

“I am sending you a few lines to let you know your son Olof died in the United States Army at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 25, 1865. Two days before he died, I stayed with him one day and one nite. He was then so poorly he did not think he could get well. He told me to write to you and gave me authority to take card of his belongings and send his medal home to Sweden.”

To find these letters:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Minnesota
  • Select Vol:31 Printed Documents

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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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Search passenger ship manifests by name!

We have some exciting news! You can now search by name approximately 1.4 million passenger ship manifests of persons emigrating from Sweden.

The ship manifests for emigrants created by the local police authorities in Göteborg, Malmö, Stockholm and Helsingborg have been available in ArkivDigital for a few years. Now, these manifests have been indexed by name so it is much quicker to search for the emigrant you are seeking.

You can search for the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Birth date or calculated birth year
  • Departure date
  • Departure port
  • Vessel or name of the ship

Search Tips

One tip is that you may wish to be a little creative in your search. Many names have been abbreviated so you should search with the full name and also use various abbreviations.

For many persons, only the age is shown on the manifest. We have calculated a birth year based on the mentioned age at departure. For persons who emigrated in the 1900’s, sometimes a complete birth date is noted in the manifest. If you search by the exact birth date and you do not get a match, you can search by birth year and also by the year before and year after the birth year.

Once you have found the right person in the search results, you can click on the link to see the original manifest. The original record will often include additional information such as the person’s home parish in Sweden along with the destination where the emigrant planned to travel.

emigrant register

The following information is included in the register:

  • Stockholm police (överståthållarämbetet för polisärenden): Approximately 38,000 posts from 1869 – 1940.
  • Gothenburg (Göteborg) police: Approximately 1.24 million posts from 1869 – 1951.
  • Malmö police: Approximately 169,000 posts from 1874 – 1939.
  • Police in Helsingborg: Approximately 11,000 posts from 1907 – 1908, 1929 -1949 along with 1956 – 1964.

Once you find the right person, you can search other archives within ArkivDigital. If the person was still alive in 1940 and living in the United States, you can find more information in the register, Swedes in US 1940. ArkivDigital also has many Swedish-American church books primarily in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska and a few other states. You can find the Swedish-American church books by going to Archive Search and selecting United States as the country. You can also limit the search by state.

To search in the new emigrant’s index:

  • Login at app.arkividigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Select the index, Emigrants, under index source.

The index was created in partnership with Ancestry.

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September 2019 Events in North America

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During September, ArkivDigital will be visiting Colorado, Illinois and Kansas. There will be presentations about ArkivDigital at all three events.

Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Kathy Meade will be the presenter at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado’s monthly meeting on Saturday, September 7th in Denver, Colorado.

The title of the presentation is “What’s New in ArkivDigital””. The presentation will focus on new indexes and archives added in the last two years within ArkivDigital. The presentation will be at the Denver Public Library. If you happen to be in the Denver area, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the rich resources within ArkivDigital.

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Des Plaines, Illinois Public Library
Kathy Meade will give a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital at the Des Plaines Public library in Des Plaines, Illinois on Monday, September 16th. Come and learn about the vast number of records in ArkivDigital and how to access the service which is available at the library.

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Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas
Attend our popular ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA” on September 28-29 in Lindsborg Kansas. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

Discover your Swedish roots as well as meet other participants from across Swedish-America and together celebrate your Swedish heritage. Explore and enjoy the Swedish community of Lindsborg and its small-town charm.

Click here for program information.

Click here to register.

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