Swedish-Norwegian partnership – a benefit for genealogists

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ArkivDigital and the Norwegian Genealogical Society have entered  into a partnership with the goal to make it easier for their subscribers and members to access more historical records and other interesting source materials by sharing images.

The first exchange of source material images has recently been completed.

The Norwegian Genealogical Society members can now access the following collections: J.A. Nordströms extensive collection of family histories and local history studies, records from Bohuslän, mainly the parish records on the islands of Tjörn and Orust along with Magnell’s collections of court book extracts from Gillberg and Jösse district courts in Värmland. Furthermore, members can also view documents relating to the prisoners of war from the Great Northern War, some Norwegian church books from Kansas and Minnesota, and a tax register in Jämtland from 1645.

In return, ArkivDigital’s subscribers now have access to a number of published Norwegian works mainly from the 1800’s and early 1900’s, for example Politietidende 1886–1900 and 1916, which includes information of all those wanted by the police in Norway as well as information about arrests and released prisoners, several years’ copies of the Military Calendar (Militaircalender) and the Norwegian State Calendar (Norges Statskalender) along with death lists within Norway. Even arrest records from the Akershus fortress, prisons: Kongsvinger kretsfengsel and Elverum hjelpfengsel, have been made available to ArkivDigital’s subscribers.

In the future, more images of other records from Norway, Sweden and the United States will be published within the framework of this partnership agreement.

ArkivDigital and the Norwegian Genealogical Society are pleased that this partnership has been established and we are convinced that it will benefit family researchers in both countries.

View original article in Swedish by clicking here.

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Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

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ArkivDigital provides the key to a very exciting story – the story about you!

Whether you’ve been researching for a long time or are just beginning, ArkivDigital has what you need: church books, estate inventories, tax registers, military rolls, spy documents, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church books in Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska, aerial photos and many other historical documents. In addition, there are many name searchable indexes that can make it easier for you to find your Swedish ancestors.

On Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try our ArkivDigital All-in-one service! New users and users with a Base subscription will get access to everything in our database including the, All-in-one, during the whole weekend.

Take the opportunity to research your Swedish heritage and discover the wealth of records in our online archive. Invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

Click here to go to the free days.

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Update on Swedish American Church Books

We have received many questions at recent North American conferences regarding the Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital. Today, we will give a status of the Swedish American church books that are available in ArkivDigital today as well as links to the English blogs giving more information about these records.

We have Swedish American church books for the following states:

  • Kansas – 97 congregations
  • Minnesota – 76 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 43 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation

To search for Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital, do the following:

  • Select archive search.
  • Select county archive.
  • Then select desired state (for example – Nebraska).
  • A list of the congregations for that state will appear.

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Below is a list of blogs with links for more information about the Swedish American church books:

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ArkivDigital Visits Kansas, Minnesota and Illinois in October

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ArkivDigital will be at the following events in October: SwedGen 2017 Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas, Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s Fall Conference in Edina, Minnesota and the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference in Moline, Illinois.

Lindsborg, Kansas – October 7-8
The final SwedGen 2017 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on October 7-8.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures for both the beginner and advanced researcher given by both Swedish and American experts over two days. Participants will be offered half day sessions in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. For program and registration details, click here.

Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota – October 21
We will be an exhibitor at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s fall conference on Saturday, October 21 at the Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital as well as research questions. Click here for registration information.

Illinois State Genealogical Fall Conference 2017 – October 27-28
We will be an exhibitor at the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference on October 27 & 28 at the iWireless Center in Moline, Illinois. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital as well as research questions. Click here for more information.

Visit our North American event calendar here.

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September Events in North America

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During September, we will be exhibiting and giving presentations about ArkivDigital at GenealogyKC 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Nordic Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and at FinnFest USA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also be traveling with Swedish genealogists from Sweden for the SwedGen Tour 2017 with stops in Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois during September and Lindsborg, Kansas in October.

GenealogyKC 2017 – Kansas City, Missouri
GenealogyKC 2017 is a conference for those interested in family history and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on September 8-9th. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy on both days of the conference. Click here for program and registration information.

Nordic Family History Conference – Salt Lake City, Utah and Webinar
On Tuesday, September 12, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving three presentations on ArkivDigital at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as part of the week long Nordic Family History Conference. There will be 120 seats available onsite and 500 spots for webinar attendees. In person and webinar attendance is free, but you must register.  Click here for program and registration information.

FinnFest USA – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation about ArkivDigital at the Finland 100 Genealogy Forum on Thursday, September 21st at FinnFest USA at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More Information.

SwedGen 2017
Swedish genealogists from Sweden along with Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be leading one-day Swedish genealogy workshops in Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd, Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th and a 2-day workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7-8. There will be lectures on records on ArkivDigital, Swedish emigration and culture, historical maps and other Swedish genealogy topics along with opportunities for individual consultations. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd.

Click here for program and registration information for Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th.

Click here for program and registration information for Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7th and 8th.

More information about SwedGen 2017.

Visit our event calendar to see events in North America.

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Swedish Genealogy Workshops in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas

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The SwedGen Tour, a group of genealogists from Sweden who have made annual trips to North America for the sole purpose of helping Swedish Americans learn more about their Swedish heritage and discover their Swedish roots, will visit Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois and Lindsborg, Kansas this year. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also travel with the group and give presentations on ArkivDigital.

Madison, Wisconsin – Saturday, September 23, 2017
The first SwedGen 2017 event will be sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 23rd. This event will include Swedish genealogy and ArkivDigital presentations. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to have a one-on-one genealogy session with one of the Swedish genealogists. For program details and registration, click here.

If you wish an appointment with one of the Swedish genealogists in Madison, submit your request by clicking here. One-on-one appointments are only available to registered conference attendees.

Rock Island, Illinois – Saturday, September 30, 2017
The second SwedGen 2017 event will be sponsored by the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois on Saturday, September 30th. This will be a repeat of the program given in Madison. Also, a number of registered participants will have an opportunity for a private research session with one of the Swedish genealogists. For program details and registration, click here.

If you wish an appointment with one of the Swedish genealogists in Rock Island, submit your request by clicking here. One-on-one appointments are only available to registered conference attendees.

Lindsborg, Kansas – October 7-8, 2017
The final SwedGen 2017 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on October 7-8.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures for both the beginner and advanced researcher given by both Swedish and American experts over two days. Participants will be offered half day sessions in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. For program and registration details, click here.

To order online for Lindsborg event, click here.

More information about SwedGen Tour 2017.

Visit our event calendar.

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Swedish American Church Book Photographing Project begins in Nebraska

Warren Johnson and Sven HennigPhotographing Swedish-American church books in Omaha, Nebraska

We are happy to announce that we are beginning to photograph the Swedish American church books in Nebraska. This is our third project in the United States. There are approximately one hundred Scandinavian American churches located across the state of Nebraska.

Photographing began on June 22nd at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska, and filming will continue into the fall of 2017.  An ArkivDigital employee, Sven, is traveling the state visiting churches and copying these historic records. Assisting him with the church visits are three project directors:  Warren E. Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska, Tina Larson with the Plainsman Museum in Aurora, Nebraska, and Sandra Slater with the Holdrege Area Genealogy Club at the Nebraska Prairie Museum in Holdrege, Nebraska.

Most of the Nebraska records will be published this fall. Currently, some records for the Aurora Covenant Church in Aurora, Nebraska are available online.  You can find these records by doing the following:

  • Select archive search in ArkivDigital
  • Select county
  • Select Nebraska

Below are links to previous blogs about Swedish-American church records in Kansas and Minnesota.

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Swedish American Church Books in Minnesota

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Free Access to ArkivDigital this weekend!

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Saturday March 18, is Genealogy Day in Sweden and many of the genealogy societies, libraries and archives throughout the country are hosting exhibits and lectures.

ArkivDigital, your online digital archive with over 67 million images, will be hosting an “open house” this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19. New users and subscribers with a Base subscription will have the opportunity to test the full All-in-one subscription during the entire weekend.

Whether you are an experienced researcher or just beginning. ArkivDigital is the resource you need. Church books, estate inventories, tax registers, military records, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church records (primarily Kansas) and much more are available in our online library. In addition, there are searchable name registers that can help you search for your ancestors.

Take the opportunity to research your Swedish heritage and discover the wealth of records in our online archive. Invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

Click here to go to the free days.

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North American Events in March and Spring ArkivDigital Workshop

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ArkivDigital will participate in the following events in March:  DuPage County Genealogical Society 2017 Conference and a webinar for the Scandinavian Special Interest Group of the Villages Genealogical Society. Also, we want to mention that we still have a few open spaces for the spring ArkivDigital workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas on April 1-2.


DuPage County Genealogical Society 2017 Conference
We will be an exhibitor and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be a speaker at the DuPage County Genealogical Society 2017 Conference on Saturday, March 11th in Naperville, Illinois. Kathy Meade will give two presentations at the conference: “Discover Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital” and “Searching in Older Church Records”.  Click here for more information.

Scandinavian Special Interest Group Webinar
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a webinar presentation on “Researching your Swedish Heritage using ArkivDigital” to the Scandinavian Special Interest Group of the Villages Genealogical Society in the Villages, Florida on Friday, March 17th.
Click here for more information.

Swedish Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital
We still have a few openings available for our popular ArkivDigital hands-on workshop. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2017 spring workshop will be held the weekend April 1-2 in Lindsborg, Kansas.

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Attend this workshop and 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.

If you can’t attend the spring workshop, our fall workshop will be held on October 7/8. Click here for more information.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books

One of the biggest challenges for many Swedish Americans is to discover the parish of origin for their Swedish ancestor. When one attends a presentation about how to get started with Swedish research, the Swedish American church books are mentioned as one source that might provide some clues. (Click here for beginning Swedish genealogy research tips.)

Many Swedes who immigrated to North America joined a Swedish American church. While most of these congregations were Lutheran, there were also Swedish Covenant, Swedish Methodist, Swedish Baptist, Swedish Mission and other free churches. Many of these churches kept detailed records as they did in Sweden.

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas and a few from Missouri and Oklahoma. If one’s Swedish’s ancestor settled in these areas, these books can be helpful in determining where your ancestor came from in Sweden.

One can search in the  Swedish American church records to discover where in Sweden a person came from or to discover more about the person’s life in North America. The detail and content in the Swedish American church books do vary by time, minister and religious denomination. The Lutheran church books tend to have some standardization and more detail than other denominations but again that will vary by congregation.

Search Method
To begin your search, you will need a name and a location. If you have a name and town location, but don’t know the person’s religious denomination:

  1. Look for church books for that town.
  2. If there are several denominations, begin with the Lutheran church books since most were Lutherans, then proceed to Covenant, Methodist, Baptist or other church book denominations in that order.
  3. If you don’t find the person in the church books, you may want to search in the church books in a nearby town that is in the same county or nearby county.

Case Study – Begin in Congregation Book (Church Register)

We want to discover the parish of origin in Sweden for Carl Carlson who lived in Lindsborg, Kansas and was Lutheran. We have been told that he was born around 1835 and that his wife’s name was Emma and one of his children was named David.

  1. Start the ArkivDigital application and click on search archives.
  2. Select new archive search and county.
  3. Select the archive for Kansas (USA).
  4. Search for the Lindsborg Lutheran church archives.
  5. You will find that there are 3 Lutheran churches in Lindsborg:
    1. Lindsborg Lutheran Bethany Church
    2. Lindsborg Freemount Lutheran Church
    3. Lindsborg Messiah Lutheran Church
  6. Select the first in the list: Lindsborg Lutheran Bethany Church.
  7. The info box above the archive list names the county where Lindsborg is located which is McPherson. On the right side is a list of volumes available for this congregation. For this parish, there are four congregation books all beginning in the year 1869 with different end years.
  8. Search for congregation books and click on each congregation book and see if there is a name register in the book. In the info box above the volume list, the name index will be noted with the entry “med personregister”. You will notice that one appears for the volume, Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA Vol: 2 (1869-1886).  Not all congregation books have name registers. In those cases, where there is none, you will need to browse through the book page by page.

Open the book and you will see an indexed name register. Search for Carl Carlson. See image below.
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Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA (KS) Vol:2 (1869-1886) Image 9 (AID: v812465a.b9, NAD: ) Link.

While there are no Carl Carlson’s, there are the following entries in the list:

  • Carlson C. J.                     25
  • Carlson C (Sec 28)           96
  • ” (Sec 30)                          83
    The numbers: 25, 96 and 83 to the right of the names in this case represent an entry number in the church register.  Sometimes the number represents a page number. The minister did not repeat the name on the third line but only indicated that it was the same name by a ditto mark.

Go to entry  #25 to see if the information matches. In this case, the record does not match the given information. Below is the image for entry #25.

entry-number-25Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA (KS) Vol:2 (1869-1886) Image 37 / page 7 (AID: v812465a.b37.s7, NAD: ) Link.

Next, go to entry #96. See image below.

entry-number-96Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA (KS) Vol:2 (1869-1886) Image 50 / page 20 (AID: v812465a.b50.s20, NAD: ) Link.

This is the correct person. The record shows Carl Carlson born on the 12th of June 1835 in Lungsund, Värmland. You will notice that Värmland is abbreviated as Werm. Also, Carl has a child named David and his wife is Emma Olsdotter born on the 23rd of July 1840 in Färnebo, Värmland. This record shows that they were received in this parish in October of 1869.  Carl and Emma arrived in America from Sweden in 1869 and came to Lindsborg in 1869. The record also shows three children all born in Lindsborg:

  • Emma was born on the 28th of June 1870.
  • David was born on the 21st of December 1875.
  • Hannah was born on the 2nd of February 1880 and she died on the 17th of July 1880.

Now you have enough information to research Carl and Emma further in the Swedish church books. Below is an image of Carl’s birth record in Lungsund, Värmland.

carls-birth-recordLungsund (S) C:5 (1830-1854) Image 29 / page 53 (AID: v7336.b29.s53, NAD: SE/VA/13342) Link.

Click here for more information on Swedish church books.
Click here for examples of birth records.

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