Virtual Presentation – Lesser-known records in ArkivDigital

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Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the virtual monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society of the Swedish American Museum of Chicago on Saturday, January 23, 2021.

The presentation is titled “Lesser-known Records in ArkivDigital”. While many are familiar with the Swedish church books, there are many additional types of historical records in ArkivDigital. This presentation will point out some of these records such as the seamen house records (similar to merchant marines), prison records, orphanage records, domestic passports and other lesser- known records and how they can help you gain a deeper understanding of your Swedish heritage.

The meeting will begin at 10 AM Central Standard Time.

Click here for program and registration information.

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ARKIVDIGITAL – YEAR IN REVIEW 2020

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This has been a different year for everyone, even for us at ArkivDigital. However, genealogy is a hobby that one can engage in even in a pandemic. We have continued to work to simplify and improve our services for all of you researching your family history. Following are some of the highlights for the year 2020.

88 million images in the database
During the past year, we published 2 million images of historical documents or 4 million pages of historical records. Due to the Corona pandemic, the publication rate was unfortunately lower than in previous years, as we did not have access to the archives in the same manner as before the pandemic.

Continued development of the family tree
During 2020, we continued to develop ArkivDigital’s family tree and several new functions have been added. Among these is the function, where you can invite up 25 persons to view your tree. There are new views, for example the popular fan view along with a function where you can get an overview where in Sweden your ancestors lived.

Digital presentations in Swedish
When Genealogy Days and other conferences were canceled this year, we have instead invested in holding lectures digitally. We participated in the genealogy conference, Finding Family Together Live, and gave lectures via Zoom during Archive Day. In December, we broke participant records when more than 1,000 people connected to listen to Niklas Hertzman’s lecture on the basics of ArkivDigital. We will continue with lectures online also in 2021.

Digital conferences in English
In October and December, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, hosted two ArkivDigital online workshops. In October, Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital and Geoffrey Morris from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City gave a day-long workshop on the Swedish church books. In December, Kathy Meade gave presentations on estate inventories and Swedish military research.

ArkivDigital one of the best 101 best family history sites in 2020
During 2020, Family Tree Magazine again named ArkivDigital as one of the 101 best web sites for genealogy. Family Tree Magazine is North America’s leading family history magazine which inspires their readers to discover and preserve their family history.

Updating of the estate inventory index
During the fall, we updated our estate inventory index with searchable posts for estate inventories from Södermanland, Gävleborg, Jämtland, Norrbotten, Uppsala, VVasterbotten and Västernorrland counties. This index now includes a total of 1,864,795 searchable name posts.

RootsTech
At the end of February 2020, we were at RootsTech in Salt Lake City in the United States. RootsTech is the largest genealogy conference in North America and we will again participate in RootsTech Live 2021 virtual conference.

Additions to the birth, marriage and death indexes
During 2020, we have made many updates to our birth, marriage and death indexes. There are now 10.1 million searchable name entries in the three indexes. This is an increase of 6.3 million from the previous year. We have received several indexes thanks to partnerships with genealogical societies and private individuals. We would like more partnerships, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have an index you would like to share.

Many million new posts in BiS (Population of Sweden)
In the beginning of the year, we updated the index, BiS (Population of Sweden) which is ArkivDigital’s largest name index and even the largest name index in Sweden. We added about 21 million searchable name posts for the year 1840-1859 and there are now more than 133 million posts in the index.

Land registration index for the Northern Gotland district archive
In February, we published a land registration index for Northern Gotland’s district archive. The index covers the years 1800-1870 and is searchable by farm name, parish and year. The index includes about 35,000 posts.

Engelholm’s farm archive
During the year, we have digitalized Engelholm’s farm archive. The farm archive comes from the Engelholm manor which is a property located in the St. Anna archipelago in Östergötland. The material consists of 41 volumes including land records, account books, journals, settlement books, poor accounts, farm accounts and much more.

Military rolls (1620-1723) completed in 2020
The Rullor 1620-1723 are earlier military records to the general muster rolls and contain about 550,000 images and about 1800 volumes. During the past year, we completed the photographing of this material from the War Archives and it is now available in our archive.

Material from Riddarhuset (House of Nobility)
During 2020 we have also photographed some interesting material from The House of Nobility (Riddarhuset). If you have some nobility among your ancestors, you may find it rewarding to search within this collection

Updating of Index – Mantals tax records
We have also updated our table of contents or Quick find index to the mantals tax records. The newly photographed tax register volumes are from Blekinge, Halland and Skåne which are searchable in the Quick find: mantals tax records index. There are now approximately 444,000 posts in this Quick Find index.

A big warm thanks to all our customers for a fantastic 2020, now we look forward to an exciting 2021! Happy New Year!

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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

Click here for program details and click here for registration.

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Research free this weekend with ArkivDigital!

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From now and up through November 15, you can research for free with ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to find information about your ancestors and family and discover more about your unique family history.

You can browse for free nearly 88 million newly photographed color images from the church books and other historical documents as well as search by name among 188 million names that are in our indexes.

Try building you own family tree with ArkivDigital. In the family tree, you can the save the persons and information that you find during the free days.

If you have never used ArkivDigital, this is a perfect time to discover all the exciting material we have in our indexes and archive.

If you have been a customer with ArkivDigital earlier but have not used the service in a while, you can take this opportunity to explore the new material that has been added in the recent months. Maybe you can add new material to your family research.

Click here for more information.

The offering to research free goes from now and up to Sunday, November 15 (Swedish midnight).

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

You can watch Kathy Meade’s recent presentation “Explore your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital” that was given to the Swedish American Genealogy Group’s virtual research event. We have uploaded the recording to ArkivDigital’s YouTube Channel. The video covers topics such as archive search, index search, Swedish estates and farms, update about Swedish American churches and more.

Click here to view.

Click here to download the presentation handout.

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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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Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference

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We are excited to share information about the VIRTUAL Nordic Genealogy Conference (September 26–27), organized by the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington, and featuring professional genealogists and subject matter experts from the Nordic countries and North America. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations:

  • ArkivDigital and Swedish Records
  • Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World

Through a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops, you’ll learn to trace your heritage origins through immigration and parish records, genetic testing, and many more sources. Click here for information and to register.

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ArkivDigital Webinar – Thursday, March 12, 2020

webinar 2020Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be one of the presenters for the 24-Hour Genealogy Webinar Marathon sponsored by FamilyTreeWebinars.com and MyHeritage on Thursday, March 12 at 9 PM Eastern Standard Time, 8 PM Central Standard Time, 7 PM Mountain Standard Time and 6PM Pacific Standard Time.

The title of the presentation is “Searching by name Swedish records using ArkivDigital”. The presentation will demonstrate index or name searching in the church books, estate inventories, emigration records and other collections. The webinar is free.

Click here for more information and click here to register for the webinar.

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RootsTech 2020 – Great Event!

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RootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world. This year RootsTech celebrated its 10-year anniversary on February 27-29. There were over 14,000 paid registrants from all 50 U.S. states and many countries around the world. There were more than 300 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was huge with more than 150 vendors displaying their products and services.

Again, this year, ArkivDigital was an exhibitor. Kathy Meade, ArkivDigital’s North American representative gave a lecture, “Getting to know ArkivDigital for Swedish Research” on Thursday and also a second presentation in the demo theater in the vendor hall on Friday.

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Each day, there were a stream of visitors stopping by our booth requesting to learn more about our services and Swedish genealogy. Many sought assistance in discovering where in Sweden their ancestor came from, translation help on records as well as questions on how to search within ArkivDigital.

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We received so many positive comments about our index BiS (Population of Sweden) 1840 -1947, the name searchable index of household/congregation records between 1840 and 1947,  and how easy it is to search and find ancestors with a couple of clicks. Click here to read more about this index.

We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello and told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital and how they love the new features within ArkivDigital.

RootsTech 2021 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. on February 3-6, 2021.

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ArkivDigital Webinars – November 12-13, 2019

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Mark your calendars! On, November 12 and 13, 2019, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations about ArkivDigital and Swedish research at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah as part of the week-long 2019 Nordic Countries Research Seminar. All presentations will be broadcast live. In person and webinar attendance are free.

  • How to search by name in the Church Books and Population Registers using ArkivDigital
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Time 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Mountain Time
  • How to use Swedish military, census records, passenger ship manifests and other Swedish collections in ArkivDigital
  • Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Time 2:30 – 3:30 PM Mountain Time
  • Introduction to the Swedish Estate Inventories
  • Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • Time: 9:30 – 10-30 Mountain Time

In addition, there will be three additional Swedish genealogy presentations given by members of the Family History Library staff: Geoffry Fröberg Morris and Savannah H. Larson. During the week, there will also be presentations on Danish and Norwegian research.  To see the full Nordic Countries Research Seminar Schedule and instructions on how to join the webinars, click here. Then click on November 2019 Class Schedules or go to the section for Upcoming Webinars and click on Nordic Countries Research Webinars.

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October 2019 Events in North America

Below are listed the places in Illinois and Minnesota where ArkivDigital will visit in October.

Visit ArkivDigital at the Library – Arlington Heights, Il – October 16
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will provide a free 30-minute consultation answering your ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy questions at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois on Wednesday, October 16th. Registration is required.
Click here to sign up for an appointment.

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Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota Fall Conference – October 19
We will be an exhibitor at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota’s fall conference on Saturday, October 19 at the Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy.
Click here for program and registration information.

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Illinois State Genealogical Fall Conference 2019 – October 25-26
We will be an exhibitor at the Illinois State Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference on October 25-26 at the Chicago Marriott Naperville in Naperville, Illinois. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be available to answer questions about ArkivDigital as well as research questions.
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Visit our North American event calendar!

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