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.

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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.

Participants in the lab

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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Hands-On ArkivDigital Workshop in “Little Sweden U.S.A.”

leslyeArkivDigital and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas have a partnership whereby the museum sponsors spring and fall ArkivDigital workshops. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2016 fall workshop will be held the weekend October 1-2.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish roots using ArkivDigital.  Shari from Kansas who attended the spring 2016 workshop summed up the weekend experience by saying, “This was a very useful weekend for me. I had access to people I could ask questions for two days straight. It was nice to be able to work on my research and have someone to talk a problem over with.”

Lindsborg, Kansas is known as “Little Sweden U.S.A.” because it was settled by Swedish emigrants in 1869 from Värmland. The town is well known for the Svensk Hyllningsfest, and other celebrations promoting its Swedish heritage. The Svensk Hyllningsfest has been held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941.

One of the local attractions is the McPherson County Old Mill Museum with exhibits in 12 buildings showing the lives of early Kansas settlers. One of the buildings is the Swedish Pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum receives many visitors exploring their Swedish ancestry and requests for Swedish research.

Attend one of these workshops 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.

Participants in the labWorkshop participants researching in the computer lab – Spring 2016

Click here for detailed information about the program and registration.

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Swedish moving out certificate (flyttningsbevis) photographed in Kansas

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Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA Vol:13 (0-9999) Image 510 (AID: v812494a.b510) Link.

On September 29, we published a blog stating that we have begun adding the church books from the Swedish American congregations in Kansas, USA (link to the blog) to ArkivDigital’s online library. Since then we have added more records and more will be added in the coming weeks.

Prior to our photographing trip to Kansas, we had expected to find Swedish American congregation documents created within Kansas. But we were surprised to find moving out records (flyttningsbevis) from  parish churches in Sweden preserved in the church archives.

In the image above, we see the moving our certificate for the widow, Anna Åkersten, issued to her when she departed from Hamrånge parish in Gävleborg county on the 21st of August 1879.  If she had moved to another parish in Sweden, she would have taken this certificate to the new parish in Sweden and given it to the minister. In this case, she gave it to the minster in her new home congregation in North America, Bethany Lutheran Church in Lindsborg, Kansas.  Not all Swedish American churches collected these documents but some did and preserved them.

You can find the Kansas church books in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  • Go to search archive
  • Select advanced options
  • Select the county archive
  • Select the archive “Kansas (USA)”

Read the blog entry in Swedish.

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Swedish Research Weekend in Lindsborg, Kansas

Sandzen receptionThis past weekend, the McPherson County Old Mill Museum, ArkivDigital along with six genealogists from Sweden led a Swedish genealogy workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas. Nearly 100 persons attended. The workshop began on Friday evening with a welcome reception at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery. The next two days were filled will lectures and computer lab sessions where participants were able to research using ArkivDigital.

The lecturers were Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital, six genealogists from Sweden: Anneli Andersson, Charlotte Börjesson, Olof Cronberg, Anna-Lena Hultman, Ingrid Nilsson and Elisabeth Thorsell. Geoffrey Morris from FamilySearch in Salt Lake City and Michael Peterson from Tioga, Texas, a participant on the Allt För Sverige TV series.

The lectures included presentations both for the beginner and the advanced researcher. A special treat was a presentation by Michael Peterson who shared his amazing journey to Sweden and his experience participating on the TV series, Allt för Sverige.

Workshop participants were given the opportunity to work in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. All the lecturers plus the staff and volunteers from the McPherson County Old Mill Museum assisted the participants in their research.

Geoff Morris presentation

Computer Lab

A wonderful surprise happened in the computer lab. Two participants, Bruce Frost and Connie Fulkerson discovered that they shared the same second great grandparents. Olof Cronberg was helping Connie and her father, Paul Nelson, research their ancestry and Bruce Frost overheard their conversation and learned that they were searching for one of his ancestors. They discovered their common ancestors, John Nelson and Anna Carlsdotter Peterson. Anna Carlsdotter Peterson was from Blekinge and arrived in Chicago in 1868. Below is a picture of Bruce Frost, Connie Fulkerson and her father, Paul Nelson along with Olof Cronberg.

bruce and connie

Bruce Frost and Michael Peterson are also related. They share the same great grandfather, Nels Peter Flyckt from Kalmar. While Bruce and Michael had been in contact previously by email, they met for the first time face to face at the conference. Bruce and Michael took a side trip to visit Nels Peter Flyckt’s grave at Salemsborg church, just seven miles north of Lindsborg during a break. See the picture below.

Cemetery

A participant, Peg Frost, commented about the weekend, “All in all it was an amazing weekend! We gained so much knowledge from all the speakers and had so much fun interacting with all the workshop participants.”

A one-day workshop will be held in Aurora, Colorado (suburb of Denver) with four of the genealogists from Sweden along with Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital on Saturday, October 3rd. So if you happen to be in the Denver area, there is still time to register for the event. Information about the Swedish Research Fair in Colorado.

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Swedish Genealogists Visit Kansas & Colorado

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This is a reminder that there will be two wonderful Swedish genealogy research workshops in North America this autumn that you don’t want to miss if you have the opportunity. One will be a weekend workshop in Lindsborg, KS on September 26-27 and the second will be a one-day workshop in Aurora, CO (a suburb of Denver, CO) on Saturday, October 3rd.

At both events, genealogists from Sweden will be giving presentations on Swedish research as well as assisting attendees with their research.

Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital on September 26-27 in Lindsborg, KS “Little Sweden USA” 

Six genealogists from Sweden, Kathy Meade from ArkivDigital and three American Swedish genealogists will present informative sessions on Swedish genealogy.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures by both Swedish and American experts over two days.

Also, hear Michael Peterson who was selected to compete for a grand prize of a Swedish family reunion on the Swedish television show,  “Allt För Sverige” describe his experiences on the show and his trip to Sweden.

Workshop 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. The speakers will be available to assist the participants.

2015 Swedish Research Day sponsored by the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado on Saturday, October 3 in Aurora, CO

Four genealogists from Sweden and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will lead a one-day workshop giving lectures on records in ArkivDigital, military records, estate inventories, Swedish historical maps and how to find living relatives in Sweden. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for the Genealogy Workshop Using ArkivDigital in Lindsborg, KS.

Click here for program and registration information for 2015 Swedish Research Day in Aurora, CO.

Click here to view North American Event Calendar.

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Swedish Genealogy Workshops in Kansas and Colorado

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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 Lindsborg, Kansas and Aurora, Colorado this fall. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also travel with the group and give presentations on how to use ArkivDigital.

The first SwedGen 2015 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on September 26-27, 2015.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures 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. The speakers will be available to assist the participants.

The second SwedGen 2015 event will be a one-day workshop held on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at the Aurora Community College in Aurora, Colorado. This event will include ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy presentations as well as an opportunity for one-on-one Swedish genealogy research assistance. If you wish a one-on-one session in Aurora, please submit your request by September 1st by clicking here.

Attend one of these workshops to discover more about your Swedish heritage and to learn more about the vast number of Swedish historical records available in ArkivDigital.

More information and registration for the Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas.

More information and registration for the Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Aurora, Colorado.

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Hands-On ArkivDigital Workshops in “Little Sweden U.S.A”

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ArkivDigital and the McPherson County Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas, have a partnership whereby the museum sponsors spring and fall ArkivDigital workshops. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital.

The 2015 spring workshop will be held the weekend of March 28-29 and the fall workshop will be held on the weekend of September 26-27. We still have a few openings for the spring workshop and registration is open for the fall workshop.

The workshops are a great opportunity to learn how to research your Swedish roots using ArkivDigital. One participant from a past workshop, Leslye from Missouri, summed up the weekend experience by saying, “This weekend was wonderful….personally I learn so much quicker when I can be involved with a hands on approach. I was able to accomplish more in two days than in the past 5 years”.

Lindsborg, Kansas is known as “Little Sweden U.S.A.” because it was settled by Swedish emigrants in 1869 from Värmland. The town is well known for the Svensk Hyllningsfest, and other celebrations promoting its Swedish heritage. The Svensk Hyllningsfest has been held in October of odd-numbered years since 1941.

One of the local attractions is the McPherson County Old Mill Museum with exhibits in 12 buildings showing the lives of early Kansas settlers. One of the buildings is the Swedish Pavilion from the 1904 World’s Fair. The museum archives include many county records not stored at the local courthouse as well as microfilms and scanned images of Kansas Swedish American churches. The museum receives many visitors exploring their Swedish ancestry and requests for Swedish research.

Attend one of these workshops and discover your Swedish roots and explore the Swedish community of Lindsborg.

Click here for information about the March 2015 workshop.

Click here for information about the September 2015 workshop.

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