Now, we begin to add aerial photographs!

At the beginning of the year we announced that ArkivDigital had acquired several million aerial photographs from Svenska-Aero Bilder. Click here to see the earlier blog. During the half year since then, boxes and boxes with maps, negatives and paper copies have been transported to our office in Lyrestad. Once in place, scanners, digital cameras and computers have been working at full speed. We are far from being complete, but we want to show you a little of what we have done.

In order to view the aerial photo collection, one must have an All-in-one subscription and access the service by using the web version of our program software.

First, we want to say it is not easy to find the right picture. You must understand the layout, abbreviation and codes. In addition, not all the photos have yet been scanned and thus are not yet available. So, with these reservations, we will try to explain the steps for finding the correct image.

boxes in lyrestad

In this example, we will search for an aerial photo from the small village, Dalstuda, which lies in Rättviks parish in Koppparberg county in Dalarna province.

First, we go to archive search and select the archive type, Flygbilder, and then we see what is available. Note – that we are continually adding new material.

select flygbilder

Search for “Flygkartor Kopparbergs län” and then select a volume. Each company has photographed their own maps. In this case, we will select SAB:1 (Svenska Aero Bilder).

share map series

The different navigational flight routes are on the overview maps. Locate the map that covers the region or area you are searching for.

search for correct map

Enlarge (zoom in) the image to see the code number.

enlarge the image

We have now discovered that this is image series E6952 which we shall now search for in the Svensk Aerobilders volume. Select Svenska Aero Bilder Råkopier E:XXXX (SAB). The beginning letter in the image series in this case is E.

search for correct archive

We are now coming close. In the long list, we will find the image series E:6952 and we open the volume by double clicking the volume.

share right volume

Now the image series is open and you can page through it in order to look at the images for that flight route. There can be a few images or as many up to a hundred photos. Unfortunately, today there is not a better description of which houses and farms have been photographed.

page forward

Remember to also look at the back of the card (image after photo), there may be some information about who ordered the image. There may be some information noting that one wants the photo trimmed.

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ON BACKSIDE

In conjunction with the flight route notations on a map, logs were also created, named tagningsrapporter or filming reports.

tagging report

Today, we are asking for your assistance, even before we have built a proper support system for marking the individual houses and farms on a map.

There is no more detailed information than a number on an image series and an approximate route where the helicopter/airplane has flown when taking the photos for that series. The individual houses are not named. You who have lived or grown up in one place have the detailed knowledge about these houses or farms and if you want to help us identify them, we and other curious users will be very thankful.

When you find a house or farm and you know where it is located, do the following:

  1. Open your email application and send a mail to flygfoto@arkivdigital.se.
  2. In the mail, note the AID and the coordinates for the house or farm.
  3. Send the mail.

Find AID
AID is our identification to an image. This number can be obtained in different ways, e.g. by copying what is in the field or Copy Source Identifier which is circled in red in the image below. Once you have copied the number to your computer’s memory, paste it into your mail by going to the mail message and pressing Ctrl + v or right click with the mouse and in the menu which appears, select, Paste.

copy source

Find the coordinates
An easy way to find the coordinates is to use Google Maps: https://www.google.se.

  1. Enter the location if you know the address or nearest city in the search bar in the upper left corner. If there are multiple places with the same name, select the one that is correct.
  2. The map is now zooming in and you get a mark on the center of the site. If it’s a village or a city, usually the center is highlighted.
  3. Zoom in further by using the mouse wheel or +/- down in the right-hand corner of the map.
  4. You can move around by holding down the left side of the mouse and dragging the image.
  5. You can either view a map or a satellite image. Click on “Satellite” at the bottom left to switch to satellite view.
  6. Click on the house or farm in the Google satellite map that is the same as the image in ArkivDigital and an image will appear below with the coordinates for the place.
  7. Copy this information (right click and select copy) and paste this into the mail message that you send us.

google maps

You mail the following information to us:

AID number of the image –  e.g. v862785.b31
Address coordinates –  e.g. 56.841445, 13. 927757

We will save this information so that we can use it in the future. Thank you for your help.

We are aware that it is quite difficult to search for the right image, but this is a beginning and we hope that together we will enhance the product so that one can easily find the correct photo. We will be writing more blogs in the future about these aerial photos and the collection development.

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ArkivDigital continues to grow!

Annual report

ArkivDigital recently published the annual company report which shows that 2016 was another great year.

Net sales increased by 18 percent to nearly 29 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 5.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of nearly 3 million compared with the previous year. More than 8 million new images were added to the online database, this is a record high for the company, as well more than 50 million name register entries. The number of subscribers is nearly 26,000.

These strong financial numbers make it possible for the company to enter new ventures. In 2016, the company acquired several million aerial photos primarily of houses and farm from all over Sweden, most taken from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 2000’s.

Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director of ArkivDigital, writes in the annual report, “It is a wonderful feeling and means so much to make these fascinating photo collections available to many today and at the same preserve them for future generations. I am convinced our customers will share the same feelings. But the material will take some time to digitize so it will take some time before all the images are available in a high-quality format in our online service.”

The company is focused on further improving ArkivDigital, Mikael Karlsson presented a summary of the priorities:

  • Continue digitizing archival documents.
  • Digitizing other types of records, such as older photographs.
  • More name registers, example increase the Population of Sweden 1880-1920 to include 1860 to 1930.
  • Indexes that make searches in the documents easier.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to facilitate the research, especially for beginners.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on the 19th of May at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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Exciting news: Year’s Entrepreneur and Annual Meeting

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May has been a busy and exciting month for ArkivDigital. On May 12th  ArkivDigital  was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Industry Gala (Näringslivsgalan) in Mariestad. Then on May 19th, the annual shareholders’ meeting was held at the company headquarters in Lyrestad.

Year’s Entrepreneur  (Årets Företagare)
On May 12, 2016, Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital, was honored to receive the Entrepreneur of the Year prize at the Industry Gala (Näringslivsgalan) in Mariestad. Mikael Karlsson said, “We have worked hard for many years and it is wonderful to be recognized with this special honor.” In his acceptance remarks, he thanked his employees, investors and customers.

Björn Mossberg, chairman of the Business Owners Association (företagarna) in Mariestad, stated that the directors on the board looked at profitability and development among other criteria when they selected the year’s entrepreneur. The justification for the prize reads, “An innovative entrepreneur in our time, who with current technology makes the past accessible in the future.”

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

ArkivDigital’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

company meetingImage: From ArkivDigital’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting, May 19, 2016

On Thursday, May 19th, ArkivDigital’s annual shareholders’ meeting was held at the company headquarters in Lyrestad, Sweden. The number of shareholders who attended the meeting represented nearly 70% of the outstanding shares.

All board members, Jan Aronson (Chairman of the Board), Paul Johansson and Häkan Skogsjö were reelected. Jonas Backlund was appointed as a substitute board member.

All the financial numbers for 2015 pointed in the right direction. Net sales increased by 16 percent to nearly 24 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 2.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of 2.4 million compared with the previous year. The number of subscribers increased 5 percent to nearly 26,000.

Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital, highlighted the most recent developments at the board meeting. The All-in-one subscription, launched in early April, has already become very popular and the number of subscribers is nearly 7,000. The subscribers who have chosen to subscribe or upgrade to the All-in-one subscription have access to our two latest name searchable indexes: Population of Sweden 1880-1920 and Population of Sweden 1960. New registers of various types will be added to the All-in-one subscription in the future.

Along with index development, the company has continued to focus on photographing new records at a record pace. During 2015, nearly 7 million images were added to the database and at the end of the year more than 57 million images were in the online digital archive. Around the end of April and beginning May 2016, ArkivDigital reached another major milestone: 60 million images!

 Read original article in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital’s employees celebrate success in Lyrestad!

FestArkivDigital’s personnel outside the corporate headquarters in Lyrestad, Sweden.

This year ArkivDigital celebrated 10 years as a company. Naturally, we wanted to celebrate this event with all our employees!

Yesterday, Thursday, December 3rd, all our employees were invited to a meeting at our company headquarters in Lyrestad closing with a julbord (Christmas table) and festivities at the beautiful Norrqvarn Hotel and Conference Center next to the Göta Canal.

It was an extremely enjoyable gathering for all!

There was much mingling in the company headquarters. Colleagues who met for the first time got to know each other and there were many happy reunions between employees who work in different locations who seldom have the opportunity to meet. In the afternoon, Managing Director, Mikael Karlsson, and Chairman of the Board, Jan Aronson, presented to the group a summary of the past 10 years and the exciting plans for the company’s future. Then all proceeded to Norrqvarn for the evening festivities.

The elegantly prepared julbord included pickled herring, potatoes, Swedish meatballs, lutefisk and many other dishes that are associated with a traditional julbord. There was much eating, drinking and lots of laughter around the tables until the wee hours.

We wish to thank all our employees for a very special day and evening!

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New times ahead for ArkivDigital – Report from Annual Shareholder’s Meeting

ArkivDigital annual shareholders meeting“Headed toward new times” is the title of Archives Digital’s annual report for 2014.  And ArkivDigital’s Chief Executive Officer, Mikael Karlsson, focused on the new as he presented the forthcoming new product features at the Annual Shareholder’s meeting on May 19th in Lyrestad, Sweden.

A new software program replacing the current “ArkivDigital online” will be launched at Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna) in August.   The new program is built using modern technology with a user interface created in the same manner as a web page and displayed with a specially built web browser. A new function will be automatic software upgrades allowing improved versions to be released often without causing user inconveniences.

Another new feature that will be introduced is the capability to manage registers. At Genealogy Days, a searchable name register for Sweden’s entire population for 1950 will be released. Later, a name searchable register for 1960 will be released. The sources for these registers are the tax/population registers (mantal) for 1951 and 1961.  Within a year, there will be a searchable name register for all the household/congregation books for the years 1880-1920 (about).

According to Mikael Karlsson, “These new features will be powerful help tools for all researchers”.

The new program software is a rebuilding of the product. Many new functions are planned for the future such as: better help texts, powerful search possibilities and flexible payment methods, to take a few examples.

Concerning economic development during 2014, there were no unwelcome surprises. Net sales increased by 16 percent to nearly 20 million kronor. The number of subscribers increased 13 percent to nearly 25,000 and the image database grew so that it now includes more than 100 million pages of historical source material. The year’s results were 141,770 kroner (678,511 kroner 2013). The relatively modest profit is explained by the large investments the company is making, among others, personnel costs increased nearly 3 million kronor between 2013 and 2014.

The entire board was reelected which includes Jan Aronson (Chairman), Paul Johansson and Håkan Skogsjö. Folke Brished was appointed as a substitute board member.

You can read the article in Swedish here.

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Image –  ArkivDigital’s board meeting in Lyrestad. In the foreground, Jan Aronson, company chairman, and  back of him to the left, Niklas Hertzman (secretary at the board meeting) and Magnus Lindskog (chairman at the board meeting).