Population of Sweden 1880-1920 grows and now becomes 1860-1920

ArkivDigital’s largest and most popular searchable name index, Population of Sweden 1880-1920, is growing. The name index register has been expanded to include 20 additional years and now includes the years from 1860 to 1920.

The name register was already Sweden’s largest personal name register with 47 million entries. Mikael Karlsson, ArkivDigital’s managing director announced, “Now an additional 26 million posts have been added in partnership with MyHeritage. This makes the register more usable for family history researchers. Also, persons who disappeared in the 1860’s and 1870’s now can be easily tracked.”

The index, Population of Sweden 1860-1920, is a name searchable index of all the household books covering these years. This means that a person who has moved several times in his life, can be found posted in many entries, which means that the index is much larger than what the population of Sweden was at that time.

The index is not only the largest one that exists in Sweden; it is also the most user friendly and easiest to use. There is a direct link to the original source from the search result page. You click on the link and immediately you see your ancestor in the actual volume. It can’t get much easier!

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The index, Population of Sweden 1860-1920, is available in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription. In ArkivDigital’s web version, you click on “New index search” and then select Population of Sweden1860-1920 under “Index search”. Then you enter in the desired name in the search box below “Search index”. There are also advanced search possibilities.

If the name is unusual, it is often sufficient to only enter the first and last name but for more common names one should also enter additional information such as birth date and birth place. At first, one should enter minimum search information. If the search results are too many, then add additional search information until the search result list becomes manageable. Then click on the desired entry and all the details will be displayed. Under the heading “Links”, you will find a direct link to the actual record in the household book.

During the 19th century, the household books were the most important source for recording population information. The household books were organized geographically compiling data for each household in the congregation. Along with the other church books: birth, marriage, death moving in/out books, one gains a deep understanding of one’s ancestor. The household books were created for all parts of Sweden except for a number of the large congregations within Stockholm city. In Stockholm, another method, the roteman system, was used to record the population. Thus, many people who lived in Stockholm are missing in the Population of Sweden 1860-1920 index. One can search for people living in Stockholm in the Rotemansarkivet 1878-1926 which is available on the Stockholm City Archives website.

Read the announcement in Swedish by clicking here.

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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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RootsTech 2017

ad rootstechRootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world and each year it continues to grow and attract more visitors. Over 30,000 family history researchers from around the world attended RootsTech 2017. There were more than 200 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was gigantic with more than 130 vendors displaying their products and services.

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Again this year, ArkivDigital, was an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, led two hands-on ArkivDigital computer workshops in the computer lab along with giving a vendor presentation in the demo theater.

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 originated, translation help on records as well as viewing short demos on how to search in ArkivDigital. But we sadly had to explain to a couple of people that Sweden and Switzerland were different countries.

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We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello and told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital in making it possible for them to trace their family history and discover their Swedish heritage.

Click here to read an interview with Mikael Karlsson, the CEO of ArkivDigital, about RootsTech (only in Swedish).

Read more about RootsTech here.

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ArkivDigital acquires millions of aerial photographs

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ArkivDigital has acquired several million aerial photos from Svenska Aero-Bilder AB. These will now be digitized and added to ArkivDigital’s online archive. These images will complement the church books, estate inventories, military documents, court books and other archival records that currently exist in ArkivDigital.

“Our goal is to continually add new material and create new services for our customers to help them in their research. These images will complement other records in our archives such as the images of the church records.

Through this acquisition, we will have millions of aerial photographs of farms, cottages, villas, petrol stations and much more from the 1950’s to the present day from all over Sweden,”  said the company’s CEO, Mikael Karlsson.

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“There is a huge enthusiasm surrounding old pictures. Many people are interested in their past and these images have become a cultural treasure. Several of these houses have been photographed as many as five times over ten-year cycles.

We are extremely pleased  that all these images will now be digitized and preserved for future generations who will have the opportunity to  access these unique photographs via the internet,” said Pereric Öberg, president and owner of Svenska Aero-Bilder AB.

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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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Good News: Soon more modern church books!

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ArkivDigital will soon begin to photograph the modern church books up to the time of the law of privacy which prohibits some church books younger than 70 years from being published online (currently 1945). This has become possible thanks to a change in a previous decision made by the Swedish National Archives which prohibited ArkivDigital from photographing some church books after 1935.

“We are extremely pleased with this decision,” said Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director of ArkivDigital. “We will immediately redirect our photographing resources, so that we can make the modern church books available to our customers as soon as possible.”

We will first focus on photographing the congregation books, moving in and out registers along with the birth, marriage and death books primarily from the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Link to blog entry in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital’s employees celebrate success in Lyrestad!

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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).

Jan Aronson – New Chairman of the Board for ArkivDigital AD AB

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Effective December 3rd, Jan Aronson has been appointed the new Chairman of the Board of Directors for ArkivDigital AD AB. He replaces Karin Almlöf who recently chose to leave this position.

Jan Aronson has been a member of ArkivDigital’s Board of Directors during 2014. He was educated in systems analysis at the Stockholm University and has extensive experience in the information technology sector especially in senior management roles within sales and marketing. Former positions include: Marketing Manager at Digital Equipment in Sweden and the EMEA, CEO of Information Highway and Merkantildata Systems and Director of Global Sales and Business Development for Orange Business Services in the Nordic and Baltic countries.

“Jan Aronson’s solid experience and qualifications make him a valuable and strong asset for the company” said Mikael Karlsson CEO of ArkivDigital. “In his new role as Board Chairman, this will be become even clearer than before.”

“ArkivDigital is in an exciting development phase and many new initiatives will occur in the coming year,” said Jan Aronson.  “Being able to step in as the new chairman at this time is very inspiring. We have an exciting future before us!”

ArkivDigital AD AB’s Board of Directors also includes:
Håkan Skogsjö och Paul Johansson

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