Information sources in the ArkivDigital program

In the ArkivDigital program, there are information boxes that can help you in your search for records. Here are examples of a few.

When one enters a name of a parish archive or other name in the search box in the archive search form, the search results will appear on the right side. When you click on the desired parish, the row is highlighted in gray.

forshem search

Once you click on the selected parish, the volume list for the parish appears on the right side.

interface explanations

Below are explanations of parts of the search form numbered 1 to 4.

  1. Here you see what was typed in the search box (Forsh), which brought up four hits including the desired parish. Forshem is the third one in the list.
  2. You can open and close the search form by clicking on the magnifying glass.
  3. Click on “Archive info” and you will get more information about the archive.

nad box

  1. (A) Information on which county the parish is in. In this case Forshem is in Skaraborg county.
  2.  (B) Link to NAD or the National Archive Database at the National Archives. There is an abbreviation for the actual regional archive. (GLA = Göteborg Regional Archive). By clicking on the link, your browser will direct you to the regional archive where you can find a list of the physical volumes that exist in the archive.
  3. (C) Information about the organization of the parish. In this case, it states that since January 1, 1962, Forshem is the mother parish in the Forshem, Fullösa, Medelplana, Västerplana, Österplana och Kestad parishes’ pastorat. Up to December 31, 1961, Forshem was the mother parish in the Forshem, Kinne-Vedum och Fullösa parishes’ pastorat. You can more information about mother parishes and annex parishes in a previously published blog. Go to the blog.
  4. (D)Stift is the name of the diocese that the parish belongs to. In this case the diocese is Skara. Härad or district is the name of the district that the parish belongs to. In this case, the district is Kinne. The district is important to know when you are searching for the district tax registers.

In this box, you can also find other information about the archive. As an example, you may see a note that the records were partially destroyed by fire.

4. The symbol “i” indicates that there is more information on the volume. Hold the cursor over the “i” and a box with more information will appear.

information box

You can see the same information by clicking once on the volume that has an “i”. The list of the volumes moves to the left and the information is shown on the right. There is also a button to click on to open the volume.

information box 2

Read original blog in Swedish.

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AID – ArkivDigital’s Unique Code for Images

Every image within ArkivDigital’s online archive has a unique identification code named, AID. This identifier should not be used as a source citation for your records but only as a help tool or aid to quickly locate an image in the archive.

You can generate source citations for records while using ArkivDigital online by using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + C” (or “⌘ + C” on a Mac) which will generate a citation containing the parish name,  volume ID, years, image / page number, image AID number and NAD (National Archive Database) code for a church book record.

Source citation example for a household record in a church book:
 Älvsbacka AI:11 (1841-1845) Image 17 / page 11 (AID: v9037.b17.s11, NAD: SE/VA/13662)

Source citation example for a military record:
Generalmönsterrullor – Skaraborgs regemente 444 (1717-1717) Image 16 (AID: v60256.b16, NAD: SE/KrA/0023)

You can then paste the citation into a word processing program or a genealogy program by using the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl + V” (“⌘ + V” on a Mac).

If you use the shortcut “Ctrl + A” (”⌘ + A” on a Mac), only the AID number will be created.  For the above church record example: v9037.b17.s11.

AID is useful when you want to quickly go to a specific page or image within ArkivDigital online. You can write or paste in the AID number in the AID search box in the bottom right of the program. (See the picture below).  Click on Go or hit the enter key.

AID window

In order to use the AID code to find a record in ArkivDigital’s online archive, you must have an active ArkivDigital subscription and your program version must be 1.4 or later.

You can download the ArkivDigital user guide for more information about the functions within the program, ArkivDigital online.

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