July Events in North America

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To keep current about our events in North America, visit our event calendar.

MCIGS 2017 Summer Conference
ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor at the McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society’s 2017 Summer Conference on Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. Click here for more information.

Kane County Genealogical Society
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation on Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World on Thursday evening, July 27, at the Geneva History Museum in Geneva, Illinois. Click here for more information.

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ArkivDigital Visits Colorado and Massachusetts

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ArkivDigital will be visiting Springfield, Massachusetts and Denver, Colorado in the coming weeks. We would love to meet you if you are in the area.

New England Regional Genealogical Conference
We will be an exhibitor at the New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts on April 27-29. You can find us at Booth #26 in the exhibit hall. Please visit our booth for answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish research. We look forward to meeting you.

The exhibit hall is open 9-5 on Thursday and Friday and 9-3:30 on Saturday. Click here for more information.

Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado
Kathy Meade will be the presenter at the Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado’s monthly meeting on Saturday, May 6th in Denver, Colorado.

The title of the presentation is “What’s New in ArkivDigital””.  The presentation will focus on new records and archives added in the last two years as well as the name searching features within ArkivDigital. The presentation will be at the Denver Public Library. Click here for more information.

If you happen to be in the Denver area, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the rich resources within ArkivDigital.

 Visit our North America event calendar.

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Swedish Military Blogs

We receive many questions about Swedish military research at conferences and trade shows in North America. Many North Americans discover that one of their ancestors was in the Swedish military serving in the infantry, cavalry or as a båtsman in the Swedish Navy and wish to discover more about their ancestor’s military service.

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many military records from the 1600’s to the 20th century. In our blog, you will find articles about some of the military records in ArkivDigital as well as a few tutorials in how to research your Swedish military ancestor. Today we present a summary of the Swedish military blogs you can find in our English blog.

military recordsGeneralmönsterrullor – Värmlands regemente (S) 216 (1851-1855) Image 2300 (AID: v46609a.b2300, NAD: SE/KrA/0023) Link.

  • Military Rolls (1620-1723)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723/ (Link)
  • Researching in the General Muster Rolls
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/research-soldiers-in-the-general-muster-rolls-example-jan-fras/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/statistical-digest-of-the-swedish-army-system-grill/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-rolls/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-roll-column-headings/ (Link)
  • Naval (Flottan)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/navy-flottan-documents-an-overview/(Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor-a-unique-source/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/naval-ship-muster-rolls-skeppsmonsterrullor/ (Link)
  • Military Pension Records
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/soldier-pension-documents-pensioner-olof-ceder/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-military-pension-documents-in-arkivdigital/ (Link)
  • Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers’ Service Records
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/armys-pension-funds-list-of-qualifications-armens-pensionskassas-meritband/ (Link)
  • Great Northern War Documents
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/swedish-soldiers-captured-at-poltava-what-can-one-discover-about-them/ (Link)

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Sven Anderson’s Life in Bucklin, Missouri

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas and a few from Missouri and Oklahoma. While the record types will vary by parish, the most common sets of records found in the books include:

  1. Congregation records or church registers (Församlingsböcker)
  2. Birth and christening records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
  3. Marriage records (Vigselböcker)
  4. Death and burial records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
  5. Catechetical records (Konfirmationsbok)
  6. Protocols (Protokoll)
  7. Accountings (Räkenskaper)
  8. Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
  9. Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
  10. Anniversary documents (Jubileumsskrift)

The anniversary or commemorative booklets for a church celebrating a number of years such as 25, 50, 75 or 100 years in existence can be very interesting to browse. Many present a short history of the church and even occasionally biographical sketches and photographs of early settlers. These can be wonderful sources for learning about the lives of early Swedish American settlers in North America.

 

The Bucklin, Missouri, Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church 100-year commemorative booklet includes a number of biographies of early church members. One of the biographies is for Sven Anderson who emigrated from Nydala parish in Jönköping County in 1869. Below is a photo of Sven and his wife, Matilda.

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Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:1 (1870-1970) Image 10 / page 7 (AID: v811754.b10.s7, NAD: )  Link.

 

You will also find a short biographical sketch of Sven’s life in the new country. The sketch includes birth dates, birth places, emigration dates and death dates for both him and his wife along with information about their children. It also states, “In 1870, they came to Bucklin, Mo, and bought 40 acres of land north of Bucklin in the rolling hills of Mussel Fork from the Railroad Co. Sven being a skilled workman built a 3-room frame house with fireplace. The barn was made of logs with a prairie hay roof.” Below is the image of the written biography.

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Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:1 (1870-1970) Image 10 / page 7 (AID: v811754.b10.s7, NAD:)

 

You can find the commemorative booklet for the Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church in ArkivDigital by doing the following:

  1. Select new archive search
  2. Click on county and select Missouri (USA) MO
  3. Select Bucklin Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church
  4. Select printed document 1870 – 1970

Below are links to additional blogs about the Swedish American church books:

Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books

Swedish American Church books in Kansas

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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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February Events in North America

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This month is a busy and an exciting month. We will be exhibiting and leading workshops at RootsTech 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the largest genealogy conference in North America and then later in the month we will visit the Swedish American Museum in Chicago.

RootsTech 2017 February 8-11
We are now in Salt Lake City preparing for the largest genealogy conference in North America which begins tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8th and lasts through Saturday, February 11th. It is estimated that more than 25,000 from around the world will attend this event. If you are attending RootsTech, please attend one of our computer workshops and visit our exhibit booth. Workshops and presentation times are listed below:

ArkivDigital Hands-on Computer Workshops
Wednesday, February 8th 3 PM
Friday, February 10th 11 AM

Demo Theater Presentation in Vendor Hall
Saturday, February 11th 2:40 PM

More information about RootsTech 2017

Swedish American Museum of Chicago February 25, 2017
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for the monthly meeting of the Swedish American Genealogical Society at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, February 25th.

The title of the presentation is “Introduction to Swedish Military Research Records”. There will be a demonstration showing how to search for military records using ArkivDigital.

For more information and registration, click here.

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Visit ArkivDigital at RootsTech 2017

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RootsTech 2017, North America’s largest family history and technology conference, will be held February 8-11, 2017 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ArkivDigital will again be an exhibitor and there will be two 60-minute ArkivDigital Hands-on Workshops. Dates and times for the workshops are:

  • Wednesday, February 8, 3:00 PM
  • Friday, February 10, 11:00 AM

In addition, there will be an ArkivDigital demonstration in the demo theater in the vendor hall on Saturday, February 11 at 2:40 PM.

 

If you plan to attend the conference, please stop by our booth #228 and enter a drawing to win special door prizes plus answers to your questions about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. 

 

More information about RootsTech.

 

View our event calendar to learn more about North American ArkivDigital events in 2017.

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Where did Klara settle in North America?

While we have often mentioned that one of the greatest challenges for many North Americans is to identify the parish where their Swedish ancestor originated from. However, once the mystery is solved, it is usually fairly easy to trace the family backwards in time in the Swedish records. Primarily because the records are so complete especially with household records that were updated yearly.

Finding where a Swedish emigrant immigrated to in North America can often be just as challenging if not more so especially with women who emigrated unmarried and then later married in North America.

This was the challenge that Todd Johnson faced in trying to research one of his ancestors, Klara Jonasdotter, who was born on the 15th of March 1859 in Håbol parish in Värmland. She emigrated from Dals-Ed parish in 1882 to North America. See image below.

householdklaraDals-Ed (P) AI:17 (1876-1885) Image 34 / page 27 (AID: v3863.b34.s27, NAD: SE/GLA/13082) Link.

But where in North America? In this case, Klara’s father, Jonas Johansson’s estate inventory provided the clue for locating Klara. By tracing Jonas forward in the household records, Todd discovered that Jonas died on the 6th of October 1901 in Håbol parish.

To trace Jonas further in the household records, one short method is to use the search index for the Population of Sweden 1880 to 1920 in the All-in-One subscription. In this case, just by entering his birth date, 18251119, and the birth parish, Håbol, all the applicable household records until his death appear in the result list. See below.

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His death is recorded in the Håbol household record for the years 1901-1905. See image below.

jonasdeathhouseholdrecordHåbol (P) AIIa:2 (1901-1905) Image 2940 / page 282 (AID: v199357.b2940.s282, NAD: SE/GLA/13231) Link.

To find the estate inventory, go to the archives for Håbol parish and search for estate inventories. Open the archive and look for an estate inventory register which is a name indexed register. In this case since there is no register for this time period, we have to search for the record page by page beginning with the death date. However, we meet with success and we find the clue about Klara that helped Todd locate her in North America.

estate-inventoryVedbo häradsrätt (P) FIIa:57 (1902-1902) Image 1250 / page 51 (AID: v511345.b1250.s51, NAD: SE/GLA/11120) Link.

The estate inventory shows that Klara is in North America married to Aron Molin in Minnesota. (Klara gift med Aron Molin i Minnesota i Norra Amerika.) By knowing Klara’s husband’s name, Todd was able to do further U.S. research in the U.S census records where Todd discovered that Klara and Aron lived in Nessel township in Chisago county in the state of Minnesota in 1900.

Thanks to Todd Johnson in Minnesota for this research case.

Read more about estate inventories.

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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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November Events in North America

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ArkivDigital will be at the following locations in November: Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin and the Swedish American Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Swedish American Genealogy Workshop in Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Historical Society is sponsoring a Swedish American Genealogy workshop on Saturday, November 5th. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving four presentations on Swedish genealogy. The event will be held in room 126 at Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin. Click here for program and registration information.

Exploring your Swedish Roots at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago
The Swedish American Genealogical Society at the Swedish American Museum is sponsoring a research day on Sunday, November 13th. Along with the museum’s volunteers, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital along with two genealogists from Sweden: Ingrid Nilsson and Elisabeth Thorsell will be available to provide one-on-one assistance for questions about Swedish genealogical research, ArkivDigital and translation assistance. Click here for program and registration information.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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