Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference

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We are excited to share information about the VIRTUAL Nordic Genealogy Conference (September 26–27), organized by the National Nordic Museum in Seattle, Washington, and featuring professional genealogists and subject matter experts from the Nordic countries and North America. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving two presentations:

  • ArkivDigital and Swedish Records
  • Swedish Genealogy in a Computer World

Through a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops, you’ll learn to trace your heritage origins through immigration and parish records, genetic testing, and many more sources. Click here for information and to register.

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Review of Swedish Military Research 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.

You will find many military documents in ArkivDigital’s online library 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 detailing how to research your Swedish military ancestor. Today, we present a summary of our English blogs related to Swedish military research.

general muster rollGeneralmönsterrullor – Skaraborgs regemente (R) 475 (1859-1863) Image 22 (AID: v60287.b22, NAD: SE/KrA/0023)

Military Rolls (1620-1723)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723-now-complete/

General Muster Rolls
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-rolls/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-roll-column-headings/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/research-soldiers-in-the-general-muster-rolls-example-jan-fras/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/easier-to-find-a-soldier-in-the-general-muster-rolls-using-table-of-content-general-muster-list/

Naval (Flottan)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/navy-flottan-documents-an-overview/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor-a-unique-source/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-index-for-boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/naval-ship-muster-rolls-skeppsmonsterrullor/

Military Pension Records
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/soldier-pension-documents-pensioner-olof-ceder/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-military-pension-documents-in-arkivdigital/

Officers and Non-commissioned Officers Service Records
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/armys-pension-funds-list-of-qualifications-armens-pensionskassas-meritband/

War Documents of the Great Northern War
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/swedish-soldiers-captured-at-poltava-what-can-one-discover-about-them/

Military Service Cards (1901-1950)
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-service-cards-stamkort-search-index/
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/additions-to-the-military-service-cards-stamkort-index/

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Olof Liljegren – Letters from the Civil War

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Illinois – 2 congregations
  • Iowa – 88 congregations
  • Kansas – 99 congregations
  • Minnesota – 125 congregations
  • Missouri – 9 congregations
  • Nebraska – 120 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest.

In the archive for the Cambridge Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Minnesota, you will find a very interesting set of letters, Olof Liljegren – Our Years in the Civil War. This collection consists mostly of letters translated into English written by Olof Liljegren to his father in Sweden, Jonas Nilsson, in Boggsjö, Sundjö parish in Jämtland county between the years of 1861 and 1864.

Olof emigrated from Sweden in 1858 to North America. He served in the Third Minnesota Regiment during the Civil War and in 1865 died in the United States Army in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1865. Besides the letters written by Olof to his father, the collection also includes a letter to his sweetheart, Mary Edblad, a pioneer school teacher in Isanti County, Minnesota as well a letter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death in 1865.

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Letter dated December 1861 from Olof to his father. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 20 (AID: v886267.b20) Link

In the above letter Olof writes to his father the following:

“I have not told you anything about myself. I enlisted in the U. S. Army for three years or the duration of the war. We are building up a Swedish regiment with all officers having been trained in Sweden which makes them excellent officers. The captain’s pay is $108 per month, first lieutenant, $100, 2nd lieutenant, $75, Corporal $15, and private $10 per month.

I took this step after much thought and decided my life is worth no more than the next man and if I die, I feel I can not die for a better cause than to stop slavery.”

 olof deathLetter from Sargent Glader to Olof’s father notifying him of Olof’s death dated December 17, 1865. Cambridge Lutheran Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:31 Image 80 (AID: v886267.b80) Link

“I am sending you a few lines to let you know your son Olof died in the United States Army at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, September 25, 1865. Two days before he died, I stayed with him one day and one nite. He was then so poorly he did not think he could get well. He told me to write to you and gave me authority to take card of his belongings and send his medal home to Sweden.”

To find these letters:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country, United States
  • Select state, Minnesota
  • Select Vol:31 Printed Documents

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Immigrant Stories in the Swedish American Church Books

ArkivDigital’s online archive includes many Swedish American church books primarily from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Minnesota. But we also have a few from Missouri, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The types of records vary between congregations. The most common sets of records are congregation or membership rolls, birth, marriage, death, confirmation, church protocols, church accounts, anniversary booklets and other types of records.

One of the most interesting set of records is the anniversary booklet (jubileumsskrift). Often these booklets include a history of the church and settlement and describes the life of the early immigrants in North America. Some of these books also contain wonderful biographical sketches and pictures.

john benson imageBucklin Swedish Mission Covenant Church, Missouri, USA (MO) Vol:13 (1880-1980) Image 17 / Page 31 (AID: v950811.b17.s31)

The above image is taken from the Centennial Celebration booklet for the Swedish Mission Covenant Church in Bucklin, Missouri. There is a short biographical sketch of John Benson born Johannes Bengtsson in Skummeslöv parish in Halland county in Sweden on April 4, 1852. It states that he first lived in St. Louis, Missouri and worked for the Johansen Shoe company and then moved to a farm north of Bucklin in 1881. The sketch gives information about his wife and children and states that he died on July 24, 1900.

With the information in the anniversary booklet, we can search for his birth record in ArkivDigital and then trace him forward in the household books until his emigration in 1871. Below is his birth record showing his birth of the 4th of April 1852 at Allarp in Skummeslöv parish. His parents are noted as B. P. Persson and Christina Bengtsdotter. His mother was 32 years old at the time of his birth.

john benson's birth recordSkummeslöv (N) CI:3 (1824-1860) Image 380 / Page 69 (AID: v93216a.b380.s69, NAD: SE/LLA/13348)

To find the Swedish American church books in ArkivDigital:

  • Log in at app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Archive Search.
  • Select country, United States.
  • You can also limit the search by state.

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ArkivDigital is one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy in 2019”

FTM-best-websites-2019ArkivDigital is proud to announce that again we have been selected as one of the “101 Best Websites for Genealogy” by Family Tree MagazineFamily Tree Magazine is North America’s leading genealogy magazine, helping readers discover and preserve their family history.

Each year, Family Tree Magazine publishes the 101 Best Websites for family history to guide genealogists to the top websites where they can make family history research progress, and to honor the individuals and organizations who create those sites.

ArkivDigital has been selected as one of the Best European Genealogy Sites of 2019. You can find the full list of the “101 Best Websites 2019”  by clicking here.

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Review an estate inventory ingress or preamble

The Swedish estate inventory records provide both genealogical information as well as information that will help you gain a deeper understanding of your ancestor’s life. The estate inventory is divided into two main sections: the ingress or preamble followed by the inventory, a detailed listing of all the assets and debts for the deceased person.

The ingress or the preamble is a key section for the genealogist. This section provides information about the deceased and names the heirs. This section can be helpful in proving family relationships as well as tracing the whereabouts of heirs.

The types of information, that you will usually find in the ingress or preamble include:

  • Date the estate inventory was performed
  • Deceased’s name and place of residence
  • Deceased’s date of death
  • Names of heirs
  • Names of guardians for children not of legal age and for heirs who may be living in another country
  • Names of the married daughters’ spouses

Below is an image of an estate inventory with key items numbered. Following the explanations of the key items are a transcription and an English transcription of the record.

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  1. Date the estate inventory was performed – 15 November 1872
  2. Place where estate inventory was performed – Esprilla Söregård
  3. Name of deceased – Wife Sara Larsdotter
  4. Deceased’s date of death – 1 October (1872)
  5. Heir – Spouse Widower – Peter Johansson August
  6. Heir – Son from first marriage – Johan who is probably living in North America
  7. Son’s guardian – Samuel Nilsson from Esprilla Westregärd
  8. Heir – Daughter from first marriage – Charlotta
  9. Daughter’s husband – Corporal J. A. Kron

Transcription
År 1872 den 15 November blef på begäran Laga boupptekning förrattad Esprilla Söregård efter Hustrun Sara Larsdotter derstädes som alfed den 1 ocktober sistlidene och efter sig lämnat såsom arfvingar sin Kära Maka nu mere Enkomannen Peter Johansson August och med sitt första äktenskap 2ne barn: Sonen Johan, som troligen vistas i Norra America, hvars rätt bevakades af hans gödman Samuel Nilsson i Esprilla Westregård, och Dottern Charlotta gift med Korporalen J.A. Kron i Hökhult Assaregård som var tillstädes. Enkomannen uppmanades, att uppgifva Egondomen såden den vid den aflidens befans, och foretogs i följande ordning:

English translation
On the 15th of November an estate inventory was performed at Esprilla Söregård for the deceased wife Sara Larsdotter who died on October 1 and is survived by her dear spouse now widower Peter Johansson August and from her first marriage two children: Johan who is probably living in North America and whose rights are being protected by the trustee Samuel Nilsson from Esprilla Westregård and a daughter, Charlotta, who is married with Corporal J. A. Kron from Hökhult Assaregård who was present. The widower was summoned to account for the estate or property which follows:

Click here to read more about estate inventories.

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Find obituaries in the Houston, Minnesota, Baptist Church Archives

When one browses in the Swedish American church book archives, one will often find photographs, newspaper clippings and sometimes printed obituaries.  Below is an obituary for Christian Johnson found in the archive for the Houston (Minnesota) Baptist Church Archives.

You can find the obituaries by:

  • Go to app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select archive search
  • Select country: United States
  • Select U.S. state: Minnesota
  • Select Houston Baptist Church, Minnesota, USA
  • Open archive
  • Select the volume: Dödsruna

houston baptistHouston Baptist Church, Minnesota, USA (MN) Vol:9 Image 13 (AID: v902876.b13)

Some of the facts noted in the above obituary are Christian’s death date: February 5, 1911 and his birth date of the 30th of January 1818 in Kongsbacka, Sweden. The obituary states that he was a sailor and that he married Louise Redding in 1850 and emigrated in 1854.

This is an example of how many American records can be misleading when one is trying to jump the pond. While some of the information is correct in the obituary, not all is. In doing further research, we will discover that Christian was born as stated on the 30th of January 1818 but in a place named Asslöv in Tölö parish in Halland county. His parents were Gustaf Jönsson and Lena Svensdotter. His birth record is shown below.

christian johnson birth recordTölö (N) CI:4 (1816-1835) Image 150 (AID: v93627a.b150, NAD: SE/LLA/13427)

He married Lovisa Sofia Röding from Onsala parish in Halland county on the 29th of January 1850 in Onsala. He is shown as a seaman and is using his patronymic name, Christian Gustafsson. The obituary shows how Lovisa’s name has been Americanized: Lovisa to Louise and Röding to Redding. Below is their marriage record.

christian marriageOnsala (N) EI:2 (1849-1860) Image 7 / Page 5 (AID: v93103.b7.s5, NAD: SE/LLA/13297)

The household examination record as shown below gives a date for their move to North America in 1853. They are not shown in the moving out book for 1853 or 1854. Below is the household record.

christian household recordOnsala (N) AI:5 (1849-1853) Image 179 / Page 174 (AID: v93088.b179.s174, NAD: SE/LLA/13297)

In both the marriage record and household record, Christian is shown as Christian Gustafsson but once in North America, he changes his name to Christian Johnson.

Obituaries can be wonderful records to help to identify where one’s ancestor came from in Sweden but many times the information is only partially correct as in this case and it will be necessary to evaluate other records before jumping the pond.

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Fall 2019 ArkivDigital Workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas

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Mark your calendars and attend our popular fall ArkivDigital workshop in “Little Sweden USA”. The workshop offers participants two days filled with presentations and hands-on training using ArkivDigital. The 2019 fall workshop will be held the weekend September 28-29, 2019 in Lindsborg, Kansas.

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.

Click here for program information.

Click here to register.

Visit our North American event calendar.

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April 2019 Events in North America

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ArkivDigital will be visiting Moline, Illinois, Manchester, New Hampshire and Beloit, Wisconsin in April. We would love to meet you if you are in the area.

 

 

New England Regional Genealogical Conference, NERGC 2019

We will be at the New  England Regional Genealogical Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire on April 4-6, 2019. We will have an exhibit booth and Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will give a presentation on Friday, April 5 titled, Research Your Swedish Heritage Using ArkivDigital. 

The exhibit hall is open 9 AM to 5 PM on Thursday and Friday and 9 AM to 3:30  PM on Saturday. Please attend our presentation and stop by our booth #502 to learn more about ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy. We look forward to meeting you. For more information, click here.


Stateline Genealogy Club at the Beloit Public Library
Kathy Meade will give a presentation and demonstration of ArkivDigital at the Public Library in Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday, April 12.
Click here for more information.

45th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference
ArkivDigital will be an exhibitor at the 45th Annual Quad Cities Genealogical Conference in Moline, Illinois on Saturday, April 27, 2019.
Click here for more information.

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Discover Emigration Place in the Swedish Estate Inventory!

When one researches one’s Swedish heritage, the first books one usually looks at are the Swedish church books because they contain so much information and are so complete. The next set of Swedish historical records many look at are the estate inventories. These rich records provide genealogical information as well as detailing the assets and debts of the deceased which helps one gain a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life. (See Swedish estate inventory tutorial).

The first section of the estate inventory gives information about the deceased and names the heirs and often includes the place where each heir lives. For heirs who have emigrated, sometimes it gives only the country such as USA but sometimes there is detailed information as to where the person lives including street address, city and state. Below is an example of an estate inventory performed on the 15th of November 1917 for Jan Henrik Persson from Lövastorp at Sjöstads allmänning in Ölme parish.

estate inventory addressesÖlme, Visnums och Väse häradsrätt (S) FII:23 (1917-1918) Image 4220 / Page 6 (AID: v441699.b4220.s6, NAD: SE/VA/11141)

Three of his children had emigrated to North America. The cities and states of residence are listed for all three and for one even the street address. How nice is this! The children who emigrated are:

Transcription

  • Sonen – Jan Petter Jansson-Alm, bosatt i Eagle Bend, Minnesota, Nord Amerika.
  • Sonen – Anders Gustaf Jansson-Alm bosatt i Kasota, Minnesota, Nord Amerika.
  • Dotter – Lovisa Hallberg, född Jansson, gift med Hotellvården Johan Fredrik Hallberg, bosatt i 705 West Superior street, Duhlut, Minnesota, Nord America.

 English Translation

  • Son – Jan Petter Jansson-Alm, living at Eagle Bend, Minnesota, North America.
  • Son – Anders Gustaf Jansson-Alm living in Kasota, Minnesota, North America.
  • Daughter – Lovisa Hallberg, born Jansson, married to hotel keeper Johan Fredrik Hallberg, living at 705 West Superior street, Duluth, Minnesota, North America.

ArkivDigital is in the process of indexing by name the estate inventories. Click here to read more about our estate inventory registers.

Click here for more blogs about estate inventories.

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