Swedish-Norwegian partnership – a benefit for genealogists

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ArkivDigital and the Norwegian Genealogical Society have entered  into a partnership with the goal to make it easier for their subscribers and members to access more historical records and other interesting source materials by sharing images.

The first exchange of source material images has recently been completed.

The Norwegian Genealogical Society members can now access the following collections: J.A. Nordströms extensive collection of family histories and local history studies, records from Bohuslän, mainly the parish records on the islands of Tjörn and Orust along with Magnell’s collections of court book extracts from Gillberg and Jösse district courts in Värmland. Furthermore, members can also view documents relating to the prisoners of war from the Great Northern War, some Norwegian church books from Kansas and Minnesota, and a tax register in Jämtland from 1645.

In return, ArkivDigital’s subscribers now have access to a number of published Norwegian works mainly from the 1800’s and early 1900’s, for example Politietidende 1886–1900 and 1916, which includes information of all those wanted by the police in Norway as well as information about arrests and released prisoners, several years’ copies of the Military Calendar (Militaircalender) and the Norwegian State Calendar (Norges Statskalender) along with death lists within Norway. Even arrest records from the Akershus fortress, prisons: Kongsvinger kretsfengsel and Elverum hjelpfengsel, have been made available to ArkivDigital’s subscribers.

In the future, more images of other records from Norway, Sweden and the United States will be published within the framework of this partnership agreement.

ArkivDigital and the Norwegian Genealogical Society are pleased that this partnership has been established and we are convinced that it will benefit family researchers in both countries.

View original article in Swedish by clicking here.

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Army’s pension fund’s list of qualifications “Arméns pensionskassas meritband”

meritbandArméns pensionskassa: Överstyrelsen, Arméns pensionskassa  E5:60 (1817-1821) Image 6580 / page 635 (AID: v779034.b6580.s635, NAD: SE/KrA/0078A004Ö) Link.

Do you have a commissioned or non-commissioned officer in your ancestry who belonged to the Swedish army? Or do you have an interest in military history and would like to follow an officer’s career? If the answer is yes to either question, you may find the list of qualifications (meritband) in the Army Pension Archive (arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv) of great interest.

Both the officers and non-commissioned officers sent in merit and service lists to the pension fund (pensionskassan) continually throughout their military career.  These lists were banded together into a meritband or a list of qualifications.  Since an individual sent in several lists, you may find different qualification lists or meritband for the same person.

The meritband began in 1757 and there are now records up to 1883 in the Army Pension Archive (arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv) on ArkivDigital. You can search for these records in ArkivDigital by:

  • Select advanced options in the search window
  • Select archive type: military archives
  • Select arméns pensionskassas överstyrelses arkiv

You will find name indexes for these records in the volumes E5: 198-206.

The above image is an example of a document out of a meritband or a list of qualifications for Sergeant Gust. P. von Wulfschmidt. In the record, we see that his military career began in 1796 when he was accepted as a volunteer, in 1801 he was promoted to being responsible for the armory (rustmästare) and that in 1812 he became a sergeant. There is also information that he received orders for duty in Norway and on the Göta Canal.

In addition to the meritband, you can find military service documents in the archive “Meritförteckningar”. Here you will documents prior to 1757, from the 1600’s and forward. Beginning in 1757 the records in the archive “Meritförteckningar” and the meritband in the “arméns pensionskassas” archive complement each other.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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