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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Swedish Parish Records in London

Ulrika Eleonora Congregation in London, England, was established in 1710 and is one of the earliest Swedish international parishes. The church books for Ulrika Eleonora are available in ArkivDigital’s online library.

The types of records available include: household records beginning in the year 1834, birth and baptismal records beginning in 1724, marriage records beginning in 1730 and death records beginning in 1724.  Plus, many other types of records are available.

londonUlrika Eleonora församling (London) FI:1 (1798-1895) Image 240 (AID: v787772.b240, NAD: AD/LONDON/0001) Link.

Above is an image of the death record for a seaman, Niklas Westerberg, in 1817. If you browse through the death books, you will notice many records for seamen.  Below is a transcription and translation of the death notice.

Transcription
“Niklas Westerberg, Sjöman, född i Visby på Gotland dog af feber på London-Hospital den 20 Aug. samt begrofs på Hospitalet begrafningsgrund. Han var omkring 36 år gammal, samt gift här i landet.

Translation
Nilkas Westerberg, a seaman, born in Visby in Gotland county died from a fever at the London Hospital on the 20th of August and was buried in the Hospital’s burial ground. He was approximately 36 years old and was married in this country.

You can search for these parish records by entering “Ulrika Eleonora” in the search box in ArkivDigital.

Do you have an ancestor who moved to London or was a seaman?  Look in these records and you may make some exciting discoveries.

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Happy New Year from ArkivDigital!

happy new yearTomorrow is New Year’s Eve and all of us at ArkivDigital wish all of you a Happy New Year and much success with your research in 2015.

During 2014, we photographed many new records and now have more than 51 million color images for historical research in our online archive.  We have focused on photographing county and district population/tax registers (mantalslängder) from earliest times to 1820, seaman house records along with estate inventories (bouppteckningar) for the years 1901 to 1940. In addition many other types of records have been added to the archive during the year.

We launched two blogs this year: one in Swedish and one in English. In addition we have published a beginner’s handbook in Swedish for new researchers, “Börja släktforska med ArkivDigital” (Begin to research with ArkivDigital).  Even though it is in Swedish, some English readers have found it helpful. Link to the handbook.

For the second consecutive year, ArkivDigital has received the Di Gasell-utmärkelsen, an award recognizing that we are a rapidly growing company (Link to Swedish press release). We have in addition entered a multiyear research partnership with Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, with the goal to further develop innovative methods for image processing and image analysis (Link to Swedish press release).

In August 2014, ArkivDigital was the head sponsor for Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna)  in Karlstad and we will again be the head sponsor for Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna) in Nyköping  in 2015.  We also participated in North America’s largest genealogy conference, RootsTech in Salt Lake City,Utah, and we will return again this February.

We look forward to an equally exciting 2015. Happy New Year!

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