Searching for a birth record using name indexes

Today, we will look for the birth record for Axel Carlsson born on the 8th of April 1856 in Vrå parish in Kronoberg county. The traditional way of searching for him, would be to search for the church books for the Vrå parish and then search for the birth books within the parish. Today, with our many name searchable indexes, we can often search by name. Today, we will show you how to search for his birth record using 2 name searchable indexes: (1) Population of Sweden 1860-1947 and (2) Birth index, parts of Sweden.

 

Search Using Population of Sweden 1860-1947

The Population of Sweden 1860-1947 is a name searchable index of all the household and congregation books for all of Sweden from 1860 to 1947. First, we will search for Axel Carlsson’s birth record using the Population of Sweden 1860-1947.|

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Population of Sweden 1860-1947.

We can search by using simple search or advanced search. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

  • First name – Axel
  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search.

axel search population of 1860

16 matches are shown in the result list. In this case, these are all matches to household records for Alex tracing his life within Sweden. By clicking on the index record for the years 1856-1860 as shown below, we get an index record showing his birth information and residence as well as a listing of other members in the household. There are links to source and birth records. The link to source is a link to the household record and the links to the birth records are links to the birth books containing the birth record. (In this case, there happens to be two birth books with the birth record.)

 

axel search birth

By clicking on the link to the birth record, you will be directed to the front of the birth book and then you will need to search for the birth record.

axel link to birth book

The birth records are organized in chronological order. Open the book and search for births in 1856 and then for April 8. Below is the image of the birth record.

axel's birth record

Vrå (G) C:2 (1824-1860) Image 75 / Page 141 (AID: v29941.b75.s141, NAD: SE/VALA/00433)


Search Using Birth Index Parts of Sweden

The index Birth Index Parts of Sweden includes a searchable name index of births from earliest times (1600’s) to the second half of the 1800’s and many cases even later. Today, the index includes all the parishes within Kronoberg, about eighty parishes in Södermanland county as wall as few parishes in Blekinge, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kristianstad and Norrbotten counties. This is an ongoing project and more parishes will be added in the future.

 

Since Vrå parish is in Kronoberg county, we can search for Alex Carlsson’s birth record using the Birth Index Parts of Sweden. To do this:

 

  • Access app.arkivdigital.se
  • Select Index search.
  • Under Index source, select Birth index, parts of Sweden.

Again, we can search using a simple or an advanced search method. Today, we will use the advanced search and enter the following search data:

 

  • Birth date – Exact date format YYYY-MM-DD or 1856-04-08
  • Birth parish – Vrå

Click search and one match shows in the result list as shown below.

axel birth index

Click on the search result You will then get an index record with a link to the birth record. Click on the link and then you can see both the index record and original birth record. In this case, all the information except for the names of the baptismal witnesses are included in the index record.

 

axel birth index and record


As you can see as more indexes are added, Swedish research is becoming much easier especially with index records in English for those whose native language is not Swedish.

 

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Find the correct tax register with our new index!

When the household records and other church books are missing, the tax registers (mantalslängder) become an important source for researchers. To easily find the correct tax register for a particular parish for a certain year has often been up until now a challenge. Since there were three copies of the tax registers, there have been three places to search for these records:

  • Mantalslängder 1642-1820 found in the chamber archive (English version)
  • In the respective county archive along with the respective district court (for parishes in rural areas) or the city courts.
  • kronokamrers, crown treasurer (kronokassörs), census office (mantalskontors), taxation authority (uppbördsverks) or kommunalborgmästares archive (for parishes in the city)

Once the desired volume was found, it was necessary to locate the records for the desired parish, not always the easiest task especially when there is no parish register.

The new index, Table of content censuses, searching for the tax register makes this much easier.

  • Select Index search.
  • Under index source, select Table of content censuses.
  • Enter the desired parish name and year and click search.
  • Click open image for the desired entry in the result list and the first page of the tax register appears.

tax register index

On February 20, 1904, a fire at the vicarage in Kville destroyed large parts of the church archive. In order to facilitate the research, ArkivDigital has photographed the tax registers for Kville together with the annex parishes even after 1820 (which is usually the end year that we photograph tax registers). In the image above, you see the results list when one searches for the parish Kville for the selected years 1845-1859.

The Table of content censuses consists of nearly 440,000 index entries collected from approximately 9,200 volumes. In order to access the Table of content censuses, one must have an All-in-one subscription.

Additional Table of Content Censuses Search Tips

  • The county information refers to the county that the parish belonged to in the mid 1900’s, Historically, the parish may have belonged to a different county than what is today.
  • The tax registers were usually taken by parish and by city respectively. This also applies in cities with several parishes. Thus, if you are interested in tax register from Jönköping, search for “Jönköpings stad” versus Jönköpings Sofia or Jönköpings Kristina. Stockholm city is however an exception from the rule. Some tax registers were taken for the whole city and while others by parish. There search for both the city of Stockholm and the name of the parish in question. For Göteborg the tax registers ae organized by parish from 1833 forward but for previous years search for the city of Göteborg.
  • Sometimes there were separate tax registers for market towns (köpingar), municipalities along with mills, mines and similar institutions. If there is a separate tax register for a mill for example, distinct from the regular parish tax register, we have created a separate index entry which includes both the parish and the mill’s name (brukets namn) for example “Njutånger: Iggesunds bruk”. If the mill is included as part of the parish’s tax register, there is usually no separate index for the mill.

Click here to see original entry about tax register search tips in Swedish.

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Orphanage records within ArkivDigital

Have you discovered an orphan in your Swedish ancestry? ArkivDigital has many types of records within its online archive. One set of records are the orphanage records which document the lives of many of these children.

Within ArkivDigital you will find the archives for the following orphanages:

  • Allmänna barnhuset (Public Orphanage of Stockholm)
  • Amarilitetsbarnhusets i Karlskrona
  • Frimurarbarnhuset i Stockholm (Free Mason Orphanage in Stockholm)
  • Kronohuset i Malmö – Royal Orphanage in Malmö
  • Malmö barnhem (för flickor) – Malmö orphanage for girls
  • Malmö barnhuset – Malmö Orphanage

To search for the orphanages within ArkivDigital, do the following:

  1. Select archive search.
  2. Select archive type: barnhus (barnhus is Swedish for orphanage).
  3. Click on search.

search for orphanages

Below is a record from the Public Orphanage of Stockholm. It shows that Hedwig Elisabet Fagerström was admitted to the orphanage in October 1807 and her birth date is the 15th of November 1799. She became a foster child of tenant farmer, Simon Nilsson, in Skogen in Åtvid parish, Bankekinds district, Östergötland county.

stockholm orphanage

Click here to read more about the Public Orphanage of Stockholm.

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Find the right volume quickly

Now comes another great tool that makes it easier to find a church record or other document in ArkivDigital. You can now filter and quickly display, for example, all birth records or all church records containing the year 1835. You can find the filter function above the volume list. Below you see examples of how you can use the filter function.

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Click on the row Filter and you get 4 different options that you can combine.

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Here we show Hamneda church archives and in the field Search in volume information you can search the information that is recorded for a volume. It can be for example, duplicate or as we see below, the name of a block.

On the second row you can search in Year from and Year to. This means that you can search for all documents that, for example, contain 1835. Then you enter 1835 in both fields.

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On the third row you can choose to show only specific types of source. Below you will only see the Birth and Christening records. You can select several different types of source at the same time.

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You can of course also combine and, for example, show Birth and Christening records for 1835. Here are two volumes that come up. An original book and a rough copy, both containing 1835.

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In the cities there are usually several different household records for the same time period and it is then in the volume information which blocks are included in the respective volume. Below we have searched for Hamburg to find the block “Stadt Hamburg”, located in Malmö St. Petri’s parish. We quickly see that it is 14 volumes. Keep in mind that the blocks can be found in more volumes where the block name is not printed in the volume information.

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You can combine the way you want. We conclude with an example where we look at the archive Göta Hovrätt – Advokatfiskalen Kronobergs län, which is where you find the so-called renovated court records. We show Sunnerbo in the volume information and the volumes covering the years 1695-1712. Instead of looking through 259 volumes, you can quickly see which 15 volumes it is.

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Closes the filter function by pressing x at the top right of the filter function.

Another new feature is that you can sort the columns Archives Volume, Type of source, From and To.

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This is done by clicking on the column heading, a click is sorted from the bottom up and another click from the top down.

Below we have sorted From and shows all the volumes from the oldest start year and forward in time.

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Of course you can combine both filter function and sorting. As a final example, we have chosen to display Birth and Chrisening records and Death and Burial records, and sorted by showing From (starting year for the volume) from the oldest at the top.

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If you want to remove the sorting, click Reset sorting and to close the filter function, click x at the top right of the filter box.

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Name searching tips

The number of name searchable indexes in ArkivDigital continues to increase. Recently the Population of Sweden of 1975 and the military service card indexes were added. You can find these indexes by selecting “New Index Search” and then select the desired index under “Index source”.index search screen

There are two methods for searching: simple and advanced. Today, we will focus on the simple search which is more powerful than one might believe at first glance.

The key for all searches is not to write too much information. Begin with a broad search and then narrow the search.

One example: We will look for a woman named Berta Lungren. Select the index, Population of Sweden 1860-1930, and write in her name “Berta Lundgren” in the search field and click on “Search” (or press Enter). The result list shows 202 matches which feels like too many to search through.

berta lundgren

When I add her birth year to the search criteria, the number of matches is reduced to eight. Four of these refer to the woman I am interested in, born on the 3rd of March 1887 in Odensala. But if I look more closely in the match list, I see one that mentions the birth date as the 31st of March 1887 (which is her correct birth date). If I had entered her full birth date instead of only the year, I would have missed all the matches. Therefore, one should never write in more information than what is needed to get a good search result.

bertil 1887

It is also smart to search the same person using different information, for example only the last name and birth date or only the first name and birth date or only the first and last name (the last only works well with a name that is not common). These methods will increase the chances to find as many possible matches.

Now we will look at some more advanced search techniques.

There are a number of special search characters that can be used for searching.

An example: I want to search for a person named Anders Setterqvist, but I know that his last name can be spelled differently in the records: Setterqvist, Sätterqvist, and Zetterqvist. And sometimes quist is written as qvist. In addition, I have seen different birth years for him in the records.

One can write the following in the search box:
anders (zetterq* | sätterq* | setterq*) (1816 | 1817 | 1818)

The result will be a search of all these spellings and years. The vertical bar (|) means  “or” and the asterisk (*) is used as a wildcard showing all the names that include the letters preceding the asterisk. 

zetterquist

Following is a list of the special characters that can be used in ArkivDigital’s searches.

  • * (asterisk) An asterisk at the end of Bergl* will find Berglind, Bergling, Berglund, etc.
  • “ ” (quotation marks) = exact phrase For example “georg olof” will find Georg Olof but not Olof Georg or George Karl Olof.|
  • | (vertical mark) = or (See above explanation)
  • - (minus sign) = not - For example: -västra frölunda will find Östra Frölunda and Frölunda but not Västra Frölunda
  • + (plus sign) = and – For example: Lundqvist+Lundberg will find all posts which includes both names.
  • ~1 (tilde plus a number) after keyword = approximate search with numerical character difference – For example: appelqvist~1 will find in addition to Appelqvist, Appelquist, Appelkvist where one character or letter differs from the original keyword. If one increases number to 2 appelqvist~2, one will also find Apelquist.
  • ~1 tilde plus a number) after phrase = approximate search. An additional word may be found. (The first and last word in the phrase shall be mentioned). For example “sven filip”~1 finds also Sven Gustaf Filip and Sven Erik Filip. A search “sven filip”~2 will find in addition Sven Johan Olof Filip as well as Filip Sven.
  • ( ) parenthesis = searches for alternative spellings – For example aurora (concordia | conkordia | konkordia | koncordia) searches for all posts that includes Aurora Concordia, Aurora Conkordia, Aurora Konkordia and Aurora Koncordia).

These special characters work also with the Advanced search. The search possibilities are nearly infinite. All one has to do is try!

 Read original blog in Swedish.

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ArkivDigital Webinar – July 31, 2018

live webinarWant to learn how to search for historical records using ArkivDigital? Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be the presenter for a live webinar sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Genealogical Society on Tuesday, July 31 at 2 PM Central Standard Time or 12 PM Pacific Standard Time.

The title of the presentation is “Researching Your Swedish Heritage in Living Color Using ArkivDigital”. The presentation will include an overview of the many types of records you can find in ArkivDigital as well a demonstration of searching using both archive search and index search or searching by name.

The live webinar is free. Click here for more information and click here to register for the webinar.


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What does the abbreviation “E.M.” mean?

While the death record layout in the church books is fairly standardized after the mid- nineteenth century, there are often notes or abbreviations in the remarks section that you don’t see in every parish book. One example is in the death record for Erik Beder Johansson who died on January 25, 1921 in Ronneby parish in Blekinge county. In the special remarks column (särskilda anteckningar), there is a notation “E. m. född 1891”. The question is, “What does the abbreviation, “E.m.” mean? Also, many of the other death records in this parish have the same abbreviation in the remarks column.

em remarksRonneby (K) FI:9 (1912-1930) Image 1550 / Page 416 (AID: v115658a.b1550.s416, NAD: SE/LLA/13316)

The abbreviation, “E.m.” stands for “Efterlevande Make/Maka” or surviving spouse or in this case it means that the deceased’s surviving spouse was born in 1891.

You can find an English translation of the column headings by clicking here.

The contents in the above death record are:

  • Entry # – 11
  • Death date – January 25
  • Sex – Male
  • Deceased’s Occupation, Name and Residence – Bruksarbetare (Foundry man or mill worker) Erik Beder Johansson at N. 2 Häggatorp
  • Deceased’s birth date – 2 May 1892
  • Marital Status – Married
  • Cross-reference to page in congregation book – (page #) 993
  • Cause of death – Lungsot (Tuberculosis)
  • Burial date – January 30th
  • Special remarks – (E.m. född 1891) Surviving spouse born in 1891

You can find more information about the family on page 993 in the corresponding congregation book. Return to the archive for Ronneby and search for the congregation book that includes records for the year 1921 and go to page 993. There you will find a notation of Erik Beder Johansson’s death and also that his spouse, Lilly Sofia Olsson’s birth date is noted as the 28th of June 1891. The household record is shown below.

Em household recordRonneby (K) AIIb:14 (1910-1926) Image 990 / Page 993 (AID: v115633b.b990.s993, NAD: SE/LLA/13316)

Click here to read more information about Swedish church books.

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2017 – Another good year for ArkivDigital!

2017 was another good year for ArkivDigital as shown in the recently published annual report. Net sales increased by over 16 percent to nearly 33 million Swedish kronor. Nearly 10 million new images were added to the online archive during the year, which is a record high in the company’s history, as well as approximately 25 million name-register entries were added. The number of subscribers at year-end was close to 26,000.

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Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director since 2012, expressed his pleasure regarding the good results. “In five years, the company’s net sales have nearly doubled, and operating profits have increased nearly fivefold. Naturally, we are happy with what we have achieved but we have much higher goals.”

Mikael Karlsson summarized the continuing priorities for the company:

  • Continued digitization of archive documents and other sources.
  • More name registers and other types of indexes that make it easier to search in the archives.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to ease research, especially for beginners.
  • A family tree that allows one not only to retrieve information from ArkivDigital but to organize and structure the data.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

“In short, ArchivDigital will be better in all areas,” stated Mikael Karlsson.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on May 22 at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad. The board is proposing a dividend of 52 öre per share.

Click here to the page on the website where you can download the annual report. On the right side of the page, click on Årsredovisning räkenskapsåret 2017 to see the report. (Only in Swedish.)

Click here to read the original blog in Swedish.

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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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RootsTech 2017

ad rootstechRootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world and each year it continues to grow and attract more visitors. Over 30,000 family history researchers from around the world attended RootsTech 2017. There were more than 200 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was gigantic with more than 130 vendors displaying their products and services.

Conference Hall

Again this year, ArkivDigital, was an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, led two hands-on ArkivDigital computer workshops in the computer lab along with giving a vendor presentation in the demo theater.

Each day, there were a stream of visitors stopping by our booth requesting to learn more about our services and Swedish genealogy. Many sought assistance in discovering where in Sweden their ancestor originated, translation help on records as well as viewing short demos on how to search in ArkivDigital. But we sadly had to explain to a couple of people that Sweden and Switzerland were different countries.

Conference Hall 2

We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello and told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital in making it possible for them to trace their family history and discover their Swedish heritage.

Click here to read an interview with Mikael Karlsson, the CEO of ArkivDigital, about RootsTech (only in Swedish).

Read more about RootsTech here.

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