RootsTech 2018

IMG_9132RootsTech held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is the largest family history event in the world. This year there were attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 40 countries. Over 14,000 registered family history researchers attended RootsTech 2018 plus another 10,000 attended the Family Discovery Day on Saturday. There were more than 200 presentations on a wide variety of genealogy topics that attendees could select from. The exhibit hall was huge with more than 190 vendors displaying their products and services.

For the sixth consecutive year, ArkivDigital, was an exhibitor and Kathy Meade, the North American representative, gave a presentation on “Obstacles in the Swedish Church Books” along with giving a ArkivDigital 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 help to discover where in Sweden their ancestor came from, translation help on records as well as viewing short demos on how to search in ArkivDigital. But again this year, we had to explain to a couple of visitors that Sweden is not Switzerland.


A woman from Utah was moved to tears of happiness to discover the place in Sweden where her ancestor came from which was Högby, Kalmar. She had been looking for thirty years. Even more exciting was discovering that her ancestor had siblings that she knew nothing about. See the above picture.

We wish to thank all our customers who stopped by the booth to say hello and told us how appreciative they are of ArkivDigital and how they love the new search indexes especially the Population of Sweden 1860 to 1930.

Read more about RootsTech.


Estate Inventory more than 300 pages!

bouppteckning ingressÅkerbo och Skinnskattebergs tingslags häradsrätt FII:5 (1912-1912) Image 220 / page 8 (AID: v748972.b220.s8, NAD: SE/ULA/12685)
Link to image.

Upon a person’s death an estate inventory (bouppteckning) was created. This document consists of an ingress or preamble which gives information about the deceased and the names of the heirs. Following the preamble is the inventory listing all the deceased’s assets and debts. The estate inventory is a wonderful document for proving genealogical relationships as well as helping one gain a better understanding of one’s ancestor life.

The number of pages within an estate inventory varies greatly from only a couple of pages to sometimes hundreds of pages. One example of an extensive inventory is the estate inventory for the wholesale merchant, Adolf Ferdinand Hagström from Svarthäll in Kung Karl’s parish. His estate inventory totals 305 pages.

Adolf Ferdinand Hagström died on the 20th of August 1909 at Sofiahemmet in Stockholm at age 55. His death is recorded in the death book for Kung Karl’s parish.  Only a month earlier his wife, Augusta Charlotta Andersson died. The couple had no children and the heirs of Adolf’s estate were his mother and his siblings. The above image shows the ingress or preamble naming Adolf’s mother and siblings as the heirs.

When one browses this estate inventory, it is almost like venturing more than 100 years back in time and touring his house room by room. Since he was a wholesale merchant, the estate inventory also details the merchandise he had in stock. Below is an image showing some of the liquor that was in stock. Lots of aquavit!

branvinÅkerbo och Skinnskattebergs tingslags häradsrätt FII:5 (1912-1912) Image 690 (AID: v748972.b690, NAD: SE/ULA/12685) Link.

The assets of the estate were 1,135,609.69 Swedish kronor and the debts were 536, 306.61 kronor resulting in the net value of estate being 599, 308.08 kronor. See image below.

net valueÅkerbo och Skinnskattebergs tingslags häradsrätt FII:5 (1912-1912) Image 3230 (AID: v748972.b3230, NAD: SE/ULA/12685) Link.

Learn more about Swedish estate inventories.

Read original article in Swedish.

Other Sources
Adolf Ferdinand Hagström’s death record
Kung Karl F:3 (1895-1909) Image 790 / page 73 (AID: v72960.b790.s73, NAD: SE/ULA/10669) Link.

Congregation book showing Adolf Ferdinand Hagström’s residence at time of death
Kung Karl AIIa:6 (1907-1920) Image 1250 / page 570 (AID: v261754.b1250.s570, NAD: SE/ULA/10669) Link.


George Washington born in Nederkalix

While researching our family history, many of us have discovered unusual or odd names in our family or sometimes when browsing in the church book records we have encountered one.

In the parish of Nederkalix in Norrbotten county, a child born on March 6, 1880 was named George Washington.  The image of his birth record is shown washingtonNederkalix CI:8 (1877-1894) Image 61 / page 58 (AID: v138293.b61.s58, NAD: SE/HLA/1010131)  Link.

George Washington’s parents were inspector, Axel Brattberg, and his wife, Maria Kant. All his siblings had ordinary names. As to why he was named George Washington after the first President of the United States, one can only speculate.  You can see the household examination record showing the family group at the following reference.
Nederkalix AI:10c (1879-1890) Image 196 / page 638 (AID: v138260.b196.s638, NAD: SE/HLA/1010131)  Link.

Have you discovered any of your Swedish ancestors named after a historical figure?