Genealogy Trip to Sweden

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Do your Swedish ancestors come from Skaraborg county or the surrounding region? If so, you may wish to take this opportunity to participate in a customized genealogy trip to Sweden.

The Skaraborg municipality federation along with the municipalities of Skara, Falköping and Tidaholm are sponsoring a wonderful genealogy trip where you can see and discover more about your ancestor’s life in Sweden. The dates for the tour have not yet been finalized but the plans are for a 7 to 10 day visit between August 26 and September 10, 2017.

The exclusive travel package includes:

  • Customized travel itinerary and your own genealogist.
  • 7 to 10 days between August 26 and September 10, 2017.
  • Travel itinerary includes two days in Stockholm and 3 to 5 days in the county of Skaraborg.
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites.
  • Trip is limited to 16 persons, first come first serve. Lindstrom Travel (Rockford, Il) will handle the bookings.
  • Approximate cost is $4000 including roundtrip airfare between Chicago O’Hare and Stockholm, Sweden, housing and transportation in Sweden and the costs for your genealogy researcher.

Genealogists specializing in the Skaraborg area have been identified to work with the trip participants in helping them discovering more about their family roots. Communication between the genealogist and the trip participant will begin prior to the trip.

If you are interested, please respond your interest to Linnea Bengtsson, International Business Developer for the County of Skaraborg at linnea.bengtsson@lidkoping.se or call her at the Rockford, Illinois number: 815 985 3895. Linnea is stationed in Rockford.

Click here for more information about the Lidköping, Skaraborg & Rockford, Madison Industrial Partnership.

About Skaraborg
The County of Skaraborg is situated between the two great lakes Vänern and Vättern with good travel connections to Stockholm and Gothenburg. The municipalities within the County of Skaraborg are: Essunga, Falköping, Grästorp, Gullspång, Götene, Hjo, Karlsborg, Lidköping, Mariestad, Skara, Skövde, Tibro, Tidaholm, Töreboda and Vara.

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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.

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Once you click on the selected parish, the volume list for the parish appears on the right side.

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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.

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  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.

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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.

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Read original blog in Swedish.

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Photographing of modern church books – several counties are complete

modern church bookA page out of the Junosuando congregation book for the years 1935-1945 (AIIa:4), one of the many new church book volumes which have recently been added in ArkivDigital.
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At the end of January, we announced some exciting news in a blog post. The National Swedish Archives changed a decision which had previously prohibited ArkivDigital from photographing some church books after 1935, (see previous blog entry). This opened up a long awaited opportunity for us, namely to photograph the modern church books up to and including the law of privacy limits (currently the year 1945). During the late winter, spring and summer, we have been busy photographing parish congregation books, moving in/out registers, birth, marriage and books. As a result of this work, 20 of the 25 counties are now complete.

Completed counties: Blekinge, Gotland, Gävleborg, Halland, Jämtland, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kristianstad, Kronoberg, Malmöhus, Norrbotten, Stockholm, Södermanland, Värmland, Västerbotten, Västernorrland, Västmanland and Örebro.

Counties with photographing in progress: Göteborg och Bohuslän, Skaraborg, Uppsala and Östergötland.

For the remaining county, Älvsborg, we will soon begin to photograph these books.

You can find more detail as to what volumes are available in ArkivDigital such as the modern church books and other types of volumes on our website, (link to website page).

We want to emphasize that that there are different privacy rules for different series which influence which volumes we can photograph. In an earlier blog, (see earlier blog) we outlined some of the privacy rules for various types of church books, (see third and fourth paragraphs).

Read original blog entry in Swedish.

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Name Registers in Parish Archives

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In a previous blog entry, we pointed out name registers (släktnamnsregister) in ArkivDigital for those who research in Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Älvsborg, Värmland or Västernorrland counties. If one is searching for a person who has a non-patronymic name meaning a name that does not end with a “son” or “dotter”, these registers can be very helpful. Examples of groups of people who had a non-patronymic name were the nobility, priests and not least the many soldiers.

However, you will also find name registers for parish books in some parish archives which also include both patronymic and non-patronymic names. Whenever you research a parish, it is always recommended to browse the archive to see what types of volumes are included in the archive. Occasionally, you will see “register” or “personregister” volumes. For example, if you browse the Borås parish/congregation archive in Älvsborg county, you will see name registers for birth, marriage, death and household records. In this parish, there are name registers for the household records between 1745 and 1860 as shown in the above image. These can be very helpful in the search process.

Below is an example of a page from the household record register book for Borås for the years 1745 – 1754. To the right of the person is the page number where you can find the person in the household record book for the years 1745-1754.

household register imageBorås (P) HFReg:1 (1745-1754) Image 74 / page 70 (AID: v188594.b74.s70, NAD: SE/GLA/13048) Link.

Examples of a few other parish archives where you will find name registers for church books are:

  • Gävle Heliga Trefaldighet – Gävleborg
  • Göteborgs Karl Johan – Göteborg och Bohus
  • Göteborgs Kristine – Göteborg och Bohus
  • Uppsala domkyrkoförsamling – Uppsala

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Saltpeter Collector (Salpetersjudare) Important job for manufacturing gunpowder

saltpeter1Krigskollegium Artilleridepartementet F2a:2 (1764-1804) Image 212 (AID: v50440.b212, NAD: SE/KrA/0003) Link.

Occasionally at conferences in North America, a customer has asked,” I have an ancestor who was a salpetersjudare?  What is that occupation?” It is a saltpeter collector or sometimes referred to as saltpeter maker.

As the Swedish army increasingly used rifles and cannons, there was a great need for gunpowder. Gunpowder consisted of 75% saltpeter. Large concentrations of saltpeter were found in the soil under farm buildings and stables. Since saltpeter was so important in the production of gunpowder, it came to be that the soil under many farm buildings was declared to be royal property. In the beginning the farmers collected and delivered the saltpeter themselves, but soon a new profession was created, saltpeter collectors.

The saltpeter collectors traveled around to the farms and dug up the floors of the barns or stables and collected the soil and then boiled and seethed it for about six or seven days. Then the pure saltpeter was transported to the gunpowder factory where gunpowder was produced.

In the series Krigskollegium Artilleridepartementet, there are three volumes with muster rolls for the saltpeter collectors or makers (salpetersjudarna) from 1693 – 1805. These muster rolls are organized in the same way as the ones for cavalrymen and soldiers.

To search for these archives enter the search words: Krigskollegium Artilleridepartementet in the search box.

The image at the top of the page is the muster roll for the saltpeter collectors of Skåne and Blekinge counties. The mustering was held on the 29th of April 1778.

salpeter2Krigskollegium Artilleridepartementet F2a:1 (1693-1757) Image 92 (AID: v50439.b92, NAD: SE/KrA/0003) Link.

Sometimes you will find more information about a person who was a saltpeter collector. In the above image you see in the third row Anders Erichsson from Lerdala parish in Skaraborg county. He was born in 1699 and became a saltpeter collector in 1721. On the right side there is a note giving more information about him.

Siuk af et hug i wänstra knäet och bewitnades af des Cammerater at wara oduglig. Recommenderas till afskied, medan han och intet kunnat giöra något arbete för åhr 1726.

Disabled by a stab in the left knee and testimony by his comrades stated that he was unfit. Recommended for discharge, meanwhile he wasn’t able to work in 1726.

Read blog entry in Swedish.

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Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) Status Update

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Göteborgs rådhusrätt och magistrat. Första avdelningen efter 1901. EIIIa:150 (1930-1930) Image 500 / page 547 (AID: v562001.b500.s547, NAD: SE/GLA/14055) Link.

After the church books, the estate inventories (bouppteckningar), are probably the most valuable source for many genealogists.  The estate inventories provide genealogical information as well as help one gain a better understanding of one’s ancestor’s life. The estate inventory details the assets and debts of the deceased person’s estate.

For some time now, the estate inventories from earliest times to 1900 have been available in ArkivDigital’s online library.  The one exception has been Jämtland county where the records between 1861 and 1900 have not been added. However, we will be adding these records in the near future.

For the period 1901-1960, we have reached different milestones in various parts of the country.  Below is a summary of what estate inventories are now available by county followed by a summary of the volumes we are currently photographing. There may be single copies missing in each county in cases where the original records were in such poor physical condition that they could not be photographed.

Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) available in ArkivDigital:
1917: Stockholm city.
1920: Göteborg och Bohus, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Norrbotten, Skaraborg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västernorrland, Västmanland, Älvsborg, Örebro, Östergötland.
1930: Gävleborg, Västerbotten.
1940: Blekinge, Halland, Jämtland, Kristianstad, Malmöhus, Stockholm county (exception Stockholm city, see above).
1945: Värmland, Gotland.

Photographing in progress for the following:
1918-1940: Stockholm city.
1921-1930: Göteborg och Bohus, Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Skaraborg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Västmanland, Älvsborg, Örebro, Östergötland.
1921-1940: Norrbotten, Västernorrland.
1931-1940: Gävleborg, Västerbotten.
1941-1945: Blekinge, Halland, Kristianstad, Malmöhus.
1946-1950: Värmland.
1946-1960: Gotland.

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Name Registers

Name RegisterSläktnamnsregister Skaraborg SlReg:2 (0-1800) Image 6 / page 2 (AID: v187522.b6.s2, NAD: SE/GLA/75003) Link.

For those who research in Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg, Älvsborg, Värmland or Västernorrland counties, we wish to point out name registers (släktnamnsregister) that are accessible on ArkivDigital. If one is searching for a person who has a non-patronymic name meaning a name that does not end with a “son” or “dotter”, these registers can be very helpful. Examples of groups of people who had a non-patronymic name were the nobility, priests and not least the many soldiers.

Above is an image from the name register volume for household records for Dimbo härad in Skaraborg county.  If you were searching for Christina Aminoff shown in the above image, you would find her in the household book for Varv parish in Skaraborg county on page 38 in volume AI:2. To search for a name and then to be directed to the page number in the household record naturally saves much time.

The name registers cover normally the period from the beginning of the church books until the year 1800. For Västernorrland, however, the register continues until 1830 (for Medelpad and norra Ångermanland) and respectively to 1856 (for södra Ångermanland). The type of church books which registers exist vary from place to place.  There are registers for household records, moving in-out records, birth, marriage and death records but this varies from county to county and district (härad) to district as to what type of registers are available for that area.

You can find these registers in ArkivDigital by typing in “Släktnamnsregister” in the search box and click search or you can select “advanced options” and search for registers in the archive type selection.  These registers are divided into six archives, one for each county with the exception for Älvsborg county which has separate archives for Dalsland and Västgötadelen.

Read the original article in Swedish.

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New Records Added in February

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Many new exciting records were added to ArkivDigital’s online library during February.  Below are highlights of the new additions.

We continue to focus on photographing the estate inventories (bouppteckningarna) for the period from 1901 to 1940. The estate inventories for Göteborg och Bohus county are now available online to 1910. For Skaraborg and Älvsborg counties, the estate inventories are available up to 1920.

For those who are interested in military history, the collection “Krigshandlingar Stora nordiska kriget: Krigsfångar” or “War Documents of the Great Northern War: War Prisoners” is now online. You can find this collection in the military archive. (Notice that there are two names in the archive list with the same name but they do include different volumes.) In this collection, you will find much information about the soldiers who were imprisoned in connection with Karl XII’s war or the Great Northern War.

For those interested in Malmö, we have added selected parts of the Poor Relief Board in Malmö (Fattigvårdsstyrelsen i Malmö) archive. In these volumes you will find not only information about paupers but information about foster children and much more.

Finally, we want to mention that we are beginning to add material from The Public Orphanage of Stockholm (Allmänna barnhusets) archive. The Public Orphanage of Stockholm was a place where children who were orphans or whose parents had difficulties in caring for them were placed in hopes of a better life. Many of these children were placed in foster homes throughout Sweden. This archive has an extensive collection of records and we will photograph a selection of these records.

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County Code Abbreviations in ArkivDigital

When one clicks the function button, “search archive” in ArkivDigital online, a list of all the archives in the online library are displayed in alphabetical order.  Each entry displays the archive name, county code and  archive type.

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One can mouse over the county code and a box will display giving the county name for the code. In the above example, the county code for the parish of Floby is R and R is the code for Skaraborg county.

Below is a list showing what county each code represents.

A         Stockholm City
AB      Stockholm county
AC      Västerbotten
AX      Åland, Finland
BD      Norrbotten
C         Uppsala
D         Södermanland
E          Östergotland
F          Jönköping
G         Kronoberg
H         Kalmar
I           Gotland
K         Blekinge
L          Kristianstad
M         Malmöhus
N         Halland
O         Göteborg and Bohus
P          Älvsborg
R         Skaraborg
S          Värmland
T          Örebro
U         Västmanland
W        Kopparberg
X         Gävleborg
Y         Västernorrland
Z         Jämtland

You can find the ArkivDigital online user guide here.

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Estate Inventories (Bouppteckningar) Status Update

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We have mentioned in previous blogs that we are currently photographing the estate inventories (bouppteckningar) for all of Sweden for the period 1901-1940. For two counties, Gotland and Jämtland, the photographing is complete for these years and the records are available in ArkivDigital’s online archive. For the other counties, photographing is in progress and proceeding at full speed.

We have chosen to photograph the estate inventories at the respective provincial archives in groups of 10-year sequences. This means that we first photograph the period 1901-1910, then the period 1911-1920 and continue in this manner. Below is the current status of the photographing for each county.

Photographing is in progress for the time period 1901-1910 for the following counties: Jönköping, Kalmar, Kopparberg, Kronoberg, Södermanland, Uppsala, Värmland Västmanland, Örebro and Östergötland.

Concerning the southern part of Sweden, the estate inventories for Blekinge and Halland counties are available online up to 1920.  Malmöhus and Kristianstad county estate inventories are complete for the period 1901-1910 and the majority of the estate inventories for the period 1911-1920 are also available online.

For Göteborg och Bohus, Skaraborg and Älvsborg counties, the majority of the estate inventories for the period 1901-1910 along with half of the estate inventories for 1911-1920 are available online. For these counties, we were not able to photograph these estate inventories in exact chronological order.  At the moment there are some gaps but these will be corrected later.

Regarding Gävleborg, Västernorrland, Västerbotten and Norrbotten counties, the photographing for the period 1901-1910 is complete and the material is available online. However, there are a few individual volumes missing that we have not been able to access.  We are in the process of adding volumes for the period 1911-1920.

The estate inventories for Stockholm county for the period 1901-1910 are complete and volumes are being added for the period 1911-1920. We have decided not to begin photographing the estate inventories for Stockholm city until we finish photographing the estate inventories for Stockholm county up to 1940. Once these volumes are complete and available online, we will begin photographing the Stockholm city estate inventories.

The photographing of estate inventories will continue at a brisk pace during 2015 and newly photographed volumes will be added continually.

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