Swedish Genealogy Workshops in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas

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The SwedGen Tour, a group of genealogists from Sweden who have made annual trips to North America for the sole purpose of helping Swedish Americans learn more about their Swedish heritage and discover their Swedish roots, will visit Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois and Lindsborg, Kansas this year. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also travel with the group and give presentations on ArkivDigital.

Madison, Wisconsin – Saturday, September 23, 2017
The first SwedGen 2017 event will be sponsored by the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 23rd. This event will include Swedish genealogy and ArkivDigital presentations. There will be an opportunity for a limited number of participants to have a one-on-one genealogy session with one of the Swedish genealogists. For program details and registration, click here.

If you wish an appointment with one of the Swedish genealogists in Madison, submit your request by clicking here. One-on-one appointments are only available to registered conference attendees.

Rock Island, Illinois – Saturday, September 30, 2017
The second SwedGen 2017 event will be sponsored by the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois on Saturday, September 30th. This will be a repeat of the program given in Madison. Also, a number of registered participants will have an opportunity for a private research session with one of the Swedish genealogists. For program details and registration, click here.

If you wish an appointment with one of the Swedish genealogists in Rock Island, submit your request by clicking here. One-on-one appointments are only available to registered conference attendees.

Lindsborg, Kansas – October 7-8, 2017
The final SwedGen 2017 event will be held in Lindsborg, Kansas which is known as “Little Sweden U. S. A.” on October 7-8.  Enjoy a wide range of lectures for both the beginner and advanced researcher given by both Swedish and American experts over two days. Participants will be offered half day sessions in the computer lab to gain hands-on experience using ArkivDigital and to work on their research projects. For program and registration details, click here.

To order online for Lindsborg event, click here.

More information about SwedGen Tour 2017.

Visit our event calendar.

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ArkivDigital continues to grow!

Annual report

ArkivDigital recently published the annual company report which shows that 2016 was another great year.

Net sales increased by 18 percent to nearly 29 million Swedish kronor. Profits were nearly 5.9 million Swedish kronor, an improvement of nearly 3 million compared with the previous year. More than 8 million new images were added to the online database, this is a record high for the company, as well more than 50 million name register entries. The number of subscribers is nearly 26,000.

These strong financial numbers make it possible for the company to enter new ventures. In 2016, the company acquired several million aerial photos primarily of houses and farm from all over Sweden, most taken from the 1950’s to the beginning of the 2000’s.

Mikael Karlsson, Managing Director of ArkivDigital, writes in the annual report, “It is a wonderful feeling and means so much to make these fascinating photo collections available to many today and at the same preserve them for future generations. I am convinced our customers will share the same feelings. But the material will take some time to digitize so it will take some time before all the images are available in a high-quality format in our online service.”

The company is focused on further improving ArkivDigital, Mikael Karlsson presented a summary of the priorities:

  • Continue digitizing archival documents.
  • Digitizing other types of records, such as older photographs.
  • More name registers, example increase the Population of Sweden 1880-1920 to include 1860 to 1930.
  • Indexes that make searches in the documents easier.
  • Instructions and help texts within the software to facilitate the research, especially for beginners.
  • Smoother payment methods.
  • Increased interaction between ArkivDigital and researchers but also directly between researchers.

The annual shareholders’ meeting will be held on the 19th of May at the company’s headquarters in Lyrestad.

Read original blog in Swedish.

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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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Swedish Military Blogs

We receive many questions about Swedish military research at conferences and trade shows in North America. Many North Americans discover that one of their ancestors was in the Swedish military serving in the infantry, cavalry or as a båtsman in the Swedish Navy and wish to discover more about their ancestor’s military service.

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many military records from the 1600’s to the 20th century. In our blog, you will find articles about some of the military records in ArkivDigital as well as a few tutorials in how to research your Swedish military ancestor. Today we present a summary of the Swedish military blogs you can find in our English blog.

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  • Military Rolls (1620-1723)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/military-rolls-rullor-1620-1723/ (Link)
  • Researching in the General Muster Rolls
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/research-soldiers-in-the-general-muster-rolls-example-jan-fras/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/statistical-digest-of-the-swedish-army-system-grill/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-rolls/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/general-muster-roll-column-headings/ (Link)
  • Naval (Flottan)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/navy-flottan-documents-an-overview/(Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/boatman-rolls-batsmansrullor-a-unique-source/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/naval-ship-muster-rolls-skeppsmonsterrullor/ (Link)
  • Military Pension Records
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/soldier-pension-documents-pensioner-olof-ceder/ (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/more-military-pension-documents-in-arkivdigital/ (Link)
  • Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers’ Service Records
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/armys-pension-funds-list-of-qualifications-armens-pensionskassas-meritband/ (Link)
  • Great Northern War Documents
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/swedish-soldiers-captured-at-poltava-what-can-one-discover-about-them/ (Link)

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Free Access to ArkivDigital this weekend!

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Saturday March 18, is Genealogy Day in Sweden and many of the genealogy societies, libraries and archives throughout the country are hosting exhibits and lectures.

ArkivDigital, your online digital archive with over 67 million images, will be hosting an “open house” this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19. New users and subscribers with a Base subscription will have the opportunity to test the full All-in-one subscription during the entire weekend.

Whether you are an experienced researcher or just beginning. ArkivDigital is the resource you need. Church books, estate inventories, tax registers, military records, passenger ship manifests, Swedish American church records (primarily Kansas) and much more are available in our online library. In addition, there are searchable name registers that can help you search for your ancestors.

Take the opportunity to research your Swedish heritage and discover the wealth of records in our online archive. Invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

Click here to go to the free days.

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Swedish National Agriculture Census 1944

For our customers who have an All-in-one subscription, we want to mention that the 1944 Swedish national agricultural census is now accessible. If you have an All-in-one subscription, you can find the 1944 agriculture census by doing the following:

  • Go to archive search
  • Enter SCB in the source box
  • Select: Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Byrån för jordbruksstatistik, Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944

The material covers all of Sweden and includes information for approximately 400 farms. The archive consists of forms filled out and signed by the owner or tenant of each farm.

1944-1Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB) – Byrån för jordbruksstatistik, Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944  H1AB:78 (1944-1944) Image 240 (AID: v835732.b240, NAD: SE/RA/4204012004) Link.

The picture above shows the form that Knut Andersson at Gärdslätt rusthåll, in Rinna parish in Östergötland county filled out. The property consisted of 97 hectares or about 240 acres of land with the following divisions:

  • Arable land – 26 hectares
  • Garden – 1 ½ hectares
  • Pasture – 5 hectares
  • Forest area – 61 hectares
  • Other grounds – 3.5 hectares

The form also shows that Knut owned a seeding machine, a reaper, a hay baler, a horse rake on wheels and a tractor. There was also water and electrical power on the farm.

The results of the agriculture census were compiled by Statistiska centralbyrån (Statistics Sweden) in a 570-page report. The report can be downloaded from Statistics Sweden’s website. Go to the report.

The 1944 agricultural census also includes another form which provides information on what crops were grown and the livestock on the farm. We have not yet scanned this form but we will be scanning it in the future. Our goal is to begin the scanning before the end of the year. Once the form is online, our All-in-one’s customers will have access to detailed information about the crops grown and livestock on each farm.

Note - The National Agriculture Census 1944 ( Allmänna jordbruksräkningen 1944) archive is only accessible for customers with an All-in one subscription. More information is available our website.

Read original article 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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ArkivDigital acquires millions of aerial photographs

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ArkivDigital has acquired several million aerial photos from Svenska Aero-Bilder AB. These will now be digitized and added to ArkivDigital’s online archive. These images will complement the church books, estate inventories, military documents, court books and other archival records that currently exist in ArkivDigital.

“Our goal is to continually add new material and create new services for our customers to help them in their research. These images will complement other records in our archives such as the images of the church records.

Through this acquisition, we will have millions of aerial photographs of farms, cottages, villas, petrol stations and much more from the 1950’s to the present day from all over Sweden,”  said the company’s CEO, Mikael Karlsson.

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“There is a huge enthusiasm surrounding old pictures. Many people are interested in their past and these images have become a cultural treasure. Several of these houses have been photographed as many as five times over ten-year cycles.

We are extremely pleased  that all these images will now be digitized and preserved for future generations who will have the opportunity to  access these unique photographs via the internet,” said Pereric Öberg, president and owner of Svenska Aero-Bilder AB.

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Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books

One of the biggest challenges for many Swedish Americans is to discover the parish of origin for their Swedish ancestor. When one attends a presentation about how to get started with Swedish research, the Swedish American church books are mentioned as one source that might provide some clues. (Click here for beginning Swedish genealogy research tips.)

Many Swedes who immigrated to North America joined a Swedish American church. While most of these congregations were Lutheran, there were also Swedish Covenant, Swedish Methodist, Swedish Baptist, Swedish Mission and other free churches. Many of these churches kept detailed records as they did in Sweden.

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas and a few from Missouri and Oklahoma. If one’s Swedish’s ancestor settled in these areas, these books can be helpful in determining where your ancestor came from in Sweden.

One can search in the  Swedish American church records to discover where in Sweden a person came from or to discover more about the person’s life in North America. The detail and content in the Swedish American church books do vary by time, minister and religious denomination. The Lutheran church books tend to have some standardization and more detail than other denominations but again that will vary by congregation.

Search Method
To begin your search, you will need a name and a location. If you have a name and town location, but don’t know the person’s religious denomination:

  1. Look for church books for that town.
  2. If there are several denominations, begin with the Lutheran church books since most were Lutherans, then proceed to Covenant, Methodist, Baptist or other church book denominations in that order.
  3. If you don’t find the person in the church books, you may want to search in the church books in a nearby town that is in the same county or nearby county.

Case Study – Begin in Congregation Book (Church Register)

We want to discover the parish of origin in Sweden for Carl Carlson who lived in Lindsborg, Kansas and was Lutheran. We have been told that he was born around 1835 and that his wife’s name was Emma and one of his children was named David.

  1. Start the ArkivDigital application and click on search archives.
  2. Select new archive search and county.
  3. Select the archive for Kansas (USA).
  4. Search for the Lindsborg Lutheran church archives.
  5. You will find that there are 3 Lutheran churches in Lindsborg:
    1. Lindsborg Lutheran Bethany Church
    2. Lindsborg Freemount Lutheran Church
    3. Lindsborg Messiah Lutheran Church
  6. Select the first in the list: Lindsborg Lutheran Bethany Church.
  7. The info box above the archive list names the county where Lindsborg is located which is McPherson. On the right side is a list of volumes available for this congregation. For this parish, there are four congregation books all beginning in the year 1869 with different end years.
  8. Search for congregation books and click on each congregation book and see if there is a name register in the book. In the info box above the volume list, the name index will be noted with the entry “med personregister”. You will notice that one appears for the volume, Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA Vol: 2 (1869-1886).  Not all congregation books have name registers. In those cases, where there is none, you will need to browse through the book page by page.

Open the book and you will see an indexed name register. Search for Carl Carlson. See image below.
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Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA (KS) Vol:2 (1869-1886) Image 9 (AID: v812465a.b9, NAD: ) Link.

While there are no Carl Carlson’s, there are the following entries in the list:

  • Carlson C. J.                     25
  • Carlson C (Sec 28)           96
  • ” (Sec 30)                          83
    The numbers: 25, 96 and 83 to the right of the names in this case represent an entry number in the church register.  Sometimes the number represents a page number. The minister did not repeat the name on the third line but only indicated that it was the same name by a ditto mark.

Go to entry  #25 to see if the information matches. In this case, the record does not match the given information. Below is the image for entry #25.

entry-number-25Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA (KS) Vol:2 (1869-1886) Image 37 / page 7 (AID: v812465a.b37.s7, NAD: ) Link.

Next, go to entry #96. See image below.

entry-number-96Lindsborg Bethany Lutheran Church, Kansas, USA (KS) Vol:2 (1869-1886) Image 50 / page 20 (AID: v812465a.b50.s20, NAD: ) Link.

This is the correct person. The record shows Carl Carlson born on the 12th of June 1835 in Lungsund, Värmland. You will notice that Värmland is abbreviated as Werm. Also, Carl has a child named David and his wife is Emma Olsdotter born on the 23rd of July 1840 in Färnebo, Värmland. This record shows that they were received in this parish in October of 1869.  Carl and Emma arrived in America from Sweden in 1869 and came to Lindsborg in 1869. The record also shows three children all born in Lindsborg:

  • Emma was born on the 28th of June 1870.
  • David was born on the 21st of December 1875.
  • Hannah was born on the 2nd of February 1880 and she died on the 17th of July 1880.

Now you have enough information to research Carl and Emma further in the Swedish church books. Below is an image of Carl’s birth record in Lungsund, Värmland.

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Click here for more information on Swedish church books.
Click here for examples of birth records.

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Two blacksmiths in same parish had stillborn babies on same day

Sometimes by chance, unusual events seem to happen around the same time. In an earlier blog, we described two triplet births that happened in the same parish with only a few months between the births.

That a stillborn child would be born to two men with the same occupation on the same day in the same parish is highly unlikely. But this happened in 1798 in Burlöv parish in Skåne.

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Den 26 januari fick smeden Bengt Andersson och hans hustru Kjerstina Nilsdotter tvillingar, varav den ena var dödfödd. Samma dag fick smeden Pär Ahlström och hans hustru Elna Bengtsdotter en dödfödd son.

On the 26th of January, twins were born to the blacksmith Bengt Andersson and Kjerstina Nilsdotter. One of the twins was stillborn. On the same day, a stillborn son was born to blacksmith, Pär Ahlström and his wife, Elna Bengtsdotter.

At this time the number of stillborn children in Sweden was approximately 27 per 1,000 births. Today, it is about 4 per 1,000. During the second half of the 1700’s, there were approximately 70,00 births per year. The number increased during the first decades of the 1800’s so that by the middle of the 1800’s there were as many births yearly as there are today despite that the population was much smaller. According to the official statistics, there were 2,160 stillbirths in 1798 in Sweden.  While stillbirths were not unusual, still the combination of the above circumstances can be described as being a unique event.

This article was written by Örjan Hedenberg for ArkivDigital and originally published in Swedish. Click here to read in Swedish.

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