Try ArkivDigital for free this weekend!

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From today and through Sunday, November 10, we are giving free access to everyone who wants to try ArkivDigital. Take this opportunity to learn more about your ancestors and family and discover your own unique history.

You can browse for free more than 85 million newly photographed color images such as Swedish church books, estate inventories, passenger ship manifests and many other historical documents. Also, discover our index search. You can now search by name in many church books such as the household/congregation books for all of Sweden between 1860 and 1947, estate inventories and other documents that have been indexed. Today, there are more than 160 million names in our indexes. In addition, you can view several million aerial photos from all over Sweden for free!

 

If you have never used ArkivDigital before, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to discover all the exciting material contained in our online archive.

If you have been a previous ArkivDigital customer but have not used the service for a while, you can take this opportunity to explore all the new records and indexes that have been added in recent months. Maybe you can supplement your genealogy with new information,

Read more here: https://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/try-for-free

This offer to freely access ArkivDigital is in effect from now until Sunday, November 10, 2019. If you are not registered with us, you first need to register by clicking this link: https://www.arkivdigital.net/users/register

Feel free to invite your friends and relatives to take advantage of this free offer. Enjoy the free days!

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Genealogical Adventures in Sweden!

The Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden – is a network focused on promoting genealogical and heritage travels to Sweden for Swedish-Americans and other interested persons.

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The Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden was formed to help those who are planning a trip to Sweden to visit one’s ancestor’s homeland by:

  • Providing genealogical research or assistance.
  • Planning your trip and stay in Sweden.
  • Contacting relatives in Sweden.
  • Providing a guide to show you the places in Sweden that you wish to see, specifically where your ancestor lived.

You may want help with all four items or only one. You can travel on your own, with your family, with friends, with a group or in a tour.

The Network will arrange for you to get in contact with a genealogist and/or guide in the area of Sweden where your ancestors lived. Network members work together to make your trip easy and as rewarding as possible.

It can be difficult to visit a new country without knowing anyone. One previous traveler commented:

“Without knowing the language and how to research in the country; it is difficult to find other places or people who are living relatives or know about ancestors of one’s family.”

The Network was created in March 2019, by Anna Broman of Takvandring AB (Rooftop Tours) in Sundsvall and Annelie Jonsson, chairwoman of the Adventure Skaraborg Society in Falköping after a travel agency in the United States asked the Adventure Skaraborg Society for a recommendation for a researcher and guide in the province of Medelpad. After this initial contact was made, the Network was created.

The network membership consists of many experienced genealogy researchers as well as guides who are skilled in arranging small group trips and tours for Swedish-Americans.

The number of members in the network has grown since March 2019 and continues to grow. Members come from Lappland in the North to Skåne in the South.  The Network includes members of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG).

Visit our website, The Network Genealogical Adventures in Sweden to learn more about our services and discover how we can help you search your Swedish roots and locate living relatives.

All of us in the Network look forward to inquiries or requests for genealogy work of any kind from you.

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Soon it will be easier to research in Värmland!

Wonderful news for all with Värmland roots! Soon, it will be easier to search for your Värmland ancestors. This is thanks to the Värmland Genealogical Society which has allowed ArkivDigital to acquire the church book register which the society has created. The register which is named the Värmland’s Church Book Register (Värmlands Kryrkboksregister) was created over a period of years by members of the society as well as work from some labor market projects. The register was previously published on a DVD/USB. This register will be available in ArkivDigital.

“We see ArkivDigital as a natural partner,” says Lars-Göran Jansson, chairman of the Värmland Genealogical Society.

The new register will include more than 1.2 million index entries for births, marriages and deaths for the majority of Värmland parishes. The fact that this information will become searchable in ArkivDigital will make it much easier for all researchers who have Värmland ancestors when one no longer has to browse page by page in the church books but simply look for the person with a simple search.

Warmland mapMap of Värmland. The map is borrowed from the Postmuseum’s collection at DigitaltMuseum.

ArkivDigital customers will be able to search by name, year, location plus much more. When one has found the information, one can easily click on the original source record to check the information. ArkivDigital is beginning to link the register entries to the church book records and, in a few months, the Värmland register will become available to ArkivDigital customers.

ArkivDigital’s goal is to publish more indexes including those produced by the company and those that have been created by organizations around Sweden over the years.

“We welcome genealogical societies to contact us, if they have registers of church books or other old documents,” says Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital.

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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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Name index of Papyrus Paper Mill Employees

Papyrus AB was a paper mill, located in Mölndahl, Sweden. The mill produced wood pulp, fine paper and cardboard and was considered the most technically advanced paper mill in Sweden. The company was founded in 1895 and ceased through a reorganization in 1991.

For about a year, ArkivDigital’s online library has included around ninety volumes of Papyrus employee information. More than 30,000 images are in this collection. To make it easier to navigate in the most interesting sections of the collection, we have created a new name searchable index, Employees at Papyrus.

The index, created by Leif Carlsson, includes over 9,200 index entries. For some employees, there is only one register index record; for other employees, there are multiple entries. The register covers forty years, from the beginning of the 1910’s to the beginning of the 1950’s.

papyrus register

An All-in-one subscription is required to access the index, Employees At Papyrus. To open the index, login at app.arkivdigital.se.

  • Go to index search.
  • Under index source, select Employees at Papyrus.
  • Enter your search information and click search.

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Herdaminne – Personal History of Ministers

There are many types of records within ArkivDigital. One interesting set of records is the herdaminne. The herdaminne is a personal history of clergy who served in the Swedish church since the middle ages. In most cases, you can find a very detailed biography, including the person’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, family members, status, and other biographical notations. Sometimes, you will even find photographs. If you have an ancestor who was a member of the Swedish clergy, these records can be a valuable tool for researching your ancestor.

The herdaminnen are published books that were mostly published between the late 1800’s and present date for all the dioceses within Sweden. In order to find a herdaminne for a particular member of the clergy, you need to know the name of the parish he served in and the name of the diocese (stift) that the parish belonged to. There were some changes in the organizational structure so one needs to verify the diocese the parish belonged to for the designated time period.

Within ArkivDigital, you will find herdaminnen for the following dioceses: four in Sweden and one in Finland.

  • Göteborg
  • Skara
  • Uppsala
  • Växjö
  • Åbo (Finland)

You can find these by selecting archive search and then selecting archive type, printed literature. Select country, Sweden, for the herdaminnen in Sweden and select the country, Finland, for the one in Finland.

Below is an example of a biographical sketch plus a photo for the minister, Peter Magnus Bergström, who was born in Algutsboden on the 14th of January 1811.

herdaminnenVäxjö stifts herdaminne (F, G, H) 3 (1929) Image 810 / Page 151 (AID: v903640.b810.s151)

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View list of Swedish parishes in web version!

One comment that we have heard several times at recent conferences is “I can’t see a list of all the parishes in Sweden in ArkivDigital’s web version”. In order to see the list of  parishes in the web version, one must do the following:

parish searchListing of 2,859 parishes within Sweden

You will see a listing of 2,859 parishes. The parishes are listed in alphabetical order. Remember that there are three additional letters in the Swedish alphabet: Å, Ä, Ö. These letters are at the end of the alphabet.

You can further limit your search by county or province. Make sure the country selected is Sweden. Sweden is the default country. Under Swedish county, you can select a desired county and then only the parishes for that county will be selected. In the example below, the county of Kalmar was selected. Now only the 127 parishes for Kalmar are shown.

kalmar searchList of Kalmar parishes

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Name Register Review

ArkivDigital’s goal is to make Swedish research quicker and easier. We have added the Population of Sweden 1860-1947, a name searchable index of all the household/congregation books for all of Sweden with a direct link to the original record. We have added searchable name indexes for births, marriages, and death records for parts of Sweden primarily for the county of Kronoberg, many parishes in Södermanland county and a few other parishes with a direct link to the original record. Our goal is to index all the birth, marriage and death records for all of Sweden with links to the original records and this is in progress but will take some time.

Meanwhile, we would like to point out we do have printed name registers for various church books such as marriage name indexes for parishes in Gotland, name registers in some of the large city parishes and other name registers. We have written blogs about these name registers in the past and today we would like to present a summary of these blogs.

Name Registers
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-registers/

Name registers in parish archives
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/name-registers-in-parish-archives/

Stockholm City church book registers
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/stockholm-city-church-book-registers/

Gotland marriage name indexes
http://blog.arkivdigital.net/gotland-marriage-name-indexes/

stockholm cith birth indexA page out the Klara parish birth book register for the years 1744-1780. The register is organized alphabetically and gives a reference to the volume and page number where you will find the complete record. Klara (A, AB) FbReg:3 (1744-1780) Image 190 / Page 29 (AID: v883771.b190.s29, NAD: SE/SSA/0010)

1758 stockholm recordThe birth record for Anders on the 7th of September 1758 in Klara parish. Klara (A, AB) CIb:1 (1755-1764) Image 115 / Page 221 (AID: v87351.b115.s221, NAD: SE/SSA/0010)

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Estate Inventory (Bouppteckning) Review

Usually the first set of Swedish records one looks at when one begins one’s Swedish genealogical research are the Swedish church books. These books are wonderful and contain so much information. For many, the next set of records are the estate inventories because these records provide genealogical information as well as offer a deeper understanding of one’s ancestor’s life.

Today, we have estate inventories for all of Sweden from the earliest times (approximately early 1700’s) up to 1940 in ArkivDigital. We are currently adding records up to 1960. For a complete status as of February 2019, click here.

We are also beginning to index by name the estate inventories and the name of the index source is inventory of estate. Click here to get an update of what estate inventories have been indexed. Click here to get more information about estate inventory indexes.

estate inventory aprilSearching for an estate inventory using the inventory of estate index

Below you will find a listing of tutorials and blogs where you can find more information on how to find and research in the estate inventories.

  • Introduction to Swedish estate inventory research
    https://www.arkivdigital.net/swedish-genealogy/swedish-estate-inventories (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-bouppteckning-reading-example (Link)
  • Tips for finding an estate inventory register in an estate inventory volume
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/tips-for-finding-an-estate-inventory-register-in-an-estate-inventory-volume (Link)
  • Solving a genealogical mystery using an estate inventory
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/where-did-klara-settle-in-north-america (Link)
  • Discovering an emigration place in the estate inventories (Link)
  • Browsing in the estate inventories
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/the-daughters-dowries (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/burial-costs (Link)
    http://blog.arkivdigital.net/estate-inventory-more-than-300-pages (Link)

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Memory Album (Minnesalbum) from Frederic Trade Lake Baptist Church in Wisconsin

Today, in ArkivDigital we have Swedish American church records for the following states:

  • Iowa – 60 congregations
  • Kansas – 98 congregations
  • Minnesota – 106 congregations
  • Missouri – 7 congregations
  • Nebraska – 119 congregations
  • Oklahoma – 1 congregation
  • South Dakota 1 congregation
  • Wisconsin – 12 congregations

In many of these archives along with church records such as membership, birth, marriage, death, reception and dismissal records, you will often find anniversary booklets and historical notes that present a history of the congregation, ministers and early settlers. In browsing these books, one will find many items of historical and also genealogical interest. In the archives for the Frederic Trade Lake Baptist Church in Burnett County, Wisconsin, you will find a minnesalbum or a memory album.

This congregation was established on the 5th of June 1869 in Knut Anderson’s schoolhouse. Below is an image listing the names of the early congregants and where they came from in Sweden.

frederic trade blogFrederic Trade Lake Baptist Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:25 Image 58 (AID: v904644.b58) (left side of the image)

Below is an image of John Ring, the first pastor of the church, and his wife.

john ringFrederic Trade Lake Baptist Church, Wisconsin, USA (WI) Vol:25 Image 58 (AID: v904644.b58) (right side of the image)

John Ring or Jonas Ring was born in Delsbo, Gävleborg, Sweden on the 16th of February 1829. (Note – the record in the album states that he is from Ilsbo but he was actually born in Delsbo but did live part of his life in Ilsbo.)  He and his wife and children emigrated from Sundsvall, Västernorrland. Below is the household record showing them moving to America along with a notation that he and his wife are Baptists.

ring household recordSundsvalls Gustav Adolf (Y) AI:6b (1851-1866) Image 179 / Page 468 (AID: v122499.b179.s468, NAD: SE/HLA/1010190)

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