Södermanland’s Name Register Grows!

ArkivDigital continues to publish name registers for older church books for the benefit of family history researchers. The latest addition is a number of parishes in eastern Södermanland.

The new register includes birth, marriage and death records from the oldest times (primarily at the end of the 1600’s) till around 1860 and includes the congregations in  the Nyköping area: Bergshammar, Bogsta, Bälinge, Bärbo, Dillnäs, Frustuna, Gryt, Gåsinge, Halla, Husby-Oppunda, Kattnäs, Kila, Lid, Ludgo, Lunda, Lästringe, Nykyrka, Nyköpings Västra and Sankt Nicolai, Nyköpings Östra and Helgona, Ripsa, Runtuna, Råby-Rönö, Spelvik and Stigtomta.

The register will be expanded further in the future with the following congregations: Svarta, Sättersta, Torsåker, Trosa land, Trosa town, Tuna, Tunaberg, Tystberga, Vagnhärad, Vrena and Västerljung.

The register was created by the Nyköpings-Oxelösunds genealogy society and is published thanks to an agreement between the society and ArkivDigital.

ArkivDigital has linked all the register entries to the images in the church books. This means that a researcher can quickly go from the register to the original source by a single mouse click.

sodermanlands indexSearching in the name register Births part of Södermanland

Earlier ArkivDigital added a name register for about twenty parishes in western Södermanland, as a result of a cooperation with the Katrineholm-Flen-Vingåkers genealogy society. Also, in this register, there is a direct link between the register and the original church book. See earlier blog.

ArkivDigital has ambitions to publicize several person registers, both created by the company and those created by genealogy societies around Sweden throughout the years.

“We have already completed agreements with additional societies and hopefully it will be even more,” says Mikael Karlsson, managing director of ArkivDigital.

During the spring, ArkivDigital will be adding a searchable name register for the draft registration cards (stamkorten) with military information for several hundred thousand draftees during the first half of the twentieth century.

Read original blog entry in Swedish.


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.


Adventure Skaraborg


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: Adventure Skaraborg – August 27 to September 5, 2018.

This customized travel package offers participants the possibility to walk in their ancestor’s footsteps, visit where their ancestors lived and maybe even meet living relatives. The trip is customized for each individual who participates in the trip.

The exclusive travel package includes:

  • Customized travel itinerary and a personal genealogist
  • Visits to historical and cultural sites
  • Travel itinerary includes one day in Gothenburg, five days in Skaraborg County and four days in Stockholm.
  • Cost is $4000 and includes hotels (double room, additional price for single room), travel insurance, a local genealogy researcher, transportation in Sweden and more. Airfare is not included. Roundtrip airfare between Sweden and Chicago O’Hare is approximately $1,000.

Genealogists specializing in the Skaraborg area will communicate with trip participants prior to their travels in helping them discover more about their Swedish roots. The participant doesn’t need to have any genealogical research skills.

For more details about Adventure Skaraborg, click here.

If you are interested in participating in this trip or wish more information, the primary contact is Annelie Jonsson and her email is tagesdotter@gmail.com. The second contact is Linnea Bengtsson, International Business Developer for Skaraborg County. She is based in Rockford, Illinois and her email is: linnea.bengtsson@lidkoping.se.

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.


Swedish American Church Book Record Types

ArkivDigital’s online library includes many Swedish American church books from Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and a few from Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. Below are the types of records that you will find in the various congregations However, the type of records that were kept and preserved varies by congregation.

  1. Congregation records or church registers (Församlingsböcker)
  2. Birth and christening records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
  3. Marriage records (Vigselböcker)
  4. Death and burial records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
  5. Catechetical records (Konfirmationsbok)
  6. Protocols (Protokoll)
  7. Accountings (Räkenskaper)
  8. Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
  9. Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
  10. Anniversary documents (Jubileumsskrift)

Congregation Books (Församlingsböcker)
The congregation records or church registers include similar information to the Swedish household or congregation records. The type of information you may find includes:  the names of the household members, birth date, birth place, baptismal date, marriage dates of the head of the household, arrival date in America and arrival date in the congregation. Some of these books have alphabetical name indexes. These records are very helpful in identifying where a person came from in Sweden.

Omaha Congregation RecordCongregation book from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:1 (1868-1890) Image 74 / page 69 (AID: v883292.b74.s69, NAD: ) Link.

Birth and Christening Records (Födelse- och dopböcker)
The birth and christening records are somewhat similar to the Swedish birth and christening records. The contents do vary by congregation but they usually contain the child’s name, birth date, baptismal date, names of parents and names of baptismal witnesses.  Most of the time the mother’s married name and not maiden name is presented. These records are organized in chronological order often by baptismal date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha birthsRecords of baptisms from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 21 / page 35 (AID: v883294.b21.s35, NAD: ) Link.

Marriage Records (Vigselböcker)
The marriage records are an important source because it is the one source where the female’s maiden name is shown. The contents in the marriage record usually include the names of the groom and bride, date of the marriage and the places where the bride and groom are from. These records are organized in chronological order.

omaha marriageRecords of Marriages from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 59 / page 173 (AID: v883294.b59.s173, NAD: ) Link.

Death and Burial Records (Död- och begravningsböcker)
The death and burial records sometimes called “Records of Funerals” show the deceased’s name, death date, burial date, age, sometimes names of nearest relatives and cause of death. Unfortunately, abbreviations may be used in names such as “P. A. Swanson” versus the complete name and married women are often noted as “Mrs. Charles Eklund”.  These are organized in chronological order usually by the funeral date. Occasionally, there is a cross reference to the family in the church register or congregation record.

omaha burialsRecords of Funerals from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 98 / page 291 (AID: v883294.b98.s291, NAD: ) Link.

Catechetical (Konfirmationsbok)
The catechetical records provide names of the persons confirmed. Most of the time, these are only list of names but occasionally, the birth date and the names of the parents of the confirmed will be shown.

Protocols (Protokoll)
The protocols are administrative records for the parish. They contain minutes of administrative meetings and decisions relating to parish matters.

Accountings (Räkenskaper)
The account books will include records of financial transactions such as cash books, bookkeeping records and real estate transactions.

Member reception records (Intagna medlemmar)
These records record new members of the parish usually stating the name of the person, date of admission and the place where the person came from.

Member dismissal records (Utträdda medlemmar)
These records record the names of members who leave the parish. Usually, you will find the name of the person, departure date and where the person is going to.

omaha dismissalRecords of Dismissals of Members from Omaha Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Nebraska, USA (NE) Vol:4 (1894-1916) Image 85 / page 247 (AID: v883294.b85.s247, NAD: ) Link.

Church anniversary document (Jubileumsskrift)
In many congregation archives you will find a church anniversary document celebrating a number of years in existence such as 25 years, 50 years, 75 years or 100 years. These documents usually present a short history of the church or a church organization such as a singing group or other group within the church. Sometimes in addition to the history of the church, biographical information and photos of members of the church are included.

Other documents (Övriga handlingar)
You may find other documents dependent upon the parish such as church school records, tomb or cemetery records, historical notes, church constitution, and attachments to migration records, newspaper clippings and other types of documents.

More information about Swedish American church books:
Searching for a parish of origin in the Kansas church books.


Many church books from Nebraska are now online

During the summer, we published a blog that we were photographing Swedish American church books in Nebraska. See earlier blog. Since then, we have been working at full speed photographing and publishing the material.

We have photographed many types of documents, everything from congregation books, birth, marriage and death books to protocols, church accounts and much more. We have published over 110,000 images from 110 congregations. Still more material will be added in the future.

bertrand church

An image out of the Bertrand Immanuel Lutheran Church’s “Church-Register” for the years 1883-1907. For church members born in Sweden, both the birth parish and county are noted in the record. Link.


You can access these records by doing the following:

  • Select New archive search in ArkivDigital
  • Select County
  • Select Nebraska

Click here to read original blog in Swedish.


New aerial photograph archive in ArkivDigital – AB Stockholms Aero

We have now published another aerial photo archive in ArkivDigital, AB Stockholms Aero / Bromma Flygbild.

Flygbild1196883-beskärd-1024x788Image is from Högsätersleden in Värmland

AB Stockholms Aero, also known as ASA Airlines, was a player in the Swedish air industry from 1950 to 1965. They operated flight schools in several locations throughout Sweden, engaged in aerial photography and also were involved in the sale of Auster aircraft.

When the company went bankrupt in 1965, the aerial photographs were purchased by Bromma Flygbild. This company existed between 1965-1970. As far as we know Bromma Flygbild was not engaged in aerial photographing but only in the sale of images from AB Stockholms Aero.

In order to view the aerial photographs, an All-in-One subscription is required and one must use ArkivDigital’s web version.

You can read more about our aerial photographs in a blog that was published earlier. Click here to read the previous blog.

You can view an instruction film at the following link. Only in Swedish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJKUathAuV4&feature=youtu.be


Population of Sweden 1880-1920 grows and now becomes 1860-1920

ArkivDigital’s largest and most popular searchable name index, Population of Sweden 1880-1920, is growing. The name index register has been expanded to include 20 additional years and now includes the years from 1860 to 1920.

The name register was already Sweden’s largest personal name register with 47 million entries. Mikael Karlsson, ArkivDigital’s managing director announced, “Now an additional 26 million posts have been added in partnership with MyHeritage. This makes the register more usable for family history researchers. Also, persons who disappeared in the 1860’s and 1870’s now can be easily tracked.”

The index, Population of Sweden 1860-1920, is a name searchable index of all the household books covering these years. This means that a person who has moved several times in his life, can be found posted in many entries, which means that the index is much larger than what the population of Sweden was at that time.

The index is not only the largest one that exists in Sweden; it is also the most user friendly and easiest to use. There is a direct link to the original source from the search result page. You click on the link and immediately you see your ancestor in the actual volume. It can’t get much easier!

1860 search

The index, Population of Sweden 1860-1920, is available in ArkivDigital’s All-in-one subscription. In ArkivDigital’s web version, you click on “New index search” and then select Population of Sweden1860-1920 under “Index search”. Then you enter in the desired name in the search box below “Search index”. There are also advanced search possibilities.

If the name is unusual, it is often sufficient to only enter the first and last name but for more common names one should also enter additional information such as birth date and birth place. At first, one should enter minimum search information. If the search results are too many, then add additional search information until the search result list becomes manageable. Then click on the desired entry and all the details will be displayed. Under the heading “Links”, you will find a direct link to the actual record in the household book.

During the 19th century, the household books were the most important source for recording population information. The household books were organized geographically compiling data for each household in the congregation. Along with the other church books: birth, marriage, death moving in/out books, one gains a deep understanding of one’s ancestor. The household books were created for all parts of Sweden except for a number of the large congregations within Stockholm city. In Stockholm, another method, the roteman system, was used to record the population. Thus, many people who lived in Stockholm are missing in the Population of Sweden 1860-1920 index. One can search for people living in Stockholm in the Rotemansarkivet 1878-1926 which is available on the Stockholm City Archives website.

Read the announcement in Swedish by clicking here.


Many tax registers in ArkivDigital

Old tax registers or population registers (mantalslängder) may not sound like a particular exciting research source. And many who look at tax registers are not easily impressed. Mostly just names, columns and numbers.

However, as we go back in time, the information in the household records becomes less detailed and the household records often do not exist in the late 1700’s or in prior times. It is at this time that the tax registers become a valuable source for the family researcher. Particularly useful are the tax or population registers (mantalslängderna), which begin around 1630.

The tax registers or population registers were created annually and are, like the household records, organized topographically by parish and village or farm. A single volume does not say so much. But when one follows the registers through a succession of years, one can follow developments and changes on a farm or village. This data can then be combined with the birth, marriage and death records, and often one can see the changes within a family nearly as clearly as if the household records had been preserved. The information in the tax registers or population registers varies over time and in different areas of the country.

tax register october 2017At the time around the change of the century between the 1700’s and 1800’s, there is often good information in the columns in the tax register. In the above tax register which refers to Nätra parish in the year, 1803, you will columns for taxes referring to pocket watches (fickur) (gold or silver) and the use of silk (sidentyg).

In ArkivDigital, you can find tax registers or population registers for all of Sweden from the beginning up until the 1800’s (often 1820). Several copies of tax registers or population registers (mantalslängder) were created and they are preserved in different archives. Thus, they can sometimes be difficult to find.

The first series are found with the local authorities. You can search for these in the following archives in the English interface in ArkivDigital:

  • District registrar (Swedish – häradsskrivare)
  • Alternative archives
    • Kronokamrer
    • Kronokassör
    • Mantalskontor
    • Taxation Authority (Swedish – Uppbördsverk)
    • Kommunalborgmästare
    • Crown bailiff (Swedish – kronofogde)

The second series is at the regional level or county level in the regional archives or search for the country archives in the English interface.

The third series are at the national level in Stockholm. In the English interface, search in the chamber archive. Or you can enter mantalslängder 1642–1820 or länsräkenskaper in the search box. For Stockholm city, you can find population registers and other tax register in the Överståthållarämbetets archive.

Concerning the third series of the tax registers or population registers those named Mantalslängder 1642-1820, we are prioritizing photographing volumes for the counties and years that are missing in the other series. This is an ongoing project and more volumes will be added online. For the first two series, the photographing is now complete.

ArkivDigital is working currently to make it simpler to find all these tax or population registers.

Read original blog in Swedish.


September Events in North America


During September, we will be exhibiting and giving presentations about ArkivDigital at GenealogyKC 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Nordic Family History Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and at FinnFest USA in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will also be traveling with Swedish genealogists from Sweden for the SwedGen Tour 2017 with stops in Madison, Wisconsin, Rock Island, Illinois during September and Lindsborg, Kansas in October.

GenealogyKC 2017 – Kansas City, Missouri
GenealogyKC 2017 is a conference for those interested in family history and will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on September 8-9th. Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving presentations on ArkivDigital and Swedish genealogy on both days of the conference. Click here for program and registration information.

Nordic Family History Conference – Salt Lake City, Utah and Webinar
On Tuesday, September 12, Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving three presentations on ArkivDigital at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as part of the week long Nordic Family History Conference. There will be 120 seats available onsite and 500 spots for webinar attendees. In person and webinar attendance is free, but you must register.  Click here for program and registration information.

FinnFest USA – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be giving a presentation about ArkivDigital at the Finland 100 Genealogy Forum on Thursday, September 21st at FinnFest USA at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More Information.

SwedGen 2017
Swedish genealogists from Sweden along with Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital will be leading one-day Swedish genealogy workshops in Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd, Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th and a 2-day workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7-8. There will be lectures on records on ArkivDigital, Swedish emigration and culture, historical maps and other Swedish genealogy topics along with opportunities for individual consultations. This will be a great learning opportunity for both the beginner and the advanced researcher.

Click here for program and registration information for Madison, Wisconsin on September 23rd.

Click here for program and registration information for Rock Island, Illinois on September 30th.

Click here for program and registration information for Lindsborg, Kansas on October 7th and 8th.

More information about SwedGen 2017.

Visit our event calendar to see events in North America.


Swedish Genealogy Workshops in Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas


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.