Free Access to ArkivDigital on November 14-15

This weekend, November 14-15, we will open our digital online archive and give all new users free access to ArkivDigital. Over 57 million images or approximately 114 million photographed historical pages are accessible to all who want to test how to research with us.

This is a unique opportunity to explore Swedish historical sources; everything from church books and estate inventories to military records and court records are found in ArkivDigital. There are also prison documents, tax registers, documents from the Second World War and much more.

For those who are entirely new users or for those who haven’t used ArkivDigital in a while, this is a unique opportunity to explore or maybe rediscover the historical treasures which are available in our continually growing database.

The free days happen in connection with Archives Day which will be celebrated at many places throughout the Nordic countries. Many archives, libraries and genealogical societies will be open to the public offering lectures, exhibitions and archive tours.

Take this opportunity to take advantage of these free days!

Go to our website this weekend:

Coming special offer: 1 month for 195 SEK or about 22 USD
In connection with the Archives Day, we will have a special offer on a monthly subscription for 195 SEK or about 22 USD (regular price 225 SEK or about 26 USD). The offer begins on Friday, November 13th and is valid up to and including Thursday, November 19, 2015.


Tax Registers (Mantalslängder)

The tax/population registers (mantalslängderna) are an important replacement source in cases where the parish records have been destroyed.  Even in cases where the church records have not been destroyed, the household examination records only go back to the early 1800’s or late 1700’s in many parishes.

The tax/population registers exist from the middle of the 1600’s and while they are not as detailed as the household examination records; they do provide the possibility to continue to follow a family backwards.

Several copies of the tax registers were created. ArkivDigital is photographing the two copies which are preserved at the regional archives primarily the district/city registers and the county rural copies.

The original copy of the tax register exists in the district (häradsskrivarnas) archive. This is the copy that one should use since as a rule it is the one that generally contains the most information. The district office was responsible for the tax registers for the rural areas.  For the cities, you can find original copies of the tax registers in the city hall and magistrates archive, crown treasurer’s archive (kronokassörens arkiv), crown accountancy (kronokamrerarens) or tax collection (uppbördsverkets) archives.

Below is an image of a 1787 tax register for Svenarum parish in Jönköpng county.

Svenarum mantal Jönköpings läns landskontor EIII:34 (1787-1788) Image 158 / page 299 (AID: v400751b.b158.s299, NAD: SE/VALA/01971)  Link

To search for the above record, one method is:

  1. Click on advanced options in the ArkivDigital program.
  2. Search by archive type.
  3. In the archive selection, select country office.
  4. Select Jönköpings läns landskontor.
  5. Open the population register volume that includes the year 1787.
  6. Open the volume and look for a place or parish index.
  7. You will find a place index at the following reference: Jönköpings läns landskontor EIII:34 (1787-1788) Image 3 (AID: v400751b.b3, NAD: SE/VALA/01971)  Link
  8. The place index states that the tax register for Svenarum for 1787 begins on page 298.
  9. Go to page 298 and you will find the beginning page for the 1787 tax register for Svenarum parish as shown above.

For most counties, the copies of the tax registers up to 1820 from the regional archives are now available on ArkivDigital. These records are found in the district registrar or country office archives.


Ancestors from Åland, Finland? You can find them in ArkivDigital!

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Åland, an autonomous region of Finland, is the only area outside of Sweden where ArkivDigital has photographed extensively.  If you have an ancestor from Åland, you are in luck.  You will find many types of records for Åland in ArkivDigital’s online archive.  Below is a summary of the records.


Church Books
You will find church books for Åland’s sixteen parishes: Brändö, Eckerö, Finström, Föglö, Geta, Hammarland, Jomala, Kumlinge, Kökar, Lemland, Lumparland, Mariehamn, Saltvik, Sottunga, Sund (with Skarpans) and Vårdö.  The privacy act only allows the photographing of records up to around 1885

Estate Inventories and Judicial Records
In Åland’s judicial district archive (domsagas arkiv), you will find estate inventories up to 1916, court records up to 1900 and land registration protocols (lagfartsprotokollen) up till 1901 along with other documents such as guardianship protocols, bankruptcies and house inspection records.

Tax Registers and Land Records
In Åland’s district archive (häradsskrivares arkiv), you will find tax registers up to 1933 and also land records.

And in Åland’s land bureau archive (Ålands lantmäteribyrå arkiv), you will find village maps mainly from the 1700s and 1800s (and sometimes later).  There you can get an idea of how the village looked when your ancestor lived there.  You can find explanations (in Swedish) of what the maps show in the Ålands lantmäteribyrå volumes 1b: 1-36.

Find Åland Records in ArkivDigital
You can find Åland records in the online archive by selecting “Search archive” in the ArkivDigital program and then click on “Advanced search”.  Then you select the county or province archive type (it does not matter which one) and select Åland and you will get a list of all the records that are available for Åland.

You can find a list of all the records that are available for Åland here.


Happy New Year from ArkivDigital!

happy new yearTomorrow is New Year’s Eve and all of us at ArkivDigital wish all of you a Happy New Year and much success with your research in 2015.

During 2014, we photographed many new records and now have more than 51 million color images for historical research in our online archive.  We have focused on photographing county and district population/tax registers (mantalslängder) from earliest times to 1820, seaman house records along with estate inventories (bouppteckningar) for the years 1901 to 1940. In addition many other types of records have been added to the archive during the year.

We launched two blogs this year: one in Swedish and one in English. In addition we have published a beginner’s handbook in Swedish for new researchers, “Börja släktforska med ArkivDigital” (Begin to research with ArkivDigital).  Even though it is in Swedish, some English readers have found it helpful. Link to the handbook.

For the second consecutive year, ArkivDigital has received the Di Gasell-utmärkelsen, an award recognizing that we are a rapidly growing company (Link to Swedish press release). We have in addition entered a multiyear research partnership with Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, with the goal to further develop innovative methods for image processing and image analysis (Link to Swedish press release).

In August 2014, ArkivDigital was the head sponsor for Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna)  in Karlstad and we will again be the head sponsor for Genealogy Days (Släktforskardagarna) in Nyköping  in 2015.  We also participated in North America’s largest genealogy conference, RootsTech in Salt Lake City,Utah, and we will return again this February.

We look forward to an equally exciting 2015. Happy New Year!