parish registers

14 Nov 2015

Free Access to Swedish Records This Weekend

Get free access to Swedish records 14-15 November 2015 at ArkivDigital.
 

Click here to get started searching 57 million pages of Swedish parish and household exam records. Specifically, ArchivDigital Sweden holds

about 190,000 historical books, documents and records or 57 million digital color images of Swedish church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records and other historical records. We use modern technology to digitalize the records directly from the original books and we extend the image database with more than 600,000 color images each month.

Get free access to Swedish records in their archives searching by county and parish name, district name, record type, etc. Search results are improved when using Swedish spelling and diacritical marks when searching, e.g. Örebro rathr than Orebro.

If you subscribe to Legacy webinars, watch the one with Kathleen Meade entitled, “Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online,” for excellent tips on using this resource.

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13 Sep 2015

Using ArchivDigital Sweden

Interested in using ArchivDigital Sweden to find Swedish ancestors?
On Wednesday, I was fortunate to be in the audience for the Legacy webinar with Kathleen Meade entitled, “Research Your Swedish Ancestors in Living Color Using ArkivDigital Online.”

There were so many helpful tips for using ArchivDigital Sweden that after this webinar, a one-year subscription seemed well worth the cost to me. Using ArchivDigital Sweden image database offers
about 190 000 historical books, documents and records or 56 million digital color images of Swedish church records, estate inventories, court records, tax/census records and other historical records. We use modern technology to digitalize the records directly from the original books and we extend the image database with more than 600,000 color images each month.

Using ArkivDigital Sweden is a snap via an online subscription service called ArkivDigital online, which provides online access to the entire image database for a specific period of time. Download the Coverage Table here . You can also search their database by county […]

8 Nov 2014

Arkivdigital Swedish Records Free This Weekend

Arkivdigital Swedish Records Free This Weekend – apologies for the short notice, but those of us researching in Sweden should take advantage of this offer.
ArkivDigital features online archives containing church books (parish records) from the 1600s to 1894 for all of Sweden (household examinations, moving in and out records, birth, marriage and death records). Also available are many of the modern church books (1895-1942), including congregation books,moving in and out records, birth, marriage and death records that are available within Swedish record privacy constraints.

This weekend access is free to all available records.

Check to see what church books are available for a parish by going to www.arkivdigital.net and click on the section image database. (Swedish law limits access to records from 1929 to 1950 because it falls within the current restrictions on information from the last 70 years.)

ArkivDigital improves on the records available from LDS microfilm (about 100 million pages from the Swedish archives) and the records available from […]

13 May 2014

German Card for Genealogy Research

The German Card is the best $5 I’ve ever spent, certainly in research terms.
The SGGS German Card is a four-panel card, hinged and laminated, that folds up to the size of a credit card. Around the outside edges of the panels are Kurrentschrift or Alte Deutsche Schrift (“old German script”) and Fraktur alphabets, showing both upper and lower case, arranged so that you can hold each letter directly under the German word you are trying to decipher. It is designed to be carried in one’s wallet or purse for use in the library or at the archives. I have one in my wallet and one by my desktop computer.

This pocket research aid is exclusively available from the Sacramento German Genealogy Society.

The German Card includes:

Old German alphabets – upper case and lower case, for both the old German handwriting and the printed Gothic font
Basic German vocabulary words as used in church and civil records
U.S. census dates for years in which pertinent immigration information appears
Basic German genealogy resources
Major symbols used in old German genealogical recordkeeping
Soundex Code

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