Welcome to our August Newsletter

Published 2013-08-20

It is now August and we are still enjoying some long summer days. We hope that you are enjoying the summer. We have been busy this summer adding about 600,000 new records each month. We now have about 42.5 million newly photographed color images available in our online archive. Additional church books, estate inventories, court records, military records plus many other types of records have been added.

August is the month for national genealogy conferences both in Sweden and in North America. 

Släktforskardagarna 2013 will be held this weekend in Köping, Sweden and The Federation of Genealogical Societies will hold their annual conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana also this week (August 21 to August 24).

In this Newsletter, you will find:


ArkivDigital for free August 24-25, 2013

Not everyone has the possibility to visit Köping and attend the conference. But we still wish everyone who is interested in Swedish genealogy to have an opportunity to research their Swedish heritage. To make this possible, we are offering everyone free access to ArkivDigital’s image online archive from Saturday August 24th to Sunday August 25th (CET). Take this opportunity to further your research and discover the wealth and variety of records that are available on ArkivDigital online. 

To access ArkivDigital online for free during this weekend and if you have not previously registered with us, go to the register form and create an account and then install ArkivDigital online.

Learn more how to access ArkivDigital for free (24-25 August 2013)

All current subscriptions will be extended two days because of the two free days (August 24-25).

Special Savings on Annual Subscription

If you wish to purchase a subscription, we are offering a wonderful special on an annual subscription. You can purchase an annual subscription for only 995 SEK or approximately 153 USD (regular price is 1195 SEK or approximately 184 USD). This offer is valid until September 1, 2013 and is only available for individual subscriptions. You can also purchase shorter or longer subscriptions if you prefer.

Buy now

Even if you currently have a subscription, you can take advantage of this offer. The new subscription will not begin until your current one has expired. 

Släktforskardagarna 2013

This weekend (August 24-25) the National Swedish Genealogy Conference and Exhibit (Släktforskardagarna 2013) will be held in Köping, Sweden. The conference is held every August and between 4,000 and 5,000 researchers attend this event visiting the many exhibitors, attending presentations, meeting and talking with other interested researchers. We are proud to have been selected to be the main sponsor for Släktforskardagarna 2013.

Learn more about Släktforskardagarna 2013

Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference 2013

The Federation of Genealogical Societies will be holding their annual conference in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on August 21-24. The exhibit hall will be open three days between August 22 and August 24 and admission to the exhibit hall is free. ArkivDigital will be one of the exhibitors and a product demo of ArkivDigital online will be presented in the exhibit hall at 12 PM on August 22. If you happen to be in the area, please stop by our booth (Booth # 816) for more information about ArkivDigital and assistance on your Swedish genealogy.

For more information about Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference 2013

SwedGenTour 2013

SwedGen is a group of Swedish genealogists 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. ArkivDigital is one of the sponsors and a presentation on how to use ArkivDigital will be given at each event. This year the group will be visiting Kansas and California. The events will include a two-day workshop in Lindsborg, Kansas, a one-day workshop at the Family History Library in Oakland, California and shorter programs in Kingsburg and San Diego. For more details on registration and dates, go to http://www.swedgen.se/HemsidaEng/ and click on SwedGenTour 2013.

Check our events calendar to find out other places where ArkivDigital will be exhibiting or presenting in North America.

Name Register (Släktnamnsregister)

While the church books are not searchable by name, there are some indexed name registers for some parts of Sweden on ArkivDigital online. These indexed name registers are only for non-patronymic names in church books up to 1800 but these can be very helpful if you are researching a person with a soldier’s name or non-patronymic name.

To learn more about name registers

You Asked About “Non-existing persons”

At conferences, several have asked what “non-existing persons” are because they have seen in the parish archives volumes for “records for non-existing persons”. These are lists of the names of persons whose whereabouts are unknown. Usually, they have left the parish without notifying the minister of their departure and securing the proper certificates.

For more information about Non-existing persons


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