WACKY Wednesday: Swedish Lutheran Records on MyHeritage

Myrt’s guest is Jason Oller, a former managing editor at FamilySearch, who now works at MyHeritage. He explains these records note any special events that happened like birth, or a marriage, or a death, or whether they moved out of the parish or whether they moved into their Parish and run from about 1684 through 1945.

Though we focus on Lutheran Records during this webinar, there are many additional Swedish record sets unique to MyHeritage. Check it out the holdings at https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-Sweden/sweden-genealogy-vital-records

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0:02 Five four three two one hello everybody

0:07I’m DearMYRTLE your friend in genealogy and Mr Myrt and I are going out for dinner and so I’m just talking through

0:15the extra microphone at my um workstation here I’d like to introduce my very distant cousin

0:22Fräu·lein Schmidt who will be hosting to me this evening as we discuss Swedish

0:29Lutheran records that are found at my Heritage in digital format and so for

0:37 Fräu·lein Schmidt take it away well good evening everyone I see that we

0:42are um have all our ducks in a row um cousin Russ I forgot to share the

0:48link and you know how dear Myrtle is she gets so excited on these evenings that she can take off and uh leave the leave

0:56the the rest of us at the helm uh let me share that link so that we can have a

1:01few people join us if they wished you on the panel thank you while you do while

1:07you’re doing that we have a comment coming in from the community from Down Under Laura says me Swedish descended

1:14Dutch I’m sorry I’m going to miss that word so Burger so you could read it

1:21descendant Dutch Burger yes Burger very good

1:26all right and did you and Laura is from Australia we have a couple of other people viewing this at the moment and

1:34let me talk to you a little bit about this gentleman um who has joined us on the panel this

1:41is Jason Oller he is from my Heritage but if you’ve been following his dance

1:47card of late you’ll see that previously he worked uh with special projects and

1:54was a managing partner relationships at family search and you will then see the

1:59before that he worked for seven years on managing and producing index content

2:05over at ancestry.com you know cousin Russ we gotta have a dance card to keep

2:11track of Who’s Who and where’s where you bet okay but it’s all good so let me put

2:17the camera on you Jason um and you might want to unmute your mic for a bit so that we can talk to you a

2:23little bit oh you really don’t want to put that camera on this well it’s all about building trust

2:30because people that and can become familiar with who you are I understand that you demonstrated Swedish Lutheran

2:38records to Dear Myrtle when you all met at NGS The National genealogical Society

2:44conference uh this past may this is still the same month of May

2:51um and she was quite taken with what you have to offer at my very kind very kind

2:58well yeah no it’s a really exciting offering that we have that we just managed to publish in the past few

3:04months I was excited to share it well and I think that uh folks who are not

3:09familiar with my Heritage you might want to start sharing your screen for a second Jason I will get the camera back

3:15over to you in a minute my Heritage principally was known throughout the

3:21rest of the world other than the United States they’ve been doing it some work

3:27recently um on man on the street kind of things with the instant discoveries in Norway

3:33in Oslo um but in the past few years since the 1940s census came out my Heritage has

3:41made a big push to try to capture those who have uh who live in the United

3:47States or in this U.S market so to speak but before too long we will find as

3:55we’re doing our ancestral research that you’ve got ancestors perhaps in Sweden

4:01Mr Myrt I understand of course now they’re out of cell phone range they turn their cell phone off when they go

4:07go to dinner on Wacky Wednesday evenings but he has Swedish ancestors

4:13um and so this record group is going to be very interesting oh good Jason I see

4:19that we’ve got a comment from the community and then we’ll switch over and look at your my Heritage screen Anna

4:26Matthew says my parental grandmother’s parents immigrated from Sweden in the

4:32late 1880s so that’s an interesting migration pattern and perhaps you can give us some

4:39more feedback as to where they ended up settling in the 1880s quite interesting

4:45no an interesting piece of that I mean all throughout Sweden from about 1850s to early 1900s Sweden lost about one

4:53percent of their population per year to immigration oh my god there were Mass immigrations around that period of time

4:59so her relatives were not alone wow so they probably came with people

5:05they knew friends neighbors and Associates I have a little PowerPoint you’d like to

5:11run before we get into the actual Swedish record sure let me just pull this up here okay see it there if I’m

5:19lucky you’ll do you’ll do just fine uh by the way folks

5:24um this just goes to show you that it doesn’t take very long to figure out how to use Google hangouts or hangouts on

5:31air the on-air ones record automagically on YouTube but I see that Jason has

5:38pulled up a brief PowerPoint uh to show us uh or get us oriented to these

5:45examination books and uh let’s talk about it show us what you’ve got absolutely so just a little background

5:52on these household examination books I mean it to start with these were examination books where the parish

5:59priests starting in 18 or in 1684 uh were directed to go to Every household

6:05within their parish and uh testing evidence on their knowledge of the catechism

6:11so this started in 1684 but was not completely and widely established until

6:17around 1715. uh these books are available for viewing through 1945 and

6:23even and through 1991 they’re used as the de facto census from year to year you’ve got to be kidding me so what

6:31we’re noticing is there’s not that separation of church and state like we’re familiar with here in the United

6:38States where we would never have um a religious organization going

6:43through and of doing a substitute census type record you’re absolutely

6:50right records but they become Census records when it’s an every year thing is

6:56that what you’re telling me that is and in fact they even became more formalized as this of the as the census around

7:021894. in 1894 that was really the last year that they were testing the knowledge of the catechism uh but still

7:10the church was conducting the same census from 1895 on behalf of

7:16the state but the church was conducting it so very good all right so let me just dig in here a

7:23little bit the these census which are marvelous if you have Swedish family these you should be just incredibly

7:30excited to have these kind of books available you can track your families really through time and space and I’m

7:35going to speak out a little bit I say time and space Oh yes it happens I’ll

7:41just go where no man has gone before is it out

7:46so so the great thing is these books were compiled by the parish priests and

7:52it wasn’t a new book used every year these books were used for three or five or ten years

8:00depending on the population of the census so you can look in these books and you can see the growth of each

8:06family from year to year to year to year uh oh go ahead and the concept I would

8:13think is that um in a given locality the parish

8:18priests would pretty much know who he’d buried who he’d married and who he christened do they call it christening

8:25in Lutheran records uh they’re in these books they’re referred to as births okay

8:31or phone I my Swedish it’s horrible and please don’t touch me on that but uh yes

8:37we are referring to them as births in these records so that’s a very important distinction between what the recording

8:43is of baptism as opposed to a birth so we it’s not their birth was not exactly

8:49that date is that correct I in in the christening records that would be true

8:55but in these records the birth date should be the birthday excellent oh good

9:02distinction so there would be a separate christening record um at the made by the parish priest wow

9:09that now what have you got this about movings recorded as they happen oh

9:15people leaving and going to the next Farm or something exactly yeah you’re jumping ahead there but that’s one of

9:20the most exciting things so I’ve got the note there that says birth marriage death these events so not only did the parish

9:27priests go to each house year after year after year and test the people in their knowledge of the catechism getting that

9:33yearly recording they would also make note of any special events that happened throughout the year whether it be at

9:39Birth or a marriage or a death or whether they moved out of the parish or whether they moved into their Parish so

9:46I’ll give you more detail on that as we begin to look at some of these records and then these records really again it’s

9:54I’m reiterating that the fact you can follow your individuals from if you’re

10:00if you’re lucky from 1684 but the records are extent from 1700 through

10:051945 already flipping my wig when it came to

10:121715 as a strong point of compliance and then I mean because in England they’re

10:20happy that it’s 1837. you know that’s more than 100 years later so it’s pretty

10:27incredible Jason no the swedes and the record-keeping are almost Untouched by

10:32any I mean all of these and just a quick note I mean so I’m representing my

10:37Heritage and we’re working with a group called archivedigital.net and get

10:43let me give them a little plug they have uh as complete a collection as there

10:48exists for these records on their site name indexed if you go to

10:53archivedigital.net right now you can see all the images I believe they’re behind a paywall yes but they’re beautifully uh

11:01recorded images these aren’t from microfilm they’ve actually gone in to every uh archive every Parish where

11:08these records existed and photographed and created a new full color version of these records full color helps because

11:15sometimes you can tell a difference in the ink color Etc oh absolutely little Clues

11:23so maybe let’s dive in I’m going to go to the web page here see if I can figure out how to do this

11:30you can oh you’re very encouraging I appreciate that I know you can do it so

11:37this is my home page on myheritage uh but I’m going to go to the research

11:42button here because this is really where we want to dig into the records today okay

11:47and we’re hiding these under Nordic censuses right now okay Nordic yes zoom in so we can see now Nordic let

11:56me let me go back so I can zoom in on that so if you go on the top right yes you see this field Nordic censuses

12:05it’s a census replacement again it’s not strictly a census but it it effectively

12:10is first week yes

12:16that include all of what we call the Scandinavian countries or am I is my

12:22thinking skewed on that no you’re correct it’s going to include all the Scandinavian countries as well as

12:27Finland which is not a Scandinavian country hell yeah that’s that tricky one that had so much trouble with their

12:34neighbors they all seem to have some trouble with each other at some point but uh I’m glad they’re getting along

12:41now there’s some really neat countries there it is good I love that part of the world okay so I’m going to zoom out a

12:47little bit here and you can see we’ve got a few collections in the Nordic censuses right now yes they are building

12:54very quickly this year but we’re going to just dive into the Swedish household records

13:00so we could have when if we searched at this point would we look at would we be looking in both

13:06record groups but we don’t want to do that we want to look just at Swedish correct okay for today 1 million records

13:15in there yeah give it about three weeks and it’ll be 53 million oh my Heavens

13:21wow yeah so right now it’s we only have the slice of the pie that’s 1880 to

13:271920 and that’s just right now and of that slice we have about half of

13:32them produced it took us to six to eight months to get those ready the next

13:38installment is is prepared and we’re just getting it onto our site so 53 millions in about three weeks oh my

13:45Heavens this is just phenomenal these are some beautiful records so I want to go into my advanced

13:53search because I’m going to use a full date here I know the guy I’m looking at for the sake of this so we’re going to

13:58talk about Anders Gustav Anderson

14:04Anders the son of Anders yeah it was a bit redundant he’s a good guy though we

14:10like him he was born on Valentine’s Day oh that was nice yeah it’s handy for

14:17remembering too and he’s in 1833. so we’re just gonna hit enter now to go search that

14:22okay interesting that Anderson has two s’s uh

14:28if I had by mistake typed with One S might it still find this gentleman yes

14:34but his name would come down farther on the list we would try and zoom in on what you had said first then you have to

14:40scroll down through several iterations of the name to get there all right so it won’t totally lose me if I don’t know

14:46how to spell it in Swedish correct okay so I we’re getting some

14:52hits right away and I know that these first books that are showing up are our fellow here but I don’t want to start

14:59here you can see this first book is the years 1884 to 94. I want to go earlier

15:05uh this other one is 95 to 1906. but we’re going to start down here 1870 to

15:1282. okay so let’s walk through the record that comes up first so it’s telling us hey

15:18yes this is your guy he was born February 14 1833. uh elgaras I think that’s how you say it

15:26someone’s going to correct me yeah if you hover over this little blue thing you get the Google Map and it shows you

15:32where in the country it was when it shows up well there’s some historical Villages that just don’t show up yeah

15:39the other one does show up this is at the time

15:46I love that Dynamic interactivity there oh it’s some neat stuff yeah he’s

15:53married in 74 so remember that we’re going to come back to that in a second okay 1874 marriage I’m ready down oh dear

16:01you’re going to hold me into this yes so if you want to do this citation we’re giving you all the information you need

16:07here we’re getting right down to the page and line number of the book uh you get the name of the book this

16:14right here where it says book others ai4 that is the archival serial that they

16:20use if you if you go to the archive oh ai4 that’s all you need they know

16:27what it is yes excellent so I’m going to scroll past the image

16:32here for a second I want to show you what’s below the image okay so we’re getting into the family you see Anders

16:39Gustav Anderson and then his wife scroll down more because I can’t see it I’ve

16:45only seen the top half of your there we go dear perfect excellent mm-hmm uh and

16:52he’s so you see his wife Carolina and you see his wife Stina so you know is

16:58this fellow a polygamist well we’re going to look at the image here in just a second you can see he had three daughters and a son here as well yes

17:06so one thing to note because we’re going to move away from this page you can save

17:11this record if you want if this is your guy you click save your record you can save it to your tree

17:16we’ve also got a few things below it we’re saying hey if this is your guy

17:22we have these other records that are related and there’s good stuff Anderson and we’re giving you suggestions they

17:28may be your people we’re trying to really do that roll your mouth slowly over some of that text so we can see

17:34that there’s a pop-up that gives us a preview of the information yes whoa very

17:40cool now this is so let me get this straight what you’re talking about here

17:46is you’ve put the myheritage viewer and the my Heritage search algorithm

17:54initially and my Heritage viewer around the images from archiva digital

18:01uh around the engine around the images that we have indexed for them thus far

18:06okay so that’s what the concept is of what’s it’s I’m not saying it’s slowing

18:12things down or whatever but in in other words instead of having all the images there at once you’re giving us the

18:20images as they’re indexed okay correct got it our whole Paradigm we

18:26want to help you put these to your tree and to do that you need to know the record information right all right so

18:33we’re going to go back up to this image and I want to dive in on this image because just to show you how awesome these records are

18:40okay there’s the book you see that okay yes and zoom in here

18:50on the area I want yes so we see we have Anders Gustav Anderson but it’s crossed

18:57out well you’re Jumping Ship here we’re gonna we’ll get there we’ll get there oh it’s okay that it’s crossed

19:04absolutely something later okay that is very meaningful we want to know it’s great observation that he’s crossed out

19:10uh and I’m going to explain that in a second here good okay I’ll wait

19:16so we see the EQ this identifies him as the head of the home okay underneath we

19:23see this hu this is for who’s motor or huster yeah and besides stina yon’s

19:30daughter yes she’s crossed there so let’s talk about her Crossing out first okay

19:35okay stopper is crossed out because you see the 74 over here yes so if you

19:45could see not all the images you can see into the crease very well but I’ll tell you that column if you look at the top

19:50of it says DOD which means died or dead death yes

19:57because she died in 1874. yes so let’s go let’s backtrack a little bit 1833 is

20:04wonders Gustav Anderson’s birthday February 14th he was married gift means

20:10uh Mary ooh gift would mean single but he was gift in

20:151862. December 6th yes so he he and Stina happily married 1862 but this next

20:23column in England means he became widowed on April 14th of 1874. okay now

20:30wait while you’re while we’re looking at those dates can you zoom in just a tad more

20:37now when you said 1833 that he was born

20:42February 14th you see how they do the slash their 14 slash two so the 14th day

20:49of the second month and they’re using the calendar as we are

20:55using it so two means February yes okay and so then on the 62 it’s the sixth day

21:04of December that he what was that column did he marry that it was marriage oh yes

21:09right married right but the next one is 74. they’re assuming somebody doesn’t

21:15live 150 years um that he was um in in

21:221874 the 14th of April yeah

21:28he married again he did not Sid okay not divorced no

21:37well in in some of the later books that that could be an implied option but at

21:42this time okay corroborating it with this death information that you see on the right hand side we know that he

21:48became a widower and just to the point of note this next column uh that has the

21:53v in it I’m not going to try and translate that for you or say the word that just means he was vaccinated for uh

22:01oh okay perfect I don’t think they came up with the

22:08vaccine tones lifetime yes I was getting ahead of myself okay that is his

22:14vaccination you know I’m just a young kid what do I know oh yes we know

22:19medical history we Island 1874. I remember it well it looked surprisingly

22:26good for your age oh thank you I love it do you see cousin Russ how I pull in

22:31those compliments oh yeah

22:38all right so continuing on where he’s become a widower in 74 but

22:45luckily this marvelous woman over here uh Carolina andersdalter

22:51okay let’s just move-in columns she moves in in 1874 from this Parish here

22:59so we could actually go to this Parish book previous to 74 and find a word in that parish as well

23:05so she moves in the name of her previous home her previous Parish this is like

23:10I’m saying you can follow them go back and find her and then you find her parents I mean these are great

23:15I love it okay so oh let me guess something here

23:21go for it he was widowed or became single we know Widow because of death of

23:28that first wife in uh on April 14th and it looks like that same year in November

23:35he marries Carolina yes Anders does not stay down and I’m

23:41going to show you how true that is so yes he’s got a he’s got a family he’s

23:47got three daughters and a son that need caring for and so Carolina comes in and

23:52helps them and uh because she’s an addition to the family after the family’s starting to be recorded she

23:58doesn’t get her own line she’s dropped on the line where the previous wife was okay so these are living records as

24:06far as the priest is concerned so you can see he’s got adult for daughter and

24:11that’s ditto down and then the son Alfred so one other note I this is their Farm

24:21name right here oh okay I’m not gonna try whatever the name is we would just

24:28type it or transcribe it as we see yes yes and and these individuals down here

24:34yes or people in the same Farm or same household they are not necessarily

24:39relatives in fact because they’re not crossed out with these ones I do not believe they’re relatives they were most

24:45likely uh it actually does not explicitly say because we have another head another

24:52wife and another son oh okay on the same Farm yes on the same Farm okay but it

24:59looks like they stayed and further down the page as well but let’s go back up to this family because we’re talking about

25:04that so you were asking about this Crossing out stuff yes did they leave the church so they did not leave the

25:12church let’s let’s talk about the church here so over here on the right you’re seeing in 1870-71 they were

25:19unders and his wife were tested for their knowledge of the catechism through 73 74 75 and they are tested in 78.79

25:29it’s not because they left the church it’s because they weren’t tested no they

25:36were tested and they were not tested because this column

25:41gives the year that they moved in 78 they moved yes so they buried in

25:481874 and four years later they moved they got out of Dodge now they didn’t go

25:55far this column right here the the the queue would give the parish name that

26:01they had moved to but the parish name is absent instead the priest recorded the page of the book that they moved to

26:09okay is it because they had a whole bunch of bunch more children were they had better land

26:16you know I I wish I had that part of the history okay so we don’t know that part

26:21if they emigrated meaning e m a great exit

26:27to another country would it be the same lines but they would tell something different here or not great question

26:34often you will see America written here okay for example a very very common

26:40there so yes the country name would be listed there and not the parish okay sounds like the parish priests for uh

26:47genealogist in Disguise oh right we left paper trail for us they did leave a

26:54paper trail cousin Russ because the rest are we getting any comments from the community yet nope all right they are

27:01wrapped they are paying attention you have they’re paying wrapped attention or

27:07they’re wrapped up in this thing so so we know that they moved to page 302 so

27:13let’s go to page 302. so we’re gonna go to the bar up here at the top and I’m just going to scroll down just so you

27:19understand this you have two numbers here you have 70 and you have 62. 70 is

27:26the ordinal number or meaning this is the actual 70th page in the book yeah

27:32but if you look at the written number on the page it says page 62. okay that’s the difference so we’re gonna go to page

27:38two 302. okay I’m closing my eyes while you scroll that far

27:43all right I love it I hope you’re having fun visiting with us this evening Jason

27:48because we’re learning a lot from you oh dear wait I you know what maybe you

27:54could share that with my wife afterwards let her know that I actually helped someone that would be great okay okay so here we

28:02are on page 302. so we can see they’ve moved to a different Farm

28:08okay uh and let’s make sure we’ve got the right ones we’ve got Anna Maria John’s

28:14daughter uh right here Anders Gustav Anderson born let me zoom in yes thank

28:21you born 1833 on April 14th in Albertos so we know this is our guy

28:28and uh let’s see I want to show you his wife here man this is so readable well Z

28:36again you know I I’m in love with the images that archived digital provided they did just a top-notch job

28:43um you know Shameless advertising for them they did a very good job advertise away we have good friends and

28:50um who work there and have known them for years including Kathy their North

28:56American representative for many years so oh she’s a good lady yes she is now I

29:02see Eva is Chris slashed as opposed to lined out if there’s a story there well

29:09so his second wife uh are you talking about right here or or down I’m talking

29:16about Emma yes well Emma the daughter she’s she’s slashed yes you’re right

29:22she’s not lined out she’s not dead and we can confirm that because she does not have death information on her line okay

29:29and we can further confirm that because if you go all the way over here to the right side of the page she’s moved to

29:36this Parish right here I wonder if she got married or or it was very common for

29:42uh unmarried girls as they were getting a little older and so let’s figure out how old she was here you mean in fact

29:50I am not going to use that term but I will I I’ve researched her so she did become

29:57a maid um okay so she left her she was barely

30:03there in 70. uh or I’m sorry she moved here in 78 she was recorded there but

30:08not in she was not recorded in 82. so she moved

30:13out in 80. you can see the date she moved out over here on the Forum and she moved to this Village she was born in 63

30:21so she was 17 years old yeah it’s time time for her to get out of the house and if you follow her she has the title

30:28of pika p-i-g-a on her next image and that that means made okay not only became an old

30:36unmarried woman known as an Old Maid of 17 but piga meant she went into the

30:43service um of another household to earn her way in the world absolutely and they

30:50frequently did would do a one-year contract and then go from household to household

30:55or they may renew but yeah absolutely okay we’re getting feedback from the community

31:03Yeah Anna says this is great you definitely have my full attention and

31:09the answer to the question earlier of Anna where did her uh grandparents

31:15immigrate from into she says Manchester Connecticut my great grandfather was a

31:22master silk Weaver and was recruited by the sil silk Mill in Manchester wow very

31:31interesting very interesting okay Jason let’s go back to this book well I wish I

31:38had Master silk Weavers in my family they were rope makers nothing terribly exciting

31:43you gotta have a rope to pull in the fish one they were rope makers in the

31:49desert though so I’m not sure what they were doing okay I hear you so so under

31:54second wife this this Katarina understood her yes well she didn’t make it either oh no she died on September

32:024th in 1878. well Anders does not stay down she died

32:08on September 4th this other woman moves in uh in November but they’re actually

32:14married in October of 79 so he’s single for about 11 months here okay and then

32:20he he marries uh what is it Christina Olaf’s daughter yes

32:26and uh one one note you can start to look at a little bit of the family here so Katarina had this son Johann Fritz

32:35this this was their child uh and he was born on August 30th in 1878. Oh no

32:43you’re five days later mom dies oh yes I was doing the math oh my heavens yeah so

32:50you can assume that yes you could probably correct yeah complications and she died because of that but again

32:57you’re seeing the new family coming together you get their new marriage date you get her new birth information here

33:06uh no she’s 15 years younger than Anders uh-huh but only one here uh younger than

33:13under his previous wife and this was terribly common the men were often not

33:18married until they were established so that they could provide for a family so it was very common to have a wife 10 12

33:2515 years younger than they were okay I want to ask a question the first page

33:33we had two wives of which Katrina was the second wife am I remember in that

33:39first page correctly you are right okay so when they came to the new page when

33:45he moved to this new Farm it’s only recorded as with his second wife

33:52and then she dies and his third wife then is entered above the second wife’s

33:59name do I have that correct absolutely the second wife was the only one the parish priest was familiar with that she

34:05was the only one who was reported there mm-hmm and again

34:11a column that’s after their um birth year and birth ma day and month

34:18that is their original Parish their home Parish where they were born are you

34:24talking right here where I’m kind of certainly no column right after see Anders

34:291833 then yes 192 then what’s that next that’s his birth Parish right there

34:35Parish right that’s so you would be able Russ if you descended from from this

34:42third wife you would be able to um follow along because there you can

34:49barely make it out that we’d have to zoom way in to see what her Parish of

34:55record of birth was very faint so one other neat thing here I uh if you

35:02look at the second wife’s birth Parish yeah I believe so I believe that’s where

35:08uh where daughter went to I’m yes where

35:14daughter went to go uh work oh that’s interesting so there was a bit of a familiar familial connection you know

35:21yes definitely a job the fan club so so one other note so we’ve moved on

35:28to page 302 but if you want it if you forgot where you started well the parish

35:34priest in this new Parish or actually this was the same purse but this new farm he made a note back to the page

35:40where they originally came from oh he cross referenced yes

35:46love this Parish priest oh my well you know generally they did a phenomenal job

35:53now there’s there’s the occasional priest who may have taken a few shortcuts but generally from from The Experience we’ve

35:59had with these collections thus far uh they’ve done a marvelous marvelous job with these

36:07so I’ll go ahead we’ve been looking at this in full screen what if I want to save a

36:13copy of these this page so if you want to save a copy of the page we go up to the top right here and

36:22you can download that document okay so that’s where the down I can’t see your

36:27mouse pointer oh yeah I got it there it is okay download the document the other

36:33one would be print and that would be pretty hard because this is a double page spread it would be rather small yes

36:40yes it would so it not some other great things if I’m going to exit this full

36:46screen mode yeah just to make a note so I’m back out here and I’m looking at the page I can save that record back out again

36:53that’ll create a link from from the record sourcing the image to your family

36:59tree excellent and we can put our family trees up there up

37:06on my Heritage a number of different ways though can we let me see if I can enumerate them

37:12we could use family tree Builder which coordinates directly with my

37:19Heritage and it’s a myheritage project is that correct correct and that the

37:25family tree Builder a software that exists on your PC and then as it just immediately sink as

37:34soon as you save to add a new person you have the option to turn that on or off but yes okay another way that you can

37:41get your family tree up on myheritage.com is the way that I know my

37:48very distant cousin dear Myrtle did it she used a genealogy program long before

37:54family tree Builder was around she made a jedcom file and uploaded it once she

38:00created her account at myheritage isn’t it also possible to type in each person

38:07individually to tie in each I’m sorry to type well

38:13you can create a tree from scratch absolutely and in fact I just to show

38:18you I manage my own trees and I’ve started doing some of that so my dad’s

38:23son’s family tree I mean it’s a bit generic this is my one that my mom’s been working on forever and she you know

38:30there’s there’s some work there but I’ve been doing some testing and playing with this older family tree there’s only 20

38:37people in there because I’ve been doing exactly what you just said I’ve been typing them in and and kind of doing

38:44this experience on my own as well I want to see how it works and get full out of

38:49it so yes you’re absolutely right there are a few ways to load some trees up okay I would

38:55send Friedland

39:00is to keep not that we don’t trust my Heritage to keep our tree in good order

39:07but I would like to see you have the data on your computer and think of my Heritage as not only

39:16your full view backup of it of your genealogy

39:21data but a premiere search engine to help you find documents

39:27that happen to be part of the collection either natively at myheritage or through

39:33Partnerships such as this one with archive digital absolutely and there and

39:39there’s several ways of getting your records on those trees so we showed you you know we went to research and we went

39:46to search all the records and we went to Nordic so we’re getting down to very

39:52specific record collection searches that that’s one way to do it it’s kind of a traditional way to do it can I ask you a

39:59question yeah on that image that we just saw a few minutes ago with all the names

40:04if I only have the gentleman the head of household for lack of a better word if I

40:12have him in my tree and that record gives me the three daughters and the son

40:18when I accept that record do they get added to my tree yes as daughters and

40:25son excellent okay yes what about the new wife you would have to go to the next record

40:32for her right now uh well let’s go back to Anders again just so I don’t have to

40:37have you use your imagination to discover what I’m talking about we’re not very imaginative but imaginative

40:44around here let’s see how do you say that word in English cousin Russ imagine

40:49uh yeah something like that that’s a wacky way to say it well it’s Wednesday

40:54so what else yes okay so we’re looking at your screen again yes and I neglected

41:00to type in the the birth information so I’m just going to edit my here because I want to get a little more specific

41:06it’s born on Valentine’s Day February 14th in 1833

41:13so let’s go to Anders and we were looking at the fourth record down you know and we could we if we

41:19wanted we could spend time if we went to this record right here yes this is just

41:24the SEC that second page that we were looking at because we see it’s the same book it’s algoros ai4 you can’t see me

41:31pointing at my screen but I’m pointing at my screen right now and it’s right it’s not working I can say that yes

41:40powers on he wouldn’t stay for one hour so let’s go into Anders right here and

41:47we’re going to go down so if we were to import this record right now what we would get is

41:52everything you see can you see my screen where it’s listing all of the individuals this is what you’re okay you’ll keep all those familiar

41:58relationships and you’ll get it with two wives okay oh yeah yeah I see it

42:04and uh you know you’ll have to right now all you’re going to import is the birth information but if we were to go to uh I

42:12think it was stina who died if we go to Stena yes we’re gonna get her her death

42:18year here and we will get more specific information right okay you wanna did you just show me

42:26something else let’s ask a few questions well let me show you one other thing just as far as you were talking about

42:32pictures oh you know what they’re it’s a good thing they take after their mother

42:37um they’re beautiful oh you’re very kind thank you Floyd

42:43um so we’ve got the record matches here the these two things smart matches and record matches are are kind of the bread

42:49and butter the my heritage site and it’s it’s we’ve got some beautiful technology here

42:54that does some great searching for you so so these record matches if you click

43:00on that right now it says I have 7903 record matches waiting for me to evaluate and this is our system going

43:06okay yeah

43:13Mission as it were so it’s right now look in this England birth and christening

43:18collection I have the program is saying you know what we have 237 matches that we believe are yours

43:25and it’s so I’ve worked with with quite a few organizations and and I I got to

43:31safely say and I’ve kind of been taken the task on this because I was skeptical at first our search is marvelous

43:39I can know that because dear Myrtle told me before she left

43:45that she actually was doing research and she does it down at the um well she likes

43:52shaky leaves and and record matches and little suggestions but she was able to

43:58find things on family search using my heritage

44:05that she could not find using the search algorithm at family search

44:14and so that is so you got a couple of people saying you have a darn good

44:20search algorithm at myheritage yeah it’s very focused I if I’m telling you you

44:26have a match you know I don’t want to throw a statistic to it but my own heuristic is

44:31about nine times out of ten the match is my person it’s it’s not a very broad scatter shot so this is one way of

44:39finding people you can go to our record matching the other way is we you can go

44:45to smart matches and this is a little different I actually have well there’s

44:50I have about 8 000 record record matches to review or smart matches to review

44:55them let’s just go look at that and I’ll show you what that is very quickly what this is it’s more connecting tree

45:02to tree rather than record to tree so I’m seeing that these people have 36

45:08commonalities to my tree I could go to them I could compare trees get more

45:13information from them and you know admittedly trees are only as good as the information that’s put in I mean some of

45:19the best worst errors are perpetuated throughout family trees but people who

45:24do a good job with them you can get the source information you can get great hints on where to look so we we do some

45:31marvelous uh linking of trees to to allow you to build your own trees kind

45:37of collaborating with others yeah my genie.com tree and my Heritage tree find each other frequently

45:44let’s see how that works what what would be your own excellent

45:50research coming back to haunt you put the the record matches you’re you’re

45:56correct they are incredible I’ve seen newspaper in fact I was looking at some this afternoon that came in my record

46:03matches today and they’re incredible

46:10say um getting close to the top of the hour

46:15um our Focus tonight was Swedish Lutheran records at myheritage and these were

46:23called the household examination books which became a de facto

46:29census enumeration since the parish priest went to every household now not

46:36every researcher likes to go down drilling down to look at a specific record group and this is one of the good

46:43things about my heritage um our good friend here

46:49um Jason I had to look at his name because dear Myrtle didn’t actually officially introduce us did he did she

46:54she leaves so quickly on Wednesday evenings I could Rob her blind while

47:00she’s gone but anyway I digress other people like to search by name and

47:07they want to find another tree to collaborate with another researcher

47:13some people like to work just by record group and cousin Russ has done a series

47:20of with dear Myrtle of two presentations as

47:25to why search by just one record group because you get really good at citing it

47:30and only have to change page numbers and name a person uh and

47:36um the other one is um how to integrate that one single record group research such as Swedish

47:44Lutheran records another thing that I’d like to mention in in I’m preaching to

47:51the choir here Jason but your my Heritage is uniquely poised to deal

47:59with multiple language issues and I don’t want to say issues

48:07it’s more than just that the drop down menus change to a different language aren’t there something like 40 languages

48:13represented represented at my Heritage that’s exactly right and and growing uh

48:20that was another thing that was really exciting to me to come over to my Heritage from from some of the other organizations not only

48:28can you search from within your native language but we’ll also do a lot of translation on on names you know if

48:35you’re looking up Johann then it will also search as John or you know whatever

48:41other language Michelle might be Michael I there’s some great transliteration in

48:46names as well you’re absolutely right um you know that transliteration is not

48:53something we see at other um genealogy websites per se

49:00um certainly not on such a high profile website this is one of the top four that

49:06I referred to um and that I keep pushing dear Myrtle to look into and that’s why I’m so glad

49:12she had you come visit this evening you wanted to show us something on your screen before we go yeah I mean just let

49:20me give you a little background on why we’re so focused on all these other languages so I’m just pulling up you

49:25know if you want to see where our members are let’s just look at Europe and see why we have to cater to this

49:32kind of Interest I mean turkey I mean Ukraine we have 300 000

49:37members submitting trees and working with us that we need to cater to I mean UK three and a half million but you get

49:44some really interesting Dynamics going here when you have this worldwide organization of people bringing their

49:50own interest levels in you you have to you can’t you can’t stay to just English anymore

49:56now are these the instant match people or are these the um these are your tried

50:02and true members these are members who have submitted trees on some level so you would find results coming from these

50:09people coming through the smart matches okay got it wow yes I have a question I

50:16don’t speak Swedish but I am guessing that what I would need to learn

50:23in that record collection that you shared with us tonight all I would need to know is what’s in those columns and

50:30understand that language of what those columns stand for and pick out the ones

50:36that I want to look at and not have to worry about the language I might have to learn more about the writing of the the

50:44priest but I would not have to learn birth death marriage but what the

50:49columns really mean is that fair to say you know what you can even make it more simply I mean if you remember that food

50:56is birth DOD is death is marriage you

51:01know you you’ve got your Vital Information there yeah and I should say cousin Russ I know that you and dear

51:08Myrtle like to preach I was going to say you you tell your folks to look at

51:15family search Wiki for suggestions and the Swedish

51:20Wiki entry at familysearch.org gives you some language hints there of those basic

51:27vocabulary words so that’s a resource that can be available to you use hand in

51:33hand with what’s across it there’s also Google Translate oh can I tell you how much I used Google

51:39translate on some of these articles absolutely my you know give it to me in French give it to me in a couple other

51:46languages and I’m okay Swedish was not a strong suit all right we have a question from the community for you about joining

51:53my Heritage Nadine says with my Heritage is the whole world included in the

51:58membership or do we have to get another membership for the world so let me kind

52:04of give you the high level on how the memberships work there’s essentially

52:10two kind of paths you can go in and get everything but the data which means you

52:16know if you want to research collection specific stuff that might be a separate package but if you want all the tree

52:22look if you want all the smart matching if you want all the con the record matching that’s one package or there’s

52:30just this data package or there’s all three or is it the size of your tree

52:35another uh parameter oh now you’re going to get down in the weeds but yes okay

52:42that’s just a great answer I I looked I mean I I have my Heritage

52:48but that was one of the things because I had a pretty good size tree that I put up and I realized that I had to go and

52:54that’s where I learned that there was different sizes based on the number of individuals in your tree so you I think

53:01you have a great variety of packages that we can sign up for not one

53:06buys all you know buy everything or you can grow the size of your subscription I

53:15believe no absolutely and we’ve tried to cater to not just the beginner I mean

53:20really we’ve got a marvelous thing where you can go to someone on the street and you have them type in their

53:25name their parents their grandparents and in minutes later we’re showing them it’s not a lot of information instantly

53:31but we also we want to cater to you Myrtle that’s why we have all these records on the research I know I look

53:39like Schmidt I apologize I know I look like her but she does a much better job

53:45in the hairstyle Department oh you’re both handsome women and it has a comment here there is this

53:54East American genealogy group on Facebook that is fairly very helpful

54:00with translation I am making a note on that Anna thank you okay this is how we

54:06rock and roll around here Jason we get a lot accomplished by zeroing in on just

54:13one Concept in this short hour and do you see how we’re getting help from the

54:18community as well as giving help to specific researchers out there who are

54:23getting into their Swedish ancestry oh I love it I hope I can come back sometime

54:29you can come back back any old time you want to own screen share for a minute so we can see you oh really you want to do

54:36that to yourself again sure let’s see if I can figure out how to do that right

54:41screen share yeah I think he’s coming now there we go so excellent job

54:47um and I’ll write a note for your wife if necessary I hope she helped dinner for you dear

54:54okay oh thank you I guess there’s probably not a whole lot much more to

55:01say cousin Russ have we handled all the comments from the community that we have actually okay that’s good

55:08all right well then on behalf of cousin Russ I’m dear Myrtle’s very distant

55:14cousin with the sweet sounding voice hers is so Gravelly and low I don’t know

55:20how you tolerate it but I’m free line Smith and the happy family tree climbing

55:25everybody that’s a wrap

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