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Introduction to Arkiv Digital

Arkiv Digital (AD) is a private company created by a group of genealogical researchers in Sweden. Their object was to use digital cameras and produce better quality images of the main Swedish church record collection and also to do the same for other Swedish records. To use the images on their website, one needs a subscription. You can, however, use Arkiv Digital for free at the Family History Library or one of the FamilySearch Centers.

Contact Arkiv Digital at http://www.arkivdigital.net/ if you want to learn more or to subscribe to their service.

Using Arkiv Digital at the Family History Library or FamilySearch Centers

To access Arkiv Digital at the Family History Library or at a FamilySearch Center:

1. On the patron desktop, click “Subscription Websites.”

2. Then, click “Arkiv Digital.” If the program opens in Swedish, you can change it to English by clicking the word “Visa” on the tool bar. Then, click “Språk/Language” and choose “English.”

3. In the search box below the heading “Search Archives,” begin typing the name of the parish you want to search. As you begin typing, AD starts searching for the place. By just typing a few letters, the name of the parish may appear in the search results box on the lower left. Tip: You must use the correct Swedish spelling, including the Swedish letters Å, Ä, and Ö. To learn how to type these letters, see https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Sweden:_Type_the_letters_%C3%85,_%C3%84,_and_%C3%96

4. When the name of your parish appears in the results box, click the parish name. Tip: If there is more than one parish by the same name, you will need to determine which one you want according to the county letter to the right of the parish. To learn which county the parish is in, hover the mouse curser over the letter. For a list of Swedish county records, see (https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Swedish_County_Letters). A list of the county letters is also found at the end of this document.

5. After selecting your parish, you will see the available records in the box to the right. Double-click the record and the time period you want to search. On the record tab, notice that each record volume is given a code. This code, consisting of an alphabet letter(s), colon, and number, is according to the Swedish Church Archive Cataloging Plan. To learn more about the cataloging plan and to see a complete list of codes see https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Sweden:_Citing_Sources.

6. Browse the records. This may be done by 1 or 5 pages at a time by clicking the arrows on the tool bar marked -1 page, -5 pages, or +1 page, +5 pages. Tip: By clicking the drop-down arrow in the box between “-1 page, -5 pages”, and “+1 page, +5 pages” you may navigate by as many pages as you would like or even select a specific page if you know a number.

7. Notice the buttons on the tool bar that will allow you to zoom in or out and rotate the image. As the image is enlarged it becomes clearer and easier to read. Tip: You may also zoom in and out by using the wheel on your mouse. Also, by clicking the left side of the mouse and holding down, you may move the image up and down and from side to side.

8. Notice the button on the tool bar, “img tools.” This button will allow you to change the brightness, have a better contrast, sharpen the image, and add a yellow contrast to the image, if desired.

9. To print an image, it is best to use the Print icon rather than the File/Print option. The Print icon will print the source of the image in detail automatically on the page.

10. To save an image, click File, then click Save image and choose the location where you want to save the image. The source citation will be recorded as the file name by default. You may add to this file name or change the file name. Tip: What you see on the screen will be what prints and what will show in your saved file.

11. On the bottom-right corner is an identification number for the image. An image number may be typed in this box to quickly retrieve the image.