Swedish records subscription site Genline has added a bunch of records, made some user-friendly upgrades and formed a partnership thatll help you discover free and low-cost photos and documents from all over Sweden.
Yesterday, I got a tour of the updates from Peter Wallenskog from Genlines board of directors. Here’s an overview:
- Record additions underway include birth, marriage and death records through 1920. Coming soon: parish books and vital records up to 1937.
- Household examination books (akin to censuses), which you currently find by browsing, are being indexed by farm name. Many farms were owned by the same family for generations. About 40 percent are already indexed; thatll probably be 90 percent by the end of the year.
- Genline is adding very high-resolution, clear images, with tools so you can enhance them by increasing contrast, remove specks, and more.
- A transcription feature, introduced just a few days ago, lets users build a personal name index to Genline records by transcribing names as they find them. Other users can search on those names, vote for one or another transcription, and contribute their own version of a transcription.
- Familjeband is a Swedish family history site where users build family trees, upload photos and communicate on a message board. Through an agreement with local groups in the Sverges Hembygdsforbund (Swedish Local Heritage Movement), Genline is helping develop a section of Familjeband called Bygdeband (now in beta), where these local groups are uploading photos, letters, probate papers, deeds and other records. Related records are linked, and a map shows places associated with records in the database.
Familjeband is accessible through a free registration and is in Swedish. Later this year, itll get an English interface, and records in Genline will be linked to related records in Familjeband. Eventually, itll cost a littlemaybe $4 a month, says Wallenskogto access records in Familjeband.
- Genline also hopes to partner with Swedish heritage groups on this side of the pond to add records and photos to Familjeband. So far, groups from Kansas are uploading documents from Swedish schools and churches.