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My name is Warren Johnson and I am working with the Swedish Genealogy company, ArkivDigital www.arkivdigital.net<http://www.arkivdigital.net> with a goal to photograph and preserve the church records of Swedish-American churches in Southwest Iowa. I worked with ArkivDigital in 2017 to capture over 30 churches in eastern Nebraska and those records are now online for the subscription-based service from Sweden. ArkivDigital would like to include SW Iowa churches in 2018.
This is just a quick note to find a good contact of two in the area who would like to see these records preserved and made available on ArkivDigital. Please visit the ArkivDigital site to learn more about this wonderful company. You can use the search box for Nebraska, Kansas, and Minnesota to see the Swedish-American church records that are now online. The records are in full color and the quality is very good compared to the microfilms of the 1970s.
Please note: The filming is done on-site and at no cost to the congregation. One or two days of filming can get the job done. Each church will receive a copy of every image taken.
I have made inquiries and presented the information to the following list of churches but have gotten little response so far. Emanuel Lutheran of Council Bluffs accepted the offer and their records are now preserved and awaiting processing by ArkivDigital.
Emanuel Lutheran Church
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Red Oak, Iowa
First Covenant Church
Red Oak, Iowa
Mamrelund Lutheran Church
Ev. Covenant Church (Pastor King had to decline the offer as the church leadership would not give permission)
Tabor Lutheran Church
Bethesda Lutheran Church
Faith Evangelical Covenant Church
St. John Lutheran Church
Fremont Lutheran Church
Red Oak, Iowa
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Ev. Covenant Church
I am hopeful I can find one or two good people who can get excited about this project. I just need someone who can take the idea to local church leaders they know and get the ball rolling since I do not have any local contacts of my own. Please consider this request and forward any questions to me. I can provide more details about the project to anyone who would like more information.
Thanks for your time and consideration.
I have Swedish ancestry on both sides of my family and grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska. My home church is a Swedish-American church, Salem Lutheran of Wakefield, NE. ArkivDigital has helped me find many Swedish ancestors. It is a great resource.