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    NonnyO

    This is really interesting information.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 11:12:23 AM PST

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      I admit, it's fun to do genealogy research in Norway.  Really, "all" you need to keep in mind is the patronymic naming system, the name order of the children, the three extra letters (vowels) of the alphabet, which letters of the alphabet are interchangeable through 300-350 years of records, there's no standardized spelling until the 20th century, so most of the spellings are phonetic and in local dialects and often depend on the educational level of the writer, and sometimes the same writer used different spellings for the same name in one document.  Norway didn't go to a single surname system until by law in 1923, although by 1900 some people used a single surname because they knew that law was going to be going into effect.  In large cities where there was an influx of foreigners for trade, sometimes a few people did use single surnames, but they're the exception, not the rule.  Women kept their own names their entire lives, so they're pretty easy to find in the records.

      Et cetera....

      Once a person gets the hang of it, it's really quite easy.  Web sites in Denmark and Sweden have the same info, but in Denmark there's two web sites, not one, and their records are also free, but their search engine isn't as easy as the Norwegian one.  Sweden, unfortunately, has fee-based web sites (corporate-sponsored), but the last one has colored digital images.

      American records?  Totally different story.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 12:27:37 PM PST

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