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    MT Spaces

    Dead thread, but I'm glad you saw my comment.  I'll put in a plug here for, Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.  We're well over 4000 volunteers worldwide (but mostly in North America) who help strangers with their genealogy research.  I just treated your Norwegian info as another RAOGK request.  I'm hooked on the joys of the chase.

    The problems people have understanding "surnames" is the assumption that the idea of a "surname" common to the immediate family is some godgiven or natural phenomenon.  It ain't.  No one was required to have one until the naming law of 1923 but of course the many emigrants had to get used to the idea.

    Yes, Norway was decidedly an underdeveloped country.  As late as the 1960s lots of people didn't have indoor plumbing or refrigerators.  Most people had electricity by then, but it was still "the post-war years" with some rationing.  It's impressive that they managed to create a welfare society well before the oil age started: labor laws, social security and universal health care.

    The Republicans are defunding, not defending, America.

    by DSPS owl on Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 05:36:20 PM PDT

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