church records

31 Aug 2016

Finding Norwegian Ancestors in Eiker

Finding Norwegian ancestors in Eiker, Buskerud, was the other half of my summer adventure. (The first half of my ancestral trip was to Ringebu, Norway.) My paternal great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Jens Nielsen, was baptized on 20 Jul 1690, at the Haug Kirke (above) in Eiker. So many of my father’s father’s father’s ancestors (and more to find) were baptized, married, or buried from this imposing church.

When I married, I kept my maiden name of Loe. It’s not very old, but it’s unusual. Just three letters that most people in the United States try to make into four, or five, or six. When I’ve tried surname DNA matches, I find people from England named Low or Lowe who emigrated from England to the Carolinas in colonial times.

So I’m a Loe from Loesmoen, the name of the farm where my great-grandfather, Hans Christensen Loe, was born in almost exactly one hundred years before me (and my cousin Wanda) in 1854. The […]

28 Apr 2016

Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party

Courtesy of Elizabeth O’Neal at LittleBytesofLife,
my entry is
Visiting Prussia for the Time-Traveling Genealogy Blog Party
Here’s this party’s theme:

You and The Doctor (of Doctor Who fame [who of course is David Tennant – hubba hubba]) have just finished saving the Earth from nasty, alien monsters. As your reward, The Doctor has offered to take you for a ride in his TARDIS to meet one of your ancestors!

Who is the ancestor you will meet?
I long to know Friedrich Wilhelm Alexander KIRSCHSTEIN, my great-great-grandfather, who has been my most persistent brick wall for lo these many many years. He married my great-great-grandmother, Florentine Mathilde BRAUN, on 20 Oct 1847 in Rawitsch, Posen, Prussia (now Poland). But before that he might as well have been a ghost for the past six years I’ve been looking for him and his parents. Until very recently, dundundun.*

What question(s) do you need him/her to answer?
When I meet him, I will heroically refrain from shaking him […]

8 Nov 2014

Arkivdigital Swedish Records Free This Weekend

Arkivdigital Swedish Records Free This Weekend – apologies for the short notice, but those of us researching in Sweden should take advantage of this offer.
ArkivDigital features online archives containing church books (parish records) from the 1600s to 1894 for all of Sweden (household examinations, moving in and out records, birth, marriage and death records). Also available are many of the modern church books (1895-1942), including congregation books,moving in and out records, birth, marriage and death records that are available within Swedish record privacy constraints.

This weekend access is free to all available records.

Check to see what church books are available for a parish by going to and click on the section image database. (Swedish law limits access to records from 1929 to 1950 because it falls within the current restrictions on information from the last 70 years.)

ArkivDigital improves on the records available from LDS microfilm (about 100 million pages from the Swedish archives) and the records available from […]

22 Oct 2014

Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP

The Ancestry Subscription Discount from AARP is for real! You can save $100 on an annual Ancestry World Explorer subscription if you are an American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) member. A few weeks ago, I published a post about the 30 percent AARP discount to subscriptions for new or renewing Ancestry World Explorer subscribers.

There was confusion among readers and online about Ancestry’s actual pricing for this subscription discount, so here’s what I learned when I called today to renew my annual subscription.
Membership levels:
There are now three levels of Ancestry subscriptions:

U.S. Discovery: All U.S. records on ($20/monthly or $99/6 months but no discount through AARP)

World Explorer: All U.S. & international records on ($34.99/monthly, $149/6 months or $104/6 months with AARP membership, renewable for another six months at the AARP discount rate)
World Explorer Plus: All U.S. & international records on + + ($45/monthly or $199/6 months but no discount through AARP)

Getting the AARP discount:
If you are an […]