Finding Hans Loe, my Norwegian great-grandfather, is very satisfying, especially in light of my floundering beginning efforts and not knowing enough about Norwegian records.
Is there anything more satisfying that figuring out primary source records in another language? I don’t think so! And Norway may be the exception to the rule that it’s easier to do overseas research in SLC than it is in the country in question.
Some time ago, I wrote of my attempts at Norwegian genealogical research to find the birth and baptism of Hans Christensen Loe in 1854. This included a fruitless visit to the Family History Library.
I was getting nowhere fast, until I discovered the National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket). They also have a Digitalarkivet containing scanned census and parish registers. This vast digital set of primary sources is free to everyone. I also found a tutorial that helps you navigate the records. Marvelous!
I’d done some reading about Norwegian naming conventions and patronymics, but then I found […]