13 Mar 2016

Recreational Vikings

Recreational Vikings reclaiming their heritage is today’s feature.
If you are a Viking descendant like me, then journalist Andrew Higgins’ article – “Norway Again Embraces the Vikings, Minus the Violence” –  a great read on how Norway is reclaiming its Viking heritage. In his article, Higgins looks at culture and history and how it can be reclaimed after it has been misappropriated, in this case by the Nazis and heavy-metal bands.
Scandinavia’s first government-funded training course on how to live like a Viking has been established.

“Jeppe Nordmann Garly has for years been a “recreational Viking,” a keen member of a fringe fraternity of would-be Norse warriors who dress up in 10th-century clothing, attend weekend craft fairs and trade tips over the Internet on where to pick up an authentic helmet or sword. “I am a very peaceful man. I have never plundered anything,” said Mr. Garly, a “36-year-old Dane whose modest stature, jocular […]

26 May 2012

Birth and Baptism of Hans Loe, Part 2: Surname Saturday

Read Part 1 here.

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. Today I’m updating my search for the birth and baptism of Hans Loe.

Some time ago, I wrote of my beginning attempts at Norwegian genealogical research, attempting to find the birth and baptism of Hans Christensen Loe, my great-grandfather, in Norway. This included a fruitless attempt in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library.

I was getting nowhere fast, until I discovered that the National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket) has a Digitalarkivet containing census and parish registers and that this vast digital set of primary sources is free to everyone. I also found a tutorial that helps you navigate the records. Marvelous!


10 May 2012

Liturgical Calendars

Have you encountered a parish record where the date of a baptism, marriage or burial is expressed according to a liturgical calendar, such as the third Sunday after Trinity or the first Sunday after Pentecost? These dates can be intimidating but are decipherable into standard dates if you know where to look.

First, let’s define the liturgical calendar, which for Christian churches follows the life of Christ. The liturgical year begins with Advent (waiting for the birth of Christ) four Sundays before Christmas. The church Christmas lasts 12 days* from Christmas Day (fixed date) to Epiphany on January 6.


12 Jun 2011

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors From Afar

Researching Your Chicago Ancestors from Afar is today’s post. I’ve presented at Jamboree and other conferences on Chicago research, so I decided to gather the links to the Chicago genealogy research resources I’ve compiled into one big post.

Research for my own tree is very Chicago-oriented, as my great-grandparents in Norway, Sweden, Scotland, Austria, and Prussia/Germany decided to emigrate to Chicago, meet each other there, get married, and our family tree has flourished ever since. I’ve moved from Chicagoland many years ago, however, so the information included here has a mix of digital collections you can research wherever home may be and resources for your next trip to the Windy City.

Below are links by ethnicity and/or record type to digital collections, organizations, books, articles, databases, and listservs to research your Chicago ancestors.
Chicago Genealogy Resources
African-American Genealogical Resources for Chicago
Bohemian, Czech and Slovak Genealogical Resources for Chicago
Chicago and Illinois Digital Collections
Chicago City […]