30 Jul 2016

Finding Norwegian Ancestors in Ringebu

This is the Ringebu Stavkirke in Oppland, Norway, where my great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother, Synnøve Eriksdatter Lunde, was buried on 9 May 1733. At least 48 76 of my ancestors (and more to find) were baptized, married, or buried from this church.

I know this, because I went there a few weeks ago, fulfilling a dream of mine for ancestry travel. I didn’t expect to come home with 21 new generations –stretching back to 1220 and about the time the Ringebu church was finished – but thanks to the generosity of a local genealogist and other residents, that’s exactly what has happened.
The Ringebu Church
One of 29 surviving stave churches in Norway, the Ringebu example was built early in the 13th century. The stave church is a medieval wooden Christian church building style, once common in northwestern Europe. The name comes from the posts (stafr in Old Norse; stav in modern Norwegian) used in the timber framing. The 12th […]

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

Continuing my search for the Birth and Baptism of Hans Loe Part 2.  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, my Norwegian great-grandfather.

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.