I'm just starting my search, so some explanatory info: my great-great grandmother's uncles were supposedly Norwegian barons, so the family was fairly well-to-do; the family was from 'an island in Stavanger bay'. She married a blacksmith, however, which the family frowned upon (all this according to family history, such as we have, because great-grandma was kind of close-mouthed about all that).
My great-grandmother's maiden name, Hage, isn't getting me anywhere; I know when she came to this country, when she died, my great-grandfather's name, etc. I know my great-grandfather started out in Sweden as 'Lundquist' and was married with that name, but I guess when he and great-grandma got naturalized, their name was changed to 'Parsons'.
My questions: Is it possible to trace an individual based on livelihood? If so, what's Norwegian for 'blacksmith' or 'smith'?
Are children listed in the Danish Royalty Book (if my relatives were indeed barons), or only family names?
If a woman came over with two children in tow (my great-grandfather's father had died after a fall) wouldn't they be listed on the ship's manifest? I've found matching names for my grandfather's mother, but nothing listed for him or his sister.
Last question: when I search for records based on last name, how best to handle the change from A to B in my great-grandparent's case? I gather I can search under the original name 'Lundquist' for earlier records, but am I likely to find early records under the changed name as well?
Thanks for any pointers.