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Online research + a question about names

Online research + a question about names

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 2:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 25 Mar 2014 6:53PM GMT
Hi,

I've been doing genealogy for many years but haven't delved very far into my Norwegian ancestors. I have found a few things on FamilySearch, but lately I've been trying to look up census records (on http://www.rhd.uit.no and http://digitalarkivet.arkivverket.no) and have had absolutely no luck. Does anyone have any tips on using those databases? I'm interested in the mid-late 19th century.

Also, in a few records I've seen names listed like so:
Andreas Johannesen Hauger and Johanne Johannesdatter
Andreas Johannesen and Johanne Johannesdatter Hauger
And I was wondering what the "Hauger" signifies and why it appears sometimes but not always (if I'm following the correct people).

My family came from Ostfold and Akershus.

Thanks!

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 4:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
In searching the databases you have to keep in mind that the spelling might not match what you expect - so find ways to search using wildcards or the search functions like 'starts with' or 'contains'. For the RHD databases the wildcard is not well mentioned in their instructions but it is the character %

'Hauger' probably indicates the name of a farm - either where someone resided or had previous history. Farm names are subject to spelling changes too.

Traditional Norwegian naming was patronymic. Online study material to learn about Norwegian naming practices and patterns:

http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/na12.html
http://www.nndata.no/home/jborgos/names.htm
http://www.norwayheritage.com/norwegian-names.htm
http://www.nndata.no/home/jborgos/farms.htm

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 6:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for your quick response. I am familiar with Norwegian naming practices, but couldn't figure out the wildcard key!

I thought that might be the name of a farm, now my suspicions are confirmed!

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 25 Mar 2014 7:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
The new entry point to the Digitalarkivet has links to the area that explains the search capabilities of their new databases system. I noticed the explanations on the pages that start when you click on "How to Search the Data".

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 4:55AM GMT
Classification: Query

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 6:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for the links. Knowing the replacements (%, *) for the websites really helped and I've been able to find a lot now.

For others who may also be doing research, original parish registers have been digitized and are available at the following link, though they are not searchable. They've also been quite helpful! http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_reset=ja

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 6:41AM GMT
Classification: Query
not sure what you meant by not searchable?


For others who may also be doing research, original parish registers have been digitized and are available at the following link, though they are not searchable. They've also been quite helpful! http://www.arkivverket.no/URN:kb_read?idx_reset=ja

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 1:00PM GMT
Classification: Query
I think they meant not indexed.

Re: Online research + a question about names

Posted: 30 Mar 2014 8:44PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 31 Mar 2014 7:29AM GMT
Yes, sorry, that's what I meant. Some but not all are indexed on FamilySearch.org.
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