Do you have an unusual last name, or is your mother's maiden last name unusual? That's a big help, right there. If it's Lee, or Smith or Jones, you might have a tougher time, but if it's something a little different, like Orwall, or Northman, or something like that, it makes it a lot easier. I know ancestory.com has message boards (like this oneOriginally Posted by dusty_scholar
I do geneaology. My own family has no information, because none of the relatives I know, know anything, and ancestry.com has little information. Most of my family is relatively recent in the United States. So... Instead, because I am a history buff, I do the descendants of King Henry VII of England.
I feel the same about blood relations - however I am researching my family tree for historic interest. I find it fascinating to discover what they looked like, what they did for a living, where they lived and what their living conditions were like. I even traced my grandparents root from Ireland to the USA in the 1920's, found the ship they sailed on, and then, using google streetview, the house in New York where they lived. And my husband has traced a criminal element in his ancestry, which has been a source of great amusement to meOriginally Posted by ElaineV
I always actively avoided genealogy because I felt like it didn't matter. Other than for medical information, blood relationships aren't any more important than relations formed by friendship or love. That view has made me much more interested and able to adopt.
It's insane to me that unknown relatives within 6 degrees -literally - have more legal right to determine a child's future than someone who has an established loving relationship. A lot of people fell shared biology is the most important component of a family. Luckily, I haven't had to experience that issue directly myself.
However, I've come to accept that blood is extremely important to many people. And I have to admit, there's something really cool about geneology shows like "Who do you think you are?" they've made me interested in getting my DNA tested to see what my heritage truly is.
Norway was in a union with Denmark at the time (, the so-called "400 year night" ...).Originally Posted by das_nut
1625 from Norway? Where did they come to? New Sweden, perhaps? (Was Norway/Sweden unified at that time?)