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Tips for Genealogy Roadblocks

Below are some of the problems we faced in our genealogy research. We brought our questions to meetings of the Genealogy Interest Group, and other group members had suggestions. We hope these might be useful to others.


Problem: I'm having trouble finding information about a relative who lived in Norway.

Suggestions:

   1. Contact the Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library in Madison, WI
   2. Check regional records in archives in Norway
   3. Find an appropriate lag in the US
   4. Post to an online message board

Problem: How do I locate family information on my ancestors who were not farmers but fishermen?

Suggestion:

Contact one of the regional immigration societies. Each society represents a geographic area in Norway and has a volunteer genealogist. Christine had an excellent experience with the Hallinglag, an organization formed in 1907 by the immigrants and their descendants from Hallingdal, part of Buskerud County.

Problem: I've gathered a lot of material on my ancestors, but I'm not sure what to do with all of it.

Suggestions:

1. The first logical step is to post the information to one's chosen genealogy software and be sure to include the source for each piece of information.

2. Several members have prepared family histories in informal book formats for family members. Pam has hers bound at Kinko's. Rick prefers to place loose pages in binders so that, when he updates a chapter, the old one can be easily removed and the new one put in its place.

Clarissa showed us copies of family histories from several decades ago that have been passed on in her family; these emphasize the importance of writing family histories because of their great value for future generations.

Problem: How can I find information about a WW II soldier's service if I am not the next of kin and his next of kin are not motivated to seek the information?

Suggestions:
  1. If you know his branch and division, you could Google it for some general information.
  2. Check out the booklet published by the National Archives, Researching Military Records.