Helpful Links

If you have comments and/or corrections about any information cantained on this site, please feel free to contact me at: eric@eckstroms.com Please don’t be in too much of a hurry for a response - I still work for a living!

Norwegian and Swedish records are extensive, but are not translated extensively. The scans of original documents are in the original languages, often hand-written (poorly) in Gothic script. Don’t let this stop you. The following links might be able to help:

ancestry.com - this is a subscription based website, but they also have free “guest” accounts. If you have started genealogy research, I’m sure you have heard of it. Most of my information is on ancestry.com under the user name “Treespreader”. I began this public site in the hopes that distant relatives with new information and documentation might be willing to share it. It happens often that what is handed down through the generations only flows down one branch for each new generation. By the time several generations have passed, one branch probably will not know another, much less have access to family records.

CAUTION  - make sure there is documentation to back up people/dates/towns before you add them to your tree. Regrettably there are a lot of trees out there that have incorrect information in them. Everything in Treespreader should documented. I have spent the past few years cleaning up Treespreader but I may have missed something. Let me know if you find something incorrect. Nobody’s perfect in this world… just look at your relatives!

Digital Arkivet - this is a great resource made available free by the Norwegian government. Following is a description from the website: “About the Digital Archives… Here you can search databases/tables, read transcripts and browse digital images as well as listen to digitised sound from the archives. Everyone is welcome to use this government service for free.” 

CAUTION  - although the webpages have an English option, the records are pictures and/or scans of the original documents. In addition to sometimes horrendous handwriting in the original documents, current Norwegian-English dictionaries rarely have translations relative to old records.

National Archives - the United States government has suggestions about how to do genealogy research, but not much actual data for doing the research on-line. If you hit a brick wall in your research, you may find their suggestions helpful. You may be able to pinpoint the census record you want in their indexes and then write for copies… or go to archive.org to find free access to many documents.

archive.org - this website is not specific to genealogy but does have many resources available for free. Entering the "county name" and “genealogy" you are looking for into their search engine will give results including most released US Census records. The only problem is nothing is indexed. Such a search may also provide copies of local history books written about that county. Many were written in the 1880 - 1910 time frame and you will be surprised at the details you might find about your ancestors!

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