Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday -- Einar (Olausen) Jordbaerhaugen

Einar Olausen Jordbaerhaugen and wife Karoline Jordbaerhaugen.  Einar was one of my
great-grandfather Kristian Olausen Jordbaerhaugen's brothers.  He and his wife are buried
at Bryn Kirke Cemetery in Baerum, Norway.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Swedish Records are Free December 28-30

I just read the newsletter I receive from ArkivDigital, and they are offering three free days to do research in their wonderful database.  The site has almost 25 million images of Swedish church records and other materials.

1) If you are not already registered, you need to register at http://www.arkivdigital.net/users/register .

2) Install ADOnLine2 here:  http://www.arkivdigital.net/products/adonline/installation .  You will not have to pay to get free access; you just won't be able to log back in once the free period is over. 

3) Log in with your registration information.

4) Have fun!  Swedish records are so easy.  The ones I have researched are very organized, and the images are incredibly good!  ArkivDigital offers their digital records in color, which I find very helpful.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday -- Borge Church and Cemetery in Østfold

This beautiful church --Borge Kirke -- in Østfold, Norway, is an important one in my paternal grandfather's ancestral line.  The church's Web site says that the location was probably used for pagan Norse whorship in pre-Christian times.  The first Christian church built on the site was dedicated to St. Olav.  Unfortunately, the original church and several others after were completely burned.  The current church was built in the traditional stone style in1861.  I was happy to visit this church last summer and look for old graves, but, as expected, my family graves were long-gone.  However, I did notice that this church had far more old graves than other churches I had visited.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Vote for your Favorite Blogs by December 20!


I am so happy that Of Trolls and Lemons was nominated for the Family Tree Magazine’s Top 40 Genealogy blogs!  You can find it in the “Heritage” category and vote for it and four other blogs (5 blogs for each of the 8 categories).  Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20. You may vote multiple times.  Click here!

THANK YOU to those who nominated my blog.  I am honored to be among so many great blogs.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Sister I Never Knew

Today is the day my sister, Ingrid Sonia, was born.  Sadly, she had Down's and a bad heart, and in those days they didn't have the sophisticated surgeries they do today.  The doctors said it was a matter of time before her heart would give out.  My mother took her to Sicily, to her family, for a few months.  Ingrid died in Catania, Sicily, and is at the Cemetery of Catania.