Leif Biberg Kristensen

Leif Biberg Kristensen

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Leif Biberg Kristensen
Born 1950s.
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Categories: Porsgrunn, Telemark, Norway | No | En-4.


Norwegian Native
Leif Biberg Kristensen was born in Norway
Denne brukeren/brukaren har norsk som morsmål.
This user can contribute with a near-native level of English.

I was born in 1952 in the smallish town of Porsgrunn, Norway. I'm now a retired civil servant, having worked for many years with Unix and databases in the IT department of the Norwegian Health and Social Security Insurance administration.

Since 1997, I've been a devout genealogist, with making sense of 18th century parish registers ("Kirkebok") and probate protocols ("Skifteprotokoll") as my favourite subject. I'm working with the entire population of the two parishes Solum and Holla in Lower Telemark, Norway during the period c.1660-1840, and some in the neighbouring parishes. I'm almost exclusively using primary sources, and I always include full transcripts of the Baptism / Marriage / Burial entries from the parish registers. For Norway, the parish registers include the entire population before 1845, as membership in the Lutheran state church was mandatory. Where I find a probate, I will usually write down what it says about relationships in the Biography section. In the Sources sections of my profiles, you will also find embedded links to images of the original documents at the Norwegian Digital Archive ("Digitalarkivet"), thus being able to verify the data for yourself, and even (hopefully) arrive at better conclusions than mine.

I started entering data in a couple of programs that I'd rather not mention, but soon I became a fan of The Master Genealogist (TMG), which I used until 2005, when finally my old laptop running Windows 2000 crashed. Working professionally with Unix, I've never been very impressed by Windows, and by then I had developed my own replacement database application (Yggdrasil) in PostgreSQL and PHP running on my big, fat Linux desktop computer. This is still my production database environment.

Since 2002, I've been running my own genealogy site at Solumslekt. As that site probably will be discontinued after I'm gone, I've started to explore alternatives. I'm now in the process of transferring data to WikiTree, as this site appears to be focused on quality rather than quantity. To that end, I wrote a Perl script which will generate a Wiki biography for any person in my database, complete with inline references. That is saving me massive amounts of typing, and I can easily add scores of people whenever I've got the time.

I do hope that my data will survive here on WikiTree, and not be sold off to one of those disgusting sites that let users connect everyone and their grandmother to Adam, Eve, and G. Almighty. It is also my hope that others will join me and collaborate on the Lower Telemark genealogy, always keeping a decent scientific standard in mind. Documentation is everything.

One Place Study

As of 9 Oct 2018, I have started the Solum, Telemark, Norway One Place Study. Another one for Holla, Telemark, Norway will follow.


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Leif Biberg is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
I want to follow discussions about improvements to WikiTree.
My surname is a frozen patronym which I'm sharing with thousands of other Scandinavians, most of us totally unrelated. But once in a blue moon, there may be someone trying to reach me.
This is a subject which interests me. I'm all for a more inclusive, multi-national handling of names in WikiTree. It's time to shake off the dead hand of GEDCOM.
I'm a native Norwegian, and since 1997 I've done a lot of genealogy in the area of Lower Telemark, Norway, where most of my ancestors come from.
This tag occasionally comes up with translation requests
I have started my own OPS project.
What Norwegians used to have instead of surnames.
Because I can.
This is kind of a "Meeting place" on G2G.
What genealogy is all about.
A birds-eye view of what's going on around here.
Another interesting topic.
My primary research field.


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On 31 Jan 2019 at 09:18 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Leif and welcome to Thors Daisies. Thanks for being part of the team.


On 12 Dec 2018 at 20:28 GMT Jodi (Trogstad) Brennan wrote:

Are you and me related? I'm struggling through my Wikitree and have added several to my father's Norwegian life, but I still have trouble with all the names. Just checking. Thank you for all the edits you've provided. I do appreciate them.

On 5 Dec 2018 at 21:27 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Congratulations on your Pre-1500 badge!

Please make sure to add pre-1500 as one of your followed tags to assure that you are aware of issues that need work.

On 10 Oct 2018 at 14:24 GMT Wendy (Ling) Sullivan wrote:

Hi Leif,

Thank you for including your first One Place Study in the project.

I have awarded you the badge :)

Please drop me a note if you have any questions :)


On 10 Sep 2018 at 21:53 GMT Juha (Niskakoski) Soini wrote:

Source-a-Thon is a joint effort to reduce the amount of unsourced profiles on WikiTree. The event will be held 8 AM (ET) September 28 - 8 AM (ET) October 1. If you would like to help us please answer the G2G thread Have you registered for the Source-a-Thon yet? indicating you would like to join Spic-n-Span Scandinavians. More information on Spic-n-Span Scandinavians - Source-a-Thon

On 20 Mar 2018 at 03:17 GMT David Selman wrote:

Hi !

Thanks for joining us! I’m David, a WikiTree Mentor. Hope you're enjoying our site.

Did you have fun learning your way around WikiTree?

I just wanted to check in and see how things are going. Do you have any questions I can answer?

Thank you, David ~ WikiTree Mentor

On 13 Mar 2018 at 20:35 GMT Debi (McGee) Hoag wrote:

Hi Leif,

You've been a member of WikiTree for about a week so I am checking in to see how it is going. The New Member How-Tos are for you to work at your own pace. If you had time to look, were they helpful?

I'm here to help with questions about how WikiTree works. Just click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page. I'll get back to you by the end of the day.

Debi ~ WikiGreeter

PS If you get a "Page Not Found" error when clicking WikiTree email links, you can often find a working version in the public comments on your profile.

PPS Did you discover that the tags on your profile link you to genealogists and resources about those subjects and surnames? You can add more tags, up to 20 total.

On 8 Mar 2018 at 01:16 GMT Natalie (Durbin) Trott wrote:

Hello Leif,

Thanks for taking the Pre-1700 Quiz!

Because pre-1700 ancestors are shared by many descendants, working within the projects which coordinate them is essential. You can learn more about joining the community in How To #3 and in the Project FAQ.

Use the Pre-1700 Projects list to find one which best fits your research focus, whether time period, location, or special event. Read the goals and tasks of the project and join if it is a good fit.

Let me know if you have trouble finding projects which fit your focus. Click my name, then ask in the comment section of my page. Natalie ~ Pre-1700 Greeter

On 6 Mar 2018 at 08:12 GMT Gilly Wood wrote:

Thank you for volunteering. You are now a full member of WikiTree.

Start with the New Member How-To Pages - they are really useful as you add profiles and learn your way around: 

Let me know if you require assistance. I am happy to help. After adding my own family and ancestors I have found many cousins and distant ancestors here on WikiTree.

Gilly~ WikiTree Greeter

On 6 Mar 2018 at 07:23 GMT Gilly Wood wrote:


This is just a note to say hello and to let you know that I'm available to answer questions about WikiTree.

To contact me, click the link to my name, then send a private message or post a comment on my profile page.

Gilly ~ WikiTree Greeter

P.S. If you ever get a "Page Not Found" error when you click a link in a WikiTree email, you can usually find a functioning link in the public comments section of your profile page.

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