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.
As of 9 Oct 2018, I have started the Solum, Telemark, Norway One Place Study. Another one for Holla, Telemark, Norway will follow.
On 31 Jan 2019 at 09:18 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:
On 12 Dec 2018 at 20:28 GMT Jodi (Trogstad) Brennan wrote:
On 5 Dec 2018 at 21:27 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
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:
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:
On 20 Mar 2018 at 03:17 GMT David Selman wrote:
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:
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:
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:
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.