In this episode I talk about how language might be a huge challenge when doing genealogy research in another country. My maternal grandmother was from Estonia, so I know how hard, time consuming and sometimes frustrating it might be. In Estonia I find documents not only Estonian (a language I don’t know) but also German and Russian.
Another challenge might be geography, what if I don’t find the place names on a map? The patronymic namesystem used back then might be a bit tricky. But I see it as a help or clue instead. If Anders Nilsson have a son, his surename would be Anderson. If he have a daughter it would be Andersdotter where dotter means daughter.
I take all those questions and thoughts I have run into doing my Estonian research and try to answer them for you, because I am sure you have the same questions and more when doing your Swedish research.
I talk about databases with gravestones. Especially Svenska gravstensinventeringen, the Swedish gravestone inventory that is found at grav.genealogi.se It is only in Swedish, but in this videotutorial I am showing you a couple of searchers and how you can make use of the built-in translation in the webbrowser Google Chrome.
And a cheatsheet for you to download:
Im also telling you a story that made the local news. A really amazing story on how I uploaded photos of gravestones from the local cemetery to billiongraves.com and more than a year later a couple on visit in Sweden from the US happens to knock on my door, showing me a print-out of the photo, having no idea I took the picture. You will find the article here and Google Translate will do a pretty good job translating it for you. http://blogg.hd.se/slaktforskning/2013/05/23/nar-tillfalligheterna-spelar-in/
gravsten – gravestone
kyrka – church
kyrkogård – cemetery
begravning – funeral
I hope you enjoyed the very first episode of Finding your Swedish Ancestors with me Linda Kvist. You could contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with comments or questions, or leave a comment on the Facebookpage: https://www.facebook.com/clpodcast/ I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for listening, until next time, have a nice day, take care, over and out.