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Brian Turnbull
31-07-2007, 8:51 AM
I know this site is for UK research, but I have a problem and wonder if anyone has any information to help the search. My aunt married a Norwegian in Australia in 1934, his age was given as 34, making his birth year about 1900. He is from Fredrickstad, father's name Edwin and mother Antinette(?) According to his death certificate he must have arrived in Austarlia about 1928. I have looked in Google but the sites were not that informative.
Any help on a site to visit to track this information down would be appreciated.


31-07-2007, 9:16 AM
Cyndi's list has a whole page of Norwegian links.

regards birdlip

Peter Goodey
31-07-2007, 9:28 AM

Brian Turnbull
01-08-2007, 11:49 AM
Thanks birdlip and Peter.That site you referred me to Peter looks good, i will spend some time investigating it.

Geoff Rogers
01-08-2007, 10:43 PM
My Grandfather was Norwegian and arrived in Australia in 1912. Initially I thought that tracing him back in Norway was going to be difficult. Surprisingly I have got back much further than any of my English ancestors, with even a possible link through various female lines to royalty.

I first subscribed to a newsgroup, soc.genealogy.nordic, and posted a request for information. The end result was a third cousin in Norway. From him I have photos of my Grandfather when he was about 14 years old and the house where he grew up in. Also details from a very old family bible and a ready made family tree sent to me.

A few websites may also help you.

http://www.rhd.uit.no/indexeng.html Norwegian Historical Data Centre

and more importantly how the naming pattern works.


My Grandfather was called Laurits Hagbard Larsen, his father was Lars Tellefsen and his father was Tellef Pedersen. From this you can probably work out what's happening. A male child has "sen" added to the fathers christian name and a female will have "datter" added.

Another source I found useful,


Here I found his naturalisation papers.

Good Luck

Geoff Rogers

Brian Turnbull
02-08-2007, 12:14 PM
Geoff Rogers, thanks for your reply and information. I checked the Australian site with no success but that seems to be par for the course with my lot. It is never easy, I don't know what their problem was.

I will check out the other sites. On one Norwegian site I looked at the surname doesn't appear in the area it is suposed to and similarly the name doesn't exist on the Australian site. He must have rowed ashore and never reported to the authorities, or wasn't who he said he was, although my aunt went to Norway with him in 1948 and met his family, so that may rule out that idea.

17-09-2007, 12:12 PM
My ancestors are Norwegian as well and my great grandfather swam to Australia. I have found his family and am back so far to early 1600's in a similar area to where you are looking so maybe I might be able to help you. All the parish registers are on-line. I know you don't read Norwegian but you can read a name its not hard. So if you want a bit of help you need to supply your uncles name to start with. Have you got their marriage certificate? Have you spoken to your Aunt to get what she can tell you? Does she have any letters from Norway? If I can help PM me.