WHAT IS A GEDCOM?

How people and families are related to each other can get to be a rather complicated matter. Gedcoms are files created by software programs specifically developed to track these relationships. The word, gedcom, is an acronym for the phrase, genealogical data communications.

HOW DO I NAVIGATE THROUGH THE GEDCOM?

1. Each name on the surname page is a link to an alphabetical list of all the individuals on the gedcom.
2. Each name on the individual list is a link to their family group sheet.
3. From the family group page you can link to related family groups by clicking on a colored and underlined name. If the name is not highlighted in color or underlined, it means there is no further information on that particular individual.
4. On the bottom of each page are links that represented choices of which page to go to next.
5. Your browser back button can also be used to return to your previous page.

WHAT INFORMTION IS ON THE GEDCOM?

1. This gedcom lists birth, marriage, and death dates when they were available.
2. This gedcom lists birthplace, place of marriage and place of death, when available.
3. Dates and places were purged for living individuals. In cases where death status was unknown it was also eliminated.
4. This gedcom does not list sources or other information. Much of this information is available in the family history book where there is an extensive bibliography. An extensive index to that book will be available when a hard copy edition is published.
5. A bracket like this [--] is the way either an unknown given name or unknown surname is listed. This is most often used for a wife whose maiden name is unknown.
6. The surname listed for a person is always the name they were given at birth. In other words the wife is always listed under her maiden name.

ARE THERE VARIATIONS IN THE ALPHABETIZING?

The Norwegian alphabet has three additional vowels; å , æ and ø.  In the Norwegian alphabet, these are placed in this order at the end of the alphabet. When these occur in the surnames list, they are placed accordingly.