This update on FamilySearchs Norway Project is from genealogy writer Sunny McClellan Morton:
The recent buzz on FamilySearchs Community Trees has prompted questions from those who read about the Norway Project in the July 2009 Family Tree Magazine. As explained in that article, the project will extract and link ancestral data from Norwegian bygdebøker (community books). Who wouldnt be anxious to start searching a database that automatically links their ancestors to each other?
Data from the Norway Project now appears on the Community Trees site. But like anything on a beta site, the information isnt quite complete. Only the Sør-Aurdal Clerical District of Oppland County is currently posted.
With 61,228 individuals from 18,428 families (12,276 unique surnames), the information is certainly useful, but limited in scope.
Even the posted data still need a little refining. According to project manager Roger Magneson, the following improvements are yet to come:
- The current long list of six locality descriptors (small farm, large farm, parish, clerical district, county, country) will be reduced to four (large farm, clerical district, county and country).
- The current list of only one or two locality descriptors for move-ins from other clerical districts will be expanded to three or four descriptors wherever possible.
- Current errors regarding place names (caused by early extractors who couldnt read the language) will be corrected in a later dataset.
- Variants and diminutives of some names will be corrected and standardized in a later version.
- Magneson hopes to post updated Sør-Aurdal data by the end of 2009. The next clerical district data to appear will likely be Nord-Fron, Sør-Fron, Norde Land and Søndre Land, beginning in early 2010.
Of course, Norways not the only country on FamilySearchs Community Trees. Check the site for other datasets related to your pedigree. Choose Advanced Search to select the dataset you want to see.
(Note: The site doesn’t work well in the Firefox browser.)