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Re: Gunderson, Gundersen
Posted by: P Hopkins (ID *****4153) Date: February 12, 2005 at 16:29:32
In Reply to: Re: Gunderson, Gundersen by Arlene Vittetoe of 17

I think you've got good information to get started and research into Norwegian records can be a joy.
Of course, I can't recall all the different postings we've exchanged on different message boards about this family - but if his father's name was like Ulrik Gundersen - we'd expect they to call the children by the patronymic naming pattern in rural area of Norway at this time - Ulriksen for the boys and Ulriksdatter for the girls. Obviously these young Norwegian people were not ignorant of the naming patterns used in the US and decided that it would be more fitting to use Gundersen as their American surname when they arrived here. They could have called themselves anything they liked - each a different choice if it came to that.
I recommend that you study the articles here to get an understand of how you'll track earlier generations of Norwegians -
http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~norway/articles.html
The LDS website has an excellent Research Guide about Norway and there are other websites that you may find helpful -
http://www.cyndislist.com/norway.htm


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