Church Record Sunday: Norwegian Marriage of Peter Melhus to Anne Reitan, 1860

The first photo is of the entire page in the parish register and below it is the enlarged, cropped image of the marriage of my great-great grandfather Peter Andreas Peterson Melhus and his first wife, Anne Reitan.  I am descended through his second wife, Anna Margret Kvam.  I’m not going to lie.  Doing research in old parish records can be challenging.  This particular record is from 1860.  I don’t speak (or read) Norwegian.  There are often abbreviations that are used in these records also.  It takes some getting used to.  Once I’m in a groove and have been looking through them for a while, it gets easier (because I know which items are in each column).  I have a dictionary and some Norwegian friends to help me out.:)

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  • Mariann Regan - April 29, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Yes, this definitely looks challenging! Especially, I admire you for getting used to the handwriting. Maybe your Norwegian friends can help you with the handwriting, too! Researchers learn to be undaunted, I suppose, but Kudos.ReplyCancel

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