Family History

Genealogy is a fascinating and time- consuming hobby of mine. The pay-off for your time is the potential to not only discover who you are, and where you came from, a history of your identity, but also new friendships, lessons in geography, social history, culture and customs, as well as a sense of shared kinship.

I have found and tracked my Danish ancestors back to 1620. Many were school teachers or Degns (Parish clergy) or significant people in their community. Some for good reasons, others not so good!

I  see more and more physical traits, preferences and mannerisms that are passed down through the generations of my family. So much of who we are, is who we were.

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Serendipity

I discovered I was related to my best friend, who was born in an overseas country and adopted soon after birth. Who would have thought? – Serendipity

Soender Felding, Denmark

Sønder Felding, Denmark

In 2004, I visited a village in rural Denmark – Sønder Felding. In the past, my family had lived there for many hundreds of years, yet no member of the family had visited or resided  there for over a hundred years. Despite this, the week before I arrive, there is a story, in the Village newspaper, about the oldest house in the village and its history, and my very old ancestor, who built and owned it. Because of this article, and the timing of my visit, after one hundred and more years, I was able to find and see the house for myself and track my family for many generations backwards and forwards through history  – Serendipity.

In the neighbouring village, where my great grandfather was born, I visited the church when some family were married and baptized. When I enter this church, on this day, what do I see in a small Danish countryside church? An Australian flag hanging inside! I am Australian – Serendipity.

I have accumulated many Norwegian friends/penfriends over the last 20 years or so, and my home is decorated in Norwegian ‘hygge’ style, yet I am descended from Danes and Australians, and when searching for the father of my adopted great great Aunt, I found the Norwegian branch of my Danish family – Serendipity.

Trondheim, Norway

Trondheim, Norway

Family history means more and more to me with each passing year and the documented  legacy is one that I hope I might pass on to future generations.

Family history – Something to Ponder About

23 Responses to Family History

  1. Thanks for the follow Amanda. Your painting and embroidery skills are really impressive. Beautiful work. My husband is of Danish ancestry too, and we visited Denmark several years ago. It is a lovely country. I am quite interested in all branches of our families genealogy.. You also have an impressive list of Nordic writers! I was going to suggest Henning Mankell, but I see you already have him as well as several others I recognize.

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    • Hello Katyi! Thanks for stopping by. Denmark is very special to me, and so lovely. And it has fabulous family history resources. Where was your husband’s family from?
      I have read a few of Mankell’s book and love the TV series ( swedish version is best, I think)

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    • My husband’s grandfather was from Langeland, and grandmother from Schleswig-Holstein.
      I don’t recall the author of Wallander, but we have liked the TV series very much. I like the Swedish writers a lot.

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    • Henning Mankell wrote Wallander but it was made into a TV series in Sweden in Sweden but also in Sweden with English actors in English. The latter did not work as well as the former. I also have ancestors from Schleswig -H. The borders of Germany and Denmark moved around quite a bit over the years.

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  2. leggypeggy says:

    You’ve made some truly serendipitous finds. I’ve had some luck tracing my own family, but hubby’s is proving very difficult. Two generations are okay, but going back more is almost impossible. Hubby is 68. HIs grandfather was 70 when his father was born, and his great grandfather was born in 1796.

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    • That does make it a bit difficult when there was so many years between generations. I have had a lot of luck, for sure, but on another side of my family, there is nothing and no possibilities of finding anything. I think that is the way they wanted it, so I guess it is best to let those sleeping dogs lie? What region is your hubby’s family from?

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    • leggypeggy says:

      That family is from southern England. My family is from all over.

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  3. As are many Australians – a multicultural background!

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  4. Yinglan says:

    Genealogy, what a fascinating subject. I’ve always wanted to know my family lineage but never knew of a way to find out. Maybe that’s why I enjoy the subject so much. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. 🙂

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  8. Stopped by to thank you for the follow and I have been meaning to get back and read more. My daughter is researching her genealogy. She and her brother are the last of their line. No children for either one to pass it onto but she is interested anyway. We had the DNA tested and she was quite surprised. At one time I had a program on my computer to keep track of the family lines but it was quite confusing or not well designed. Some of my German family emigrated to Australia. That is another melting pot with people from all over the world going there. I do enjoy your artwork and will be looking into your writing shortly. Hope you are having a wonderfilled weekend.

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    • Thanks so much for that lovely comment. So kind and DNA IS a fascinating area. Australia is a melting pot yes and now very Multicultural. Which is logical given the geographic place Australia has in the world. I have used a couple of Family history programs with good sucess. Found descendant relatives in Denmark. We brought 5 lines of th email family together after 200 years apart

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    • Wow! My mother tried to find her extended family in Germany and they were not very nice about the fact she waited so long. Wouldn’t have anything to do with her. I’m so glad you had better luck.

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    • That is so sad! Was there communication problems? I guess it doesn’t always work out. The expectation is that we are all going to be one happy family, but it isn’t always so. Thanks for your comment. It is food for thought in my ongoing quest to find that side of my family.

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    • It all works out for the best. She met another person with the same last name as her mother that was not related and they wrote back an forth for a number of years and we actually went to visit twice. Lovely people and good, new friends.

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    • That is good to hear. Sometimes family isn’t always a ‘blood’ relationship. I am glad it worked out.

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