1) On Location

I am living in Denmark and Danish is my native language. That definitely makes a difference when the mission is to trace Danes. 

Because I only do Danish genealogy and am familiar with the Danish history and way of life, I know the sources to lean on in each particular case and the best way to benefit from them. Just as I can find my way through the counties, municipalities, districts, parishes etc.  

Occasionally, immigrants shortened or changed their names, and more often the children of these immigrants Anglicized their names to better assimilate. I have a good sense of Danish given and family names and can most often tell if a strange name is a variation on a common name or just a spelling mistake. 

The readability of the handwritings varies enormously and it can be practically impossible to decipher. Knowing the terms and words to look for in particular makes the decoding easier and more reliable. But it certainly still calls for caution and precision to capture new information and to avoid misinterpretations.  

And it is very useful to be near to the national and provincial archives.  

2) Hands On

There is no substitute for hands-on experience. Like any acquired skills, genealogy takes learning and practice.  

Some 30-40 years ago I established my own family tree and I have traced my family back into the 16th century. By learning from my mistakes and by acquiring the things that work in practice I learned genealogy the hard way. Since then I supplemented my practical experiences with theoretical knowledge.  

Here you can have a look of my homepage: Siden det Herrens År 1570... (Since the year of Our Lord 1570...) which still is work in progress. Apart from a few general comments etc., you can choose an English version of the homepage.  

 

3) Commitment

Business ethics is key to genealogy but difficult to flesh out. Thus, the best way to get an impression of my work might be to review the feedback I have gotten from my clients.

On top of that I follow the Code of Ethics by APG, Association of Professional Genealogists, i.e. my genealogy work lives as a minimum up to professional standards like

  • Citing appropriate sources
  • Using good language
  • Following accepted conventions in genealogical research
  • Completing assignments on time and on budget 

also follow National Genealogical Society's Standards and Guidelines.