Sunday, June 10, 2007

In the Beginning...

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Thanks to cousin Ron for creating a unique blogspot I discovered searching the main page of his website for names on plat maps. This gave me the impetus to strike out on my own with a genealogy blog. The blog was easy to create (thanks to Google).

And now I am ready to begin by posting the surnames that are in my family line that I would like to discuss. Southern ancestral names are: Rambo, Bankston, Sappington, Jarrett, Ivey, Hamlin, Brooks, Cobb, McDonald or McDaniel, Miller and King. The immigrant ancestors appeared as early as 1640 in Pennsylvania (New Sweden) and in Virgina (Jamestowne, Surry and Sussex Counties). This is a hyperlink to my website, The Spirit in the South, on

Norwegian surnames are Vold, Gandrud, Gulsvik, Sefre or Savre. Those names appear in Flaa, Nes of Buskerud County, Norway in the Hallingdal Valley about one and one half hour north of Oslo.

Additional Norwegian surnames are Holstad, Turvold and Forde. Those surnames came from the Sognefjord region of Norway near Vik and of course, Ferduh (phonetic pron.) of Forde. That community is north of the Sognefjord near the Jolster Glacier.

It is good to remember that in Norway the patriarchal naming system was in place until the 20th century when the Norwegian government decided there were too many Ole's in Norway and demanded that everyone adopt a surname. They often took their farm names or the name they were known by in Norway. For instance, Olesson (the son of Ole) became Olson.

This is the link to my website on, Hallingdal to Amerika

In the beginning... it is necessary to clarify that this blogspot is for discussion and information sharing. All of the documentation that I have is posted on the two websites listed above. I may have ideas about how to help you research your family, but I cannot do research for you. Now, let the party begin!



Anne said...

What a splendid beginning for your blog!
We cousins eagerly await the distribution of the book "The Spirit in the South", almost five years in the making. You already have my order for several copies!

Cheryl said...

always great to see someone catch the blog bug - love your photo-editing! have fun!

@ Stash Studios

BRIAN said...

Hi Cynthia

If you are the C. Forde who used to be on ysearch, please get in touch.

Kind regards


BRIAN said...

Sorry, My best email is