1) On Location

We live in Denmark and Danish is our native language. It definitely makes a difference when the mission is to trace Danes. 

As we specialize in Danish genealogy and are very familiar with the Danish history and way of life, we understand which 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 and other locales.  

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 cases our decoding easier and more reliable. But naturally there is still call for caution and precision to capture new information and to avoid misinterpretations.  

Our physical localtion also gives us ready access to national and provincial archives.  

2) Hands On

 

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

Some 30-40 years ago, Niels researched and documented his own family tree and traced the family back into the 16th century. By learning from mistakes and by acquiring the things that work in practice I developed pratical skills in genealogy. Since then the hands-on experiences were supplemented with theoretical knowledge.  

Here you can have a look of the family's homepage: Siden det Herrens År 1570... (Since the year of Our Lord 1570...) which is still a work in progress. You can choose an English version of the homepage.  

 

3) Commitment

We find it highly important for us to be very transparent; both as to how we work and the nature of My Danish Roots. Just as it is important that you are in control of the task you have assigned to us throughout the process.

Business ethics is key to genealogy but difficult to entirely grasp. The best way to get an impression of our work is often to review the feedback received from clients.

We work completely in accordance with the Code of Ethics by APG, Association of Professional Genealogists, i.e. our 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