The quickest way to the meat of this site is clicking on the menu above. You can look at and navigate by charts, use the surname index to find a particular person, or start with the persons I've picked out as Notable People. There are also some Special Pages on various topics, the most interesting, perhaps, Thora (Tuftin) Miller's story of her family's emigration and their lives in Norway and the US; or the page about the name Tuftin and the farm it comes from. If you've visited before and would like to know what, if anything, is new, there's also Recent updates

Compromises and accuracy

This site, as genealogy in general, is the result of compromise. The major ones being the compromise between completeness and publishing it before the end of time; the compromise between pretty prose and automation; and the compromise between detail and volume, particularly concering names. I plan to describe and justify these compromises in this section, eventually.

What I've tried hard not to do is compromise on accuracy and nearly all information should be sourced. If despite this you find something you believe is an error, please contact me. Email links should be at the bottom of any page, just click my name, or if that doesn't work on your computer, use bjornar@"mylastname".net and replace "mylastname" with the actual name.

Understanding the site

This site has been designed and developed with the program Second Site created by John Cardinal. A lot of the content is generated by Second Site from my genealogy database in the program The Master Genealogist. As mentioned in the first paragraph on this page there are various ways to move around the site. Concepts such as the surname index and charts should be self-explanatory, but some things that I think aren't self-explanatory are explained here.

In the surname index, next to people's names in the heading of their section of the site, and in lists of a couple's children you will find some icons. Since it's my site they currently all have to do with a person's relation to me. There's an icon to indicate in the indices and in a person's entry, if he or she is an ancestor of mine or a cousin of any degree , and a separate icon to indicate in a list of children which, if any, is (are) my ancestor(s).

At the start of the surname index you'll find «surnames» like «1865 Norwegian Census». Each «person» with that surname is a family or dwelling in a census. I use these pseudo-people because that makes it easier to automatically generate the census information pages with links to the people involved.