Linda Greethurst will give a presentation on “Ya Gotta Know the Name Game” at the May Story County Genealogical Society meeting, Monday, May 14, 6:30 p.m., at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave. Many countries in the world have used (and some are still using) a very distinctive system of names called Patronymics. If you don’t have a thorough understanding of its use, you WILL be researching the wrong people in just one generation back. In addition, the Norwegians add another element to their names. You also need to understand that each family is often a living genealogy of their ancestors and there is a pattern to that system too. We will look at some Norwegian samples of how to use the church records to verify that you are indeed researching the correct person. So “Ya Gotta Know the Name Game.” Then, your research becomes so much fun and really quite easy.


Linda graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with a BS degree in home economics education and a science minor. She is currently retired and is a volunteer instructor with IGS Education Program and also leads the Norwegian Interest Group and co-leads the Legacy User Group. She recently co-taught, with Alice Hoyt Veen, CG, the genealogy course “Genealogical Proof Standards” at the Ames Public Library.


The program is free and open to the public.