Since a lot of my ancestors came from Älsborgs län (Elfsborgs län) in
Dalsland landskap, it is easy to keep it straight. It also helps that I've been doing
genealogy for almost five years. That isn't a very long time but I certainly
know a lot more than when I started.
Keep reading the messages (even those which don't pertain to you), get the
guidebooks "Your Swedish Roots" and "Cradled in Sweden", study
SweGGate, and you
will catch on quickly. I notice people coming as newbies and asking the
typical questions, and then quickly progressing, and eventually starting to help
others too. It takes time but eventually you will be able to help others too.
The letter Ä (in Älvsborg) and the letter E (in Elfsborg) sound about the
same, and the letter f was often changed to v in later spellings, such as the
spelling changes in 1906 in Sweden. Land is just a misunderstanding as someone
phonetically tried to spell län.
Orland Park, Illinois
Sent: 11:17 P.M. U.S. Central Time, April 30
In a message dated 4/30/2005 11:11:18 PM Central Standard Time,
Judy, how in the world do you keep it all straight?
I am seeing it in English, Elsbergland ~ Elfsborg Ian and I am guessing it
might even sound similar?