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DEDRICKSON 28 Feb 1998
Interested in information on the Dedrickson name. My fathers name was Harold Dedrickson and I am trying to find family information. His father came to USA around 1901. Thank you,

FLAGSTAD 28 Feb 1998
Researching name Flagstad from Vang area in Norway. Came to US 1880's. This was the surname used in US. Kay Jetton

HVALL 28 Feb 1998 Kay Jetton,
Searching for ancestors of Halvor Tollefsen Hvall, b. 1826 Sandsvaer Norway, and his wife Anne Jorgine Amundsdatter Meskerud, b. Sept 1838 in Sandsvaer, Norway, d. 1911 Aitken Co., MN. Halvor is believed to have died before 1895 in Norway. Children: Antonelle Gunnilla, b. 1859, d. Apr 1924 Aitken Co, MN, married William Hedstrom; by grandfather,Thorvald Anton Halvorsen Laugerud, b. 17 June 1861, d. 29 May 1936, Superior, WI, married Greta Olsen Trengen; Johan, b. August 1870 in Norway, died 1936 in Aitken Co., MN; and Olav. b. 1870 in Norway.

ROE 28 Feb 1998
Related farm names: Arnegard, Roehaugen, Rakelgarden,Rakelfarm
I have a lengthy document written by Kjell Sorbol of Norway in 1984. This book traces the Genealogy of the ROE name from Torstein Knutson. Speaks of Knut Torsteinson (Roe) born Nov. 4, 1791 who was raised on Roehaugen. This farm may have also previously known as Arnegard. Knut Torsteinson was the son of Torstein Knutson(born 1760 , died July 26, 1837).
From what I can tell their are two farms involved 1) Arnegard or Roehaugen and 2) Rakelgarden or Rakelfarm. I may be of some help as I can find very little about the Roe family or the location of Norway where these farms were/are located. I have a picture of the farm entitled "Aettegardern Roe, gnr. 46, bnr. 12". Thanks, Steve Roe

JOHNSON 28 FEB 1998 Heather L. Rankin
Looking for information on the following ancestors.
Andrew JOHNSON was born in 25 July 1825 in Christianna, Norway. The IGI lists his father as Rasmus and his mother as Hockin. I have not verified this yet. Andrew moved his family to Peterson, Morgan, Utah in 1860. He was possibly in the Budge Handcart company. He married Maria Agusta CHRISTIANSEN born 1829 in Norway.

They had the following children:
Agnes Johnson born Oct 1848 in Christiana (Oslo) Norway
Julia Johnson born 16 May 1851 in Christiana (Oslo) Norway.
The two sisters married two GAARDER (Garder) brothers.
Agnes married Ole Olsen Gorder (Gaarder) Jr.
Julia married Martin Garder (Gaarder)
Family history has it that the girls (Agnes and Julia) met the GAARDER (Gorder) brothers (Ole and Martin) in Omaha Nebraska and walked across the plains with them when Agnes was 11 years old. All the children of the two families thought it was a great adventure but knew it was probably very hard on the parents. Any help on this family will be most appreciated. Heather

GAARDER 28 Feb 1998 Heather L. Rankin
Hi. Looking for any information on the following family: Ole Olsen Gaarder born about 1818 in Bangs, Lodingen, Norlands, Norway married Anne Mickolsen before 1843. She was born about 1820, probably in Lodingen.

They had the following children:
Ole Olsen Gorder, Jr. born 3 June 1844 in Bangs.
Martin Gaarder (Garder) born 25 Nov 1849 in Bangs.
Andrew Gaarder born 1843 in Bangs, Lodingen, Norlands, Norway
Laurtiz Gaarder born 1858 in Norway.
Karen Gaarder born 1843 in Norway.
Family history has it that their last name was not Gaarder, Garder or Gorder but Olsen. On the ship coming to America they were asked to pick a last name that was not Olsen.

They left Norway in 1860 on the ship William Tapscott and docked in New York. From there they went to Omaha. In Omaha they joined the Budge hand-cart company that went to Utah. They settled in Peterson, Morgan, Utah. I have quite a bit of info on this family I would love to share. Any help will be most appreciated. Cheers! Heather Rankin

Carrie Amundson Drange 27 Feb 1998
This was my step-grandmother, all the information I have is: D.O.B. 1-16-1851 at Brandebu, Norway Carrie Amundson Drange. This was my grandmother, information: DOB 12-25-1862 at Hadeland Norway Anne Nilson Berven

Any information you could give us, would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely,
Elizabeth Larson Wanke
Box 15
Milan MN 56262 USA

My grandparents immigrated to the USA in approx. 1903 from a farm named Tralnes near Bronnoysund. grandfathers name, Jens (or John) Christianson, grandmothers maiden name, Sanna Severson. Any info about the area, population then and now, etc. would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Carol Tralnes Meagher - Lynnwood, WA USA

BUGGE 27 Feb 1998
Looking for information on John Welhem Bugge and son Peder J Bugge from Nesseth Prestejeld, Norway. John came to the USA in 1881 along with son Peder. Other children were named Mary, John, Christain and Bertha who in 1887 came to Numedal Township of Pennington County in Minnesota. One othe daughter ( ? name) remained in Norway. We are looking for information and history of this family.
Dale & Linda Wennberg
1006 Oakland Park Road
Thief River Falls MN. 56701-3912

JOHANSEN 27 Feb.1998 Delaina Lothary
Looking for info on: Johansen Family:

John (Johan) Martin Johnson born 1874-1935 We believe he was a sailor in Southern Norway and they came to the US in 1905 or 1906. They lived in Wisconsin and he was killed in a farming accident.

Katinka Johnson (maiden name unknown possibly Jensen or Bensen), dob 1875-1947 I've been told my great-great grandmother was a seamstress in Bergen for the Mayor. Together they had 9 children:
Erling Johnson 1897-1960
Norman Johnson 1913- present
Hjordis (Johnson) Bromley approx. 1899 - present
Gladys M Johnson 1909-1979
Ralph Johnson 1901-1996
Ester Johnson 1911- present
Charles Johnson 1905-1992
Infant born in Noway (twin with Charles) died 6 months after birth.
John Kenneth Johnson 1915-1992

..... We have been told they came from southern Norway maybe Skien or Bergen? I am unsure of the spelling of our name in Norway, it may differ from what I wrote. The name was changed when they came to the States.

Looking for information on Anders Anderson {Sandbo), later Anders Skjellum, and Kari Pedersdatter, who emigrated to Minnesota with about eight children in the 1870s. They lived on Sandbo farm in Vaaga parish, Oppland, from their births in 1829 and 1830. I'd like to know when they emigrated and anything that might be available in parish records or a bygdebok. I am Bernie Shellum, a descendant, at . Thank you. Bernie

TRONNES 26 Feb 1998
John O. Tronnes from Norway; emigrated to the United States in early 1900's and received citizenship in 1906. I do not have any additional information. Sue Tronnes Dion at

KASIN 26 Feb 1998
JORGEN KASIN from Seljord. I am interested in finding descendants of Jorgen Kasin who was born on April 7, 1855 in the Seljord community. He emigrated to the United States in 1880. He may have married a woman named Marie, and they may have had these children: Samuel, Anna, Alma, and Elise.
address is

I am interested in tracing any known relatives living in Norway or elsewhere. My grandparents emigrated from Norway( I think it was the Sande district ) to South Africa in 1882. My grandfather's name was Matias Cornelius Holte and grandmother's maiden name was Myklebust (I think she came from Molde).Karin, Rasmine If you could help me in any way I would be most grateful as I am trying to obtain a Norwegian passport and plan to emigrate to Norway. My particulars are as follows: Quinton Holte - e-mail: Thank you , Yours Sincerely, Quinton Holte

KYLVE 26 Feb 1998
My Great-Grandparents were born in Voss or Vossevangen, not sure if these are the same place?
And on the other side of the family, my Great-Grandparents, there are records in the Oyer Parish and the Faaberg Parish, not sure where to contact!
The KYLVE farm name is found in the parishes of Os, Gravin & Vikor. Any help you can give me to point me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated! I await your reply! Thanks Again....Sue Svoma My email address is

I am researching my great grandfather Knudt Visland who immigrated to Iowa County, Wisconsin then moved to Houston, Minnesota, in the USA in 1858. I know for sure he had one sister Gunvorand a possible brother Halvor.

SABO 24 Feb 1998
Looking for family of my grandparents: Baard Larsen Sabo - Born in Sabo Eidfjord, May 21, 1868

Guri Tormodsdatter Lund - Married in 1892 or 93 in Den Norske Kyrkja Eidfjord. Emigrated to Turtle Lake, North Dakota in 1905 with children: Lewis, Thomas [my father came over later- in 1906], Bennie, Olai, Anna, and George. I think Anna was the youngest and born in ND. Guri died on Jan. 5, 1906. Baard died Man 5, 1937 in Verona, ND. Will appreciate any info you have. Thanks. Donna Sabby Ritter email:

ELGIN/ SOLBERG 23 Feb.1998 Paul Solberg
Looking for information on the following persons: Martinus Peterson Elgin born 1850 Kongsborg Norway. Wife Marit last name unknown. Had four children: Pedar, Carl, Mikkel (Married Kari Brathole), and Mathilda Elgin.

Jon Solberg born 1843 Norway. He was a blacksmith by trade. Emigrated 1865 to US. Married Jorgina or Eugina and settled in Twin Valley Mn. Appreciate any help you can give.

SANDBAKKEN/LOKKUM 23 Feb 1998, Rose Wyman,
Seeking info on Nils Nilsen ?Sandbakken, born 3 Apr 1845, to Nils Olsen Lokkum & Gollaug Iversdtr Grafferhaugen at N. Fron near Vinstra, Oppland. Immigrated to US or Canada in 1866. Had brother Simon Nilsen who came to Viroqua, Wisconsin and then to Dawson Co. Montana.
Also seeking any info on my grandmothers brother, Martin Koldalen, born about 1851 at Hof, Solor region, to Ole Bergessen and Eline Gundersdtr Straete. Believe he was married
to Karen and immigrated, but when or where?? My grandmother was Theodora Koldolen, b. 29 Apr 1856, married Matias Hagen ?Wedum, had three sons, Olaf, Oscar and Carl, and immigrated to USA on British King Steamer 1886 to Philadelphia enroute to Wisconsin. Thank you. Rose Wyman

OVERGAARD February 23, 1998 LaVonne Jensen,
I am trying to find information on my great grand parents. Arne Overgaard who, from what I have been told, was originally from Stavanger before he immigrated to America and settled in Luverne, Minnesota. He had several brothers and sisters, Andreanne, Erling, Ole, Anna and Berta. My grandfather married Esther Isaacson, daughter of Isaac Isaacson also from Stavanger. Thankyou

EYDAHL 23 Feb 1998
Searching for the family of Kristian Eydahl who came to USA with a young second wife. They had a daughter Margarethe. He left this young wife and was not heard from again. He was considerably older than her and had grown chidlren from his first marriage. Would be interested in any information on this family name.

I am searching for information about the GAMMAGE/GAMAGE family. My information is that they were originally from Norway. Any information will be most helpful. Thank you, Betty Southard

WETTLESON 22 Feb 1998
I would like any information concerning my last name Wettleson, which is Norwegian from a fellow named Vettle Tronson as the rumor goes . any thing you can give would be great. thanks. William Gustaf Wettleson

CHESTER 22 Feb. 1998, Connie Dahl A., email:
Looking for relatives of: Hans Tjostolfson & Gunhild CHESTER. Hans b.1821 in Hem/Heddal area of Telemark, Norway m. Gunhild 1845 there & d.1900 in Estelline, SD. Children: Aase (Monson),Sigurd, Gunild(Beck),Charles, Lewis/Lars, Thomas--all using the name Chester after arriving in US.

HELLEN 22 Feb 1998
I am searching for for the Hellen family emigrated about 1900 through Bergen. People I need are relatives of the Grovdahl or Gravedahl that married Oscar Hellen in or around Dodge County, Minnesota. The Hellens are cousins of my wife former Dagmar Hellen. My email Thank you!

Searching for Norway native parents relatives of emigrees Sarah WAGNILD who married John HAUGEN ANDERSON 3/3/1892 in Eau Claire WI. and Rev. O. J. WAGNILD, Duluth, MN to which John and Sarah migrated after marriage. They are buried at Bethany Cem. Duluth.

OMOTH/HALSTENRUD 22 Feb. 1998 Cindy J. Peterson,
Looking for info and relatives with the name OMOTH. My ggrandfather was Halvor Omoth-born 1859, married Helga HALSTENRUD-born 1862, emigrated to Minnesota prior to 1886. Children: Edwin P. (1886 Spring Grove, Minnesota-my grandfather), Henry, Tilda & Reuben. I would greatly appreciate and welcome any information on our family. Sincerely Cindy J. Peterson. or Fax: 707-566-8504

GJROGAR/GEJROGAR 21 Feb. 1998 Philip Kratzer,
I am looking for information on the family name GJROGAR/GEJROGAR. My wife's great grandfather was born about 1855-60 in Norway and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois, USA before 1885. He Americanized his name to John JOHNSON and married Jane Marie Smith in 1885 in Chicago, issue: one son Robert Trafford Johnson born 1892 in Chicago. Any help on this family name would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

BYVALD 21 Feb 1998 Paul H Bork
We are trying to find relatives of Hanna Bergeta Hohannesdaughter. Daughter of Johannes Halvorsen and Inger Maria Baardsdaughter Byvald. Census returns of 1865 said she was 15 year old and the family was living on the cotters place Myren, belonging to the farm By Vestre Nordre in Verdal. We believe she married Ernst Friberg and had five children, the names are: John, Julianne, Helga, Thora and Lovise. They were living in Levanger. Please forward any information to our e-mail address

Carl Careliusen, born 28 January 1882, Nes, Norway and Louisa Caroline Larsen, born 24 December 1881, Hamar, Norway. They had a daughter Kirsen born 7 November 1903 before emigrating from Oslo in 1912 on the "Corinthic" to New Zealand.
Carl had a sister Mina and a brother (name not known) who was a school teacher.
Had a great-uncle with the surname Holst.
Maxine Pearce - email address:

KOLBO Feb.20,1998- Connie Kuykendall -
looking for the parents of Johannes Haakonsen Kolbo born Feb1,1822 Oyer, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. Married 1848 to Karen Slattum Olsdotter Larsen in Nannestad. Immigrated I believe around 1861 to Wisconsin. Thank you.

DAHL Feb.20,1998 - Connie Kuykendall -
looking for parents of Peter Dahl born 25 Nov. 1857 Bergen, Sondriland, Norway married 23 Jan 1879 at Westby, Wis. to Dena Caroline Kolbo. He immigrated with his father in 1861 thru Chicago, his father dying at that time. Thank you.

SCHUTZER 20 Feb 1998
Andreas Schützer, born 1842 in Sweden, and Stina Andersson, and their family -- Johan Fredrik Schützer, Beda Schützer, Emma Schützer, and Anna Sofia Schützer (born Feb. 2. 1972 in Segerfores. Arvika, Sweden) -- moved from Värmland, Sweden, to Norway. Anna Sofia, my paternal grandmother, moved to Chicago sometime before the turn of the century and Johan moved to San Francisco around 1903, but I have no idea of what happened to the parents or to the other two sisters. We were in Arvika this past August for
a reunion of the Schützer family, but all they know is that the family moved to Norway presumably to move to America. Al Henderson -

HUSOME 20 Feb 1998
I am looking for information about the name "Husome", I have heard that I have relatives in Iowa, Minnesota and California. Any information will be appreciated. Neal Husome

JØRGENSEN Feb. 20 1998
My grandfather (Oscar Jørgensen) had two elder sisters who left Norway in 1907 or 1908. Beate Jørgensdatter Antonsen was born 7th May 1888 and Anne was born 11th Dec. 1890. They came from Løten in Norway. Beate was married Thompson and had a daughter named Gladys. She had 11 children, but I only know the name Gladys. Anne was married Johnson, but I don't know if she had any children.
I have heard That Beate lived near a small town called Rocklake in North Dakota,but I'm not sure. Beate and Anne wrote regularly to a younger sister Agnes in Norway, but when she died, all correspondence stopped. From Ole Erik Lindalen

RØKKUM 19 February 1998 Patti Trefethen-Goke
Seeking information on Lars Nilson Røkkum born 1859 in Stangvik, Nordmøre, Norway.

LAANKE/VOLEN 19 February 1998 Patti Trefethen-Goke
Seeking information of Anders Laanke born Stjørdal, Norway on 2 Feb. 1846.
Married Maria Onavsdatter Volen.

BECKSTROM Feb 19, 1998, Beverly Vogel,
Looking for information about my grandmother - Anna Beckstrom (born July 8, 1877). Left Christiana (Oslo) 1906. Arrived in New York Oct. 31, 1906. Also looking for information about Carl Johann Beckstrom (born June 7, 1872) who came to the US in 1913 with his wife Hilda (born Jan 11, 1887 in Christiana).

--I am looking for information related to a Carl A. Reed b-1/24/1875 and his father 'Christopherson' b-?, both on Rodoy Island. The name Reed may be a farm name. Possibly moved to Rodoy from Sogn & Fjordane prior to 1860. Carl believed to have moved to Oslo sometime prior to 1904 where he subsequently emigrated to the USA. Thank you in advance for any help, Harry Reed

LAANKE 19 February 1998 Patti Trefethen-Goke
Seeking information on Laanke family from Lånketrøn, Norway. Mali Thomasdatter Dybvadstrøen and Anders Andersen Lånktrøen (born 3 October 1816, died 13 July 1845) were married on 24 June 1842. They had 3 children: Anne (born 26 August 1842) Thomas (born 19 November 1844) and Anders (born 2 February 1846 - after his father was killed in a lumber floating accident). Anders immigrated to Ottertail County, Minnesota in 1866

AMUNDSON 19 February 1998 Marilynn Munn Strand
Need information on Margret Amundson, born 19 June 1832, probably in Telemarken, emigrated to USA, about 1850, married Kittel Folkvarson in 1856 In Winchester, WI. in 1856. Died in Winchester 17 November 1916. Thank you.

FOKVARSON 19 February 1998 Marilynn Munn Strand
Looking for info on Kittel Fokvarson born 1822, probably in Telemarken. Emigrated to USA about 1850 and married Margret Amundson in Winchester, WI. in 1856. Thank you.

HENRIK-HANSEN 18 Feb 1998 .Harold D Hansen .E-mail to
I'm looking for information on my grandfather's origin. His name was Henrick or Henry L Hansen, Born MAY 1 1867 IN ? Lillesather / Stenger / Engelean. He arrived in the USA in 1897.Any information would be helpful thanks . Douglas Hansen

RONNING 18 Feb 1998
My grandmother Ingeborg, and her sister Oline, Ronning came to the US in the early 1890's from Orkdal. I would like to hear from someone as to what the area looks like and learn something about the area. My grandmother died in 1952 and Oline died in 1961. Thanks, dj...aka Dennis Johnson

OUSTAD 18 Feb 1998
I am looking for information on Julius Oustad and Inga Instad that came to Waco, Texas meet and married unknown year. Juella - -- J-Mcmahon

MANFELDT 18 Feb. 1998 Joy Jeffers,
Seeking information of the following person -- Erasmus Manfeldt. He emigrated to Massachusetts in 1812 and married Agnes Sanderhoof. In the United States the surname was later changed to Manford. One U.S. source indicates he was born in Norway. Any information about this family line will be appreciated.

HALSNE 18 Feb 1998
Seeking information about Ellen Gerene Halsne. She was from the island of Halsne-Stavanger, Norway and came to the USA at age 17 or 18. We are looking for any information we can find, this was my grandmother. The middle name may be Gurina. Thank-you. Deb Bergstrom

JACKSON/HANSEN 18 Feb 1998 Don Jackson
LOUIS JACKSON or (LUDVEC HANSEN) Born in Norway in 1868 and immigrated to
the U.S. in 1879. Around 1898 he lived in Iron River, Wisconsin where he was married to Louisa Lamarche and had two children, Arthur and Albert. Louisa died in 1904 at the age of 24. Louis could have been a stowaway on a ship and could have been listed as a missing person in 1879

I am searching for any of the family of Olaf Kalsen, born Sept 25, 1868 in Moss (I believe). Also would like any info on Julie Margrethe Kristiansen born Dec. 1, 1866, Olaf's wife. They were married in Norway, (prob. in Moss). They had at least 7 children in Norway before they came to North America. Children's names: Otto Bruun, Konrad Kjerulf, Olga Marie, Ruth Doris, Maren Mathea, Olaf Norman, Maagda Helene, I believe they came to North Dakota and then came into Saskatchewan, Canada in 1908 - 09. Julie and the children left Norway in 1907. Olaf had at least one brother. He also came to Canada. His name was Hans. Both Olaf and Hans were carpenters. Julie also had one son before she married Olaf. His name was Julius Hansen. Olaf & Julie Karlsen were my grandparents. Any info. will be helpful.

JOHNSON/STENE/BYE 17 Feb 1998 Elaine Jackson;
Johnson/Stene/Bye -- I am looking for information on my great grandparents: Magnus Johnson (may have originally been Johansen or Stene), b 1862 in Norway and Olva Bye, b 1864 in Norway. Both brought to Chicago IL as children, married in 1883. Both died in Chicago. Had 5 children, including my grandmother Agnes Bernharda Johnson Wick, b 1884 in Chicago. Would appreciate any clues.

OTTERSTAD 16-Feb-1998 Bruce D. Olson
Seeking any information on family of my Grandfather Ole Olsen Otterstad who, I believe emigrated from Hosanger, Norway to Red Wing, Minnesota with his brother Johannes Askildsen Otterstad on March 24, 1882. Birth dates 1862 & 1865. Thank you

We are of Norwegian descent and are taking a trip to Norway in July of this year. We would like to contact and meet with descendents of those of our family who remained in Norway.
Our grandfather was August Osthagen. We remember from conversation, that his family emigrated from Norway in 1877 or 1878 and know little of those who remained in Norway. Our grandmother was Thora Andersen ( or possibly Andresen ) who came to the USA in 1887 and was married to August about 1888 or 89. She maintained correspondence, over the years until her death in 1939 or 40, with a person that we believe was sister. Her address as best we can remember it was:
Fro Marta Gloppe
#1 Harbitz Gade
Oslo, Norway
On her only visit to Norway in 1937 she was met at the ship by her nephews. Probably the sons of her sister. Any help you may be able to give us in contacting the descendents of these people would be greatly appreciated.
----My name is Bob Norton, and any help you may be able to give my parents in either finding descendents or how to go about it would be greatly appreciated. My parents are in their late 70's & early 80's and meeting any relatives would make their trip memorable. Thank you for your time. Bob Norton -

HELGESON 2/16/1998 - William M. Holmberg -
I am interested in finding links to: Fingal Helgeson, born 1843 and wife Gunvorde (Knudsen) Helgeson, born 1846. Left Nes/Hallingdal/Norway on 9/20/1878 and settled in Detroit Lakes, MN. Bergitha Knudsen, Gunvorde's mother, born around 1808, came to Detroit Lakes after 1878 and prior to 1885 MN census. Their children were: Helge, born 1870 in Nes; Bergitha (my grandmother), born 1874 in Nes; Knut, born 1876 in Nes; Thora, born in 1880 in Detroit Lake, MN and Olava, born in 1883 in Detroit Lakes. The task is to connect the Norway family ... Fingal's mom and dad; Gunvorde's dad and their grandparent, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to anyone out there that can help!

HANSEN / JOHNSON 16 Feb 1998 - Vicky Falk -
I am looking for infrmation concerning the following people: Inga Gergiana Hansen was born c. 1880 in Sandejford, Norway. She married John Marcus Johnson of Goteborg, Sweden. They had 5 children, all born in North Dakota. Olaf Knutson was born August 15, 1860 in Solar, Norway. He married Ingeborg Tweeten on April 26, 1884 in Grafton, North Dakota. Ingeborg was born June 15, 1861 in Telemarken, Norway and died September 18, 1951 in Grafton, North Dakota. Olaf and Ingeborg had 5 children: Gena Marie, Julia, Edith, Emma and Oscar. Gena was born May 20, 1886 in Martin Township, North Dakota. She married Earnest Grant Coats on December 7, 1909 and died January 6, 1973. Earnest died in 1927. They had 8 children. Two of their children died in the flu epidemic in 1919. Any information concerning these people would be greatly appreciated.

NEBYE 2/15/98 Bettye Richhart,
Looking for information about the NEBYE FARM, where my great-grandmother lived in the 1860's. She was confirmed in the Tynset Church nearby. Her name was Annie GURINE OLDSDATTER, daughter of OLE HALSTENSEN PAALSHAUGEN and Anne Gurine Oldsdatter LEIRET. Any information will be appreciated.

RAASTAD- FLEU 15 Feb 1998 Taunya Gosso-Brown
Looking for any info on the following: church register for Fleu congregation in Trondheim city shows that Bjarne Adolf, son of Ole Olsen Lund, address Leinstrand and Elin Larsdatter, Kirkengaten 58 Trondheim was born on 9/12/1898 in Trondheim and was baptized on 11/13/1898 in Fleu Church. According to info from the parish pastor in Lademoen, Bjarney Adolf was confirmed in Lademoen church. His full name as a confirmand: Bjarney Adolf Raastad. Thank You.

Looking for NIKOLAISEN Relatives in USA 15 Feb 1998
My name is Terje Nikolaisen. We are looking for relatives in USA, maybe in Canada. We don't know how many people in USA, which are using "Nikolaisen" as last name.? Our family "Nikolaisen" lives in in the north of Norway. Since spring time we are looking for any information about our relatives in USA. My father's uncle immigrated to the USA. We got information from his brother, few years ago (my grandfather). The person we are looking for is my grandfather's brother;

His name is "SIGURD ANDREAS NIKOLAISEN, maybe called SEGURD, born 11.10.1889". He went for USA. Nikolaisen is an uncommon name in USA, and maybe he changed his lastname for ex. "Nikolson or Nicholson".

My grandfather was born 1891, and was his best friend. My grandfather told that the family in Norway only received two letters, or postcard from him after he left Norway. The information says that he married in USA. They try, but didn't get any contact with him, maybe he leave and settled in another states in USA.

We don't get his address where he lived when he came over there, and nobody from our district have any information about him. Can you please tell us where we can get any information about our relatives in USA. We will be pleased for any information we can get about him, or any relatives being descended from him. Thanks! Your sincerely, Terje Nikolaisen

BREKSTAD/BJELLAND 02/14/98 Debra Baxter
Looking for relatives: Jacob Hendrik Jacobsen Brekstad, 1853-1883, born in Bergen, buried at sea; Karen Serine Danielsdotter Tredt Bjelland, 1854-1923, born in Nestrand; Married Brekstad in Stavenger in 1878. Was buried in Deer Park, Alabama, USA. Karen had a brother named Andrew A. Bjelland who emigrated to America and then supposedly returned to Norway after sister Karen and niece Jacobina emigrated to America in 1887. Andrew had at least one child. Any info about any of these relatives prior to emigration and after with regards to Andrew is appreciated.

FAGERLIE 14 Feb 1998
Marie Margrethe Fagerlie was born April 10, 1871 of parents Lemming Lemingson Fagerlie and Mildred Olsdaughter Aspaas, both of the congregation of Tingvold Congregation but moved to Christiansund where Marie was born. She lost her father when she was 6 years and 1 month old.(May 1877) and her mother died when she was nine years and 9 months (December?1880) She then came to the home of her fathers sister (who eventually would move to Northport, Michigan) Elizabeth Moe. She was then in the house of another one of her father's sisters, Marit Haagensen, where she stayed for ten years. .At 18 years of age, she came to America and again lived with her aunt Elizabeth in the year 1889. She would marry Daniel Johnson in 1892 in Suttons Bay, Michigan. She received several letters from Elen Borseth of the farm Simonskjel. Elen spoke of her brother, Lars, who worked himself to death on the farm. She later writes of losing the farm to debt. It is never clear what relation Elen is to Marie and she put no return address on her envelopes. Any information, no matter how minor, would be deeply appreciated.

DYBDAHL 14 Feb 1998
Anna DYBDAHL - Residing in Coos County, Oregon, USA by 16 September 1876 when she married my GG grandfather, Oden NELSON, who was also a native of Norway. I have some sketchy information on descendants, but nothing else on Anna or Oden. Any help would be appreciated.

HAGEN 14 Feb 1998
We are searching for the parents of my grandfather, Rasmus Hagen who lived at Mound City, South Dakota USA. Considering his last name, the farm may have been "hagen", which is likely on the Hordaland side of the ryfylke. His father, Johannes Mortensen was born in 1847 which we believe was at Sand i Ryfylke. Sand is a place in Rogaland. Verne Thorstenson
-- I am a VicePres. of SON Borgund 1-532 at Rapid City, SD which is the college home for many Norwegian students at the SDSM&T.

ARVESON/BREDVIK 13 Feb 1998 Ginny Arveson
Looking for information on Ole Arveson and Martha Bredvik, both from Sandefjord, both b. abt 1876. Ole immigrated first in late 1800's, returned to Norway, then immigrated again before 1914. Martha married a man surname Auby in Sandefjord, immigrated with him to US (IL or WI area prob). When Auby died, she married Ole Arveson, probably in Norway, before returning to US. Lived in Chicago, IL and Wisconsin.

FLOREN 13 Feb 1998
Looking for information on Lars Floren, born 1858 ?? in Floren Estate, Stjordalen, Norway. Am unfamiliar with this procedure, so would appreciate assistance in finding info about Lars and also about the Floren Estates, Stjordalen, Norway. Not sure if I have the spelling correct or not.
Can anyone give me some help with this??? Thanks -

LUND 13 Feb. 1998 Sharon Schulte,
Looking for information on the following person - Carrie Lund born in Gubrans Dalen, Norway on Feb. 15, 1856. She married Ole Teigom in 1877 and immigrated to the United States of America in 1882 with three children. Any information you can provide will be most appreciated. Thank you.

AUBOL 13 Feb 1998 Eric Aubol,
I am looking for any information the the parents, siblings, grandparents, or any other relatives for Marius (Morris) Aubol. Born I think in Minnesota. Lived most of his life in North Dakota. Parents or Grandparents came from Norway. Norwegian spelling might be "Abol". Thank you

Looking for information on location of Floren Estates. Working on family tree, and Floren name came from "Florne Estates" area in Norway. Can anyone give me an exact location?

Searching for information on: Carl Antoine Carlson (Bostad after arriving to U.S., born Aug 23 1861, city Small Enging, Norway...Also a Bertha Hanson, Born 12-16-1860, city: Stretoten, Norway. Thank you.

IVERSEN 13 Feb 1998
I am seeking info on my father's family. Family name is Iversen. The easiest research resources have all succumbed to the final result and I am limited to some very basic information.

My grandfather emigrated to the US from Lillehamer and settled in Billerica, Massachusetts in the early part of this century (circa 1910?).I do not know his first name or my grandmother's name but she was also of Norwegian ancestry. The area was well known as a textile production area and has attracted immigrants for many years. I know that there are relatives still living in Lillehamer, but do not know how to find them. My father, who died in 1956, in Tewksbury, MA was known as Paul Iversen and was born in 1922. There were at least 9 sons born to my grandfather, here in the US.(unfortunately, all dead now). Any kind of jumpstart or guidance on this research would be greatly appreciated. Thank you,
Paul J. Iversen --

ANDRESEN - Inga Ward (nee Andresen)

Looking for information on Inga Andresen born in 1870s Oslo. Married name unknown. Daughter of Johan and Andrea Andresen. Her siblings: Anna, Einar, Jakob, Morten. Inga known to have 2 sons, Trygve and Ragnar.

HØHEIM/HØYUM 12 Feb 1998 Aase R. Saether
Seek information re: Erik Bendiksen Høyheim, born 1862,
Nils Bendiksen Høyum, born 1858,
Ingeborg Bendiksdatter. Høyum,
Gjertrud Nilsdtr Høyum (their mother),
Marie Johannesdatter. Høyum, b.1853,

As you will see, they emigrated under 2 different names, and I don't know what name they used "over there". I would suggest Hoyum, Hoium (found both at the ancestry library search), or even Bendiksen, Bendicksen, Bendickson... I have no idea of where they lived in the US.
Marie Johannesdtr. was my great-grandfather's illegitimate daughter, and I would like to know more about her. Thank you! Aase

ANDERSON 12 Feb 1998
My great grandmother, Emma Anderson was born April 17, 1872 in Chrteana, Norway. She later emigrated to Canada. I would like to know what her parents' names were.

IVERSON Feb 12, 1998 - Judy Smerud -
Looking for information on Iver and Bertha Marie Iverson from Solor, Osterdalen, Norway. Believed to have emigrated around 1862 with their three sons. All three sons died en-route to USA and were buried at sea. They had a son, Benhard Iverson, in the states, and Benhard later married Gedine Westgaard who had also emigrated from Solor, Osterdalen, Norway. Benhard and Gedine had 10 children. Would appreciate any information. J. Smerud

HENRICKSEN/MARTINUSEN 12 Feb 1998, Donna Smith,
Looking for information on the following persons---John Nickoli Henricksen born in Tromso, Norway Mar. 22, 1841. His wife, Ingaborg Dorothia Martinusen, born Jul. 13, 1843, Tysfjord, Nordland, Norway. They came to the US in the mid 1800. Thank you.

ELLIASON 11 Feb 1998
Looking for Peder Elliason, b. 29 April 1877. Moved to Granora, North Dakota. Married Thea Marie Wold on 3 Jan 1903. Peder died 30 June 1943.

HUUSUM 11 Feb 1998 raymond skillestad
sogndahl norway --
peder huusum/husum married kari einerdthr? son iver pedersen born abt.1715
peder annudsen schillestad/father aanund toronsen dvergudlen
peder married margrete schiellestad/skjillestad/skillestad

HANSEN 11 Feb 1998
Hansen trace -- Carl Hansen who married Ingabard Gedde in Norway. Carl's father was Metius Hansen. Thanks J.D.

MELHUS 11 Feb 1998
I am searching for the origins of the family known as 'Melhus', although that may be a name used in the U.S. alone. All I know is that they emigrated to Wisconsin ('Eau Claire, WI') via Canada in the early 1900's. Thanks for your help in advance. Sincerely, Richard Ringer

VIKRE 11 Feb 1998 - Terry Wickre,
Our name is Wickre, but I understand that could have been Vikre, possibly from Vikna, although my dad mentioned "Vikershun"??? Could it come from Vik?

- From Oppland Fylke, Gran Parish, Brandbu, farm name is Eid or Eidsand. Anne Andersdtr, b. Dec 12, 1825; Marte Andersdtr, b. Feb 12, 1831. Parents were Anders Jacobsen Eidsand b. Nov 26, 1788 and Anne Torstensdtr (Jonsrud farm) b, Nov 13, 1796. Karen Schau-Stein,

I am looking for the last name of Austad and Ranum or the farm name of Hellum. I have no definite dates of when my great grandparents left Norway to emigrate to the US. I have a farm name that a few of them took when they came to the US and that is Hellum farms. I do know they moved to Theif River Falls area of Minnesota. I also know that we have a known 50 first cousins still in Norway. Any help you may have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks very much - Chad

NAREM/LIAN 10 Feb 1998 - Joyce Narem Dykes -
Looking for information on the following persons -- Thomas Narem (or Naerem) and Jeannette Elizabeth Lian. Both came to the US. around 1900. They met and married in Norfolk, Virginia and returned to Stavanger, Norway where my father was born 8/14/12 (his name is Haakon Thomas Narem). After WWI the family returned to the Washington, D.C. area. Norwegian statistical records indicate no Narems in Norway now and very few Naerems. I believe there is a town near stavanger called Naerem. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

RINDHOLEN 9 Feb 1998
Looking for information on the farm name Rindholen from Heidalen. I know that Rinda refers to the river Rinda. What is the meaning of holen and to what does it refer? Thank You. HOWARD J HOLEN

ALFHEIM 9 Feb 1998
Father Olav came to Africa Whaling before Second World War . Ancestors from farm Alfheim Buskerud County near Hokksund . E-Mail
Andrew Alfheim
P.O. Box 3446,

BEITSTAD 9 Feb 1998
I'm compiling a micro-history of the emigration of people from Beitstad (en) in Steinkjer co.(the capital of NorthTrondelag). I hope to produce an easy-read narrative that will be of interest to folks who have a common anscestry. The Beitstadboka has been a valuable source of determining how various Surnames (Patrinymic, Farm, and otherwise) are connected. My challenge has been to get that late 19th and early 20th century history connected to their living descendents.
- - If anyone has known connections to Beitstad or suspects they might have, I welcome a response. Here is a list of some farm names I'm working with from there:
Hammer, Rones, Skevik, Grandhus, Bartnes, Lia, Hollia, Stamnes, Rennan, Elnan, Viset, Holmfet, Brekka, Kjellset, Tekset, Utvik, Benan, Tessem, Bardal, Hammeren, Overrein, Dalekra, Gulung, Vesterhus, Hervik, Melhus, Lo, & Tekset. Of course the English derivation of some of these might be quite different, e.g., Kjellset became Chelseth, Tekset became texeth. Regards, Tom Rones

I am interested in any information concerning Norwegian families of the following:
1. Marit O. Steffensdatter BREKKEN, born 1781 in Vang, Valdres, Norway. She died on 20 Aug. 1852 (Drowned in Lake Erie).
2. Kari Oldsdatter RANUM, born 3 Dec. 1826 in Stokkenbryn, Valdres, Norway. She died on 2 Mar 1876 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
3. Anders Olsen AUBOL, bron 18 Jun 1818 in North Aurdal, Valdres, Norway. He died on 22 Aug 1893, Valdres, Norway.
4. Thomas Olsen Skreberget HELLE, born 5 May 1811 in Skreberget farm, Valdres, Norway. He died on 16 Oct. 1892 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
5. Kari EAivandsatter HOYME, born 28 Jan 1810 in Vestre Slidre, Va;dres, Norway. She died 18 Arp. 1882 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Richard L.Wilson

MJASETH 8 Feb 1998 Cindy Jacobsen - e-mail:
looking for family members; Colben Matthias Mjaseth b.1850, wife Andrea Antonette Underseth b.1852 Anton Mjaseth b. 1881, Avaldsness, Kristiansan Changed his name to Anton (Karl) Jacobsen 1915?? Thank you Cindy Jacobsen, Canada

OLSON 8 Feb 1998
Am seeking information on a Anna Kjorvan Ringen Gulbrandsdatter Olson born in Norway October 14, 1844. Please post under Kjorvan, Ringen, Gulbrandsdatter. Jean Hackman E-Mail :

ANDERSON Feb. 8, 1997 Joyce Tollison - email address
I am searching for information on my grandfather, Paul Edward Anderson, born July 27, 1844. He was a stowaway on a ship with his younger brother Tim in 1897. He made ships in bottles as a hobby. He married Lula Mauldin and had ten children. Their names are Lillie Rosebud, Tim, Paul Raymond, Grace Wynell, Hazel Marie, Katherine Beatrice, Lillian Gertrude, Frances Tallulah, Leon Delano, Richard Franklin. He died in 1949 without ever being able to go back to Norway. I have been hunting for information on him for some time. His mother's name was Maria and his father was Peter. He had a sister named Olivia and a brother named Peter. Please email me with any information.

LARSON/LUND 7 Feb 1998 Katherine Lund

Looking for the following people: LARSON/LUND
LUDVIG LUND was born 20 Dec 1891 (Vallset) Romedal Hedmark Norway, the son of LARS LARSON (18 Oct 1854) and ANNA LARSDATTER RIFSRUD (18 Jan 1872). He had 3 sisters, KAREN b. 1898, OLGA b 1901, LINA b 1910?, and a brother ADOLF b 1900. LUDVIG came to America in 1906 and settled in Cavalier Co. North Dakota with his uncles ANTON LARSON and LUDVIG LARSON b1859 and 1866 respectively. They changed their name to LUND after they came to America. I would like to know if there are any descendents to this family still living in Norway and also in the United States. Any information would be appreciated.

OLSON 7 February 1998 Grant Olson,
Looking for ancestors of Ole Mathew Olson, born in Hammar on 16 September 1887. Story has it that he might have changed his name from -en to -on later in life. Thanks.

ELINA 7 Feb 1998
Grinden & Grotting, Elverum, Hedmark: Searching family of Elina,(b.1853) Marthea, Olina and Peder (who came to America) and Inger Marie, Berthe, Ole, Petronille and Karoline (who was Elina's twin sister) that stayed in Norway. Barns of Embert Pedersen Grinden and Kari Olsdatter. The Grotting gard has some part in our family and I would like to learn more about our family. Gayle Struska,

RICKARD 7 Feb 1998
Dorr, Ovrin,& Lerhus, Akerhus: Searching family in Norway of Rickard (b.1858) Ole, Adolf, Martine (who all came to America) and Inga, Anton, Lars that stayed in Norway. Barns of Hans Anderson Ovrin, and Katrine Larsdatter Langvev Dorr. Dorr Farm is on the mouth of the Miosa Lake near Minnesund. Gayle Struska,

Looking for relatives of Sven Jensen. Jensen was changed to Norby when he came to the United States. He was born October 31st, 1877 in Brunkeberg, Telemark, Norway. I am looking for information on his children and their children.

I am looking for information or family history on the following person: Mathison (Matson) George Oliver, born in Fredrikstad, Norway on March 22, 1878. Parents unknown. Mother died and father remarried. George immigrated to U.S A. to join sister (name unknown) in approx. 1892. Married Inger Theodora Enoksen (Enochson) 1902 St Paul Minnesota, USA. Moved to Alberta, Canada, in 1907. Died 1943.

I am also looking for persons by the name of Matson whom phoned my elderly Grandmother, Effie Mathison, in Marwayne, Alberta, CAN in January searching for Mathison information. We would very much like the chance to contact them.

I am looking for family members. Colben Matthias born 1850, Married Andrea Antonette Underseth born 1852. They had 11 children, Henrik b. 1871- death 1909, Anna Maria b. 1873, Johan b. 1875, Kamma b. 1877-death 1881, Anton b.1881- death 1929 Canada, Laura b. 1884- death 1966, Agnes Talene 1886-1970, Herman Martin 1890-1973, Jacob Andreas birth 1893, Lief Kornelius 1896-1982. Anton Mjaseth Came to Canada via U.S.A. about 1913-1920 Under the name Karl Jacobsen. His wife was Patrine Marie Peterson born 1876, we know nothing of her family. They had 7 children: Jenny b. 1905 Bergen, Einar b. 1907 (My father-in-law),Camilla b.1909 ,John Maurice b.1911 Sarpsborg, Alf b. 1912 Bergen, Mary 1915 Canada, Anne 1918 Canada. Any help is appreciated. Thank you. Cindy Jacobsen 4021 Williams Lake, B.C., Canada V2G 2V2 - E-Mail

NJOS 7 Feb 1998
Ole Lindberg Njos and Gertrude unknown lived in Dane co., Wisconsin. Their daughter Kari married my great-grandfather Christ [Kristen] O. Esse about 1870 at, maybe, Cottage Grove, Dane co., Wisconsin. Recently I saw a surname of Njos-Gjerde. Chris' sister Bertha/Brata married Erick Gjerde/Jerdee in Wisconsin and moved to Hayward, MN area by the late 1860's. Is anyone out there who has information? Thanks, Rob

Searching for relatives of Ole Larson Esse/Brita Fjerestad living in Norway. Ole lived on the Esse farm near Balestrand, Sogn, Norway. He, his wife, and 8 children left for USA in the spring of 1861. They landed at Manitowoc, WI and settled in Dane county, WI. In 1871 the family moved to Freeborn county, MN. Ole Esse [1818-1896], Brita [1820-1915.] Daniel Esse Johnson of Hayward, Freeborn co., MN and I have over 25 years each in seaching the Esse family tree. The "old folks" are almost all gone. Happy to share information.

ANDERSEN 6th Feb 1998, Al Fournier,
Looking for info on following persons. Edvard Andersen, born 1899. Olive Andersen, born 1890. John Englehart Andersen, born 1902. These all were born in or near Fredrikstad, Norway. (Or Christiana, ??) The Father was Alex Andersen born 1855 whereabouts unknown. Probably were involved in a Methodist church in the area. thanks Al Fournier.

JOHANSEN 6 February 1998
Alfred E. Johansen - My grandfather arrived from Oslo, Norway around 1905. Later changed his last name to Johnson.

KITTLESON 6 Feb 1998
America -- Kittleson
Looking for the Kittleson family tree. From the Solberg Farm, Konnerud, Norway. Any consideration is appreciated.
John Alden Kittleson
902 LaSombra Drive
Lake San Marcos, CA 92069
Phone: (760) 471-5488
Fax: (760) 744-2314

MJASETH -JACOBSEN 6 Feb 1998 John Jacobson
I am looking for information on the following people. Colben Matthias Mjaseth, born 1850, wife Andrea Antonette Underseth (maiden Name) born 1852. They had 11 children; Anton Mjaseth (son) born Aug 5,1881, married Patrine Marie Peterson, born Feb 17,1876. Came to Canada via U.S.A. in aprox. 1915-1920. They had 7 children Jenny born Oct 1,1905 Bergen, Camilla Antonette 1909, John born Aug 17, 1911 Sarpsborg, Alf born Dec.23 1912, Bergen, Einar born Aug 13, 1907. Anton Mjaseth changed name to Anton Karl Jacobsen when he left Norway.

SLYNGSTAD Feb 6, 1998, Kathleen Slyngstad-Aho,
Searching for information on August or Andrew "Ole" SLYNGSTAD born June 1869 or 1859 in Stranden Parish, Sunnmore, Norway. He emigrated to the USA in about 1880 to Hudson, Wisconsin where he died March 2, 1885. Had married Marit "Mary" Johnson born Feb 15, 1858 the daughter of Johan Peter Pederson and Marit Mortendtr of Trondheim or Ibestad, Norway. Thank you!

Looking for Halvor Heimark who married Cecelia Storeboe. father of Halvor was Endre Heimark

WESTGAARD February 6, 1998 - Judy Smerud -
Looking for information on the following persons:
Gedine Westgaard, born December 29, 1863 in Solor, Osterdalen, Norway. Parents are: Joe Westgaard and Ronnoug Knudsdatter. Gedine had a twin sister--do not know her name. Gedine Westgaard came to USA via Ellis Island, NY when she was about 20 years old (1883?). Her twin sister had immigrated at an earlier date.
Would appreciate any information you could provide regarding Gedine's ancestors. Thank you, Judy Smerud

PLOGSTAD/SKJELMERUD 5 Feb.1998 Connie Dahl
Looking for relatives of : Kristoffer Larsen fr. Plogstad farm, b.1762 m. Anne Olsdtr. fr. Skjelmerud farm. Both in Akershus county, Nes Parish. Children: Marte, Ole, Berte, Kari, Jens, Inge,Lars, Andreas (b.1811 d.1882). Thanks---email:

Searching for family unit of Ottar Andersen:Rotneim. Born about 1680-90. His daughter, Margit Ottarsdatter, is supposed to have married Haagen Tollievsen:Sorteberg from Aal parish, "over the hill". Margit was born in Gol when it was part of Nes.

SORTEBERG 5 Feb 1998
Searching the Sorteberg ancestors in the Votndal area of Aal Parish. Haagen Tollievsen:Sorteberg was born about 1719. Who were his parents?

HAUGEN/HAUGENS 5 Feb 1998 Donald J. Sabourin,
I am looking for Aagot Haugen or Haugens who was alive in 1960. She lived in the village of Lysaker and wrote a letter to my great-grandfather Morten Iversen. He had passed away prior to the arrival of the letter, but my family never replied to the letter. I know that she worked for A.F. Klaveness & Co. who is a shipbuilder in Norway. Does anyone have any idea how to find the person? I have looked for the company, but I have heard reports that it doesn't exist anymore. I would appreciate all inquires to this problem.
Don Sabourin
School of Dentistry
Ann Arbor, MI
Voice Mail (734) 763-7680 MailBox 5788

RASMUSSEN 5 February 1998 N.J. Rasmussen,
Looking for information on -- Amund(?) Rasmussen, born Kopervik, on Karmoy. Seafaring family (several brothers and one sister) was shipwrecked in Algoa Bay, South Africa. Ship was the "Norman" circa 1860's and settled in SA.

Only information I have is on cousins --Osmundsen, Bordsdatter, Gaard, who I believe emigrated to USA and Canada -Last contact with Emma Gaard, b. 29/1/1889 d. ?/3/1981, lived New York. Sorry not much to go on but any details appreciated

Looking for parents names of my great grandmother. Her name was Martha Olson, she was born in Trondheim on Feb. 27,1887. Her siblings names were Olga,Carl & Reidun (? sp). She emigrated in approx. 1903 and went to her uncle's farm in Wisconsin. Her brother Carl took the name Eidahl. Any response would be appreciated. Thanks! Karen.

RUDI 4 Feb 1998
Elise Rudi daughter of Arne and Ahne Rudi was born in Ringbu July 16, 1885, near Lillihammer on the Rudi Farm. I would like to find ancestors and living relatives if possible. I am her granddaughter born in Fairbanks, Alaska. My father Leif Ostnes was born in Iditarod, Alaska during a gold rush to that area. Thanks for any help. Jeanne My email is

OSTNES 4 Feb 1998
Lars Rasmusson Ostnes was born to Rasmus and Sofia Ostnes. I think near Aalesund or near there March 31, 1883. I have heard there is an island called Austnes or Ostnes across the channel from Aalesund. He was in line to receive the family properties but chose to stay in America. He left Norway in 1903, came back to settle his mothers affairs in 1919 and successfully mined gold in Alaska most of his life. I would like to find relatives or ancestors if possible. Thanks for any help, Jeanne My email is

BORRESON 3 Feb 1998
I am attempting to gather some information on my father's roots in Norway. My father was named John Borreson and was born in Stavanger, Norway on August 23, 1888. His father's name was John Borreson and his mother was Bertha Sunde. He had 2 sisters, names unknown. When he was about 15 years old (probably in 1903) he migrated to the United States where he met an uncle (name unknown) and apparently settled down in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He served in a Medical Detachment in the US Army during World War 1. His dates of service was from Dec 17, 1917 to Dec. 27, 1918. After discharge he went back to Minneapolis. He was married twice. His 2nd wife was my mother, Florence Palmer. I and my brother, John, Jr were born in Minneapolis in 1936 & 1940 respectively. Shortly thereafter we moved to Seattle, Wa where my younger brother, Bernie was born in 1944. It was about this time that my father changed the spelling of our name from Borreson to Burreson. He died in 1966 in Seattle. I would like to get any information on my grandparents and other kin in Norway. Beatrice (Burreson) Abel

PAULSON 2 Feb 1998
Looking for information on my grandfather, Amund (Aasen?) Paulson, born in Gulbransdalen, Norway on or about 1/10/1858. Immigrated to Whitehall , Wisconsin area in about 1875?? Married Petrine Gulbrandson who according to my information was born in Holland, Norway on or about 9/26/1871..My father Theodore was the 8th of 9 children.. Possible brother and sister names to Amund are, Gustave, Hans, Mary and two unknown who ended up in Duluth, Mn. and Seattle areas. Petrine sister and brother names included, Lena, Cora, Peter G. Many roadblocks due to name changes, etc....Your help would be appreciated..Ted Paulson, P.O. Box 882, Wells, NV 89835....Phone (702) 752-3223...

SOLI 2 Feb 1997 Richard D. Solee
Surname: Soli I am search for information on Christain Soli, one of seven brothers who came to the US together, from Norway. He was a farmer in the US and may have come from a farm in Norway. His children were born in the US form 1890 to 1900. I believe the spelling of the name was Soli in Norway. It has since been changed to Solie and Solee in the US. Richard in Mobile

BIRKENES 1 Feb 1998 Arden J. Olson
I am interested in any information relating to Sjur Olsen "Birkenes" (b-1678, d-1767), who inherited the Nigarn farm on Birkenes Hill north of Etne, Norway. According to military recruiting records, the farm was previously owned by Haken Olsen and Aldvard Siffuersen, the latter of whom may have been Sjur Olsen's grandfather. Siffuersen was also the sheriff of Etne from 1650 to 1677, as his father Siffuer had been from 1627 to 1650. My particular interest is in the link(s) between Siffuerson and Olsen, whether they were in fact related, and who Olsen's father may have been. Thank you for any assistance.

PEDERSON/OAS 1 Feb 1998, John Johansson
I'm looking for information on the Jacob Pedersen family. My grandfather's farm was called "Aas"-Ausbad near Lyngdahl. His wife's name was Inga and he had about 8 children. Some of their names were-- Andreas, Clara, Rolf. I believe my uncle Rolf is still alive and living in Norway. I believe my grandfather's name was Jacob Pedersen. Thanks for any Help you can provide!! John Johansson

RINSAGE 1 Feb 1998
Norway surname....RINGSAGE.......of Ringsogger (Spelling?) Norway. Left Norway in the 1860s to 1870s for Minnesota, USA. Irv Haynes........

TRANBERG 1 Feb 1998
I'm looking for information concerning Fredrich Ambrosius Tranberg born 1738. Tonight I found that Tranberg was a farm in the 1801 census!
John Jacob Dronenburg / Dronenberger / (Marriage Lic-Tromberber), b 1775, married Anna Maria Magdalena Madery/Madera/Madiera, (b 1 Oct, 1780 in Fredrick Co. MA; d 10 Mar, 1864 at Zion Parish MA ,) on 20 Oct 1801 at the Maderia home near the Amelung Glass House near New Bremen, MA (My comment: this is only 20-30 minutes drive from Fredrick MA)
Son Henry G., b 11 Apr, 1807 had two sons (William & Vernon) who were very colorful; both fought in the Civil War. They lived in Tuscorara (near Urbana) on the Potomac, just 20 minutes south of Fredrick, MA. He was a blacksmith. Sons may have been military blacksmiths.
The confederate calvaryman, William, later lived (and died) in Missouri. He is in
my great great grandfather. His Daughter Eve was my Great Grandmother. The yankee calvaryman (Vernon) was later with units that fought with Custer a the Little Big Horn. He deserted after the battle and settled in Missouri. He applied for a pension as a Civil War Veteran (no computers to cross-reference for desertion back then.) My dad is going to visit his gravesite this winter.
I found the house that they grew up in, on the Potomac, about 5 years ago. It is deserted and has farm debris piled up around it. Dad has one of the bricks. I was last in the house in October, 1997.
Going Back from the ancestor at the beginning of this message, ie John Jacob Dronenburg:
His Father: Johann Jacob Tranberg / Trondbarger / Throndbarger / Thrandberger b 1753 near Littlestown PA; d 1800-1811 near Silver Run MA; Residence Weaver married Regina Margaretha Lemon b ?? near Silver Run MA
His Father Fredrich Ambrosius Tranberg b 1738 arrived at Philadelphia on the Ship Winter Galley from Rotterdam. My sources say the name was Swedish (possibly from Swedes living in Germany after the 30 years war (my comment.)). Also possibly a religious refugee. Lived in Mannheim Twsp. York Co. PA. Married Eva Maria Magdalena Wittmer at Lancaster PA on 25 Nov, 1739. I am currently researching the Winter Galley.
Mike McCormick

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