Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Leaving Norway ~ Iver Iverson


My paternal 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson, was born in Marteplads, Nes, Buskerud, Norway on 2 August 1827. Research that I inherited from my dad stated that Iver and his brother Ole immigrated to the United States in April of 1858. Last year I downloaded a digital copy of an immigration record that shows that they did emigrate from Norway in April of 1858.

While doing research for this blog post, I found a query from 2004 in the Norway Heritage website forum asking for help to find an immigration list and passenger list for Iver Iverson. This query was written by my dad. Here's what he asked:
"My great grandfather immigrated from Marteplads, Nes, Buskerud, Norway sometime between 1850 and 1860. He came to America and fought in the Civil War with the Iowa Regulars. He settled in Benson, Minnesota. I am looking for a passenger list and immigrant list showing him as an immigrant from Norway. Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks."
Jan Iverson
My dad passed away almost six years ago. To find his query while I was writing this blog post was bittersweet. Before my dad passed away, I focused my family history research on my mom's family lines. But now I'm researching my mom's and my dad's family lines.

In my dad's query from 2004 he didn't seem to know exactly when Iver had immigrated. After posting his query he must have found the answer he was looking for. I copied some of his research notes from his genealogy database into mine. And the notes he had for Iver Iverson indicate that he found the date of Iver's immigration from looking at a microfilm of parish records for Nes, Buskerud, Norway (film 278204). It's amazing that today I can just look online and find that information.

Iver is found in this Migration Record for 1858. It's part of a Parish Register for Nes, Buskerud, Norway.1



This document is found in The National Archives of Norway website. This website is absolutely wonderful. If you have Norwegian ancestry, I highly recommend it to you. It's free to access, which is awesome.

Iver Iverson (spelled Iversen in Norway) is found on page 593, line 30. Iver's entry is inside the red rectangle.

I cropped Iver's entry to get a better view.



And here's the information found within this record.

Number: 30
Date: 17 April 1858
Name: Iver Iversen (Marteplads)
Age: 2/8 27 = 2 August 1827 [I'm not sure why Iver's birthdate is listed instead of his age]
Destination: Amerika

In a blog post last week, I mentioned that I have digital copies of immigration records for Iver's brothers Ole and Christopher, as well as for his parents Iver and Guri. I'll be sharing those records in future posts.

Thanks for reading!


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1 The National Archives of Norway, Digital Archives, Buskerud county, Nes, Parish register (official) nr. 9 (1834-1863), Migration records 1858, Iver Iversen, page 593. Line 30.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for February 27, 2015


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. 31 Sessions of RootsTech 2015 now online AND 10 Surprising Things about Mobile App Use and Genealogy and why they are not a surprise by James Tanner, author of Genealogy's Star
  2. Three Questions from Spitland by Sally Knudsen, author of Sally Searches
  3. Tuesday's Tips: Norwegian Research Aids Coming to My Rescue by Mary Perkinson Nelson, author of Celebrating Family Stories
  4. 50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today by Family History Daily
  5. 20 Free and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, Part 1 AND 20 Free and (Relatively) New Genealogy and Family History Resources, Part 2 by Diane L. Richard for Upfront With NGS Blog
  6. Insanity, Guardianship, Account Books and Family History by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, author of Nutfield Genealogy
  7. Mexican Newspaper Archives by Moises Garza, author of Mexican Genealogy
  8. A Transcription Toolbox by Sue Adams for Worldwide Genealogy ~ A Genealogical Collaboration
  9. MooseRoots Is a New Genealogy Research Engine AND More Information About MooseRoots.com AND Generasi.me Does Interactive Family Timelines by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  10. DNA Proves I've Got The Right Family! by Andrea Kelleher, author of How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
  11. Stories at FGS / RootsTech, or, Why I’m Not Brandishing a Pitchfork by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small
  12. Is Genealogy Evolving? (My thoughts on Mommy bloggers) by Mary Foxworthy, author of Roots & Stuff
  13. Genealogy is Hacking by Tammy Hepps, author of Treelines Blog
  14. An Open Letter To The Genealogy Community AND An Open Letter to the Genealogy Community--Part Deux by Janet Hovorka, author of The Chart Chick
  15. Ethics, Genealogists and Conferences by Family history across the seas
  16. Finding Charlotte by Marian Pierre-Louis, author of Marian's Roots & Rambles
  17. Tuesday Tips ~ Keeping a Brick Wall Ancestors File! by Angela M. Money, author of Northern Mama: Family History ~ Family Life
  18. Quick tip – Check your photos. Again. by Yvette Hoitink, author of Dutch Genealogy
  19. Do Statewide Reports Mention Your Ancestor? by Michael John Neill, author of Genealogy Tip of the Day
  20. I just discovered a new fact about my great grandparents by Becky Jamison, author of Grace and Glory
  21. Putting It All Together by Valerie Hughes, author of Genealogy With Valerie
  22. GeneaBlogger Beads at Congress by Jill Ball, author of GeniAus


The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Monday, February 23, 2015

Iver and Marit ~ My 2nd Great-Grandparents


Iver Iverson and Marit Thorsdatter were my paternal 2nd great-grandparents. I've written a couple of blog posts about them in the past.  Iver served in the U.S. Civil War. I wrote a bit about that in a post back in 2013. You can read that post by clicking HERE. I shared Marit's death certificate in a blog post which you can read by clicking HERE.

Iver and Marit were both born in Norway. He emigrated from Norway in April of 1858. When I wrote about Iver in 2013, I didn't have any concrete evidence about when he immigrated to the United States. But thankfully I do now and I will share Iver's immigration record in a future post. Unfortunately, I don't have immigration information for Marit, or Mary as she was known in the United States.

Iver Iverson married Marit Thorsdatter on 23 February 1860 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Iver and Marit were the parents of nine or ten children.*

1. Edward Theodore Iverson (1860-1916)
2. Caroline Lena Gioline Iverson (1864-1882)
3. Mathelda Iverson (1866-1910)
4. Christopher Iverson (1868-1925) [my grandfather]
5. Iver Martin Iverson (1870-1940)
6. Oscar Iverson (1871-1958)
7. William Iverson (1873-)
8. Julia Randina Iverson (1875-1973)
9. Emely or Emily Maria Iverson (1878-1880)
10. William Franklin Iverson (1883-Abt 1885)

* Child No. 7 and Child No. 10 may be the same person. This needs further research to resolve.

As I mentioned, I now have concrete evidence showing when Iver immigrated to America. I have a digital copy of the document that lists Iver leaving for America in April of 1858. I also have digital copies of documents that list Iver's brother Ole and Ole's family, Iver's parents and another brother named Christopher, leaving for America as well. I'll be sharing these documents and other information about my Norwegian family lines in future posts.

Thanks for reading!


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Friday, February 20, 2015

Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for February 20, 2015


My Fab Finds for this week are (in no particular order)
  1. Are You Doing the Genealogy Do-Over with GeneaBloggers Thomas MacEntee? by Denise Levenick, author of The Family Curator
  2. DNA Quick Reference Notes by Debbie Parker Wayne, author of Deb's Delvings in Genealogy
  3. Ten Things To-Do for your Civil War ancestor by Cindy Freed, author of Cindy Freed's Genealogy Circle
  4. Sneak Peek of The New Ancestry Website Coming! by Dan Lawyer for Ancestry.com Blog
  5. Something in this book could kill you! by TK, author of Before My Time
  6. Copyright and the genealogy lecture AND Credit and copyright by Judy G. Russell, author of The Legal Genealogist
  7. New Book by Geoff Rasmussen - "Kindred Voices: Listening for our Ancestors" by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings
  8. Are You Missing Genealogy Gems in Military Records? by Anne Gillespie Mitchell, author of Finding Forgotten Stories
  9. Genealogy Factoids -- What Are They And Are They Worth Saving? (February 17, 2015) AND Want To Preserve All Your Genealogy Blog Efforts? Better book it! (February 20, 2015) by John D. Tew, author of Filiopietism Prism
  10. Louise's Lost Files - Cancelled Checks by Ginger R. Smith, author of Genealogy By Ginger's Blog
  11. Was Grandma a Cover Girl? by Debi Austen, author of Who Knew?
  12. Ancestor Cards by Michele Simmons Lewis, author of Ancestoring
  13. 5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Genealogy by Nichelle Barra, author of Copper Leaf Genealogy
  14. Five Fabulous Digital Tools To Power Your Life Story by Lisa Alzo, guest blogger for the Armchair Genealogist
  15. Evernote as a Genealogy Research Toolbox by Shannon Thomas, author of Our Life Picture by Picture
  16. What Did It Take to Become a Census Enumerator? by Dana Leeds, author of The Enthusiastic Genealogist
  17. Genealogists as Storytellers by Joanne Cowden, author of Researching Relatives
  18. Fun and Challenging FamilySearch Family Tree Games on Ancestor Guru by James Tanner, author of Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad…
  19. MyHeritage puts exclusive Scandinavian records online by Emma for MyHeritage Blog
  20. It’s not about climbing the tree by Janine Adams, author of Organize Your Family History
 
Updated RootsTech 2015 and FGS 2015 Blog Post Compendium by Randy Seaver, author of Genea-Musings

The 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge by Amy Johnson Crow, author of No Story Too Small -

This week's "May I Introduce To You" Interview

New Blog Discoveries

In Case You Missed Them….My Contributions to the Blogosphere This Week

Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog
Jana's Place

Thanks for reading!


© 2015 Copyright by Jana Last, All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Benefits of Genealogy Blogging

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I was asked to write a couple of paragraphs about how genealogy blogging has helped me find distant cousins, find more information about my ancestors, etc. for our local Family History Center's wiki page on FamilySearch.org. Of course I said yes to this request. I also thought this would be a great topic for a blog post.

Just what are the benefits of writing a genealogy blog? Before I talk about those benefits, here's a little background on how I began my genealogy blog.

In February of 2012 I watched
Lisa Louise Cooke's live streamed RootsTech presentation called Genealogy Podcasts and Blogs 101. I had never heard of genealogy blogs before and the thought of blogging about my ancestors had never even occurred to me before that time. I decided to be brave and jump into the genealogy blog pool and here I am today, almost three years later. I'm grateful to Lisa for her presentation and to RootsTech for live streaming it.

Am I glad I began my genealogy blog? Absolutely! Here are some of the benefits I've discovered from writing my genealogy blog:


  • My blog acts as cousin bait, which means that if a relative of mine searches for one of our common ancestors on the internet, they may find my blog and contact me. I've had this happen several times. I wrote about a recent and very exciting cousin connection in a previous blog post. This newly discovered cousin lives in Brazil. Blogs have a global reach. They can be read by people all over the world, which is amazing.
  • Writing about my ancestors helps me to better analyze the research I have about them.
  • Writing about my ancestors helps me to get to know them better. It's fascinating to learn about them. It also helps me to appreciate them and what they experienced during their lives.
  • My immediate and extended family members near and far can learn about their ancestors by reading my blog. And hopefully my future descendants will read my blog and enjoy learning about their ancestors too.
  • Even if distant cousins don't contact me when and if they find my blog, the information, stories, and photos I share may be helpful and interesting to them. They may see a photo of an ancestor that they'd never seen before. I know how exciting that can be.
  • Each person in my family tree deserves to be remembered. And writing about them in a genealogy blog is a great way to remember them.
  • I've made lots of genealogy blogging friends online. These friends are from all over the world. There's an active online genealogy blogging community and its members are very kind and helpful. One of the major online communities is GeneaBloggers. If you already have a genealogy blog and haven't joined the fun at GeneaBloggers, I encourage you to do so.
  • Blogging about ancestors is fun!

Can you think of other benefits of genealogy blogging? Feel free to add those in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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