Friday, August 28, 2009

Lots of Fjelds and Meloms

It's true, there are a lot of Norwegians on Facebook (I looked), including a lot of Fjelds and Meloms.  However, I recently joined Microsoft's Live Spaces and it appears there are lots of Fjelds and Meloms there as well.  Most Meloms spell the name with two l's, however.  Of course, there are lots of Stigens as well!

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Berthe Ellefsdatter Breakthrough

It has been awhile, but I have made a breakthrough in the Berthe Ellefsdatter conundrum.  I have found her birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death in the Norwegian parish records.

Berthe Ellefsdatter was born 5 June 1820 in Løten, Hedmark, Norway and baptized 25 June 1820 in the Løten church (Løten 1812-1832, page 119, line 28).  According to the Løten 1814-1832 Ministerialbok (page 594, line 5), Berthe Ellefsdatter left Løten for Aamodt farm in Modum with her sister, Mari, on 13 February 1830.  There is no mention of the girls' parents and the girls were living on different farms at the time - Berthe on Rokoeier and Mari on Bergseng, the latter being their mother's family farm.  Berthe Ellefsdatter was confirmed in 1835 in Modum, Buskerud, Norway (Modum 1832-1841, page 573, line 17).  She married Knud Knudsen Stigen on 14 June 1844 (Modum 1841-1850 Ministerialbok, page 287, line 30) in Heggen kirke and died 2 October 1883 (Snarum i Modum 1877-1889 Ministerialbok, page 275, number 4 under 1883).

Berthe Ellefsdatter can be found in both the 1865 and 1875 censuses living on Stigen farm in Snarum, Modum, Buskerud, Norway.  Her sister, Mari, married Truls Pedersen Skretteberg on 26 January 1838 in Heggen Kirke, Modum, Buskerud, Norway (Modum 1832-1842 Klokkerbok, page 399, line 8; Modum 1832-1841 Ministerialbok, page 406, line 8) and lived on Krogen farm in Heggen, Modum, Buskerud, Norway for the 1865 census and on Skretteberg farm in Modum, Buskerud, Norway for the 1875 census.

The girls' parents are Ellef Hansen Aamodteie and Siri Olsdatter Bergseng and I have found birthdates, a marriage date, confirmations, etc. for these individuals as well as the names, marriages and birthdates of their parents.  In fact, I now have their lines back to their grandparents.

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