Ole Larson's Folks

Family History by George Larson

With Myers, Moen, Drayer, Colby, Samuelson, Sprung, and others

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Happy New Year! There is now a “help” page that should have gone up a long time ago. “About the Site” contains a description of the two-part site, and tips for navigating around. Please check it out by clicking here, or access the page under “Info” in the top menu, or in the sidebar with other featured pages.

Born in Tretten, Norway, on this date in 1790: third great-grandfather Peder Olsen Glomme-Ødegaarden. His daughter Marit married Samuel Jørgensen Bjerke and immigrated to Wisconsin with him, where they eventually changed their surname to Samuelson(!). Top photo: stone ruins at the Ødegaard farm, taken on my visit in 2011. Below: looking across Ødegaard’s fields toward the Bjerke farm. Read more …

Sadly noting the Feb. 23 passing of Uncle Ivan, my lifelong friend, mentor in family history studies, and the last of the five Larson brothers. Shown above in his WW2 uniform; Ivan was in the trenches at the Battle of the Bulge. Read more … Ivan’s obituary is on the website of Mountain View Funeral Home at this link. Ivan’s and Eleanor Ferris’ 1946 wedding date was noted on Feb. 16. Aunt Eleanor is currently in skilled nursing care at Tacoma Lutheran. Finally…

Here is the conclusion of a lengthy profile I just finished of Helene Olsdatter. The longer piece is an update of several earlier posts, along with more recent discoveries. Helene’s death certificate, and Larsons and Slettens 1985,  give her father’s name as Ole Lien, a farm name that does not appear in the records of her birth and childhood in Norway. I took that in stride, as just one of the many liberties that immigrants took with their names. But cousin…

No, Really!!! Thanks to this contribution from Sheila Geier, I now have documents that spell Ms. Olsdatter’s given name as Helene, Helena, Hellina, and now Lena! Behold, Ole Larson’s marriage registration of 1886. Bride’s name: Lena Olson. Just another routine variant, except now we enter into a whole genre of popular jokes. Some other variant names in this document: Olson, because “…datter” was too foreign. Groom’s father, Lars Larson. Not correct at all, but understandable reasoning by the registrar. If…

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