Thank you so much for your reply. I am, of course, disappointed about the absence of any census records for the early 1870's in his part of Denmark/Germany but... if they don't exist then they don't exist!Since the town of Blans was part of Ulderup/Ullerup parish during that period could there possibly be any parish records which would go back that far and which would record who was living in the various homes during 1871-1872? I know that in Sweden, the Lutheran Church would send emmisaries around to each home and record the persons living there and report on whether or not they were studying the bible, etc. So if anyone could supply me with contact information for the Ullerup parish maybe I could see if they had what I'm looking for. Thanks to anybody who can help me solve the riddle of my great-grandfather's last name. Tom Nelson, U.S.A.