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Posted: 936187200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1125444068000
Surnames: Peterson, Sola, Somdalen

I am new to the list and have been trying to locate information on my Norwegian heritage. I have the following information that was sent to me by my aunt.

My grandmother, Ingaborg Peterson, was born October 18, 1890 in Hul'bucken Norway. Her parents were Elling Pettersen and Olava Olsdatter. The had 6 children. In 1900 they lived at the cotter's farm Sola belonging to the farm Somdalen in the Adalen parish. Originally Adalen was a part of the Norderhov parish, but in 1857 it was made a separate parish.

On April 2, 1903 they left from Kristiana on the steamer "Hekla". Included on this journey was my grandmother, and her brothers Einar, Johan and Olaf. The oldest brother Ole, was not with them. They settled in the New Auburn, Wisconsin area (Rusk County). I found through Solem & Swiggum Ship Index that they arrived in New York on April 20, 1903. I would appreciate if you could direct me to where I could locate birth records, census records or passenger lists for the information that I do have.

Elling Petersen was born November 6, 1831 in Cotter's farm Gunbjorgrudeie. He married Randi Ellefsdatter February 5, 1860, daughter of Ellef Syversen and Randi Knutsdatter. Elling Pettersen was born December 26, 1861 in Norderhov, Norway. He married Olava Olsdatter May 13, 1884 in Adalen, Norway, daughter of Olea Jonsdatter.

Any direction you can give me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your help.

New E-mail Address

Posted: 964699200000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1011231935000
I have changed by address several times since I wrote this. Am still looking for information and would be most greatful for any leads I can get. Thanks in advance.

Re: New E-mail Address

Posted: 1315371114000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Petersen
I am also researching the family of Elling/Eling Petersen/Peterson/Pettersen. I have just recently discovered the family members. My husband's grandfather was Ole Peterson, brother of Ingaborg. I know that Ingaborg Peterson married Arne Arneson on 8 Dec 1909 in Dallas, Barron County, WI. Inga and Arne had 7 children, Olga Geneva, Allis Irene, Amel, Emil, Helen Eleanor, Raymond, and Marvin. They lived at least part of their married life in Rice Lake, WI. She died in Rice Lake, WI on 4 Sep 1968. Her brother Einar Peterson settled in Rice Lake, WI and died there on February 4, 1979. She had a sister Petra Julia, who married Louis Louis on 6 Oct 1914, and who also lived in Barron County, WI. She was born 8 Jul 1886 and died 4 Sep 1970 in Rice Lake, WI. Most of the marriage and death information for Elling's family is recorded in the Barron County Register of Deeds office in Barron, WI.

I am interested to know the evidence you have for the Norwegian ancestry of Elling and Olava Peterson (as they spelled their names here in Barron County). Like I said, I have searched in vain for any information about Ole Peterson, only to find all these family members last week based on Ole's obit which appeared in the Rice Lake Chronotype in 1965. I would share all the info I have on the family, if you will share all you have from Norway and the source citations for the information. For instance, do you know who Elling Peterson's parents were, siblings, etc. and where they lived and died in Norway?

It's exciting to finally find out something about the family, since Ole's grandchildren know nothing about them, even though they all lived in the same county in WI. Ole's daughter Agnes was my husband's mother.

Re: Elling Pettersen

Posted: 1315385710000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1315399129000
Emigration 1903:

Passenger List:

Residence: Norderhov (aadalen):

Here is the family living at Søla in 1900:

Birth/Christening Elling Petersen 1861 (#4):
Buskerud fylke, Lunder i Norderhov, Klokkerbok nr. III 2 (1849-1868), Fødte og døpte 1862, side 132-133.

Elling Petersen living with his mother (widow) at the farm Songekollen 1865:

Elling's father Peter Elensen from the farm Engereie died 22 july 1865 (#10):
Buskerud fylke, Lunder i Norderhov, Klokkerbok nr. III 2 (1849-1868), Døde og begravede 1865, side 222-223.

Marriage Elling Petersen and Olava Olsdatter (#3):
Buskerud fylke, Viker i Ådal, Ministerialbok nr. I 3 (1884-1903), Ekteviede 1884-1885, side 96.

Birth/Christening Ingeborg (#28):
Buskerud fylke, Ytre Ådal (Hval) i Ådal, Ministerialbok nr. II 1 (1884-1897), Fødte og døpte 1890, side 26.

Birth/Christening Olaf 1895 (#16)
Buskerud fylke, Ytre Ådal (Hval) i Ådal, Ministerialbok nr. II 1 (1884-1897), Fødte og døpte 1896, side 74.

Ole listed in 1900 census but not listed in the emigration record. He left the parish one year earlier (1902) registered as Ole Ellingsen

Passenger List:

The family leaving the parish 1902 and 1903:
Buskerud fylke, Ytre Ådal (Hval) i Ådal, Ministerialbok nr. II 2 (1898-1917), Utflyttede 1901-1906, side 179.

Birth/Christening Ole, born out of wedlock (#7 second page):
Buskerud fylke, Ytre Ådal (Hval) i Ådal, Klokkerbok nr. III 1 (1862-1898), Fødte og døpte 1884, side 156-157.

Elling Petersen

Posted: 1315398226000
Classification: Query
The real joy of this hobby is being able to do it yourself. You can! There are a number of excellent materials available online for your study and the number of Norwegian resources available online for research increases almost daily. Study, practice, enjoy!

Ancestors From Norway articles (
Portal to Norway research guidance of LDS Family History Library (
Tips on Using Digitalarkivet (
Norwegian census abbreviations (
Norwegian censuses on NHDC website, instructions included (
FamilySearch has a large number of Norwegian births and marriages indexed (

Links and more links about Norway and Norwegian genealogy (

Help for translating many of your finds (

Online study material to learn about Norwegian naming practices and patterns.

Norwegian censuses of 1910, 1900,1875 (only partially online), 1865 and 1801 are online as searchable databases. Two websites with different search functions and strengths can be used.

The detail available in the extensive parish church records is a marvelous gift from Norway. The Digitalarkivet web site has been adding scanned images of the original Norwegian parish church records for anyone with Internet access since November 2005. To be able to use the parish records you must first know WHERE in Norway you want to search for this documentation.

The Digitalarkivet web site - (
An English option is available by clicking on that word from either the left hand column or the blue link bar along the bottom of the homepage.
The scanned images are available from the homepage link "Skanna kyrkjebøker" [Norwegian version]/"Digitised parish records" [English version] which is listed along the left hand column and from the blue banner of links along the top section of the homepage.
When you click on that link another page will present a short list of choices - choose "Read the digitized parish registers"[English version]/"Lesa skanna kykrebøker" [Norwegian version].
After you've clicked on that link and a new main page has presented on the screen be sure and read the instructions that are available from the Digitalarkivet for navigating the scanned records. The instructions are available in Bokmål (official Norwegian), Nyorsk (Norwegian), Davvisámegiella (Saami), and English.
Recommended basic reading are the "Startsiden" [Norwegian version]/"Main page" [English version], "Brukerveiledning" [Norwegian version]/"User's guide" [English version] and "Om tjenesten" [Norwegian version]/"About this service" [English version].

Good information about translating the formats of Norwegian parish church records during various time periods, many of the basic terms used and understanding how to use the information should be studied at this web site -

Norway has a tradition of publishing history and genealogy books for many rural districts of the country called 'bygdebøker'. You might be lucky enough to have had ancestors from one of the areas which has one or more good 'bygdebøker' published about it.
Learn about 'bygdebøker' (
Bygdebøker and Ættarbøker can be helpful but are definitely secondary sources of information -- any research done in them should be verified in the primary sources such as the parish church records.

Re: Elling Pettersen

Posted: 1316015100000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Pettersen
Thank you so much for this information! It is so exciting! Are you an ancestor of Elling Pettersen? I am new to searching over seas and fairly new to genealogy. I wish I had started when I was younger, because I feel like time is running out for me. Again, thank you so much. I am deeply grateful for your help.

Re: New E-mail Address

Posted: 1330636469000
Classification: Query
I am Einar Peterson's great grandaughter. I have a picture of I was told, Ole at Einar's wedding. My grandmother, Einar's daughter said Ole left the area then and they never heard from him again. Cant know if that is true or not. I will see what info I have on the Peterson family from Norway. I collected quite of bit of two sides and need relook at it.

Gayle Gunderson Boyce

Re: New E-mail Address

Posted: 1334964964000
Classification: Query
Einar was my husband's great uncle and his daughter Adline Lorraine Bayer lived and died less than a mile from our farm. I would be interested in a copy of the picture you have of Ole at Einar's wedding. Ole left Rice Lake and moved to Park Falls, where he died on 19 Feb 1965. This move occurred after his wife died. He left his youngest 6-yr-old daughter Evelyn and the rest of his children and moved. My husband's mother, (Ole's sister) Agnes Peterson Barta, raised her for awhile and then she went to live with somebody named Nelson.

Which daughter was your grandmother? I am looking for information about all of Einar's children. I have all their names and birth years, but no other information about them, except I know who Lorraine married and that one of her children was Carol and that she married Rick Hansen.

Let's keep in touch! I will share anything I have that you are interested in with you. You can email me at

Linda Barta

Re: Elling Petersen

Posted: 1334965171000
Classification: Query
Did I ever write and thank you for your marvelous reply to my post and all the help you gave me? If not, thank you very, very much. I so appreciated hearing from you. I can't say that I have gotten very far since my original post. Life has gotten in the way of my genealogy work, but I hope to get back at it in the near future.

Linda Barta

Re: New E-mail Address

Posted: 1354075289000
Classification: Query
My name is Jennifer Ross. My grandmother Evelyn Peterson (now Evelyn Lake) is Agnes Peterson's sister. She currently lives in Illinois and is very healthy. She has 7 children, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grand children. Because her mother died when she was very young I'm not sure how much information she would have but I thought your husband and you might be interested that she is still alive. I would love nothing more to share with her any pictures that you may have of Agnes, their siblings or their parents.
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