Ole Knutson Aldahl

Ole Knutson Aldahl (1814-1890)

Ole Knutson Aldahl was born in 1814 (probably), but we don’t yet know the exact day. It really does drive me nuts that I’ve not been able to find his baptismal record! But, that isn’t going to stop us from celebrating his life…

Ole Knutson Aldahl was born in 1814 on the Aldahl farm in Voss, Evanger, Hordaland, Norway to Knut Olson Aldahl and Jorunn Larsdtr Meland.

When he was 26, he married Ragnild Torkjelsdtr Ofstedal, daughter of Torkjel Johannesson Ovstedal and Marta Knutsdtr Horvei, on 02 Nov 1840 in Voss, Evanger, Hordaland, Norway.

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Happy Birthday Guttorm Hillson Wenaas

Guttorm Hillson Wenaas (1828-1913)

Guttorm Hillson Wenaas was born on 17 Dec 1828 in Nes i Hallingdal, Buskerud, Norway as the third child of Hallstein Nilson Haugveie and Ingerid Torleivsdtr Imré. He had eight siblings, namely: Jorgan, Guttorm, Nels, Jørønd, Jorand, Kari, Kari, and Ingeri. Guttorm was baptized on 18 Jan 1829 in Nes i Hallingdal, Buskerud, Norway.

What was his real name? He was sometimes known as Guttorm Hallsteinson Venaas. He was sometimes called Guttorm Hilson. He was sometimes called Guttorm Hillson. Names of our Norwegian ancestors can get confusing. Back in Norway, they used a naming system by … Continue reading

Going back 75 years to 13 December 1942

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. I’m using a random number generator to decide how many years to go back in time.  The intent is to see which ancestors were living, where they lived, the basics of what was going on in their lives, and what was going on in the world around them.

13 December 2017 – Wednesday

Here in 2017, we are counting down the days to Christmas. In Southern Minnesota, we only have a dusting of … Continue reading

Happy Day Peder Christianson Paaverud

Peter Christianson Paaverud was believed to have been born in 1697, but an exact date of birth is not known. This is true for many of our “Christianson” ancestors and one of the reasons that they aren’t getting as much press as members of other families on our tree. But, since there weren’t any other birthdays left to celebrate this week, we’ll recognize Peder with a posting even though it isn’t his birthday.

Peder Christianson Paaverud (1697-    )

Peder Christianson Paaverud was born in 1697 on the Paaverud farm in Flå, Buskerud, Norway as the child of Guri and … Continue reading

Going back 102 years to 18 October 1915

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. So, this is the first of a series of what will become regular blog posts in which we will go back in time to explore what our ancestors may have been doing on a certain date. This idea was inspired by Roberta Estes’ blog post, On This Day – What Were Your Ancestors Doing? – 52 Ancestors #170. She picked a day and went back 100 years. I’m putting a slightly … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Margaret Olga Aldahl

Margaret Aldahl.

Margaret Olga Aldahl (1902-1972)

Margaret Olga Aldahl was born on 21 Jan 1902 at home in Lansing, Mower, Minnesota as the eleventh child of Lars Olson Aldahl and Caroline Hilson. She had eleven siblings, namely: Johanna Ragnila, George Oscar, Clara Marie, Selmer Ludvig, Ida Bertina, Hilda Melvina, Judith Ronellie “Nellie,” Olga Mathilda (who died young), Noel Clarence Ruben, Joseph Tilman, and Martha Cornelia. Margaret was baptized as an infant on 20 Apr 1902 in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church, Austin, Mower, Minnesota. She was confirmed on 11 Nov 1917 in Red Oak Grove Lutheran Church. She grew up on the … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Lars Olson Aldahl

Lars Olson Aldahl (1856-1940)

Lars Olson Aldahl was born on 24 Nov 1856 in Voss, Evanger, Hordaland, Norway as the ninth child of Ole Knutson Aldahl and Ragnild Torkjelsdtr Ofstedal. He had nine siblings, namely: Jorun Olsdtr, Jorgen Olson, Knut Olson, Torkel Olson, Marta Olsdtr, Synneva Olsdtr, Brita Olsdtr, Marjo Olsdtr, and Olaf Olson. Lars Olson Aldahl was baptized on 14 Dec 1856 in Voss, Evanger, Hordaland, Norway. He was the  youngest of his parents’ eight children who survived infancy. He was confirmed in the church at Voss and attended teachers training in Voss from 1876-1878.

When he was 21-years old, … Continue reading