Danish Mystery, Solved

Happened to click on this blog and realized I didn’t finish the story I started.

So, apparently my great-grandmother was not adopted after all. That handwritten information I’d found (Caroline Petersen — Peter Rasmussen, Brunk, step-father), it turns out, actually was meaning to convey that Caroline’s father, Peder Rasmussen, was raised by a step-father, because his own father (Rasmus Rasmussen) died a few months before Peder was born. This step father (Peder Hendriksen) sometimes used the appended surname “Brunk” (or Brink, or Braun, as it has been variously passed down). Thus, “Brunk, step-father” did not refer to my great-grandmother’s step-father at all, because she never had one.

Lesson: never presume you understand what a written record supposedly clearly says.

Published in: on November 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

Danish Puzzle Part Three: Marriage Record? What??

Ok, now I find this:

Rasmussen Hansen marriage

So… my great-grandmother’s supposed step-father was actually married to her mother?

Published in: on August 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Danish Puzzle Part Two: Dorte Hansen

And then, my mysterious great-great grandmother has the decency to pop up right quick, with the correct birth date, parents’ names, and everything.

Ane Dorthe Hansen birth

And on these two pages, there is an Ane Dorthe Hansen in the 1860 census, servant on a large farm. There just so happens to be a Peter Rasmussen of the correct age working on the same farm. Hmmm.

Ane Dorthe Hansen 1860 census page one.png

Ane Dorthe Hansen 1860 census page two

(I cut out a few of the workers that I couldn’t fit between the two pages.)

It also appears, from the Familysearch.org records, that Ane Dorthe had a sister named Sidsel Marie Hansen who was baptized on the same day as she. Were they twins? When I go to the filmed records in the Danish Archives, neither one is shown in the Vestenskov records. I am suspicious, though, because it appears that every child baptized in that parish for at least 18 months was a boy. Are there separate registries for boys and girls? Am I missing something in the translation?

Published in: on August 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

Danish Puzzle – Part One: Peter Rasmussen

These are notes as I try to work out the actual parentage of my great-grandmother.

Handwritten notes passed down to me note this:
Moa: Karoline Petersen Hansen (June 7, 1870 – July 28, 1946)

Father: Peter Rasmussen (Brunk) (StepFather) born 2/13/1836, died 2/24/1900

Mother: Dorte Hansen, born 6/16/1839, Died 8/31/1909.

An IGI Individual Record I printed from familysearch.org on 4/21/2004 gives this information: Peder Rasmussen Brink, birth: about 1836, Vestenskov, Maribo, Denmark. Death: 24 Dec., 1900. Father: Rasmus Rasmussen; Mother: Margrethe Pedersen.

This is a marriage record of a Peder Rasmussen, born Feb. 14, 1836 and Pouline Larsen, b. 15 Sept. 1840:

Peder Rasmussen marriage record 1865

This is the record I have thought was my great-grandmother’s adoptive family in the 1880 census, but her age is not exact and Peter Rasmussen’s age is not exact. Neither is she Karoline Petersen:
1880 census with Caroline Rasmussen

The Peder Rasmussen and Hanne Christine Mortensen of this census record were married in Hunseby, Maribo on June 8, 1856, according to familysearch.org records. So it appears clear that these are two seperate Peder Rasmussens.

The second entry here is a baptismal record for Karoline Kirsten Rasmussen. (Her middle initial in her obit was C., but her name was also written Caroline. On more than one handwritten sheet of family records, “Caroline” was crossed out and replaced with “Karoline.”) The dates do not match her reported birth date.
Karoline Kirsten Rasmussen baptismal record.png


For the moment I am going to leave this as a pile of thoughts. Whoever this Peter Rasmussen may be, it seems agreed by all sources that he is NOT the birth father of Karoline Petersen.



Published in: on August 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Remote Verveelen History

These are links to interesting European research into Verveelen ancestry by John Blythe Dobson:

The ver Veelen Family in Cologne and Amsterdam

The Eelhout Family

This article on the Verveelens incorporates the information gleaned from the marriage bans that I helped Peter Vanvalen of Australia uncover in 2002! (See post on Marriage Banns)

The Chatfield family

Published in: on May 16, 2017 at 10:07 am  Leave a Comment  

My Posts on Ancestry/Rootsweb have become useless!

If anyone is searching for emhosdil@1st.net on Ancestry or Rootsweb, that’s me. That was my old email address from 15 years ago, and I have not discovered a good way to transfer all my posts to my new, working email. I’m hoping this post will help the desperate researcher.

I am not an Ancestry member, so searching that way won’t help. But many years ago I posted a bajillion things on Rootsweb, questions as well as resource offers. I don’t spend much time on genealogy any more, but I’d hate for someone with a vital connection to be stuck with no way to contact me.

You can leave comments here, or email me at mom22miracles at gmail dot com.

Published in: on April 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm  Leave a Comment  

Some Military Registration forms — Van Valins

Henry Albert and Paul Oliver are brothers, sons of Clarence and Anna Van Valin. George Oliver is their consin, son of Floriman and Elizabeth Van Valin.

Published in: on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 pm  Comments (1)  

Article from Reminisce Magazine featuring 1909 Van Valin photo

This article features my step-great-great grandmother, Emma Theodora Leonard Van Valin and her children, Merle, Jim, Florence, Harriett and Margie. These were step-siblings of my great-grandmother Carrie Van Valin Brown. The children of Emma (third wife of Wally Van Valin, who died in 1900) did not grow up with the children of Sally Adell Ellis, my great-great grandmother.

Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

World War I Military Registration Card

This belongs to Turner B. Hollenbeck (1875-1932), son of Emma Turner (1850-1933) and Frank Hollenbeck (1847-1912). His maternal grandparents are Levinah Van Valin (1820-?) (sister of my ancestor Oliver Van Valin) and Anson Turner (abt. 1815-?).

Published in: on September 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Daniel Verveelen and Anna Eelhout Marriage Record, 1615

Here is a copy of the marriage record, along with the English translation, as sent to me in 2001 by R. L. Van Valen of New Jersey.

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 2:49 pm  Leave a Comment