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.

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

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