Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mary Finnestad vs Rasmus Skaar et al

I originally posted information regarding a lawsuit filed following the death of Martha Iversdatter Nordskar Peterson's death.   The lawsuit was filed by her older sister, Mari Iversdatter Nordskar Finnestad, wife of Ole Olson Finnestad Sr.

I thought I had posted information showing the location of the property in question at the time of Martha's death.

Here is a current map of the location.

Peterson Farm, Malta, Illinois

Here is the 1892 Plat map for Malta township, Malta, DeKalb county, Illinois that shows the Peterson farm on the lower portion of the map.

1892 Malta township Plat map
The property was sold to pay off the mortgage.    The proceeds were dispersed between the surviving family members as Peter and Martha did not have children.    The farm was sold to Michael and James Lynch.    By 1905, the Malta township Plat map showed the Lynch Brothers as owners of the property.   The upper portion of the Peterson property was transferred to Margaret Lynch.

1905 Malta township Plat map

Sailing from Stavanger

I was reviewing the 1871 passenger list of the Nordens Dronning which Rakkel (Rachel) and Iverdine (Dina) Olsdatter Finnestad had traveled from Norway to America and found another family connection.

Listed below Rakkel Olson Finnestad is Marthe Iversdatter Nordskaar.    Marthe (Martha) had not been married at the time she sailed to America.    The farm where she had lived in Norway. Nordskaar, was used as a last name.    Martha was the younger sister of Mari Iversdatter Finnestad and sister-in-law of Ole Olson Finnestad Sr.

Martha passed away November 20, 1899.  Services were held at the First Lutheran Church in Lee County, Illinois.   Having left no heirs, a lawsuit was filed to distribute the proceeds left from her estate.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Carrie (Dirdall) Finnestad - passport application

I had posted Carrie's passport application in a previous post.    I found page 2 of the application:

This page includes her passport photo from 1920.

Carrie was married to Rasmus, the son of Mari (Iversdatter) and Ole Finnestad Sr.

Friday, April 8, 2016

1940 US Census - Olaf Finnestad

Below is the 1940 US Census for Olaf Finnestad.   

1940 US Census - Olaf Finnestad
Olaf was living at 1511 Lombard Avenue, Everett, Snohomish County in the state of Washington with wife Myrtle and daughters Gwendolyn and Carmen.     Olaf was employed as a fireman for the city of Everett.

Olaf's father, Rasmus also resided in the home, but the census takers had listed him on a separate page (census record was posted yesterday).

Thursday, April 7, 2016

1940 US Census - Rasmus Finnestad

Here is the 1940 US Census for Rasmus Finnestad, son of Mari (Iversdatter) and Ole Finnestad Sr.

1940 US Census - Rasmus Finnestad
Rasmus was living at 1511 Lombard Avenue, Everett, Snohomish County in the state of Washington.    Rasmus was living with his son and daughter-in-law.    For some reason the 1940 census for a few households living on Lombard Avenue was amended and an additional family member (in this case, Rasmus) was listed on a separate sheet.


I haven't been very active in pursuing my research the past few years and have noticed that my entries on the Opera blog website are no longer available to view.    I have deleted the previous link to the Opera blog.      I don't recall which entries I had posted so there are a few that will most likely be forever lost.

With a little motivation I may post the backlog I'd accumulated since my Opera blog posts.

Friday, June 1, 2012

1930 US Census - Rasmus Finnestad

While searching for the 1940 US Census for Mari (Iversdatter) and Ole Finnestad Sr's son, Rasmus, I came across his 1930 US Census.

The census listed the last name as "Finister", which is why I was unable to track it down earlier using an index system.

Rasmus and wife Carrie (Dirdall) were living in Ludwig precinct, Snohomish county, Washington.  

The 1930 US Census reflects the first US Census for Rasmus since he left for Outlook, Saskatchewan, Canada sometime after 1910.