Monday, September 21, 2009

Barnel Oluf Olson Finnestad

According to the 1900 US Federal Census, Ole Sr and Mari Finnestad had 11 children, 8 had survived as of 1900. I believe I have found the 11th child.

Reviewing the Norwegian digital archives (above), Oluf was born July 8, 1866 at the Finnestad farm in Norway.

A year and a half later, the archives indicate (below) he passed away on February 18, 1868; the cause is unknown. There is a first name, which looks like "Bernel", though the handwriting is difficult to read.

There were two archives for Oluf's birth, the first which is the parish register "copy":

I could read the Ole Olson portion, but due to the handwriting, I was unable to decipher Mari's last name, though Finnestad clearly showed up.

I checked the 2nd archive, which is the "official parish register":

As you can see, the detail in "Iversdat." is much more legible in the "official" register, so it seemed pretty obvious this is the final child of my great great great grandparents.

So of the 3 deaths:

- Oluf died in 1868 at 19 1/2 months
- the first Maria died in 1851 at the age of 3 years and 2 months

As I have verified the dates of the rest of the Finnestad family after 1900, it would appear that one of the twins, either Iverdine or Bertha had died prior to 1900. Iverdine, as I had mentioned in a previous post, had come to the United States in 1871. I have been unable to verify whether Bertha ever made it to the US.

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