Monday, November 2, 2009

Early Norwegian ancestors

Here is a map of southwestern Norway that shows the locations where the earliest Finnestad family resided throughout the ages:



Click on the map to enlarge it.

As I mentioned the previous post, the earliest known ancestor (Torgeir, last name unknown) was born around 1390. While I have been unable to confirm where he lived, his grandson was born around 1434 and died in Vikedal.

It's probably likely that Torgeir (Gen #1), his son Ingemund Torgeirsen (Gen #2), grandson Torgeir Ingemundsen (Gen #3), and great grandson Torkell Torgeirsen (Gen #4) also lived in the same area, Vikedal.

Vikedal is depicted as point "A" on the above map.

In 1521, Torgeir Ingemundsen's son Torkell Torgeirsen was born in Vikedal but died in Sauda.

Sauda is depicted as point "B" on the above map.

Vikedal to Sauda is 50 kilometers. (31 miles).


It wasn't until the 13th generation when my great great great grandparents, Ole and Mari Olson moved to Fister, Norway.

Fister is depicted as point "C" on the above map.

Sauda to Fister is 87 kilometers (54 miles).

Then, in 1862, Ole and family moved to the farm known as Finnestad, just north of Stavanger.

Stavanger is depicted as point "D" on the above map.

Fister to Stavanger is 56 kilometers (35 miles).


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