Thanks soooo much Taryn,
What a lot of info....I really appreciate it.
I have just started with Norwegian records and am finding it difficult. Some of this info conflicts with a book that was written on the family tree so this is interesting but I'm sure it's the same family. They had Eli's surname as Jorkelsen - the family bible they brought with them had this....it's rather confusing. You were right about Karen being the daughter. She married Ole Isakson so that's where the son's names comes from. They are listed as tenants on the census from what I understand (so far). One of the strangest things I have found to date is that there is no mention in New Zealand of "Christian" a son. Maybe he had died before they immigrated in 1873? I have yet to find. It's like he never existed. They knew no one in NZ just had heard all the "stories" about this new land and decided in 1855 to go but it took until 1873. By then Eli's husband Lars Hans had died. Thanks so much again. I will have to look at the links and absorb all the info now.