PR did a good job with the census search. The emigrants I found leaving Oslo in 1873 on the digital archives (going to New Zealand) seem to verify her find and your information.
There is an Opstad main farm (# 100) in SÃ¸r-Odal in Hedmark, so PR might be on track with her census find. Opstad is also the name of the parish church there.
Sogn: Opstad (parish church)
Gammelt matrikkelnr: 113
Navn pÃ¥ gÃ¥rd: Opstad (name of the farm)
Here's the same year census in another format (1865)http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...
Distriknr Side Skoledistrikt Sogn Prestegjeld Gardsnavn Overskrift
799 11 241 SÃ¦ter Ulleren Anex SÃ¸ndre Odalen Lia 1
Personnr Husholdning Fornavn Etternavn Familiestatus Yrke Sivilstand Alder KjÃ¸nn FÃ¸dested Stort kveg FÃ¥r Geit Bygg Havre Poteter
4955 15 1 Lars Hans. Husfader Husmand med Jord g 53 m S Odalen 2 6 1 2/8 2 2
4956 16 Eli Thorkildsd. hans Kone g 50 k N. Odalen
4957 17 Christian Lars. deres SÃ¸n ug 16 m S. Odalen
4958 18 Lars Lars. deres SÃ¸n ug 13 m S. Odalen
4959 19 Halvor Lars. deres SÃ¸n ug 7 m S. Odalen
4960 20 Karl Lars. deres SÃ¸n ug 5 m S. Odalen
4961 21 Karen Larsd. deres Datter ug 23 k S. Odalen
4962 22 Lisabet Larsd. deres Datter ug 9 k S. Odalen
4963 23 1 Hans Lars. Inderst Dagarbeider g 27 m S. Odalen
4964 24 Karen Hansd. hans Kone g 26 k S. Odalen
4965 25 Elisabet Hansd. deres Datter ug 3 k S. Odalen
4966 26 Laurits Hans. deres SÃ¸n ug 1 m S. Odalen
The father is a tenant farmer, so not a landowner.
Here appear to be four of the kids, emigrating out of Oslo on Nov. 14, 1873, with the widowed mother Elen Torkildsen. Going to New Zealand, they are from the SÃ¸r Odalen parish (in Hedmark (as PR found). They are on the Hero shipping line.http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...
28121 Oslo 2613A 1873 Nov. 14 Elen Torkildsen f E 58 S. Odalen New Zealand 4667 Norsk Betalt Hero
Elen Torkildsen, female, widow, age 58.
28122 Oslo 2613B 1873 Nov. 14 Lars Larsen m u Arb. 20 S. Odalen New Zealand 4668 Norsk Betalt Hero
Lars Larsen, male, unmarried, worker, age 20.
28123 Oslo 2613C 1873 Nov. 14 Elisabet Larsdatter f u Pige 16 1/2Ã¥R S. Odalen New Zealand 4669 Norsk Betalt Hero
Elisabet Larsdatter, female, unmarried, hired farm girl (Pige), age 16 1/2 years.
28124 Oslo 2613D 1873 Nov. 14 Halvor Larsen m u Dreng 14 1/2Ã¥R S. Odalen New Zealand 4670 Norsk Betalt Hero
Halvor Larsen, male, unmarried, hired farm hand (Dreng), age 14 1/2 years old.
28125 Oslo 2613E 1873 Nov. 14 Carl Larsen m u Dreng 12 1/2Ã¥R S. Odalen New Zealand 4671 Norsk Betalt Hero
Carl Larsen, male, unmarried, hired farm worker (dreng) 12 1/2 years old.
It seems like they might be going to New Zealand to meet someone already there? a relative perhaps?
You might find in contacting SÃ¸r Odal, that there was a cluster of people going to New Zealand. That often happened.
For example, this lady Karen Larsdatter could possibly be their daughter Karen emigrating in June of 1873 - with her husband and two children. The age, S. Odalen and destination of New Zealand make her a good match.
Hovding shipping line, http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...
29115 Oslo 349A 1873 06 Jakob Isaksen m G Arb. 30 S. Odalen New Zealand 1110 Norsk Å“ 30 HÃ¸vding
Jakob Isaksen, male, married, worker, age 30.
29116 Oslo 349B 1873 06 Karen Larsdatter f G Kone 30 S. Odalen New Zealand 1111 Norsk Å“ 30 HÃ¸vding
Karen Larsdatter, female, married, wife, age 30.
29117 Oslo 349C 1873 06 Carl Larsen m u Dreng 5 S. Odalen New Zealand 1112 Norsk Å“ 30 HÃ¸vding
Carl Larsen, male, unmarred dreng(?) age 5.
29118 Oslo 349D 1873 06 Ole Hansen m u 7 S. Odalen New Zealand 1113 Norsk Å“ 30 HÃ¸vding
Ole Hansen, male, unmarried, age 7.
I don't get where little Ole Hansen came from unless he is the son of some other father or couple.
In 1870 there are 4 others from S. Odalen going to Wellington NZ.http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...
19836 Oslo 2131A 1870 Okt. 06 Gulbrand Hansen Tovsetbraaten m G Arb. 22 S. Odalen Wellington, New Zel. 4480 Norsk Frit North Star
19837 Oslo 2131B 1870 Okt. 06 Tora Hansdatter f G 22 S. Odalen Wellington, New Zel. 4481 Norsk Frit North Star
19838 Oslo 2132A 1870 Okt. 06 Torkild Gundersen Sestbakken m G SkrÃ¦dder 34 S. Odalen Wellington, New Zel. 4482 Norsk Frit North Star
19839 Oslo 2132B 1870 Okt. 06 Kari Olsdatter f G 27 S. Odalen Wellington, New Zel. 4483 Norsk Frit North Star
Now to contact Norway - or at least find info on the S. Odalen parish and the farm or parish of Opstad.
There is a lookups volunteer on this page that you should write to to see if she can find your family in her books from the parish.http://www.rootsweb.com/~wgnorway/lookups.html#Hedmark
You can also go to this page to find Norwegians who have the parish info for that area.http://www.slektsbiblioteket.com/pages/eng/kilder.asp
scroll down to the bottom, and where it says Pick Resources by County, choose Hedmark from the drop down menu and then click get.
You will see all the Hedmark resources, but scroll down to the entries for SÃ¸r-Odal, and for each one you click, it will describe the book and give the name and link to the owners email address.
Braaten means a burned out place in the forest, a method of clearing land. So the braaten could have been a subfarm (bruk) of a main farm.
I did find this page that tells how the farms were listed and under what parishes, and from my little Norwegian I think it says that through time, Opstad was part of S. Odal and then N. Odal and back again. http://home.online.no/~asjonass/kilder/04hedm/0418noda.htm
Good luck with your search, I hope you can make that people connection back to Norway - that's the most fun.
Taryn from Minnesota, USA (with a cousin in Christchurch)