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Re: Oftedahl from possibly Norway

Posted: 17 Jul 2014 5:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 18 Jul 2014 6:10AM GMT
Turns out there is a Norway connection.

According to the OP, in past message board posts, an unknown male Oftedahl lived in or visited Dwight, Richland county, North Dakota OR Brandrup township, Wilkin, Minnesota circa May - June 1884 (at least).

He had a relationship with Gena/Gina Oleson Sagrusten, who immigrated age 27 (ca 1882-1883) from Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. (presumably in Oppland fylke)

Gina had a son Frank O. Haraldson (O stood for Oftedahl, according to the OP; took Haroldson name after his stepfather Gunder Haroldson). Mr. --?-- Oftedahl split.

Family oral history and local legend gives Frank's birth father as Mr. Oftedahl, said to be a "German freemason" but DNA tests provide strong evidence he must be Norwegian.

Frank's original birth certificate destroyed by fire. New certificate issued with changed information.

All the above is according to the OP.

Question is: Who is Mr. Oftedahl? Makes sense that he would be Norwegian, as he made a connection with a Norwegian girl. Family members now in their nineties are mentioned as being keen to know the answer.

Brandrup, Wilkin, Minnesota
George Haroldson 44 b Norway
Gena Haroldson 44 b May 1856 Norway, to USA 1883; married 1889; has had 4 children, 4 are living
Harry Haroldson 15 born June 1884 Minnesota
Frank O Haroldson 15 born March 1885 Minnesota, parents born Norway
Thomas Haroldson 9
Albert Haroldson 8
Annie J Haroldson 5
George Haroldson 3

Frank still in Brandrup, 1905 Minnesota state census

Deerhorn, Wilkin, Minnesota on the Walter Peet place...
Frank O. Haroldson, age 24, hired man, single, born about 1886 Minnesota, parents b Norway

1918 World War I Draft Registration
Frank Oscar Haraldson
Born 06 March 1885
Address: Breckinridge, Wilkin, Minnesota
Occupation: farming
Height: Medium, Build: Medium, Blue eyes, Light hair

same guy?
Rosebud, Polk, Minnesota
Josephine Haroldson 30 b Minnesota, father b Wisconsin, mother b Germany
Frank Haroldson 40, brother, both parents b Wisconsin

same guy?
Island Lake, Mahnomen, Minnesota
Frank Haroldson 48, single, born about 1882 Minnesota, father born Wisconsin, mother b Norway

Frank O. Haraldson
Birth: 06 March 1885
Death: 20 Jan 1975 in Le Sueur county, Minnesota
Mother's Maiden Name: Olson

Brandrup, Wilkin, Minnesota
Gina Haroldson 63 b abt 1857 Norway, to USA 1883
Albert Haroldson 28
George Haroldson 22

Brandrup, Wilkin, Minnesota
Gena Mee Haroldson 73, born about 1857 Norway, to USA 1883
Albert Haroldson 37

Brandrup, Wilkin, Minnesota
Gena Haroldson 84 b abt 1856 Norway
Harold Haroldson 55 b abt 1885 Minnesota; divorced
Albert Haroldson 48

Border Crossings: From US to Canada (
Name: Harold Haroldson - traveling with Myrtle Haroldson
Age: 45
Estimated birth year: abt 1885
Arrival Port: Estevan, Saskatchewan
Date of Arrival: 24 Mar 1930
Birth Location: Brickinridge, Minnesota <-------------------------
Gender: Male
Citizenship: American
Race of people: NORWEGIAN
Nearest relative in country whence you came: Albert Haroldson, brother

Breckinridge is the county seat of Wilkin County, Minnesota.
Apparently Harold is the son of a first wife of Gunder?
Pinpointing Gina's location would be helpful.

Quite a few Oftedals heading to Minnesota from Norway. Some of them, here:

I wonder if "German freemason" is a real clue - or was that urban legend?
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