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Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 1 Mar 2012 3:30AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Mar 2012 3:34AM GMT
Surnames: Soperstad or Ovrebo (Overbo)
Does anyone have information on our family members who lived in or near Bergen (Hardaland) in the early to mid 1800's? They emigrated to the United States and we have much history about them here but want to know more about their lives before coming to the U.S.

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 1 Mar 2012 7:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Mar 2012 7:36PM GMT
Are you looking for a Samuel Nilsen who was born about 1853? Without knowing some vital dates a search can be impossible.

The 1920 US census shows a Samuel N. Overbo and wife "Esabella" in Ramsey Co., North Dakota. Is this your family? At least approximate birth information is given in US censuses and usually some info about immigration year.

A Samuel Nilsen was born about 1853 or 1854 in Jølster district of Sogn og Fjordane, Norway. Sogn og Fjordane is the county/fylke immediately north of Hordaland.
Samuel Nilsen is found with family in the 1865 Norwegian census. The family lives on a farm there called "Øvrebø" or "Bø - øvre".
http://www.rhd.uit.no/folketellinger/ftliste_e.aspx?ft=1865&...

In the emigration database of persons leaving from the city/port of Bergen, Samuel leaves with his wife in 1883 --
http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 1 Mar 2012 8:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
In the 1865 Norwegian census for the city of Bergen - Isabella's name is misspelled as "Seebelle" - with her family in Bergen in 1865 -
http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/webcens.exe?slag=visbas...

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 1 Mar 2012 11:51PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Samuel Nilsen Ovrebo
Thank you for the great information! Yes, I believe that is the correct Samuel Nilsen as they were married in Hordaland in 1883 and emigrated to the United States that same year. Samuel was born in July 1853 according to the family records we have.

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 2 Mar 2012 1:17AM GMT
Classification: Query
I think you will find that couple's marriage record in the church records of the Domkirken (cathedral church) of Bergen.

There are a number of excellent materials available online for your study and the number of Norwegian resources available online for research increases almost daily. Study, practice, enjoy!

Ancestors From Norway articles (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/articles.html)
Portal to Norway research guidance of LDS Family History Library (https://wiki.familysearch.org/en/Norway)
Tips on Using Digitalarkivet (http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/DigitalArchives.htm...)
Norwegian census abbreviations (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/census_abbrev...)
Norwegian censuses on NHDC website, instructions included (http://www.rhd.uit.no/indexeng.html)
FamilySearch has a large number of Norwegian births and marriages indexed (http://www.familysearch.org)

Links and more links about Norway and Norwegian genealogy (http://www.cyndislist.com/norway.htm)

Help for translating many of your finds (http://home.online.no/~otjoerge/files/word.htm)

Online study material to learn about Norwegian naming practices and patterns.
(http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/na12.html)
(http://www.nndata.no/home/jborgos/names.htm)
(http://www.norwayheritage.com/norwegian-names.htm)
(http://www.nndata.no/home/jborgos/farms.htm)

Norwegian censuses of 1910, 1900,1875 (only partially online), 1865 and 1801 are online as searchable databases. Two websites with different search functions and strengths can be used.
(http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/DigitalArchives.htm...)
(http://www.rhd.uit.no/indexeng.html)

The detail available in the extensive parish church records is a marvelous gift from Norway. The Digitalarkivet web site has been adding scanned images of the original Norwegian parish church records for anyone with Internet access since November 2005. To be able to use the parish records you must first know WHERE in Norway you want to search for this documentation.

The Digitalarkivet web site - (http://digitalarkivet.uib.no/cgi-win/WebFront.exe?slag=vis&a...)
An English option is available by clicking on that word from either the left hand column or the blue link bar along the bottom of the homepage.
The scanned images are available from the homepage link "Skanna kyrkjebøker" [Norwegian version]/"Digitised parish records" [English version] which is listed along the left hand column and from the blue banner of links along the top section of the homepage.
When you click on that link another page will present a short list of choices - choose "Read the digitized parish registers"[English version]/"Lesa skanna kykrebøker" [Norwegian version].
After you've clicked on that link and a new main page has presented on the screen be sure and read the instructions that are available from the Digitalarkivet for navigating the scanned records. The instructions are available in Bokmål (official Norwegian), Nyorsk (Norwegian), Davvisámegiella (Saami), and English.
Recommended basic reading are the "Startsiden" [Norwegian version]/"Main page" [English version], "Brukerveiledning" [Norwegian version]/"User's guide" [English version] and "Om tjenesten" [Norwegian version]/"About this service" [English version].

Good information about translating the formats of Norwegian parish church records during various time periods, many of the basic terms used and understanding how to use the information should be studied at this web site -
(http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~norway/na20.html)

Norway has a tradition of publishing history and genealogy books for many rural districts of the country called 'bygdebøker'. You might be lucky enough to have had ancestors from one of the areas which has one or more good 'bygdebøker' published about it.
Learn about 'bygdebøker' (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~norway/bygdebok.html)
Bygdebøker and Ættarbøker can be helpful but are definitely secondary sources of information -- any research done in them should be verified in the primary sources such as the parish church records.

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 2 Mar 2012 2:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thoraway,

This is such incredible information. We will be in Norway for a week the end of May. We will spend time in Oslo, Flam, and Bergen. Thanks to you, I believe my husband and I may be able to locate his 2nd great grandfather's family. We are so grateful for your assistance. Thank you!

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 2 Mar 2012 5:19PM GMT
Classification: Query
You will have more access to the parish records of the Bergen Domkirken ONLINE that you will walking into the church itself and expecting to find the old records of the 1880s.

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 2 Mar 2012 5:20PM GMT
Classification: Query
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Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 2 Mar 2012 5:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
No problem....received both your posts. We will look online as you've suggested. Thank you.

Re: Samuel Tollefson Nilsen Ovrebo or Isabella Marte Andersdatter Soperstad relatives in Bergen

Posted: 2 Mar 2012 6:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
No problem....received both your posts. We will look online as you've suggested. Thank you.
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