Over the past few weeks, I've shared Danish resources and research hints from my own experiences. They really have grand records, those Danes! [Post #8]
I will leave you with a peek at a marriage record that is a mystery as well. I have been able to document a considerable amount of information on my husband's ancestral family through his great-grandfather, Knud Rasmus Knudsen of Aarhus. I won't bore you with all the research details, but suffice it to say that I found an equal lineage for his great-grandmother and Knud's wife, Karen Kristine Nielsen. Karen was born in a small village called Spjellerup, nowhere near Aarhus.
I know that Knud and Karen came to Chicago in 1891, but still had no marriage record in Chicago and none in Aarhus. Once I found Karen's family records in Spjellerup, I decided an "exhaustive search" in that village was necessary. I searched all the marriage book pages from about 1888-1891. As I was about to bail on the effort, on the second to last record of the very last page, here:
|Arkivalieronline.dk: Praesto, Fakse, Spjellerup 1844-1891, p 85-86|
I found this:
Marriage books are divided in two columns, with the groom on the left and the bride on the right. This record reads:
Ungkarl (bachelor) Knud Rasmus Knudsen, 25 aars (years), Aarhus
Pige (girl) Karen Kristine Nielsen, 21 aars, Lille SpjellerupNot much detail, but this is definitely the couple. The marriage date was 8 January 1891. But check out this map of Denmark. Aarhus is circled in red, with Tulstrup at the arrow. Karen's home is circled in blue.
|Google map of Denmark|
Genealogy never ends, does it?
Thank you for following along on my Danish research adventure. I hope you learned something, and I wish you all Danish ancestors to find, because, boy do they have great records!
Here is a link to my family tree and the Knudsen and Nielsen research.
© 2013 Sally Knudsen