Rasmussen Family in 1900 Norway Census

These are entries for the brothers of my great-great-grandfather Jens Rasmussen in the 1900 census of Norway. By this time the Rasmussen family had taken to using Østrem [the name of the farm they had lived on in Lindås] as the family name. They were living on Ryum farm (some family members then used the last name Ryum) on the island of Vikna, near the town of Rørvik, Norway.

The first entry is for Andreas Rasmussen Østrem.  You can see him listed as a farmer and fisherman, along with his wife Martine and three of their children.  “Randi Østrem” was probably not a family member, but someone who had also lived on Østrem farm with them and moved to Vikna.  Another son, Torleif, can be found in another census entry which I will show later.

Census year: 1900
Municipality: Vikna
Municipality number: 1750
Name of domicile: Ryum
Number of persons in this domicile: 7

Name                  Status   Married Occupation        Birth-year  Birthplace
Andreas Østrem        Head     M farmer & fisherman      1840        Lindaas 
Martine Østrem        Wife     M farmer's wife & housewife 1846      Lindaas 
Olaf Martinus Østrem  Son      U farmhand                1881        Vikten NT 
Henry Østrem          Son      U farmhand, fisherman     1883        Vikten NT 
Gustav Martens Østrem Son      U farmhand, fisherman     1889        Vikten NT 
Randi Østrem          tj       U maid                    1859        Vikten NT 
Paul Julius Johnsen   tj       U shepherd boy            1889        Vikten NT

The next entry is for Rasmus Rasmussen Østrem.  You can see Rasmus and his wife Gjertrud Nilsdatter along with five of their children and a farm hand.   The census does not show three other children who died young, all in 1892.  “Hanna Olina” listed here (other records show her as Nanna Oliva) died in 1909.  Another girl, Dagny Østrem, would be born in 1902:

Census year: 1900
Municipality: Vikna
Municipality number: 1750
Name of domicile: Ryum
Number of persons in this domicile: 8

Name                    Status   Married Occupation            Birth-year  Birthplace
Rasmus Østrem           Head     M       farmer & fisherman    1852  Lindås
Gjertrud Østrem         Wife     M       farm wife & housework 1855  Lindås
Konrad Johan Østrem     Son      U       farmer's son          1891  Vikten NT 
Sigrid Marie Østrem     Daughter U       farmer's daughter     1893  Vikten NT 
Hanna Olina Østrem      Daughter U       farmer's daughter     1895  Vikten NT 
Ragna Geline Østrem     Daughter U       farmer's daughter     1897  Vikten NT 
Nelly Charlotte Østrem  Daughter U       farmer's daughter     1899  Vikten NT 
Edvard Kristian Kristiansen tj   U       shepherd boy          1888  Vikten NT

This entry is for the Rasmus Olai Hansen, who was the son of Hans Rasmussen Østrem, brother of the above two. You can see Rasmus and his wife Anna, along with his mother Gurine Martinusdatter. Torleif Østrem, listed with them, was the son Andreas Rasmussen Østrem (above).  The younger Hans Østrem seems to have been the son of Paul Nilssen (also listed), and had the last name because his parents had lived on Østrem farm prior to moving to Vikna.

Census year: 1900
Municipality: Vikna
Municipality number: 1750
Name of domicile: Lian
Number of persons in this domicile: 9

Name                    Status Married Occupation            Birth-year  Birthplace
Rasmus Olai Hanssen     Head   M       farmer                1866        Lindaas 
Anna Oline Wibe Hanssen Wife   M       farmer's wife & housework 1870    Vikten NT 
Eilert Jacobsen         tj     U       farmer's son & shepherd 1888      Vikten NT 
Torleif Østrem          fl     U       lodger                1899.02.07  Vikten NT 
Gurine Martine Østrem   Mother W       pensioner's widow     1842        Vikten NT 
Berge Paulsen           fl     M       lodger                1890        Vikten NT 
Paul Nicolai Nilssen    Head   M       lodger & fisherman    1869        Vikten NT 
Othelie Kathinka        Wife   M       lodger's wife, housework  1879    Vikten NT 
Hans Østrem             Son    U       lodger's son, no trade 1899.07.21 Vikten NT
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About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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