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