This is one of the more remarkable documents I have found doing family history. It’s a census from 1801 in Norway. Keep in mind in the United States we didn’t get a real, itemized census until 1850. This particular document shows the families of the sons of Hans Nielsen and Ingebor Olsdatter, who were my 6x great grandparents. This document has my 4x great grandmother, two of my 5x great-grandparents, and two of my 6x great grandmothers in it.
The family is living on a farm called Tyggestad in Nærøy, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway. You can see Ingebor Olesdatter (b 1726), my 6x-great-grandmother. She is a widow. Her son Friedrich Nielsen is listed with his family, another son Tøritz Nielsen is listed with his family, and my 5x-great-grandparents Hans Nielsen and Pernella Danielsdatter are listed with their family, including my 4x-great-grandmother Christenze Hansdatter.
Christenze was the grandmother of my great-great-grandmother Ovidia Olsdatter (Olson), and to put this in perspective… she was 50 years old when the Declaration of Independence was signed in America. I certainly never imagined we’d know anything about her life.
The other woman listed with Ingebor Olesdatter is “Christenze Jensdatter”. This is Christenze Doroothea Jensdatter Lille-Suulen, who was also my 6x great-grandmother, mother of Pernella Danielsdatter. You can see many generations of the family living side-by-side here.
Census year: 1801 Municipality: Nærøy Municipality number: 1751 Name of domicile: Tyggestad Number of persons in this domicile: 20 Name Status Married Occupation Birthyear Friderich Nielsen head 1st marriage farmer with land 1753 Ane Ingebrigtsdatter wife 1st marriage 1751 Hans Friderichsen son 1793 Niels Friderichsen son 1798 Ingebor Friderichsdatter daughter 1791 Hans Nielsen head 1st marriage peasant farmer 1762 Pernella Danielsdatter wife 1st marriage 1751 Niels Hansen son 1786 Daniel Hansen son 1790 Peder Hansen son 1800 Christenze Hansdatter daughter 1792 Maren Hansdatter daughter 1795 Ingebor Olsdatter mother widowed after 1st marriage 1726 Christenz Jensdatter single dependant pensioner 1734 Tøritz Nielsen head 1st marriage farmer 1752 Berithe Nielsdatter wife 1st marriage 1768 Niels Tørtzsen son 1790 Nille Tøritzsdatter daughter 1793 Elisabeth Tøritzsdatter daughter 1787 Guru Olsdatter servant girl 1786