Olson Family in 1900 Norway Census

An important document from the 1900 Norwegian Census showing the parents and brother of my great-great-grandmother Ovidia Olesdatter (Olson). The family is living on a farm called “Aagvikmyren” in Vikna, Norway. Albert Marthin Olesen Ryum is my grandmother’s brother. He is listed with his wife and five of his eight children (the other three would be born after 1900). On the same farm are his parents, Ole Zachariasen Ryum and Christine Dorthea Christiansdatter. Both are listed as “retired”. Ole is listed as having been born in Vuku, Verdal, Norway, which is a small town very near Stikelstad. Previously we had thought he was born in Stikelstad [as Ole was baptized there], so this is a more precise place of his birth.

Very old parish churches still stand in Vuku (built in 1654) and Stikelstad (built in 1180 on the site of the death of St. Olaf), so it’s quite possible the churches where Ole was baptized and where his family attended still exist.

Ole and his wife Christine had actually been to Rib Mountain, Wisconsin to visit their daughter Ovidia around 1893, but Ole didn’t like America at all and they returned to Norway. Ole died in Vikna in 1913, and Christine in 1914.

Census year: 1900
Municipality: Vikna
Municipality number: 1750
Name of domicile: Aagvikmyren
Number of persons in this domicile: 9
Name                     Status   Married  Occupation         Birth  Birthplace
Albert Olsen             Head     M tenant farmer & fisherman 1861  Vikten NT
Louise Olsdatter         Wife     M farmer's wife             1863  Vikten NT
Inga Albertsdatter       Daughter U                           1885  Vikten NT
Alfred Albertsen         Son      U 1889  Vikten NT    
Kendy Albertsen          Son      U 1892  Vikten NT    
Konstanse Albertsdatter  Daughter U 1895  Vikten NT       
Olaug Albertsdatter      Daughter U 1898  Vikten NT        

Ole Sakkariassen         Head     M pensioner        1826  Vuku i Værdalen     
Kristine Kristiansdatter Wife     M pensioner's wife 1828  Vikten NT

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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