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