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NancyC
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Posted - 08/03/2004 :  13:37:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am trying to find out which ship my great-grandfather sailed on to the USA. He was born 11 Mar 1836 and is registered as moving to the USA on 18 Apr 1854. His family lived at Stokkset farm in Furnes, Hedmark, until they were forced to sell it, after which they lived at Aasberget. Nils can be found at this link.
Nils Andersen Aasberget
According to family legend, he entered the US through the Gulf of Mexico (New Orleans?). I have not been able to find him on any ships' lists I have found. Perhaps someone can help?
Nils eventually became Nels A. Nelson and settled at Lansing, Alamakee County, Iowa.
Thanks for any help!

Hopkins
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USA
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Posted - 08/03/2004 :  21:11:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You might try the Galveston records too... I've heard that there might be some online through a Texas based site - but I don't have a URL.
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jwiborg
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Norway
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Posted - 08/03/2004 :  23:17:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cyndi's List have a link to the Galveston records

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NancyC
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Posted - 12/02/2017 :  14:11:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It has been a good many years since I posted this query. I check the records for arrivals in New Orleans and Glaveston at intervals, but I have not found my great-grandfather Nils Andersen Aasberget. I am wondering if there is anything available now that I should check. I am also a bit surprised that there seems to be so little research on Norwegian immigrants who came in through the Gulf of Mexico. It seems that a good many traveled this route. After looking at new sources available here in Hedmark, I have a theory that the family may have started using the surname Nilsen as early as the 1840s. During this period, they were moving around a lot, so that they did not have a farm name as a stable address. The ministers always recorded the relevant farm name in the church records, but the family may have adopted the patronymic of Nils's father, Anders Nilsen (Stokkset) after living at several farms. But of course, looking for the right "Nils Nilsen" with various spelling variations is a challenge!
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NancyC
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Posted - 12/02/2017 :  14:16:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If anyone else is looking for immigrants through the Gulf of Mexico, here is the link to the Galveston database http://www.galvestonhistory.org/attractions/maritime-heritage/galveston-immigration-database
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jkmarler
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USA
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Posted - 12/02/2017 :  18:25:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This message is on the Galveston site has this information. In spite of your family tradition maybe you need to look elsewhere?

"In all, the names of more than 130,000 passengers from the period 1846-1948 have been entered. The database lists only those who first disembarked in Texas. Many immigrants came through New York or one of the other East Coast ports and trans-shipped to Texas. Family legend may hand down a Texas port of entry, while immigration records reflect an Eastern port.
Are the records complete? An unknown percentage of the records are missing; there are very few entries between 1871 and 1894."

You may want to compose a list of all the people leaving from Nils' parish at the same time as he, to see where they ended up and maybe there is a journey story saved amongst those people's family which may narrow where you need to look.
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NancyC
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Posted - 13/02/2017 :  21:14:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for this information. It is true that the family legend may not be correct. But I have also been looking at passenger lists for the appropriate months in 1854 for many years, without finding Nils. The first person in the family to emigrate was Nils's first cousin and subsequently his brother-in-law, Jens Hansen Store Faraasen from Veldre in Ringsaker. He is recorded in the church record for Ringsaker Church on 1 November 1852, and he is listed as a crew member of a ship. https://media.digitalarkivet.no/view/8843/42920/9 Jens returned to Norway and married Nils's sister, Maria Andersdotter, on 18 March 1853, and they left for the US and were recorded in the church record 9 April 1853, numbers 47 and 48 https://media.digitalarkivet.no/view/8843/42920/11 In this record there are 61 others who are listed as emigrants heading to America with dates 6-19 April. These people may have departed on the same ship, but I have not found any passenger lists. Jens and Maria went to Rock Prairie, Wisconsin, then on to Iowa, where they settled in Center Township, Allamakee County.
I do not know the name of the ship where Jens was a crew member, but perhaps it was a ship that sailed to New Orleans? November is an unusual time to emigrate from Norway, since most people left in the spring, as did Jens and Maria in 1853 and Nils in 1854. Perhaps Jens made the travel arrangements for Nils? I have found no other likely companions from Furnes, where Nils was living when he emigrated. But there are very many listed in Veldre/Ringsaker on 18 April 1854, so these may have been his traveling companions. But again, there are no passenger lists available to check.
Does anyone have any other thoughts on this?
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