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Posted - 14/05/2019 :  03:56:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One guy we will have to eliminate. When I have the immigration record up on the screen on, Ancestry also pulls up a lot of records for this guy. Now he is not an Offerdal so that helps.

Ole Hansen Burkum
in the U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
Name: Ole Hansen Burkum
Birth Date: 4 Jan 1844
Birth Place: Lærdal kommune, Sogn og Fjordane fylke, Norway
Death Date: Mar 1922
Death Place: Crawford County, Wisconsin, United States of America
Cemetery: Mount Sterling Lutheran Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Mount Sterling, Crawford County, Wisconsin, United States of America
Has Bio?: N

Ole Hansen Burkum might be this guy in the 1865 Census. Called Ole Hanssen Bjørkum


Both the 1900 and 1910 Census have 1870 as his immigration year.

Ole H Burkum
in the 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Ole H Burkum
Age in 1910: 66
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birthplace: Norway
Home in 1910: Utica, Crawford, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1870
Relation to Head of House: Father
Marital status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Norway
Mother's Birthplace: Norway
Native Tongue: English
Naturalization Status: Papers
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Martin Burkum 27
Ole H Burkum 66
Hilda Burkum 39
Sam Burkum 31
Julia Burkum 24

Edited by - lyndal40 on 14/05/2019 04:02:48
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Posted - 14/05/2019 :  04:06:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well this is likely his baptism. He was born January 4, 1845. His father is Hans Olsen Offerdal.


Living on Bjørkum in the 1865 Census


Here he is from a Tree on

Ole Hansen Offerdal Bjørkum Burkum
BIRTH 04 JAN 1845 • Offerdal, Lærdal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
DEATH 1922 • Utica, Crawford, Wisconsin, USA

However the Tree says he got married in Norway in 1870


He left Lærdal on April 14, 1870 under the name Ole Hansen Bjørkum along with his wife Ragnhild Olsdatter

#40 and 41

So he was a viable candidate but I think we can eliminate this one., unless he came to US in 1865 as a single man, went back to Norway got married and came back with wife in 1870.

Still need to keep looking to make sure we have not missed one.

Edited by - lyndal40 on 14/05/2019 23:58:15
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Posted - 14/05/2019 :  04:29:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My ancestor is in the US federal census in in June 1870 so its probably not him. This does not prove that the passenger on the Sleipner was my Ole it is looking more likely. About how many people would be from Offerdal anyway?
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Posted - 14/05/2019 :  23:45:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is no record of a Ole Hansen Offerdal or Bjørkheim leaving Lærdal in 1865. The only record for him is when he left Lærdal in April of 1870 with his wife; Record is posted above under #40 and 41.

Edited by - lyndal40 on 14/05/2019 23:55:01
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Posted - 14/05/2019 :  23:49:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
About how many people would be from Offerdal anyway?

Tough question to accurately answer since many times Norwegians used a farm name in various ways. It may have been where they were living when they left, where they were born or even where they might have worked or lived in the time before they left Norway.

But there were 51 people living on the Oferdal farm in the 1865 Norwegian Census. Three with the first name of Ole none of these are of interest to you.

You can use the NHDC site and enter Oferdal as the farm name.


Edited by - lyndal40 on 15/05/2019 00:04:09
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