Category Archives: Immigration

Bertinus Becomes a Citizen

Looking through copies of some items cousin Carol shared with me that had been in her father Bennie’s possession, I realized I could post a few more photos and other documents as well. Since I have just blogged about the … Continue reading

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A Family Moves to Canada

While the death of Emil Borreson’s uncle Bernt eludes me, I am learning more about his family than I anticipated. As I wrote previously, not only did all four of Bernt’s daughters end up in North Dakota, but so did … Continue reading

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A Bertha Puzzle Solved

In Homestead, Aunt Clara admits to having “no additional information” about Berthe Borresen, born December 25, 1842 in Norway to Borre Andersen and Maria Andersdatter. Bertha would have been an aunt our grandfather Emil, and Clara indicates she came to … Continue reading

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Reasons for Leaving Norway

Generally speaking, many Norwegians emigrated for economic reasons. Only the oldest son would inherit land; younger siblings would be landless – and with that came poverty. So at the very time Norway had too many people, America wanted more to … Continue reading

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Our Ancestors’ Stop in Londonderry

Our ancestors Elias and Kari Borreson made a ship change in Ireland on their way to America. They had boarded the Scandinavia from Norway and then, stopping in Londonderry, switched to the Britannia for the ocean voyage to New York … Continue reading

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Leaving Loten

The home area for Borreson roots to our family is Loten in Hedmark County, Norway. (That’s Loten spelled with a / through the o.) Those roots are deep, at least four generations from the mid-1800s back to 1740 or so (Clara’s Homestead, pp. 24f.). I … Continue reading

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From Elverum to Fitch Coulee

A small piece at a time, we have learned the route that Elias and Kari Borresen journeyed from the old world to the new. After my last post on their marriage in Elverum, Norway, this one fills in another gap. The same Elverum … Continue reading

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