Category Archives: Norway

Potatoes and Herring

Have you ever wondered about all those white Norwegian foods? Lefse, flatbread, rommegrot, krumkake,  fattigman, sandbakkels, rosettes, to name a few. On the meat side, there’s lutefisk and herring. I think about this sometimes. Even now, when the food on … Continue reading

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1880s Farming Changes

The Elias and Kari Borreson family arrived in Fitch Coulee in 1874 and Bertinus Estenson the year after. This was just in time for great farming changes occurring in Wisconsin. For several decades, wheat farming had been the rage, until … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas, cousins and all who read these increasingly rare posts I make on this blog. Enjoy this coat-of-arms from Tynset, the municipality from which some of our ancestors came. I thought this particular coat-of-arms would make an appropriate Christmas … Continue reading

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Visiting Nord-Trondelag Online

This posting is a visit to the third of the Norwegian counties in our Borreson-Estenson heritage, the home to Gina’s father, Bertinus Estenson. Nord-Trondelag is the fourth least populous county in Norway and a lower per capita income than much of the country. … Continue reading

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Visiting Oppland Online

This is the second of three visits, all to the counties from which the Borreson-Estenson clans emigrated. Today we go online to Oppland county, the home of Maria Thorson who became the wife of Bertinus Estenson. Oppland is one of only two Norway counties without … Continue reading

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Visiting Hedmark Online

The Internet is such a wonderful tool, so I was thinking: Why not visit our ancestral places in Norway online? Today we go to Hedmark County – and the ancestral home of Elias Borresen in Loten and his wife Kari Eriksdatter in Tynset. Hedmark is … Continue reading

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Norway Churches: Emil’s Family

In 1836 Borre Anderson married Maria Andersdatter in the Loten parish of Hedmark, Norway. All six of their children, including Emil’s father Elias, were baptized in that same parish. Here’s an exterior view of “Loten kirke” from the norskekirkebygg site that’s valuable for searching out … Continue reading

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Famous Norwegian from Loten

What a surprise to discover the birth of a famous Norwegian where our ancestors were from! Edvard Munch was born in Loten, Norway the 12th of December, 1863, while his father Christian was stationed there as a military doctor before the … 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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Farms Near Biri Norway

In my April 15 post, “Roots in Biri, Norway,” I wrote about Maria Thorson’s birth there in 1850. (Maria was Gina Borreson’s mother.) I also mentioned the marriage of her parents, Thor Thorstensen and Oline Olsdatter, there on May 22, 1831. Again using the generous materials supplied me … Continue reading

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