Lofotposten has just issued their first edition for the year and featuring Albert Andreassend and his New Zealand family on the front page.
It is an exciting start to the year. Thanks to Lise Fagerbakk! www.lofotposten.no Click on any picture to read the english translation
Text from Article in Lofotposten Friday December 31 2010:
Translated by Inger Lise Dahl, Alberts second great niece!
Front page Ronald Andreassend and daughter Sophie from New Zealand: Found relatives in Lofoten. The search for their Norwegian ancestors led Ronald Andreassend to Lofoten. Not quite unlike "Tore på Sporet" (Norwegian TV show where relatives search for family), Ronald has found living relatives. Page 12,13 and 14.
Page 12: Left family in Lofoten. Ronald Andreassend in NZ wanted to surprise his father on his birthday - found lost realtives in Lofoten and Lødingen. Albert Marelius Andreassen was born in Stamsund in 1870 according to Birth register. For reasons unknown he emigrtaed to NZ in 1891. No further contact with his family in Norway from then on. He met Hannah Bertha Clark, whose mother is Norwegian. They married on January 3rd 1900 and settled in Timaru NZ. Since then the family has grown, not knowing anymore about the Norwegian family other than the fact that Albert was from Stamsund. His great great grandson Ronald Andreassend wanted to find out more about Albert and Hannah - and started the search. - I started a blog at the time around my fathers birthday last summer, hoping to find both my parents relatives. I scanned several photos and put them in the blog. That is when it all started. I have now traced the family back to around 1800. Several hundred people, says Ronald. All from Svarholt in Stamsund. It was mostly names, places and dates, but this summer he finally found living relatives. On his web page you can read: 26th of July: Albert`s family in Stamsund have been found. - It was a big breakthrough to find direct links, says Ronald. But it has taken time to search through everything from Church Records, local history books to direct search on internet. - It is difficult to find people in Norway and NZ. There are a lot of unmarried couples that married others later, he says. Among other things this makes it difficult to identify all the children of great great grand parents. Those that are his great great grandfathers siblings.
Albert`s parents were not married. His father was Andreas Danielsen who later married Ingeborg Pettersdatter. His mother was Elisabeth Enoksdatter, originally from Steigen, but living in Svarholt, says Ronald. According to Church books and surveys, that Andreassend, with great help from Ann Britt Pilegaars-Somonsen, searched through, he finds out that Andreas and Ingeborg married when Albert was 2 years old. First they lived in a house on Tørnholmen in Stamsund. According to Survey 1900, the family resides on Aarbakken in Stamsund. Albert has then left. Among others Ronald has found the names of Albert`s siblings, born in marriage between Andreas and Ingeborg: Henriette, Dehardine, Anton Ingvald, Alfred, Peter and Ragna. All with surname Danielsen. Ronald also found out that his great great grandfather left a son in Norway. His name was Johan Peder Albertsen, and he lived in Stamsund.
Page 13 cont Life in Lofoten over a hundred years ago catches interest and the search for relatives continues. Still with good help from Pilegaard-Somonsen. A few days before christmas she found some more information. Ronald`s great great grandfather came from Beitstad in Northern Trøndelag. He came to Lofoten together with 2 of his brothers. They both stayed in Lofoten, she says and informs who they were; Johan Danielsen. He married Marie Sveiholdt from Petvik. They had 7 children, she says. In 1910 two of them, Edvarda and Anthora, Sewing ladies at Chr. Wold in Buksnes. The other brother, Daniel, married Kornelia Sørensdatter from Svarholt. One of their sons, Dehard Sverre lived in Stamsund. He was killed by a car in 1964, 72 years old. Ronald wants to find out more and says that his family is excitilingly waiting for more news. Himself, he is married to Karen Chan and lives in Auckland, NZ. Together they have Carly (21), Sophie (18) and Lucas (14). If you want to know more about the search, log on to: www.chanandreassend.co.nz and www.andreassend.weebly.com.
Page 14 Inger Dahl Dyrseth and Inger Lise Dahl did not know about the emigration to NZ. Now they have established new family contact. - I had no idea that we had relatives on the other side of the world. It is all a big surprise, says Inger Dahl Dyrseth. Ronalds great great grandfather Albert and her grandmother were siblings. My grandmother on my mothers side was Dehardine Danielsen. She married Johan E. Dahl from Svolvær. When he became captain on the telegraph boat the family moved to Lødingen, where I was born and raised. She has now made contact with family in NZ. So has Inger Lise Dahl in Lødingen. Her mother Else and Dyrseth were cousins. Dahl and Ronald are third cousins as they have the same great great grandfather in Andreas Danielsen. - I would say that we have established a good contact. We are friends on facebook, and I am also a facebook friend of his mother. They told me they would send me something for christmas, and I sent them something too, says Dahl and adds that she is happy for this contact. It is not a given thing, because she didn't know about this family link either. -It was quite by accident. A colleague of mine at work, a genealogist himself by hobby, found a search note for descendants from Dehardine and Johan Dahl, she says. A note put out on the internet Ann Britt Pilegaaard-Simonsen. -I talked to her and got Ronald`s email adress. That is how it started, she says happily. - I think it is quite fun and interesting. Why did he leave? The family in NZ are nice people, they sound genuinely interested, she adds. Dyrseth was invited by Dahl to join the family tree online, she shares Dahls comments about the famliy reunion. - It is like a vortex. I feel like a have a new family down there, says Dyrseth. After Lofotpostens knowledge the relationship is: Andreas Danielsen gets Dehardine. Dehardine gets four daughters, the oldest Ingeborg, gets Else who then gets Inger Lise. Dehardine also gets Gunvor, Inger Dahl Dyrseths mother. Albert gets May, who gets James (Jim) who then gets Ronald.