Friday, February 5, 2010

Bertha Haaland marriage documentation

Extensively searching through the Norwegian digital archives, I came across Bertha Finnestad's marriage documentation. Bertha was the twin sister of Iverdine. (Ole and Mari's 4th and 5th daughters.)

I knew that the Norwegian archives contain duplicate sets of records; one official, the other a copy. However, not having copy machines back then, they were copied by hand so if you encounter a document that is illegible, you can try to locate the other and hope that the handwriting is better.

In this case, the first document I came across (above) looked like it belonged to Bertha, but I wasn't sure, so I located the second document and it confirmed I had the correct person.

Bertha married Andreas Larson on January 14, 1875 in the Hetland/Frue parish of the county of Rogaland, Norway. I had noticed on a few American documents that Andreas' name was spelled Andrew L. Holland. It was this document that helped confirm the correct name of Bertha's husband.

If I had not located Rose Kolberg, the great great granddaughter of Ole and Mari Finnestad, I would never have found this document, not knowing that Bertha and Andreas had changed their last name to Haaland. My guess is that the last place in Norway they lived, just prior to coming to America, was on a farm named Haaland.

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