52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

52 Ancestors #9 Tobias Jensen

My “ancestor” this week isn’t an ancestor, but was the husband of Johanna Hansen, the sister of my husband’s great grandmother, Elizabeth Hansen.  The relationship to my ex-husband is:

Russell Tobias Jensen relationship

Last week, I did a post about the census collections for Norway.  Since Tobias was born in Norway, and I hadn’t yet used Norwegian records, I decided to see what information I could find for him.

The information I had from family records was that he had been born 30 May 1857 at Orland, Trondheim, Norway, so I decided to try the 1865 census first.  Since Digitalarkivet was the only place that has the original images for the 1865 census, I used this website

One good thing about this site is that it has the option to view it in English (the other two languages available are Indonesian and Norwegian).  The home page has a search box, as well as an option under the box to do an Advanced person search.

I chose the Advanced person search, and then filled in his first name, Tobias, last name, Jensen, and birth year from 1855 to 1860.  Since family records had shown Tobias was born at Orland, the third result seemed likely to be for him.

Tobias Jensen 1865 census

After clicking on this entry, a transcription of the record came up.  The head of the household was Jens Jensen, and the next person was Hans Kone (his wife) Beret Larsdatter.   This matched his parents from family records.

Jens Jensen household

There isn’t a direct link from the transcription to the image of the census page. To the right of the transcription is a section that lists the Census district (002 Imsterfjorden) and the Rural Residence (0033 Bakken).  Further down the page is a link to Show Content Page.

There were two results for Imsterfjorden – 2a Insterfjorden school district 30, and 2b Instterfjorden school district 43.  I decided to try the first link.  I then browsed through each page until I found the entry for the family.  Jens Jensen was the last entry on page 36 (https://media.digitalarkivet.no/view/38313/36), and the rest of the family was on page 37 (https://media.digitalarkivet.no/view/38313/37).

Since this website also has the church/parish registers, I then decided to look for Tobias’s baptism entry.   I couldn’t find any of the family using the People search, so I used the Find Source option to find the Church book from Ørland parish 1857-1875 (1621P). I then browsed the images until I found the entry for Tobias, on Side 4 (https://media.digitalarkivet.no/view/2390/7)  This entry showed that Tobias was born 11 October 1856, and baptized 3 May 1857.  His parents were Jens Jensen and Bereth Larsdatter, so the birth date in the family records was incorrect.

As the images are browse only, and the People Search didn’t pick up anyone with the surname Jensen in Orland, an easier way to find the birth and baptism dates is to use FamilySearch. I entered his name, birthplace Norway, birth year 1854 to 1858, and the first result was:

Tobias Jensen FamilySearch

Background of featured image is a photo from Unsplash – https://unsplash.com/search/photos/norway?photo=r7dDkUN_yvU Photo by Tanya Tulupenko