My cousin Richard Wheeler gave me your
website to look at and I found your email address there. Richard said
that he communicated with you several times and that you know one of our
relatives very well who has a copy of our family book which was written
by our great-uncle Jacob Enderson. I am the great-granddaughter of Omen
Enderson Dommersness who was the son of Endre and Brita Dommersness who
are buried in the Lutheran Church Cemetary in Vikebygd.
My husband and I are planning a trip to
Norway the latter part of June and was wondering if you knew of any
family members who we could possibly meet, however, we know no Norwegian.
We will be in Vikebygd on Saturday, June 28th. We would like to try and
find the homestead and the cemetary and learn more about my ancestors.
If you can help me with this, I would very much appreciate it.
Melding/Message No: 28 (dato: 01/05-2008)
Bustad/I live in: Pennsylvania, USA
Message: God dag from Pennsylvania, USA!
My mother's family came from the farm Kike (Kjeka) in the parish of Fjelberg,
but it had a connection from the Tindeland farm. Her ancestor, Gjert Hansen
(1829-1902), son of Hans Jørgensen, had to leave the farm to look for work
because he was not the oldest son. At the Qvamme farm, he met and married
Petrine Torsteinsdatter Iversøy (1829-1891), from the parish of Stord, in 1855.
She was the widow of Gunder Gundersen Tindeland (ca 1821-1854), the son of
Gunder Eriksen Tindeland. With him, she had three children, Gunder (1850-1930),
Ingeborg (born 1852) and Gunvor Serine (1854-1930). In 1859, the family,
including the children, went to Canada and lived with the other Norwegians in
Quebec until 1865, when the American Civil War was over. They then moved to the
USA and took Hanson as their surname. They lived on a farm north of Viroqua in
Wisconsin for 13 years, from 1865 to 1878. In 1878, they moved for the last time
- to a farm east of Flandreau in Dakota Territory (now South Dakota). That was
where Gjert and Petrine died. Together they had seven children, and their second
son was my great grandfather, Tonnes "Tom" Hanson (1865-1956).
My mother remembers that her grandfather had a picture of his parents on the
wall of his living room but she does not know who now has that picture. I do not
know exactly how I am related to you because I have never seen those books about
the farms of Kvinnherad and Ølen. But if you do know, please tell me! My mother
and I would like very much to know!
SS Comment: It looks like there will be several ancestor lines in
Vikebygd and the local area. We keep looking.
Melding/Message No: 27 (dato: 19/03-2008; kl.: 10:14)
Namn/Name: Arvid Olsen
Bustad/I live in: Vadsø, Norway
Message: Min bestefar, Sigvart Hagrup Ingebrigtsen f. 5.11.1891 var gift med Linka Beck Ingebrigtsen f. 1889. Før han ble gift med henne ble han far til min mor som ble født 31.07.1910. Han emigrerte så til Staten Island i New York. Der fikk han 5 barn sammen med Linka. Jeg viol bli veldig glad dersom dere har mulighet til å formidle noe om min bestefar/ evt. formidle kontakt med slektninger i USA.
Hi, My grandfather, Sigvart Hagrup Ingebrigtsen (b. 5.11.1891), was married to Linka Beck Ingebrigtsen (b.1899). Before he married her he became the father of my mother. She was born on the 31rst of July 1910. He emmigrated to Staten Island, New York. There he and Linka got five children. I will be very happy if you have the possibility to effect some information about my grandfather / or effect contact with my relatives in USA. Best regards Arvid Olsen.
Vennlig hilsen Arvid Olsen
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in our guestbook. I have tried to send this information
by e-mail to: George Ingebrigtsen, Berlin, Maryland, U.S.A.
Melding/Message No: 31 (dato: 19/03-2007; kl.: 19:20)
Namn/Name: George Ingebrigtsen
Bustad/I live in: Berlin, Maryland, U.S.A.
Message: I have been searching for relatives on my mothers side and was
fortunate to find your notice. I am related to Andreas Beckmann. My mother was
Linka Beck and her father,Jens Beck, was a butcher in Tromso. I can get
additional information on Andreas Beckmann and will forward it to you as soon as
it is in my hands.
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in our guestbook. Berit is
related to Andreas Beckmann. We look foreward to exchange more information.
Melding/Message No: 30 (dato: 16/02-2007; kl.: 23:32)
Namn/Name: Donald Danielson
Bustad/I live in: Texas USA
Message: My grandfather, was born July 27, 1863. We have a postcard
with the picture of the church where he was confirmed. The name of that church
is Fjeldberg. When he came to the US in 1880, he changed his name from Daniel
Vik to Daniel Danielson. We are going to visit Norway this summer and wondered
if you would have any information on this church or anyone with the last name
Vik. I do know the church was near Bergen. Thanks for any information you can
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook. Fjelberg (Fjeldberg)
is not far from here. I send you some information and photos by email and
look foreward to hear from you again. I am glad to say that we found the
farm Vik in Fjelberg - and the family living there today. Related to
Donald not too far out. Have a nice trip to Norway, Donald.
Melding/Message No: 26 (dato: 10/05-2006; kl.: 06:34)
Namn/Name: Jennifer Jordan Stover Eddy Hoyd Egan
Bustad/I live in: Chicago, Illinois
Message: I am desperately looking for the Nancy Eddy posted on this guestbook. I am a relative of the Eddy family (Christopher Lars Eddy) I have information to give as well as wanting information. Please contact me, Nancy Eddy at my email address... All the information that you have posted at Ancestry.com matches the information that we have in our family bible that is over 100 years old. We have connections to Ainsworth, Nebraska.
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook. I know your
relatives in u.s.a and have passed on your request.
Melding/Message No: 25 (dato: 19/04-2006; kl.: 19:23)
Namn/Name: robert dommersnes
Bustad/I live in: kent england
Message: Hi, My new email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Robert r
Melding/Message No: 20 (dato: 18/11-2005; kl.: 04:03)
Bustad/I live in: Rogaland
Message: Hi again. Long time no see or hear. Was just reading my message from 2002. Well as you know, I'm here now, nearly 2 years almost. Have met you, been to my ancestors farms, Førde, not far from you lot,and up north in Smørdal north of Bergen. Well worth it to anyone who gets the chance with their family research to visit the old places and Steinar is a great guy. If you meet him, he'll invite you in for a cup of tea or coffee (hee hee, lol).
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook. Always nice
to hear from you, Lisa.
Melding/Message No: 18 (dato: 22/06-2005; kl.: 01:43)
Namn/Name: john kiel
Bustad/I live in: florida
Message: You sent me some email months ago. I am sorry i was only able to respond to you a couple of times. My young son did something to my computer so that i could not send or receive emails anymore. i now have it repaired and would like to hear from you again if possible. i received photos of the stueland farm, but could not get them to come up on my computer. if you have time, would you consider sending them to once again. i sincerely appreciate you time and effort to help peole like me on the internet. thank you again for your kind help. i am looking foreward to hearing from you. sincerely john L. Kiel p.s. my grandfathers name was halvar gustav mikelsen stueland
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook. I have send
the photos again.
Melding/Message No: 16 (dato: 09/03-2005; kl.: 02:57)
Bustad/I live in: ORMOND BEACH FLORIDA
Message: DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? I AM INTERESTED IN INFORMATION ON STUELAND FARM IN VIKEBYGD SVEIO NORWAY. MY GRANDFATHER HALVAR GUSTAV MIKELSEN STUELAND WAS BORN THERE.
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook again. We will have
to search a little more - but we found the farm and the place. The family living
there today is probably not related to John Kiel.
Melding/Message No: 15 (dato: 01/01-2005; kl.: 00:45)
Namn/Name: JOHN KIEL
Bustad/I live in: ORMOND BEACH (DAYTONA AREA) FLORIDA
Message: I AM GERMAN DECENT FROM MY FATHERS FAMILY. MY MOTHERS NAME IS ALICE MAE STUELAND. MY GRANDFATHER CAME TO AMERICA FROM VIKEBYGD. THEIR FARM I THINK IS NAMED STUELAND ALSO. MY GAGRANDFATHERS NAME WAS HALVER GUSTAV MIKKELSEN STUELAND. HIS FATHER WAS MIKKEL HAKTORSEN AND HIS FATHER WAS HAKTOR MIKKELSEN. I AM NOT SURE IF I HAVE THE SPELLING EXACTLY RIGHT IN NORWEGIAN. MY GREAT GRANDMOTHER WAS NAMED GURO REGENOS RIERSDATR. MY MOTHER LIVED IN CALAMUS IOWA AS A GIRL. HER FATHER CAME TO AMERICA ON A SHIP FROM NORWAY. SHE HAD AN AUNT TILLY STUELAND WHO LIVED IN CALAMUS. THERE IS A LARGE CAR DEALER THERE TODAY WHO IS RELATED. I HAVE COUSINS LIVING IN CALAMUS. I WAS BORN IN MUSCATINE IOWA ABOUT 50 MILES AWAY. I WROTE TO AND SPOKE ON THE PHONE TO SOME OF MY GRANDFATHERS FAMILY LIVING IN VIKEBYGD. THIS WAS A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO. THE OLDER PEOPLE COULD NOT SPEAK ENGLISH BUT THERE WAS A YOUNGER PERSON I SPOKE TO WHO COULD SPEAK ENGLISH. THEY INVITED ME TO COME VISIT THEM. THEY SAID WE COULD STAY WITH THEM. MY MOTHER WENT TO VISIT THEM BEFORE SHE DIED. SHE SENT THEM A LETTER TO MEET HER AT THE PORT IN HAUGESUND. THE LETTER WAS RETURNED WITH. SHE HAD THE WRONG ADDRESS. SHE WAS SAD SHE MISSED THEM. SHE LOVED HER NORWAY HERITAGE. SHE ATTENDED A NORWEGIAN SCHOOL AND LEARNED TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE AS A GIRL. SHE LOST MOST OF THE ABILITY TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OVER THE YEARS. I AM ALSO PROUD OF MY NORWEGIAN HERITAGE AND HOPE TO COME VISIT SOME DAY. WE JUST RETURNED FROM GERMANY LAST WEEK FOR MY SON'S WEDDING. WE HOPE TO GO TO NORWAY NEXT TIME. I AM INTERESTED IN GENEOLOGY. I WONDER IF YOU KNOW ANYONE NAMED STUELAND? PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL. THE PHOTOS OF VIKEBYGD IN YOUR WEBBSITE ARE WONDERFUL. JOHN KIEL
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook. I think we
managed to find the right farm from where your ancestors came. Keep in touch.
Melding/Message No: 11 (dato: 18/01-2004; kl.: 04:32)
Namn/Name: Lisa Lipman
Bustad/I live in: Sydney Australia
Message: I just found your webpage as I was searching for my ancestors. I'm Australian but my great grandfather Klaus Bertin Klausen Smordal came from Bergin. He was born in 1882 in Smordal farm Myking and christened in Sandvikskirken. His mother, Anna Jorgensdatter was christened in Fjelberg parish. She was born Anne Jorgensdatter Forde in 1854 in Vikebygd subparish and I'm trying to determine which church exactly it was and I believe she married Berge Klausen from Smordal farm, Myking at the church in Sveio or Fjelberg or Vikebygd. This is what brings me to your webpage as I'm trying to isolate the most probable location of their marriage prior to contacting the church to see the records myself. I'm coming to Norway with my norwegian boyfriend in Feb 2004 (that's very soon now) and I will continue my search while I'm living there and learning norwegian. I will be living in Sandnes so I hope to talk to you later. I welcome emails from anyone if you have any information that can help on my search. I'm really keen to contact distant relations living in Norway and beyond....
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook. It was nice
helping you to find your roots and to meet you as we are related to each other.
Melding/Message No: 10 (dato: 23/12-2003; kl.: 18:18)
Namn/Name: Robert Allan Dommersnes
Bustad/I live in: Kent England
Message: Hi Berit and Steinar, I was born in Vikebygd in 1937 and Christened at the Vikebygd Church, My father Hermann is buried there. I left Vikebygd soon after the war for England. Regrettably I have forgotten how to speak Norwegian. A very good web site. Sincerely yours Robert.
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook
Melding/Message No: 6 (dato: 14/09-2002; kl.: 08:08)
Namn/Name: Richard Gerard Gravrok
Bustad/I live in: near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Message: Hello, I am the son of Robert Vernon Gravrok who is the son of Richard Torvold Gravrok who came from Norway and ended up in Vermillion South Dakota. I am the first child of Robert & Eileen Gravrok. Next came Terese Marie Gravrok ( now Teri Ciucci of Michigan), then Ross Gravrok , and finally Roger Gravrok. My dog Patch is whinning now, time to go for a dog walk. Later. Blessings and PEACE to all everywhere! Rick Gravrok
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook
Melding/Message No: 5 (dato: 21/07-2002; kl.: 00:14)
Namn/Name: Roger Gravrok
Bustad/I live in: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA
Message: Hello, I am writing this on behalf of my husband, Roger. I came across your web page and found familiar names. We are related to Per Skartland and his daughter, "Karen" and in fact have pictures of Per from about 1900 or so, and a wedding picture of Karen and her husband (early 1900's). Just thought it would be fun to let you know. Regards, Peg
SS Comment: Thank you for writing in my guestbook - and for all
contact. Per Skartland lived on the farm next to us. Nice to have a visit
from your relatives from us several times.
******** Mottatt frå Janice Thorson Folkedal Holten (KvindensHjemmet@webtv.net) - 2002.04.21 ********
Hei Steinar og Berit.
Really enjoyed seeing your beloved Church and in the invitation , inviting people to come and join in is so Wonderful. I truly would if I could come and join in the service. It would be Great !
Tommorrow is Sunday and I will be thinking about you and yours all day. Wishing I was there !
Takk Takk . Take care and God bless !
Sincerely fra Janice in the USA.
SS Comment: Thank you for your emails. Maybe we'll meet some day.
******** Mottatt frå Lyle Frerichs (email@example.com) - 2002.03.19 ********
Sorry, I don't know Norwegian. My grandfather, Pedar Alne came to the US and farmed near Bricelyn, Minnesota. I believe his sister married a Gehart Skartland from Frost Minnesota. About half of my grandfather's siblings remain in Norway. I occasionally hear from a 2nd cousin, Inger Alne. A wonderful site you have!
SS Comment: I know Inger, her brother Bjarne and many other people in
this family. Information is passed on to them.
******** Mottatt frå Rosalie Sundin (firstname.lastname@example.org) - 1999.03.20-05.43.08 ********
Hilsen fra Minnesota, USA! I am your distant cousin, related to Johannes Josefsson Orn.
His descendant, Johan(nes) Andrea Johannessen Bomstad was my 3x great grandfather! I look forward to exploring your web page!
******** Mottatt frå Nancy Burns Eddy (email@example.com) - 1999.04.18-19.18.30 ********
Great to see your site and be able to read it in English.
We enjoyed seeing your picture, too.
I'll e-mail you a family photo shortly - it helps u keepin touch!
Are you looking for family or ancestors in the
Vikebygd area / Norway?
Send me an e-mail:
Linker til andre sider / Links to other pages in Vikebygd:
Vikebygd / Vikebygd website
Kyrkjehistorien i Vikebygd gjennom 800 år
Five churches in Vikebygd through 800 years
Speidarane / The Scouts in Vikebygd