Tora Hansdatter Skjerdal

Brief Life History of Tora Hansdatter

When Tora Hansdatter Skjerdal was born on 11 November 1798, in Skjerdal, Aurland, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, her father, Hans Olsen, was 28 and her mother, Ragnhild Johnsdatter Hylland, was 21. She had at least 6 sons and 4 daughters with Niels Olsen Vinjum. She died in 1856, in Norway, at the age of 58.

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Niels Olsen Vinjum
Tora Hansdatter Skjerdal
Ole Nilsen Vinjum
Hans Nilsen Vinjum
Kari Nilsdatter Vinjum
Ingeborg Nilsdatter Vinjum
Knut Nilsen Vinjum
Guri Nilsdatter Vinjum
Nils Nilsen Vinjum
Ragnhild Nilsdatter Vinjum
Erik Nilsen Vinjum
Kristen Nilsen Vinjum

Sources (19)

  • Thora Hansdatter, "Norway Church Books, 1815-1930"
  • Thora Hansdatt:, "Norway Church Books, 1815-1930"
  • Thora Hansdatt:, "Norway Church Books, 1815-1930"

World Events (8)

1801 · 1801 Norwegian Census

It listed all family members living on each farm. Also those living in the cities.

1810 · Vaccinations

Royal order issued by the King of Norway and Denmark in 1810 required everyone to have a certificate of smallpox vaccination. This was also recorded in the Church records. 33

1814 · Syttende Mai (17th May)

Constitution declared Norway to be an independent kingdom to avoid being ceded to Sweden from Denmark. Celebrated by Norwegians & Norwegian-Americans on May 17th each year.

Name Meaning

Probably a respelling of Laura , that coincides in form with the German spelling of the same name and also with the medieval English given name.

Dictionary of First Names © Patrick Hanks and Flavia Hodges 1990, 2003, 2006.

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