Birte Olsen

1 January 1830–
Nes, Hedmark, Norway

The Life of Birte

When Birte Olsen was born on 1 January 1830, her father, Ole Jørgensen, was 41 and her mother, Lisbet Jensdatter, was 36. She lived in Nes, Hedmark, Norway in 1830.

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Family Time Line

Ole Jørgensen
1789–
Lisbet Jensdatter
1793–
Johannes Olsen
1816–
Jens Olsen
1819–1882
Anders Olsen
1823–1885
Birte Olsen
1830–
Ole Olsen
1835–

Parents and Siblings

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World Events (8)

1832 · Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

Age 2

"Birth year of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson. Norwegian writer who received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote the lyrics to the Norwegian national anthem ""Ja, vi elsker."""
1834 · Fox River Settlement

Age 4

Fox River Settlement in Illinois begun in 1834. It was the first permanent Norwegian-American immigrant settlement in the Midwest.
1862 · Homestead Act

Age 32

Homestead Act was passed in the U.S. which made land available for free upon meeting certain conditions. Many Norwegian-Americans acquired land through this process.

Name Meaning

1 Danish and Norwegian: patronymic from the personal name Olaf, Olav (Old Norse Óláfr, Ólafr, variant Óleifr, earlier Anleifr, from proto-Scandinavian elements meaning ‘ancestor’ + ‘heir’, ‘descendant’). Olaf has always been one of the most common Scandinavian names; it continued to be popular in the Middle Ages, in part as a result of the fame of St. Olaf, King of Norway, who brought Christianity to his country c.1030 . This surname, the second most common in Norway, is also established in England, notably in the Newcastle upon Tyne area.2 German (Ölsen): habitational name from any of several places so named, in Saxony, Brandenburg, and the Rhineland.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (2)

  • Birte Olsen, "Norway Baptisms, 1634-1927"
  • Birte Olsen, "Norway, Baptisms, 1634-1927"

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