Bjarne finds the
connection between our families, or shall we say "Welcome to
Today I was at the archives and tried
to solve the puzzle. In stead of writing it all in text, I
have attached a drawing, showing the relation between my wife
and you. I have not found full proof of all relations, but the
indications are strong.
As I mentioned in a previous mail,
Maren Simonsdatter had an illegitimate child Niels Christian
Nielsen in 1820 in Fovlum, the father not mentioned. Niels
Nielsen Birgaard was a witness at the christening. Today I
found out that half a year later Maren was married to the son
of Niels Nielsen Birgaard, also named Niels Nielsen. This guy
some years before had an illegimate child, as shown on my
drawing. But this time he married the mother. I don't know yet
what happened to the couple later on.
When Andreas Nielsen Bjerregaard in
1856 was christened, Eleonora Nielsdatter, from Bjerregaard in
Foulum, was a witness, this also indicating a family relation.
Furthermore I have discovered (I
believe) where Niels Niels Birgaard was born: In Aarestrup, 20
miles east of Foulum. A part of that village still bears the
name Bjerregaarde, and did even back in 1519. Aarestrup is
only three miles from Rebild Bakker, that might be familiar to
you. If not, I can tell you that it is a national park where
the Danish American Society every year has a festival on 4
July. See a tourist brochure:
Shon, I would very much like a copy of
what information you have received from the Historical Society
in Foulum on the Bjerregaard farm, since we have a Bjerggaard-family
reunion in two weeks, and I promised to present my
genealogical findings. Could you possibly scan a copy for me,
as I understand you received snail mail from the archive in
Foulum. Also I would like to mention you and your homepage.
Bjarne Damsgaard Nordvad 47 DK-2860
ps. If you would like to see my family
tree, look at:
Almost all of my ancestors lived northwest of Foulum, on the
island Mors and in Thy, west of Mors.
(Click on picture
square to veiw)
Bjarne still sees the
connection between our families, and updates us on the danish
translation of Dansk Slaegtsgaardsforening is Danish
Association of Family Farms. See
, there is a single page
in the English language. To become a member you have to prove
that the family for at least three generations have been
owners of the farm.
The document 'Farm Doc 2.jpg' is the approval (Godkendt 31.
august 1957) by the association. This document lists the
succession of related owners of Bjerregaard in Fovlum as well
as spouses and their parents. E.g. it reads for Anders Nielsen
(Bjerregaard): 'Born in Fovlum 25/1 1814, son to Niels Nielsen
(Bjerregaard) and Else Nielsdatter, [he] received from the
mother, against 400 dollars [yes, the currency in those days
were called Rigsbanksdaler or State Bank Dollars, the name was
adopted by your country] and life pension 22/11 1844,
admission (1/12 1844) to the farm, became a mormon and
emigrated 1857 with his family to Utah in USA. Married 13/12
1839 in Fovlum to Bodil Kirstine Thomasdatter, born in
Stistrup, Fovlum parish, 8/10 1817, daughter to Thomas Thomsen
and Kiersten Motensdatter'.
Farm Doc 1.jpg is the census data from Bjerregaard. Two
times before 1834 (in 1801 and 1787) the census records must
have shown names not blood related to the ones mentioned in
the document. The hand written documents are data given by
the applicant before membership was approved.
Farm Doc 5.jpg is a specification of who in 1957 owned the
land that was the original Bjerregaard, as well as the value
and size of each piece of land. The two forms are the same
data once again, apparently split up into two separate farms.
If you compare to the maps I sent you in my first mail, you
will now find two adjacent farms. It seems that two farms,
before they were taken over by the inhabitants, before app.
1800, was owned by two estates, Gunderupgaard and Bjørnsholm.
I am still convinced that you and my wife are related. I
tried to find out where the old Niels Nielsen Bjerrgaard came
from. I first thought that he was the son to Niels Pedersen
Bjerregaard and Anne Nielsdatter in Aarestrup parish, born 26
Oct . 1762.
But the documents you sent me indicate that he was the son
to Niels Sørensen Bjerregaard and Anne Nielsdatter in Tandrup,
Strandby parish, christened 16 May 1762.
Since then, I have found the latter birth in Tandrup at the
archive, as well as his marriage to his first wife, Magrethe
Pedersdatter 30 oct 1790 in Bjørnsholm parish. The ancestors
of Niels Nielsen Bjerregaard on the hand written table I have
sent you earlier, are not the correct ones.
I have received three e-mails
through the website from Bjarne in Denmark.
My wifes name is Karen Bjerggaard, she
is a descendant of a Niels Christian Nielsen, born in 1820 in
Fovlum, Aalborg county. His mother was unmarried, I have not
found his fathers name. But I believe his mother stayed at the
farm Bjerregaard at the time, since the only male witness to
his christening was Niels Birgaard of Foulum. Niels Christian
Nielsen had a son named Andreas Nielsen Bjerregaard, he might
have his last name from Niels Birgaard of Foulum.
So you and my wife are probably not
related by blood, only by name.
I managed to find a past and a present
map of Fovlum, showing the farm Bjerregaard on one of the
I you want to try for yourself, go to
www.kms.dk , select 'Mest til fritid', 'Danmark før og nu',
then pressing 'Danmark før og nu'.
Sometimes this site is closed, once
you get it right, navigating this page is extremly tedious,
since I have found the search facilities not functioning. You
have to click the Denmark map, and then navigate in the zoom
image. You got to have a good map next to you to find a