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September 17th 2006, Danish church records now
|I've just received these document's from
Helle Nielsen in Denmark. They are now available
online giving us incredible access to verify dates in our
genealogy. Thank you again Helle.
2004, Very old
|I've just received this document from John Stistrup in
Denmark. He is a descendant from Thomas Thomsen as well as
The document is a sort of a speech that was held at
funerals. normally they were printed in some numbers and you
could buy them, sometimes they were printed in the
Thomas Thomsen was Bodil Kristine Thomsdatter's father.
The document which John Stistrup has in original is from
1866. It's very rare to have documents that old.
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image to enlarge translation
2003, We are from a
place in Denmark near Aalborg.
Would you like to see Aalborg Denmark right
now? Right this very second? If so, click the link below
to see a live video feed. You can move the camera and view
the area if you choose to. Just click on the picture to
move the camera, and remember, this is live.
Live Video feed
2003, Helle tells me
that Anders, Bodil and family attended a famous church.
|Before converting to Mormon's, Anders
and Family originally attended a famous church in Fovlum,
Denmark. It is the first church of its type "Roman" to be
built in the country. It was built about 1165.
|Helle informed me that this church is
made of marble and granite stone blocks. They have one
strange stone that looks like a checker board. They are not
sure why but it adds to the fame. Helle actually e-mailed
the picture below.|
2003, We have the
portion of the Westmoreland passenger list that shows Anders,
Bodil and family.
|Rod Sorensen is a descendant of the
Sorensen's that crossed the Atlantic with the Bjerregaard's.
He had a copy of the passenger list for the ship
Westmoreland. He was kind enough to scan it for me.
How strange to think, I bet that our
families couldn't have imagined that their descendants after
5 generations would be in contact 146 years after there trip.
31st, 2002, Helle
Nielson found Anders and Bodil's traveling information. Is
she the best or what? Thank you Helle, for all that you have
|Helle has found a very interesting
site, where you can read about the travel information from
Denmark to US in 1857. She has found the ships that Bodil
and Anders sailed on. They sailed from Copenhagen on April
18th1857, to Grimsby, England on the ship named L.N.Hvidt
with 536 passengers (Mormons). They then took the rail to
Liverpool, England where they boarded the ship Westmoreland
with 540 passengers (Mormons). After 36 days, the
Westmoreland arrived in Philadelphia May 5th 1857. There
they took a train for 8 days to Iowa City, Iowa. In Iowa
they received their wagons and oxen, and headed for the
promise land. The family and their fellow travelers arrived
in Salt Lake City September 9th 1857. |
You can see the ship, the train, wagon
route and many stories on the Sorensen site, that Helle
graciously attached. Sorensen Family History Organization
(Click here or on picture below)
The artist that painted
the above painting is a well known Danish / Utah artist
named Carl Christian Anton Christensen (1832-1912) Ephraim
Utah. He actually worked as a steward on the Westmoreland
and must have served Anders and Bodil.
For more information
about this artist and his work please click on the below
Gospel Art Gallery
Brigham Young University Museum of Art
22nd, 2002, Bjarne
shows us the relationship with the two branches of the family
that were discovered recently.
on the above picture)
13th, 2002, The
Bjerregaard family farm still in family hands today.
I have written to the historical society in
Fovlum, Denmark. Through the mail they sent me information
about the Bjerregaard farm. I actually have a poor picture
of the actual building on the farm, see below. I also have
the ownership information from Niels Nielsen to Present.
After Anders left for America, it shows that Anders younger
sister, Eleonora Nielsdatter and her husband, Morten Thomsen
took ownership. Next would be their daughter, Kirsten
Mortensen and her husband, Kristian Frederik Jensen. Then
their son, Morton Jenson Bjerregaard and his wife, took
over. Followed by their daughter, Elly L. Bjerregaard and
her husband, Gustof Kaldrup Nielson took ownership. Today
the farm is owned by their daughter Birthe Bjerregaard
Byrjalsen and her husband Søren Byrjalsen. I am proud to
say that the Bjerregaard family farm is still in family
hands. Funny, If I were to be born in the 1900's in
Denmark, my name would be "Shon Donson". Write to me if you
would like a hard copy of this information at
(Click on Picture to view farm)
2002, Would you like to see where we are
I have found that Anders Nielson Bjerregaard
is son of Niels Nielsen. Anders Nelson Bjerregaard is the
one that added the name Bjerregaard. He most
likely changed his name to the name of the farm where he was
born. He later named his own farm Bjergegård (Meaning: Mountain
Farm) and is located in Fovlum, Denmark. Of course to spell
it in English, you must have the double "a's".
Matrikelnr: 9a By: Fovlum
Bemærkninger: Dansk Slægtsgaardsforenings