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October 26th, 2016 A celebration of life, Marlin Don Bjerregaard

Marlin Don Bjerregaard obituary photo

Marlin Don Bjerregaard, age 79, passed away on October 26th, 2016 at the VA Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Don was born May 27th, 1937 in Ephraim, Utah, to Marlin and Gladys Louise (Petersen) Bjerregaard.

Don loved to fish and was known most for his integrity, kindness and great sense of humor. Don married Gloria Nan Crane of Salina Utah on November 22nd 1958. Don worked for the Air force for 30 years and retired. He then worked an additional 13 years for LeBus before retiring for the last time.

Don was preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Kerr in 1999 and his brother, Russell Bjerregaard in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Gloria of Taylorsville, Utah; sons, George Marlin Bjerregaard and Shon D Bjerregaard; brother, Perry (Ora Mae) Bjerregaard of Sandy, Utah; sisters, LaRane (Elliott) Arnoldson of Moroni, Utah and Eileen Matern of Stockton, Utah; grandson, Aaron Don (Brooke) Bjerregaard; and the apples of his eye, Lylah Sage Seawright and great granddaughter Aubree Bjerregaard.

Services will be held Saturday, November 12th 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the Valley View Funeral Home, 4100 South 4335 West, West Valley City, Utah.




January 17th, 2016 A celebration of life, Edna Bjerregaard

May 2, 1921 ~ Jan. 17, 2016 Mayfield, UT-Our beloved mother, Edna Frandsen Bjerregaard, 94, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016, from cause's incident to age. Born May 2, 1921 to Peter L. and Ida Caroline Larsen Frandsen in Clarion, Utah. She married Sheldon Arthur Bjerregaard November 29, 1937 in Richfield, Utah and later solemnized their marriage in the Manti LDS Temple on March 27, 1952. With her husband, Sheldon, they raised a family of four children in Mayfield, Utah where they spent nearly 69 years together before his passing in 2006.

Hard-working and generous, she loved people, gave freely of her talents and took a genuine interest in everyone she met. As a child, she learned to play the piano by ear, played for school dances as a teenager and used her musical talent to entertain her family, as an accompanist and church organist. Her hands were always busy as she lovingly crocheted beautiful afghans, doilies and snowflakes for family members. Active in church and community affairs, she worked 30 years at the local post office and was Postmaster for 16 years before retiring in 1990. She loved her post office job because it gave her the opportunity to know and interact with almost everyone in town on a daily basis.

She is survived by her four children and spouses: Douglas and Mary Ann (deceased) Bjerregaard, Richard and Sharon Bjerregaard, Marsha and Clair Nielson and Clair Bjerregaard; 14 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren; brother, Allen Frandsen, and sisters, Marian Christensen, Louise Pratt and Ina Midgley. Preceded in death by her parents: Peter L. and Ida Frandsen; husband: Sheldon Arthur Bjerregaard; grandsons: David Bjerregaard and Paul Bjerregaard; great granddaughter: Carly Dyreng; and brothers, Ivan Frandsen and Ray Frandsen.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mayfield Ward Chapel, where friends may call for viewing Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. and prior to the services Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Mayfield Cemetery under the care of the Springer Turner Funeral Home of Richfield and Salina, Utah.




December 21st, 2015 A celebration of life, Mary Ann Yardley Bjerregaard

1942 ~ 2015 Mayfield, UT-Mary Ann Yardley Bjerregaard, 73, passed away at home on December 21, 2015. She was born November 14, 1942, to Thomas R. Yardley and Loa Edwards Yardley. Mary Ann grew up in Christenburg, Utah, on the family farm with seven siblings, Gene, Dorothy, Carol, Arlene, Clair, Elaine, and Diane. On June 1, 1961 she married Doug Bjerregaard in the Manti LDS Temple and they made their home in Mayfield, Utah. Their 53 years of marriage was one great adventure around the world and in Mayfield. Mary Ann was a leader in school, community and church.  

She will be remembered for her kindness, calm demeanor, and peaceful nature. She is survived by her husband Doug Bjerregaard, Mayfield, UT; mother-in-law Edna Bjerregaard, Mayfield, UT; children, John and Sheree Bjerregaard, South Weber, UT; Ann and Jed Dyreng, San Jose, CA; Barbara and Matt Parrott, South Jordan, UT; Karl and Callie Bjerregaard, Sandy, UT; and Lee and Malynda Bjerregaard, Mayfield UT; grandchildren, Stacey, Bryan, and James Bjerregaard; Sarah, Parker, and Thomas Dyreng; Josh, David, and Jack Parrott; Grace, Luke, and Bode Bjerregaard; Halle, Dylan, Sage and Emree Bjerregaard; siblings Gene and Anita Yardley, Christenburg, UT; Dorothy and ErlingGulbansen, Salt Lake City, UT; Carol (deceased) and Ira Malmgren, Grantsville, UT; Arlene and Bruce Bartholomew, Mayfield, UT; Clair (deceased) and Carla Yardley, Mapleton, UT; Elaine (deceased) and Alan Brewer, Salt Lake City, UT; and Diane and Darcy Duce, Newton, Alberta. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, two sisters, and a granddaughter, Carly Dyreng.


November 14th, 2014 A celebration of life, Nola Christensen Bjerregaard

Nola Christensen Bjerregaard Obituary

1930 ~ 2014 Nola Christensen Bjerregaard a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was peacefully reunited with many loved ones on November 10, 2014. Born January 28, 1930 in Moroni, Utah to William and Artena Christensen and raised with five brothers and sisters.Nola met Francis Bjerregard at a dance in Moroni.

They were married February 15, 1947. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They spent 61 years together until Francis' death in 2008. Their union was blessed with nine children: Iris (Wally), Darla, Marilyn (Eldon), Ella Sue, David (Cindy), Joyce (Jay), Karen (Jack), Jenna (Don), Lora (Vern); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Nola was a stay at home mom that not only raised her own large family, but was the first to provide aid and comfort to family, friends and neighbors in need. A lifelong member of the LDS Church, she served in many capacities.

Nola was preceded in death by her husband, daughter Sue, parents and brothers, Esley and Mark. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Bountiful 14th Ward, 1500 South 600 East, where a viewing will be held from 12:00 noon to 1:45 p.m. prior to services - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/deseretnews/obituary.aspx?n=nola-christensen-bjerregaard&pid=173131598#sthash.vHXpNXGa.dpuf


February 15th, 2012 A new family member....

The Best Year..  Ever...  States Grandmother Karen Wendt

The little boy was born 02 15 2012th.... on his father's birthday. The best gift he could ever want. The baby boy weighed 3700 and was 52 inches long ... just perfect

Mikkel Wendt-Larsen and Line Jarlholm was also married at city hall this year, 05 26 2012 and they have to marry again in church 26 02 2012th. Mikkel has also been done with his education - master's thesis at the IT University of Copenhagen.

See the picture of our newest family member below.

Naming normally takes place 2 to 3 months after the birth of the child.  This takes place at a christening ceremony held at the church.  The name is kept secret until such time, and only made known to the immediate/close family. 



Contact information:

Mikkel Wendt-Larsen

Soborg Parkalle 212 St. tv

2860 Soborg Denmark


E-mail: Mikkel@Wendt-Larsen.dk


September 18th, 2011 A celebration of life, Russell L. Bjerregaard

Russell L. Bjerregaard, age 64, passed away September 18, 2011 at his home in Wickenburg. Arizona.  Russell was born October 17, 1946 in Gunnison, Utah to Marlin and Gladys Louise (Petersen) Bjerregaard.

He was raised in the Ephraim and Manti area and attended schools there. Following his schooling he served a mission for his church in Denmark - Sweden. He later served in the Army National Guard and transferred into the U.S. Navy serving on the USS America during the US-Vietnam War serving for 4 years.

Russell married Kathleen Rowley January 16, 1971 in Edmonds, Washington and they were later sealed in the Salt Lake City Temple. He then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during his service he served in Turkey, Germany and Korea, serving a total of 22 ½ years. He worked in civil service at Luke Air Force Base from 1994 until 2009 when he retired for health reasons. Russell was a member of the NCO Club and he was also an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a high priest and had served in various capacities in the church. Russell enjoyed being of service to others. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved camping and hunting & fishing and spending time with family.

Russell was preceded in death by his sister JoAnn Kerr in 1999. He is survived by his wife Kathy of Wickenburg, daughters Katie Smith and Colleen Bjerregaard both of Wickenburg, brothers Marlin Don (Gloria) Bjerregaard of Taylorsville, Ut., Perry (Ora Mae) Bjerregaard of Sandy, Ut., sisters LaRane (Elliott) Arnoldson of Moroni, Ut., Eileen Matern of Taylorsville, Ut., and grandchildren: Michael and Wanda Bjerregaard both of Wickenburg.

Visitation will be Friday, September 23, 2011 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Wickenburg Funeral Home with services on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at the Wickenburg Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 10:00 AM with visitation 1 hour prior to services at the Church. Interment with military honors will be held the Wickenburg Municipal Cemetery.


May 22nd 2010 Randi and Soren Eric get married.

Please help me in congratulating Randi and Soren Eric Byrjalsen for their recent wedding.   They were married in Denmark at the Bislev church on the 22nd of May 2010.

Soren Eric's mother and father Birthe and Soren Byrjalsen are very happy that the new couple have purchased and remodeled a house nearby the farm Bjerregaard. 

Congratulations to the amazing couple..


 January 29th, 2010, A celebration of life, Ralph Matern

Ralph Matern (born August 25th 1923), has passed away today January 29th 2010 due to complications from surgery.

We will miss him more than words can say. He was a devoted Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Poppy, Brother and friend.

He was born August 25, 1923 to Mildred and William Matern. He graduated from West High School. He served in the United States Army Combat Engineers in the Pacific during World War II.

He married the love of his life, Eileen E. Bjerregaard, on January 19, 1951. They had just celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary. He had three daughters; Ellen Wohlgemuth, Debra Braff, and Diana Snow, seven grandchildren; Dave, Chris, Riki, Suzette, Nick, Ryan and Jamey, twelve great-grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren, Brynlee and Kason.

He retired from Chicago Bridge and Iron after 35 years of service. Ralph loved to travel, bowl, play golf, work creative projects for his home and was a "hard to beat" horseshoe player. He was an active member of the American Legion, Post 71.

Ralph is survived by his wife, children and grandchildren, his brothers, Richard, Earl and Roger Matern and their spouses; two sisters, Lorraine Griffiths and Violet Coleman and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.



The day that you left us You didn’t say good-bye.

God called his angel home, There was no time to ask why.


How we cried when you left The pain was felt by all.

Memories now is all we have And your pictures on the wall.


Though I cannot see you, I know that you’re still here.

In my memories you will always live, In my heart you’re always near.


Tears have fallen for you, Some happy and some sad.

A man that I grew up to love, A man I called my Grand-Dad.



Riki Rice


January 6th, 2008, A celebration of life, Randi Lykkegaard Jensen

Randi Lykkegaard Jensen (born Randi Bjerregaard), widow of Svend and mother of Sonja, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday 5th January 2009. Her funeral will be on Friday 9th January at Foulum Church.

Randi was born on 24th October 1917 on the farm at Foulum where she spent all her life until moving into a nursing home in Farsoe in May 2005. Farming was heavy physical work in the days before mechanization, however Randi not only made the home comfortable and looked after the garden, but also made a big contribution to the farm. Music played a major role in her life, and she was organist at Gammel Ullits church from 1940, and later also at Foulum, where she continued to play until 2002. She was awarded the Queen's Medal For Service in 1988 for her work as organist. She always had a positive outlook: when Sonja moved to England after completing her studies, Randi and Svend seized this as an opportunity to travel, rather than seeing it as a source of regret.

Randi had a long and full life, and we will miss her.

Sonja Cole


September 20th, 2008, Mikkel Bjerregaard gets married

Please help me in congratulating Maria and Mikkel Stokholm-Bjerregaard for their recent wedding.   They were married in Denmark at the Saltum church on the 20'th of September 2008.

Mikkel's mother Lene Bjerregaard had broke the news to the American family while visiting Utah for the 2008 International Family Reunion.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple..

See additional Photos on the Family in Denmark Page.


June 19th, 2008, A celebration of life, Aleda Grace Bjerregaard Beckstrom

Aleda Grace Bjerregaard Beckstrom 1919 ~ 2008 Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away Thursday, June 19, 2008 in her home. She was the second daughter of four children born to Allen Eugene and Deveda Bjerregaard. She was born in Ephraim, Utah, August 2, 1919. She later moved to Salt Lake where she met the love of her life, Dell Beckstrom. They were married March 29, 1948. Mom loved her rose garden, she loved to sew and listen to Frank Sinatra. Her greatest times were spent with her family. She loved seeing her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She loved ending her days with Johnny Carson. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Karen Strasrypka of North Salt Lake; and Bonnie LuAnn (Laddie) Bright of West Valley City. She has one surviving sister, Elaine Hyatt of Gunnison. Loving her and missing her are her five grandchildren, Caroline (Brent) Riggan, Hill Air Force Base; Heather Gregory, Salt Lake City; Todd (Lindy) Strasrypka, Bountiful; Melissa Carling, Kearns; and Jeff (Lori) Carling, Tooele. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, the joys of her life, Victoria (Tori) and Alexis (Lexi) Riggan, Hailee, Chase and Issac Strasrypka and Carter Carling.

Mom was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law Barbara and Dean Jensen, her brother Shirley Bjerregaard and her grandson Scott Strasrypka. Funeral Services will be Mon., June 23, 2008 at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 W. 4100 S. A viewing will be held Sun., June 22, 2008 from 5-7 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home, and Mon. 10-11 a.m. prior to Services at 11 a.m., followed by the graveside services at Valley View Memorial Park.


April 21st, 2008, A celebration of life, Francis David Bjerregaard

Francis David Bjerregaard 1921 ~ 2008 Francis David Bjerregaard, born April 11, 1921 in Manti, Utah, passed away at home April 21, 2008, due to cancer.


He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grand-father that loved his family and spent his life in their service. He especially loved the outdoors, and going camping with loved ones. He is veteran of World War II and worked as a mechanic for many years. Survived by his sweetheart of 61 years, Nola Christensen, and children Iris Wood, Darla Corless, Marilyn Campbell, David Bjerregaard, Joyce Bills, Karen Boggs, Jenna Gibb and Lora Hart, 32 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren, and sister Gwen Sanderson.  Preceded in death by parents and siblings Roy, Allan and Shannon, and daughter Sue.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sat., April 26, 2008 at the Bountiful 14th Ward Chapel, 1500 S. 600 E. Friends and family may call Fri. evening from 6-8 p.m. at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main and Sat. morning 9:45-10:45 a.m. at the church prior to services. Interment-Bountiful City Cemetery.




December 27th, 2007, A celebration of life, Svend Lykkegaard Jensen

Svend Lykkegaard Jensen died on 27th December.  The funeral was held at Foulum Church on 3rd January at 1 o'clock.


Sonja writes,

It was a sad Christmas but we are so happy that we were in Denmark to be with my father the last week of his life. He had been getting more and more tired this autumn, and we knew that his kidney function was not good.


Anyway he was exactly 95 years and 6 months - a very good age and he was clear and with it until he peacefully passed away. We woke up to snow on the day of the funeral but the sun nearly came out when we were at the graveside.


The vicar (the same one who preached at the family reunion) gave a very touching address, and the church was full of beautiful flowers. Afterwards we had a gathering at the motel in Hvalpsund and my mother managed it all very well.


Svend Lykkegaard Jensen is survived by his wife Randi Lee Bjerregaard, his daughter Sonja Cole and his son in law Richard Cole.





October 24th, 2007, 90th Birthday Celebration

Happy 90th Birthday to Randi Bjerregaard.  She celebrated with her family Sonja and Richard Cole in Denmark. 




May 5th, 2007 A surprise Wedding

The birthday party for Karen Margrethe was on Saturday 5th May, at Store Binderup Kro, a very old, low-ceilinged, thatched country inn, about 20 minutes drive from Bjerregaarden. There were just over 100 guests. When everyone had arrived, we all took our places at the tables, and stood waiting for Karen Margrethe to make her entrance. The musician started to play Mendelssohn's Wedding March. I was a bit surprised, because in England that is only used at weddings. Oh well, perhaps they use at all sorts of occasions in Denmark. Mind you, a few other people were looking a bit surprised too. Then Karen Margrethe came in, on the arm of Eilif, and carrying a small bouquet of orchids. Suddenly the penny dropped (surely you have a different expression, but you know what I mean) - they had got married. Everyone broke into applause, as they made their way through the room to their places on the top table.

They had not wanted a special wedding party, but it was lovely to have a surprise party like that in conjunction with Karen Margrethe's birthday.

The wedding had been at 2 o'clock in Foulum church. Birthe is on the church council, and she knew there was going to be a wedding. She had asked Troels, the priest (who took last summer's service) who it was who was getting married, and he had said it was a small private wedding, "no-one you know". Birthe went to visit Karen Margrethe and Eilif on Saturday morning, to talk about her birthday present, but KM was at the hairdressers, and KM's children (who were staying there for the "birthday party") were bathing. Birthe though it was a bit funny that they were bathing already at 11 a.m. for a party that didn't start until 5.30 p.m., but said nothing. As Birthe left, she nearly said that she was on her way up to the church to decorate it for a wedding, but didn't say it, and has been wondering ever since what Eilif would have said if she had.

There had been eleven people at the wedding: Karen Margrethe and Eilif, KM's mother, KM's son and daughter and their wife/husband, and four grandchildren.

No-one apart from Eilif and Karen Margrethe and her 2 children (and the vicar) knew about the wedding - not even Karen Margrethe's mother until an hour or so before the wedding. It had been a very well-kept secret, and it had been kept secret for a long time. When we were in Denmark in October KM asked if we would be in Denmark to come to her party in May, so it was obviously (with hindsight) already all planned then.

Richard Cole

Contact information:

Karen Margrethe and Eilif Bjerregaard

Dammergrådsue 340 9640 Farsøe, Denmark


E-mail: eilifb@tiscali.dk 



May 3rd, 2007 A new family member....

Mark and Lindsay Rice had their baby on Thursday. (actually Linz did all the hard work LOL) Anyway here is the info: Brynlee Marie Rice born: May 3, 2007 weight: 6 lbs 9 oz length: 18 inches



Contact information:

Mark and Lindsay Rice

C/O Riki Rice

965 North Poinsettia

Salt Lake City, UT 84116


E-mail: RikiRice@Utah.gov & riki@bjerregaard.us


February 11th, 2007 A new family member....

Birgit and Niels Peter Byrjalsen has given birth to their 3rd child.  Their new son was born Sunday, February 11th 2007  at 11:08pm. The proud father Peter Niels said that he is a lovely and nice little boy at 55 cm (21.65 inches) and 3918 gram (8.64 lbs).

The birth went very well and both Birgit and son are fine.  Their  two other children Stine and Jacob like him very much.

See the picture of our newest family member below.

Naming normally takes place 2 to 3 months after the birth of the child.  This takes place at a christening ceremony held at the church.  The name is kept secret until such time, and only made known to the immediate/close family. 


Contact information:

Niels Peter Byrjalsen & Birgit Byrjalsen

Ullitshøjvej 43

9640 Farsø, Denmark


E-mail: bns.byrjalsen@get2net.dk


October 23rd, 2006 A new family member....


Karin and Christian are celebrating the birth of their daughter Lærke. Born at  2:54am, Monday morning October 23rd to be exact.  She is 3050 grams (6.72lbs) - and 50 cm (19.69 inches). 

Karin and Baby are both doing great!!

Christian told me that the baby was born a bit too early, and she had a hard birth, so she was tired afterwards. Right after the delivery it was all quite hectic because a lot of doctors, midwifes and nurses we're in to check on her.

But everything is fine. She is in fine health - and everything is going just like it should.  So they are a couple of happy parents. 

He sent a small picture of his little princess, as he put it.  She still has a probe down into her stomach, where she receives some of her food. 

Naming normally takes place 2 to 3 months after the birth of the child.  This takes place at a christening ceremony held at the church.  The name is kept secret until such time, and only made known to the immediate/close family.    Her name is Lærke.  The name originates from the name of a bird - in English it is called lark - and as you know it sings very beautifully.


Contact information:

Christian Byrjalsen & Karin Larsen

Sønderskovvej 196, Gåser

9362 Gandrup, Denmark


Christian's E-mail: christian@byrjalsen.dk

Karin's E-mail: Larsen_byrjalsen@mail1.stofanet.dk 


September 12th, 2006,  A new Bjerregaard website debut's


Karen Wendt creates a Bjerregaard website in Danish.  Please check it out, she has found some photos that I have never seen before.  Just click on the Bjerregaardsslaegten icon to access the link.  Thanks Karen.


July 4th, 2006,  Visit to Denmark


Birthe and Søren Byrjalsen have hosted the 200 year anniversary of the farm "Bjerregaard" and the 200 year reunion of 3-4 branches of the Niels Nielsen families.  


Special thanks to Inger Marie Liingaard, Eilif Bjerregaard, Karen Margrethe Ebbe together with Birthe and Søren Byrjalsen of course.  They really out did themselves for the celebration.  They worked day and night to make sure that everything was perfect.  (It is a good thing that the sun rises around 3:00am and rests around 11:30pm this time of year in Denmark. LOL)


The event started with an incredible church service in the Foulum church that Anders and Bodil were married in and most of our ancestors from the farm "Bjerregaard" are buried in the yard.  Quite a beautiful place.  The local newspaper came and took a picture of all family that attended the event.  See  Newspaper Article


After this event we all caravanned a little ways up the road to "Bjerregaard", where they had specially prepared half of the large barn for a full served sit down lunch for 100 special family members.  Here we had many toasts, to our hosts and those involved in the preparation.  Christian Byrjalsen was our official "Toast Master", this person coordinates the many toast and many songs that we sung. (I love this tradition)  I even had a toast to me for this website and was presented a framed copy of the signature of Niels Nielsen from Helle Nielsen.  I was so touched by this, they will never know how much...


After the Lunch, we all ventured to the yard to have a family photo taken.  You can see a copy of this photo on the "Photos" page.  Søren had prepared a huge riser for the photograph just in front of the farms main building.  Imagine how hard it was to get everyone in this photo.     


Thanks to all those who helped with the event such as Richard and Sonja Cole. 


I could keep going about everything that they did for us, such as a visit to a museum of the ancient tribes of the area. (Some of the oldest in the world) This is when Eilif Bjerregaard and Karen Margrethe Ebbe, gave us a poster from here and told us that we needed to award this to the person that speaks the most Danish by the time we leave.  One to the Utah Bjerregaard's and one to the Missouri/Virginia Byergo's.  Congratulations to Rinda Thompson on the Utah side.  Stayed tuned for the Byergo winner.


We were shown around the Byrjalsen dairy farm.  Now this was quite a work of art.  Most everything was automated.  (Yes...  We did check the little box on the "Return to US" slip that asked if we had visited a farm or were within a close proximity to cattle)  LOL


They took us to the Worlds largest 4th of July party held outside of the US.  A place called Rebild.  See the "Photos" page and the "200 year reunion" page for photos.  We had VIP tickets and had lunch in a huge tent.  We were able to listen to the Princess of Denmark talking about our two countries and how we have a special bond.  We were able to see the "Mormon Monument".  See the "Danish Mormon" page, located in the "Stories"


We just cannot mention everything, and we certainly cannot thank our family enough.  "We Love you"

June 19th, 2005,  Visit from Denmark


Shon, We had a phone call from Poul, Birthe's Byrialsen cousin a few weeks back.  He works for a Danish shipping company and will be in Norfolk, Va. June 19th.  We invited him for a visit during this trip and he accepted.  We would also like to invite you and your partner to visit us at that time.  We do not have the exact dates but will confirm that with Poul as his plans are finalized.     Keith & Mary Margaret Byergo


I went to Warrenton VA and met with Keith & Mary Margaret Byergo, Poul Bjerregaard, Barbara, David and Megan White, Elaine Byergo / John Burghardt and Keith Burghardt and Laura Byergo.  I was surprised at how comfortable I was with each of them and how certain family traits and mannerisms transcend through all family lines.


Please see the Photos page under "VA Meeting 2005"

August 2nd,  2004,   HC Andersen and the Queen.

bulletI was very exited, or how should I put it, to find the news about the sad fate of Ane Cathrine Nielsdatter Bjerregaard, who was beheaded for the arson of Hobro in 1813. Ane Cathrine was the sister to Niels Nielsen, one of my wife Karens ancestors. Niels is mentioned in the book as a younger brother, in fact he was two years older.

The real Niels also had a unusual life. Twice he was the father to illegitimate children, the first in 1813, the same period as Ane Cathrine performed her deed. The second time in 1820, this time he married the young mother, half a year after the birth of Niels Christian. This son was the father to Andreas Bjerggaard, Karens GGrandfather (my wife). When Andreas was baptized, Eleonora Nielsdatter from Bjerregaard in Fovlum carried him.

Then I tried to see if I could assist you some more on your ancestors, especially Anna Marie Schwalbe 1851 - 1939. And I was lucky: I found the family in the 1855 census i Nyborg Landsogn. See the appended file. The parents were (some of the dates were found on www.familysearch.com. Væver (weaver) Christian Fred. Schwalbe,f.9 Sep 1811,d.16 Feb 1868 and Ane Sophie Haugsted, b.24 Mar 1811,d.1897

This made me look twice, as the name Haugsted is not very common here, and the name of my boss at work. The matters had to be examined deeper. And I found a connection: Ane Sopie was the daughter to Andreas Haugsted, b.1773 and Gjertrud Nielsdatter. Andreas was a son to Anders Haugsted, b.8 Feb 1739 and Anne Marie Borch. Anders Haugsted, a brændevinsbrænder (destiller) in Odense was married twice, the first time to Anne Marie Borch, they had nine children.

The second marriage was to Helena Rhoed, they had four children. The younger was Jørgen Haugsted, b. 1804, a carpenter in Odense. Jørgen Haugsted is the GGGrandfather to my boss, Bent Haugsted. If you search the net for the name Haugsted, you will probably find his sister, Ida Haugsted, who has written a number of books. On the page Here you will find a picture of your relative Ida Haugsted informing the Danish Queen Margrethe (the Queen is the taller) about the historic Frederiksberg Railway Station.

Jørgen Haugsted had a schoolmate in Odense by the name Hans Christian Andersen. Yes, the writer. Although he did not remember it in 1867. You will find it mentioned in H.C. Andersen's diary: Click here A nephew to Andreas Haugsted was confirmed together with the writer, Click here

HC Andersen tells in a book - Click here - that his mother got a marriage proposal from a wealthy distiller, where she had been serving, but she declined. This distiller could very well have been Anders Haugsted, who at that time was a widower with nine children.

Your relatives in Denmark certainly met some important and famous Danes!

By the way, you will find another relative here: Click here . I have mailed her, but have yet to receive a reply.

Best regards from

Bjarne in Copenhagen.

April 19th,  2004,   Sonja Cole in the UK writes.

bulletI am Sonja Bjerregaard Lykkegaard Cole, nee Jensen, and through my maternal grandparents I am related to both Thomas Thomsen and Niels Nielsen. I was born on November 1947, and on November 1973, I married an Englishman, Richard George Cole, in Foulum Church and have lived in England for 34 years. We visit Denmark about four times a year.

My mother, Randi Bjerregaard, was the only daughter of Søren Bjerregaard (brother to Morten Bjerregaard) and Stine Jensen who were cousins. I was very surprised to see a picture of my grandmother, Stine, and her parents and brothers and sisters when I clicked on Genealogy. However, she and her sister Karen have been confused. It is my grandmother sitting on the right hand side of the picture. My grandmother's great grandparents were Thomas Thomsen and Kirsten Mogensdatter. Incidentally, I have the names and most of the dates another three generations back for Thomas Thomsen. My grandparents had a neighboring farm to Bjerregaarden where my parents still live.

There is also a photo of my grandfather Søren Bjerregaard in Historic DK Photos, and the previous photo show his younger brother and sister Niels and Kristine Bjerregaard.

My grandmother's brother Lars Sigvard did a lot of research of the family back in the sixties and my mother lent me all the details and the family tree which my husband and I have studied upon our return to the UK, and I think that two relationships which I cannot find any mention of anywhere on your site (Sorry, if I have missed them!) are worth mentioning.

1. Anders Nielsen's sister Eleonora Nielsdatter was married to Morten Thomsen who was a brother to Bodil Kirstine Thomasdatter, the wife of Anders Nielsen. (That is probably the reason why Bjerregaarden went to the youngest sister).

2. Bodil Marie Thomasdatter, sister of Morten Thomsen and Bodil Kirstine Thomasdatter, was the mother of Christian Frederik Jensen and consequently he was a cousin to his wife Kirsten Mortensdatter, daughter of Morten Thomsen and Eleonora Nielsdatter.

As a child I spent many happy hours playing with Birthe and her sister at Bjerregaarden, and as a married couple Richard and I enjoyed the hospitality of Elly and Gustav every time we visited Denmark, and I was so happy when Birthe and Søren moved into Bjerregaarden so we could continue the tradition of visiting Bjerregaarden.

In my childhood it was a tradition that each year we went to Rebild on 4th July, and I shall look forward to going again in 2006.

Sonja Cole

February 23rd 2004,   Family farm is celebrating 200 years.

bulletMy name is Birthe Bjerregaard Byrjalsen. My mothers name was Elly Bjerregaard and my fathers name was Gustav Haldrup Nielsen. I was born and raised on the farm “Bjerregaard” together with my sister Inger Marie.

I was born on 17th of July 1946. I was married to Søren Byrjalsen in the church of Foulum on 7th of May 1971. I moved to the farm in Søkbæk (6 kilometers from Bjerregaard) where Søren was born.

We have 3 sons: Niels Peter was born on the 1st of December 1972, Christian was born on 29th of December 1975 and Søren Erik was born on 12th 1982.

We bought “Bjerregaard” in 1988 and my parents continued living on “Bjerregaard”

My mother died on the 2nd of March 1996 and my father died on 10th of July 1998.

Our oldest son Niels Peter was married to Birgit Larsen on the 22nd of August 1998 and they have two children. In the year 1999 Niels Peter and Birgit bought half of the farm in Søkbæk and are living on that farm today. At the same time Søren and I moved to Foulum and are now living on “Bjerregaard” where I am the 7th owner of the farm in our family.

My sister Inger Marie was born on 7th of March 1950. She was married to Arne Liingaard in the church of Foulum on 8th of January 1972. She has two sons, the twins Anders and Morten, whom are born on 23rd of November 1974. Arne Liingaard died of cancer on 5th of February 1988.

The history of Bjerregaard as I know:

1. The first owner was Niels Nielsen Bjerregaard. I presume the farm got its name “Bjerregaard” from him. He bought the farm in 1804 and he was married to Ane Margrethe Pedersdatter and she died on 30th of April 1810. Niels Nielsen Bjerregaard was married twice. His last wife was Else Nielsdatter.

2. 1843: The next owner was their oldest son Anders Nielsen Bjerregaard born on 25th January 1814. He was married to Bodil Kirstine Thomasdatter. They emigrated together with their 3 children in 1857 to the USA.

3. 1857: The youngest daughter of Niels Nielsen Bjerregaard took possession of the farm. Her name was Eleonora Nielsdatter and she was born on 28th of June 1825. She was married to Morten Thomsen.

4. 1880: The next owner was Christian Frederik Jensen and he was married to Kirsten Mortensdatter. She was the daughter of Morten Thomsen and Eleonora Nielsdatter.

5. 1901: Their son (my grandfather) Morten Jensen Bjerregaard, born on 27th of November 1881. He was married to Mette Marie Pedersen Poulsen. She was born on 22nd 1881. They had two daughters: Elly Bjerregaard, who was born on 10th of May 1912 and Metha Bjerregaard, who was born on 16th of April 1917.

6. 1951: In this year my mother and my father, Gustav Haldrup Nielsen, bought “Bjerregaard”. My father was born on 15th of November 1915. They were married on 6th of November 1941.

7. 1988: Søren and I bought “Bjerregaard” and are still living here.

In the year 1965 Mary Margret, Keith Byergo and their children Elaine, Barbara and Laura paid my parents and my grand father a visit. It was a great experience, especially to my grand father. He has been working with genealogy in several years. Today it is of great assistant to us during our work with genealogy.

Just this year the farm “Bjerregaard” has been owned by the family for 200 years. This year we have considered to arrange a jubilee celebration for the whole family, but after seeing your web-page we understand that you might visit Denmark in the year 2006. Perhaps it is better if we then try to arrange the celebration for the family instead of this year. In the mean time we will try to find family members in Denmark.

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Birthe Bjerregaard Byrjalsen



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Above is a picture of his fathers birthday party at one of the buildings on the family farm. Notice the name above the door. 

Metha Bjerregaard (sister of Elly Bjerregaard - sits 2nd from the right), Birthe Bjerregaard (my mother, daughter of Elly Bjerregaard, she's one behind the bottle :)) and Poul Bjerregaard (son of Meta Bjerregaard, he's sitting next to my mother behind my brother).

February 18th,  2003,   Anthony Byergo gives us the final link.

bulletAnthony Byergo writes in and tells us the missing link for Scotts family and his own.  The only person that we were missing was Emmet Byergo, the son of Enoch.  Emmet was Anthony's grandfather and Scott's great grandfather.  Although each had different great grandmothers.  Emmet's first wife's name was Bertha, which is Scott's great grandmother.  Emmet's second wife was Madalyn, and is Anthony's grandmother.  Thank you to Anthony to finishing up the tree.


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