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Re: Soren Peterson of Waushara County, WI
Posted by: J Christiansen (ID *****5526) Date: July 08, 2012 at 11:08:46
In Reply to: Soren Peterson of Waushara County, WI by Vincent Barker of 1100

Hi - looked for Søren Pedersen/Petersen in the emigration lists from Denmark. Used the site Danish Demographic Database ( Did not find him in 1863, 1864, 1865. Many immigrants do not appear on that list.

I also looked for him on Danish Demographic Database searching the census records. It's slow going and I think maybe you might want to learn how to do it so you can continue what I did?

Another database to search is The Danish Archives Online (AO)

Also at Danish Demographic Database I searched 1840 census for S%ren Pe%ers. The % is a wildcard, so this allows for various ways of including the ø in Søren, for the spellings PeTersen and PeDersen, and for both the -sen and -son endings (although in Denmark it would almost always be -sen). I neglected to allow for a middle name (if he appeared as Søren Vilhelm Pedersen I'd have missed him). One chooses a range of ages in 1840, and I chose age 1-9. In 1840 I would be able to find both boys (Søren and brother Anders). There are a bazillion Søren Pedersens of about the right age but not very many with a brother Anders of about the right age difference. (The larger the number of connections, the fewer the people who are going to meet the criteria).

For the above I used the Advanced Search optiohn

A couple of possibilities turned up and I posted below, and I can't continue the search right now but hope perhaps you will.

Ribe, Skast, Faaborg, Aggerbek Bye [Agerbæk], , En Gaard, 5, FT-1840
Peder Jensen 38 Gift Gaardmand
Sindel Marie Sørensdatter 32 Gift Hans Kone
Jens Pedersen 9 Ugift Deres Børn
Søren Pedersen 7 Ugift Deres Børn
Johanne Kjerstine Pedersen 5 Ugift Deres Børn
Mette Pedersen 3 Ugift Deres Børn
Anders Pedersen 1 Ugift Deres Børn
Johanne Mogensdatter 28 Ugift Deres Tjenestepige (servant girl)

Randers, Galten, Vissing, Vissing Bye, , en Gaard, 30, FT-1840
Peder Andersen Smed 33 Gift Gaardmand
Ane Marie Sørensdatter 37 Gift Kone
Rasmus Sørensen 8 Ugift Barn
Søren Christjan Sørensen 7 Ugift Barn
Søren Pedersen 6 Ugift Barn
Anders Pedersen 2 Ugift Barn
Ane Kirstine Pedersdatter 1 Ugift Barn
Niels Nielsen 25 Ugift Tjenestekarl (servant man)
Caroline Rasmusdatter 19 Ugift Tjenestepige (servant girl)

Once you have narrowed down the candidates in some way - the forum will be better able to help you. There is also help at a site called Slaegt og Data DIS-Danmark "Find Your Relatives in Denmark."

Another way to narrow the candidates is to identify more siblings; a more specific bith date for anybody/everybody; to share the names of the children (Danes named their first born after the father's father and father's mother, then after the mother's father and mother, although this was not law and was varied). Would be good if you can dredge up more information in county genealogical societies, the Danish Lutheran Churches in the area, etc. but I am assuming you've tried all that. People who want to help you will ask questions such as "Do you have his death certificate? marriage certificate? Are his parents' names listed there?" Be prepared for these questions by including the answers in your original post if you post again.

If you do search on your own in the Danish records, do not be surprised by turning up a family in which the father is not named Petersen. Likely the name of Anders's
and Soren's father is Peter/Peder with some other patronymic last name. Probably you know this.

Another way to search is via FAMILY SEARCH, and you are probably familiar with that, so I did not try it. is the best US database and may be available at your local library. (Probably is available to you there)

My Danish Roots can help you search in Denmark:

Okay, I did not turn up Soren immigrating but here is a candidate for Anders immigrating, below. There are quite a few more Anders Petersens on the emigration list of the right age immigrating at the right time. I chose this one arbitrarily because he says he's going to Berlin, Wisconsin. But immigrants who state they are going to "New York" or "America" could also be headed ultimately for Wisconsin.

Navn: Petersen, Anders
Stilling: Landmand
Alder: 29
Bestemmelsessted: Berlin, Wisconsin
Kontrakt nr.: 199100 Forevisningsdato: 4/14/1869
Sidste oph.sogn: Sonnerup
Sidste oph. amt: København
Sidste oph.sted: Sonnerup pr. Roskilde
Bestemmelses land: USA
Bestemmelses by: Berlin Bestemmelses stat: Wisconsin
Skibsnavn: Indirekte IDkode: I6969P1516

Again, he's only one candidate. The trick is to find pieces that "fit" together. I didn't find this Anders in the census - I tried, so I could see if he had a brother Soren of the right age.

So...that's it for now.

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