On one of my earlier posts from Norway, I told you about my visit to the Methodist church, in Fredrikstad, where I met with an historian who showed me the church's death records (most online records are from the Lutheran church and a few dissenter congregations). For the first time I saw that my ggg-grandfather Samuel Andreasen had died on the 3rd of June, 1875, by "drowning at sea." I thought perhaps this meant he was buried at sea. I was hoping a visit to the Statsarkivene would give me more detail. Unfortunately, seaman and military records are not available online, and you have to go in person, or try requesting the information by mail or email.
The "Sjøfartshovedrulle" is the most valuable record to look for, as the personal history and career of the sailors were recorded on this register. You will find the name, residence, date of birth (and death), date of sailors patent issue, and the dates of advancement in rank. The records will also tell you what ship your ancestor was on, his destinations etc... For good information on the seaman registers, click here.
|Microfilm readers at the Statsarkivene in Oslo|
|His name was spelled in Swedish -- Samuel Andreasson. Unfortunately,|
the micorfilm printer was not available, and I had to take a picture of the
screen with my camera.
|Laila, me, and Liv at the Statsarkivene in Oslo|
Later that day, my uncle invited us to sail on his sailboat. Strange, but this seemed rather fitting on this day. So my son, me, and my father set out to meet my uncle and his significant other at their boat. It was a surprisingly gorgeous evening after a bit of rain in the afternoon. The water was beautiful; the view was extraordinary. What a wonderful way to spend the evening. We found a spot to anchor for a while and have some coffee and dessert. On this evening, being out at sea was in my blood. My ancestors had taken to the seas and at least one had died there... who knows how many there are I will never know about, because I'm guessing some of those pesky Vikings who traveled the world were related to me.
|My son and uncle's dog sailing. Scenes on the fjord below.|
Thanks for tuning in. My last few days in Norway will be posted in the next couple of days.