Looking for the parents of Nels Petersen and Karen Petersen.

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Looking for family of my grandparents Nels Petersen born 1843 in Denmark. died 1914 in Nebraska. His wife Karen was also born in Denmark. Their daughter was my great grandmother Mary Petersen born 1887 Nebraska and died 1970. Thanks.
WikiTree profile: Neils Petersen
in Genealogy Help by Troy Schon G2G1 (1.3k points)
edited by Troy Schon
It would be helpful to prove you are related to Mary Petersen by providing a source(s) for her profile which is presently unsourced before looking for information for a previous generation.
I'm not sure why you say they were born in the Nederlands?

Petersen is a very typical Danish name and on both profiles they are listed as born in Denmark.
Yes that's correct, Denmark not Netherlands.
His birthplace Ribe is a Danish city, but it is also the name of a county. I have looked in the church records for this city for a birth on Feb. 11, 1843, but did not find him.

About the spelling of his name, then it could be Niels, which is a common name in Denmark.

Karen doesn't have enough information for me to know where to look for her in Denmark.

The familysearch source indicates they were married in the US. He imigrated in 1873 and was married about 1875. Maybe you can find more information on Karen, if you can find the wedding?

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by Anonymous Vickery G2G6 Pilot (260k points)
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On the gravestone that is referred to in his profile (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=48693460&PIpi=35237661) the birth date is recorded as 11 feb 1843, but the stone quite clearly says 7 feb 1843 and has his name as Neils P Petersen.

If this is the correct grave, then the person is with high probability born in Bryndum, in ribe County. The babtism can be found in the church records on http://www.sa.dk/ao the record is here: Kontraministerialbog 1836-67 display 13 http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=27003480

His full name is Niels Peter Pedersen.

He is also in the 1845 census with his family:

Ribe, Skast, Bryndum, Bryndum Bye, en Gaard, 11F1, FT-1845, C0645

Name                         Age   marital status        Occupation in household        Place of birth

Peder Poulsen               32   Gift                 Gaardm:                        Her i Sognet

Ane Jensdt:                   35   Gift                 hans Kone                     Henne Ribe Amt

Poul Pedersen               10   Ugift               Deres Børn                    Skads

Jens Pedersen                6     Ugift               Deres Børn                    Her i Sognet

Niels Peder Pedersen    2     Ugift               Deres Børn                    Her i Sognet

Et udøbt Pigebarn         1     Ugift               Deres Børn                    Her i Sognet

Peder Lambertsen         23   Ugift               Tjenestefolk                  Her i Sognet

Ellen Marie Jensen        15   Ugift               Tjenestefolk                  Her i Sognet

Christen Pedersen         78   Gift                 Aftægtsm:                     Alslev Ribe Amt

Kathrine Olesdt:           70   Gift                 hans Kone                     Hostrup Ribe Amt

Hans Rask Christensen 38   Ugift               Dagleier                        Her i Sognet




Gaardm=Gaardmand=Farmer (farm owner or lease holder)

Hans kone=his wife

Deres børn =Their children

Her I sognet=in this parish



by Torben Friberg Sørensen G2G6 Mach 1 (14.5k points)
edited by Torben Friberg Sørensen

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