Mikkelsen to Michelsen

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My name is Juan Michelsen. I'm 19 years old. I'm from Chile (South America). I was looking for our family tree and I found out that my great grandfather (Charles Erasmus Mikkelsen), who was born in 1853 in Denmark, changed our name to Michelsen as he migrated to Chile. I can't find his family tree, so I was hopping you could help me.

Thanks for the time,

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recategorized by Chris Whitten
Do you know the name of Charles' wife? Can you say where he married and the year or what year he died?

I have found information about Denmark births, but not on Chile. Is it possible that Charles first went elsewhere before settling in Chile?

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I Googled and found a few trees for Charles Erasmus Mikkelsen at MyHeritage - one of them yours. I suppose that what you want is the Danish connection. Since there is a birth date and a location (Nakskov) known for Charles Erasmus it should be possible to find him in the Danish records, and go back to parents and grandparents etc. If it were Sweden I would make a try, but Denmark is another country :-)

I'm also thinking that he may have been a Carl Rasmus Mikkelsen from the start - adapted the spelling not just of his last name. And I'm quite sure there isn't a Mikkelsen family tree going back through the ages, since in Denmark, historically, people would  have used patronymics, so that the generations would have shifted from Christian Rasmussen to Mikkel Christiansen to Rasmus Mikkelsen (as an example). I see that the father of Charles was also a Mikkelsen, so this family may have "frozen" the patronymic into a surname already - did the parents also emigrate?

It does not seem as if any Danish relatives have put a family tree on the Internet, but somebody familiar with Danish genealogy ought to be able to help.

I think this question should be tagged Denmark.

by Eva Ekeblad G2G6 Pilot (581k points)
selected by Helen Mikkelsen


What a great help this was to me. Thank you. Great answer. 


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