Niels Hansen

Niels Hansen

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Niels E. Hansen
Born 1950s.
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Father of [private daughter (1980s - unknown)], [private daughter (1980s - unknown)] and [private child (1980s - unknown)]
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Niels, 57, was born in Vindum, Viborg, Denmark and lives with his wife Hanne Moeller Hansen, an intensive care nurse, in Roedkaersbro, Viborg.

They have three grown children: Louise is an oil industry design engineer, Marie is an attorney and Christine is a nurse.

He studied electronic engineering and graduated in 1984.

Niels has worked in the wind turbine industry as a development manager in the electronics department. Today he works at a small electronics company making high-end audio equipment as a production technician.

He became interested in family history quite by accident. I have friends in Utah, and their father died in October 2012. They emailed me pictures from the funeral. I had some difficulty putting names on all the faces in the pictures. One evening, I downloaded MyHeritage Family Tree Builder and made a limited family tree of the Utah family (BROUGH), and set profile pictures for the individuals. That was so much fun that the next morning, I found more of their ancestors from what I could find on the Internet. After that, I began to put my own family into the Family Tree Builder. We have some family history books in the family, and I put them into the tree.

Niels has discovered some interesting things about his family history. In my work entering my family members into Family Tree Builder, word spread and soon two unknown cousins emailed me with an overwhelming amount of new material. So I discovered I was related to almost everyone in the county. He joined MyHeritage about 2 years ago. I began my family tree using MyHeritage. When I had used it for two weeks, I upgraded to PremiumPlus, as I estimated I would eventually have 5,000 relatives in the tree. Today, 2 years later, I have more than 40,000 people on my tree.

Is his family involved in his research? My closest family are not at all interested in my heritage work and they are bored hearing about it. But I have made contacts with distant family members who are interested in family history and who have helped me very much. They are members of my site.

Currently, Niels has more than 40,000 people on his tree and about 70% of them live in Denmark. The rest are distant relatives, and some 15,000 individuals are in Utah or other places in the United States related to the BROUGH family. Niels has had many Smart Matches from MyHeritage. I have used Smart Matches a lot, but have learned to be critical and analyze the information. Some have incorrect relatives in their trees which they have picked up from not-so-careful use of Smart Matches.

He shared this story about his research: I have some friends in Utah - the BROUGH family. I met them in 1979 when I was in Utah for six months for an F-16 course in the US Air Force. I had then lost their contact details. In January 2012, I found them on Facebook and contacted them. We emailed frequently and I created their family tree as I indicated above. Now I might have 4,000 relatives of their family in the tree. The Brough family’s maternal side was the Hess family. I discovered that I had an ancestor named Nickel Hess (1621-1691) from Germany. The Hess ancestors in the Utah family came from Switzerland. I wanted to prove a connection but quickly realized that it was an impossible job. There are a huge bunch of people named Hess in Germany and they might not be related. But I kept my eyes open for opportunities to prove the relationship. Then on 2 May 2013, a lady from North Dakota, USA made a Smart Match in my tree. I was curious how she was related. I went into her tree and searched for the surnames. I saw she had a Kimball and remembered that my Utah Brough family tree also had Kimballs. I copied the lines from the North Dakota site into my own tree to Lone Kimball (1896-1971) in the North Dakota site. The next job was to connect Lone Kimball to Heber C. Kimball (1801-1868) in my Utah-Brough tree. I went on and traced Lone Kimball and Heber C Kimball back. When I reached David Kimball (1671-1743) there were hits. They had a common father. One son, Jeremiah Kimball (1707-1764) was the line to the Utah Brough family, and another son, Aaron Kimball (1710-1760) was the line to my family. The connection was proven! Fifty steps from my Brough friends to me. Later the connection was cut down to 20 steps.

In June 2013 my wife and I visited our Brough friends in Utah and saw them for the first time in 34 years, and they gave me a lot of credit for proving the relationship between our families.

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A lot of Mormon converts emigrated from Denmark, 1853-1863 almost everybody that emigrated from Denmark were Mormon converts. As a result when I seek ancestors I almost always end up in Salt Lake City.

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On 24 Apr 2014 at 21:52 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Welcome to the Global Family Reunion Project. Be sure to check out theproject page to see our list of suggested guidelines, the Category page for the list of profiles to pick up research on, and add the Global_Reunion tag to your G2G feed. Thanks for joining us!

On 17 Apr 2014 at 12:01 GMT Chris Whitten wrote:

Hi Niels. Great to see you on WikiTree! I'm blown away by the images you posted on G+.

On 8 Apr 2014 at 04:37 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Glad you joined WikiTree, Neils !

We hope you will like our collaborative genealogy community. You now have full access to all the features of WikiTree. There is an introductory WikiTree video that a member created. We do emphasize Sources at WikiTree as well as dates and locations as you build your family tree here . Thank you and if you have any questions , please feel free to ask . Maggie

On 7 Apr 2014 at 16:27 GMT Abby (Brown) Glann wrote:

Hi Niels, I would love to have you join our Global Family Reunion Project! Your first step will be to post a comment here on your page so we can confirm you as a volunteer :) Then, you can jump in with helping us source and trace the lines that extend out from AJ. Entering what you have in your PDF would be a great place to start. Many of those ancestors are most likely on already on WikiTree, so you would just have to search for them and add what sources you might have. More instructions on how to participate in the project are on the project page once you are confirmed as a volunteer. Global Family Reunion

I look forward to working with you! Abby

On 5 Apr 2014 at 09:28 GMT Irene Dillon wrote:

Hi Niels, welcome to Wikitree

To help you find your way, the help pages and search features can be accessed through the links on the upper right hand corner of almost any page. Feel free to post a question in the G2G Forum or on a relevant profile page.

If you would like to contribute to Wikitree, please click the Volunteer link to receive your ‘Volunteer’ badge, and post a comment here on your profile to tell us that you are interested in family history and wish to join us.

We will be very glad to welcome you to the WikiTree Community.

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