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Gisholt (#47659833)
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Bio Photo I am the historian for Elstad Lutheran Church and am trying to preserve the records of the families that worshiped here throughout its history. I have collected obituaries on most of the people buried here after 1900. I'm also working on the genealogies of the pioneer families that were mentioned on a list in the 1924 anniversary booklet. The explanation of the list was "The following is a list of members of the church from its organization, all either deceased or having moved away." There are approximately 175 names on that list. Check out my virtual cemetery of Elstad Pioneers and Past Members to see a growing list of all the people that have passed through Elstad Church (baptized, confirmed, married) and on to other places.
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RE: Andreas Brandvold
Well, that is a mystery. Albert Brandvold and Christine Berdahl were married in Garretson SD and the baby daughter was born there and died shortly after birth. I have not heard of another Andreas Brandvold, but if I come across anything, I will let you know.
Added by kateb on Sep 22, 2016 5:24 PM
Roberta DeBoor
Jens Setbacken
Thank you for the the process to combine the two.
Added by Roberta DeBoor on Apr 08, 2016 8:37 AM
Roberta DeBoor
Jens Sotbakken
Thank you so very much for the information on the actual burial site for my Great-Great Grandfather.
Would love to maintain his memorial.
Blessing for all you do.
Added by Roberta DeBoor on Apr 04, 2016 8:50 AM
Lars Brandvold
Thank you so much for the transfer of Lars Brandvold
Added by kateb on Mar 08, 2016 3:25 PM
Lars Brandvold
Is there a plot number or a location or a map? I would be interested in visiting this cemetery some day, but live almost as far away as I can be and still be in the state of Minnesota!! In the spring, could someone take a photo of the area? I might be interested in placing a marker that I purchase here in the North Country and drag it down there. I have done this several times....
Added by kateb on Mar 02, 2016 10:53 AM
RE: Johan Henrik Olsen Semmen
Thank you so much for your help! Please let me know what steps need to be taken for the marker. I may attend services at the church within the next couple of weeks and if there is someone that I should ask for to discuss this, please let me know.
Added by AKF on Mar 01, 2016 10:56 AM
RE: Johan Henrik Olsen Semmen
I think that what you have posted is correct. It confirms research that I have collected from other sources. I will doublecheck and let you know.

I visited the Elstad cemetery this weekend and took my own pictures. What a beautiful setting!

I am saddened by the fact that there is not a grave marker for Johan and Anne. Are you associated with the church? I would like to look into adding a simple marker that document their burial location and would like to find out how I go about that. I am hoping that they are buried near their sons and that I can find a flat marker in the style of the sons.

You mentioned documenting the families of Elstad church. Are you planning to publish a book or pamphlet? I really think that you should. It would be lovely to have a summer festival someday that commemorates the original families.
Added by AKF on Feb 29, 2016 12:05 PM
Holly Price
RE: Baard Johnson Herdahl
It would be wonderful of you to share this information with me. You may contact me through my email. I will be looking forward to receiving this information. thank you so much. Holly price
Added by Holly Price on Feb 28, 2016 10:22 AM
Johan Henrik Olsen Semmen
Thank you so much for adding J H Semmen and his wife Anne Trulsdatr to the Elstad Cemetery. I have been trying to find both of their dates of death and place of burial for more than two years. JH is my great great grandfather. I did recently discover Anne in the Fillmore County records. Her cause of death is noted as Consumption. As you have listed "Taering" as the cause of death for both Anne and Johan, I have concluded that they both died of consumption. Their son, Johan Anton, would have been about 14 at the time. His older brother and my great grandfather, Ole Thorvold Semmen, took over his care. Ole moved Ryder, North Dakota in the early 1900's; somewhere betwen 1906 and 1908. Johan Anton remained in Fillmore County. Ole T. should not be confused with Ole H. who moved to Brookings South Dakota in 1884. Ole H is the son of Helge and Inger Semmen. You may find the records at useful. These records have been transcribed by Norwegian volunteers. There is an english version of the website.
Added by AKF on Feb 26, 2016 1:41 PM
Holly Price
Baard Johnson Herdahl
I was thrilled to get all the information that was posted on Baard Johnson Herdahl's grave site. It cleared up alot of family mysteries. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of futher information sources. I am having so much trouble finding anything on this family prior to his death. Thanks Holly P.
Added by Holly Price on Feb 26, 2016 10:30 AM
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