A Surprise Discovery…

So, I had been pouring through the Nylarsker Parish church records looking for any possible children for Peder and Christine Jensen that may have been missed in the censuses. In the process, I did find a daughter, Sanna, who was born and died between censuses. So, I decided to keep going to see if I missed anything else. What I found was a surprise —

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 31 March 2012), Annine Margrethe Kristine Jensen death record; Nylarsker Parish, p 468, 1888, no 3.

A death record for Peder and Christine’s oldest child, Annine Margrithe Kristine Jensen. When I saw her name, it actually made me sad – she was so young, only 22 years old.

Transcription / Translation:





Death Date

9de Marts

9 March [1888]

Burial Date

16de Mars

16 March [1888]

Den Dødes For og Tilnavn

First and Last Name of the Deceased

Annine Margrethe Kristine




Ugift Datter af Fisker Peder

Jensen i Arnager

f 3/3 66

Single daughter of Fisherman Peder

Jensen from Arnager

born 3 March [18]66



22 Aar

22 Years

Hvor anfort i vet alm. Fevuf. Reg.

Where in General Index Register




Skifteattest af 3/3 88

Brystsyge, laa i 10 Maaneder!

Probate certificate of 3 March [18]88

Chest disease. Laid [in bed] for 10 months!

It was actually quite surprising to me that I had such a negative response to finding this record. I didn’t feel the “yeah, I found her” feeling, but rather a “no, not yet.” I think that is an interesting side effect of studying family history. These people become your people and you feel connected to them. This young woman, my Annine, died at just 22 years old from a chest disease (TB? Pneumonia?) which according to the priest’s notes had her in bed for 10 months. How difficult for her parents. They had lost a young 5 year old daughter and now another daughter. But even more than looking at this through her parent’s perspective, I thought of all that she missed. I had hoped she had immigrated to Utah, married, had children. All the “what might have been’s” are no longer possible.

From a purely research side, there is some good to come from this record. The priest noted there was a probate certificate. (This was also the case for her sister Sanna) I will definately be looking these up next time I’m at the Family History Library.

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 6 April 2012 | Posted in Death Record, Jensen | Comment

finding Sanne Caroline Dorthea Jensen

Having found the Jensen family in the 1880 Danish Census and noting a 10 year gap between children, I thought I might look for any other children Peder and Christine may have had. I knew there were 3 options.

  1. Christine had one or more miscarriages. These would most likely not be recorded in the church records as births or deaths…unless the baby was near full term and considered a stillborn. I still don’t think they could christen the child but perhaps there may be a burial record.
  2. There was one or more children born in that time and they may have lived for a while but died before the 1880 census. In this case I should expect to find a christening and a burial record.
  3. There were no other children, and therefore no records to be found. This may however be like #1, in that there are no records.
My plan of attack was to look in death records first. Here’s what I found —

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 31 March 2012), Sanne Caroline Dorthea Jensen Death Record; Nylarsker Parish, p 450, 1879, no 2.

Transcription / Translation:




Death Date

d. 27de Januar


The 27th January



Burial Date

d. 2den Februar


The 2nd February


Den Dødes For og Tilnavn

First and Last Name of the Deceased

Sanne Caroline Dorthea




Datter af Fisker i Arnager

Peder Jensen og Hustru

Claudine Christine Funch

Daughter of Fisherman from Arnager

Peder Jensen and wife

Claudine Christine Funch







Hvor anfort i vet alm. Jevuf. Reg.

Where in General Index Register




Skifteattest af 28/1 79


Probate Certificate of 28 Jan [18]79


So, the Jensen’s did have another daughter, Sanne (Danish version of Suzanne, sometimes spelled Sanna). Interestingly, she had a probate certificate. I was able to find the catalog record at the Family History Library, so the next time I go I will be sure to look this up! According to her burial record she was 5 years old. This gives me a rough idea of when she was born, so back I went into church records – this time looking for a christening. I started right after the last child’s christening and moved forward, here’s what I found —

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 7 November 2011), Sanna Jensen christening record, to be moved to 1873; Nylarsker Parish, p 81, 1873, no 4.

This really confused me, a page with some christening records with no baby names or christening dates. I couldn’t tell what the note said at the end of the entry, so I had to get some help.

Transcription / Translation:

d. 6d Februar 1873
6 February 1873

Fisker Peder Jensen i Arnager
og Hustru Claudine Christina
Funch, 32 Aar gl
Fisherman Peder Jensen of Arnager
and wife Claudine Christina
Funch, 32 years old

Overført i Kirkebogen for 1873
moved to church book for 1873

Apparently the priest made notes for the first few births of 1873 in the wrong book, so he then moved them over later. So, I went to the next set of records and found her —

Source: Danish State Archives, “Kirkebøger,” digital images, Statens Arkivers Arkivalieronline (www.sa.dk/ao/ : downloaded 31 March 2012), Sanna Caroline Dorthea Jensen christening record; Nylarsker Parish, p 98, 1873, no 4.

Transcription / Translation:


død. 4

dead 4

Aar og Datum

Year and Date

d. 6te



The 6th



Barnets fulde Navn

Child’s full name

Sanna Caroline Dor-

thea Jensen

Daabens Datum enten i Kirken eller hjemme

Christening Date either in the church or at home

d. 10de April


i Kirken

the 10th April


at the church

Forældres Navn, Stand, Haandtering og Opholdsted

Parents’ Name, Social Position, Occupation and Residence

Fisker Peder Jensen i

Arnager og Hustru Claudine

Christine Funch, 32 Aar gl.

Fisherman Peder Jensen of

Arnager and wifeClaudine

Christine Funch, 32 years old

[Note from JensenJN: “gl.” = abbreviation for “ammel” = “old”]

Faddernes Navne, Stand og Opholdsted

Witnesses’ Names, Social Position and Residence

Bærkone: Daglejer i Arnager Anton Marker’s Hustru

Helene Claudine Jensen

Faddere: Fisker i Arnager Jacob Peter Jensen

Johannes Peter Hansen, tjener paa Vejrmøllegaard

i Aaker

Vilhelmine Petrea Jensen, tejener paa 10de Sgd.

Godmother: day laborer from Arnager Anton Marker’s wife

Helene Claudine Jensen

Witnesses: Fisherman from Arnager Jacob Peter Jensen

Johannes Peter Hansen, serves on wind mill farm

from Aaker

Vilhelmine Petrea Jensen, serves on the 10th Sgd [farm]

[Note from JensenJN: Bærkone (Carry woman) I have never seen that word before, but from the name context there is no doub t that this is the lady, who carried the child to the christening.]

Hvor anført i det alm. Jevnf. Reg. [almindelige Jevnførelses Register]

Where posted in the Index Register





  • The priest went back and marked her record “død” or “dead.”
  • I love that one of the witnesses, Johannes Peter Hansen, worked on a wind mill farm.

These records help explain the 10 year gap between children in the 1880 census. I did find another record of interest while digging in the church records, but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that. 🙂

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 5 April 2012 | Posted in Christening Record, Death Record, Jensen | Comment

Death Record – Maria Avelina da Conceicao

Antonio Avelino de Macedo was married before he married my great-grandmother Leonizia. According to his marriage record to Leonizia, he was the widow of Maria Avelina da Conceicao. I thought I better try to find her death record. I knew she died before 7 April 1920 when Antonio married Leonizia but didn’t know how long she had been dead. I figured if, as according to my dad, he married 5 times, he didn’t wait very long between marriages. So I started looking back from 1920 for Maria’s death record. There are LOTS of Maria’s in Brazil!!! I looked for the name (off to the side) then looked for the age. Many of the Maria’s were young children or single/widows. Then I found her!

Source: Family Search, “Brazil, Catholic Church Records,” digital image, Family Search (familysearch.org : downloaded 12 September 2011), Death of Maria Avelina da Conceicao, 8 Mar 1919, Sao Sebastiao, Picui, Paraiba, Brazil, Anno de 1919, entry 25; from dioceses and local parish archives throughout Brazil.


Aos oito de Marco de mil novecentos e dezenove foi sepultado no Cemiterio publico desta Villa o cadaver de Maria Amelia da Conceicao com quarenta e trez annos de idade cazada com Antonio Avelino de Macedo, o cadaver foi emcommendado moradores nesta Freguezia.
  Para constar mandei fazer este assento.
   Pe Antonio augusto, Vigario


On the eighth of March of nineteen hundred and nineteen was buried in the Public Cemetery of this township the body of Maria Amelia da Conceicao at fourty three years of age married to Antonio Avelino de Macedo, the body was designated as residents of this County.
For the record I made this truthful account
      Father Antonio Augusto, vicar.

Items of Note:

  • Maria died on 8 Mar 1919, and Antonio married his next wife, Leonizia on 7 Apr 1920 just over a year later.
  • Maria was 43 years old when she died, did she really die in childbirth and was it really her first child as my father said? If Maria was Antonio’s 3rd wife, maybe she was married before? Or, maybe they hadn’t been married long?

Posted by jullianalund@gmail.com on 14 September 2011 | Posted in da Conceicao, de Macedo, Death Record | Comment