Norwegian Marriage Records

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Compiled by Elmer Dickson and Owen Thompson.

Source Notes

Some of the records were compiled from microfilm copies of Kendall County marriages filmed by the Latter Day Saints Church. Some records were compied from official Kendall County Marriage Registers, Book A-1, Book 1 and Book 2, covering the period from May 1841 to September 1915. These Marriage Registers were viewed at the County Clerk & Recorder Office of Kendall County in Yorkville, IL. 

Marriage Register Book A-1 included the name of the groom, the name of the bride, date of license and license number, and generally the date of marriage. It also included the person by whom they were certified (minister, judge, Justice Of The Peace, etc.) and when the marriage certificate was returned to the County Clerk's office. The date the certificate was issued was always given but in some cases the date of marriage was not provided. In these cases, the date the license was issued was used as the date of marriage. These cases are indicated by an asterisk (*) after the date. Notations in the index of Marriage Register Book A-1 indicate that some of the original marriage certificates are missing even though the marriage is registered.

Marriage Registers Books 1 and 2, included space for a considerably larger amount of relevant information. The following information was supplied: the number of the license; the date of license; by whom affidavit, if any, was given; by whom consent to the marriage was given; where and when the marriage took place; a list of the witnesses; by whom the marriage was certified with their name and office (a minister, judge, Justice Of The Peace, etc.); the date the marriage license was returned to the county clerk's office; and the date the license was registered in the county clerk's office.
The following questions relating to the groom were asked: the full name of the groom; the groom's place of residence; the groom's occupation; the groom's age on his next birthday; the groom's race or color; the groom's place of birth; the groom's father's name; the groom's mother's name; and the number of the groom's marriage. The following questions relating to the bride were asked: the full name of the bride; the bride's maiden name if a widow; the bride's place of residence; the bride's age on her next birthday; the bride's race or color; the bride's place of birth; the bride's father's name; the bride's mother's name; and the number of the bride's marriage.

Unfortunately, many spaces in Marriage Registers, Books 1 and 2 were left blank and unanswered. The date a marriage certificate was issued was typically given. In some cases, the date of marriage was not provided. In these cases the date the license was returned or recorded, was used as the date of marriage, as the actual date is unknown.

Marriage records have been extended from the ending date in the official Marriage Registers of September 1915 until December 31, 1949. These marriage records were acquired from several sources. Early issues of the Kendall County Record and the Kendall County News read, and when a writeup of a marriage was found the information was added to the marriage record database. These entries are indicated by the Source code "Newspaper."

During some of the period between September, 1915 and December, 1949 a weekly list of the marriage licenses issued, was published in the local newspapers. These entries are indicated by the Source code "License." The dates indicated generally a short period before the actual wedding date.

A final significant source of marriage data was found in Lutheran Church records coded as follows:

Church NameLocationSource Codes
Bethlehem Lutheran Morris, Grundy Co., IL BLCRBap = Baptism
BLCRCon = Confirmation
BLCRFun = Funeral
BLCRMar = Marriage
BLCRMem = Membership
Fox River Lutheran Miller Twp, La Salle Co., IL FRCRBap = Baptism
FRCRCon = Confirmation
FRCRFun = Funeral
FRCRMar = Marriage
FRCRMem = Membership
Grace Lutheran Saratoga Twp, Grundy Co., IL GLCRBap = Baptism
GLCRCon = Confirmation
GLCRFun = Funeral
GLCRMar = Marriage
GLCRMem = Membership
Newark Lutheran Newark, Kendall Co, IL NLCRBap = Baptism
NLCRCon = Confirmation
NLCRFun = Funeral
NLCRMar = Marriage
NLCRMem = Membership
Norway Lutheran Miller Twp, La Salle Co., IL NOCRBap = Baptism
NOCRCon = Confirmation
NOCRFun = Funeral
NOCRMar = Marriage
NOCRMem = Membership
Plattville Lutheran Seward Twp, Kendall Co, IL. PLCRBap = Baptism
PLCRCon = Confirmation
PLCRFun = Funeral
PLCRMar = Marriage
PLCRMem = Membership
Saint John's Lutheran Plano, Kendall Co., IL SJCRBap = Baptism
SJCRCon = Confirmation
SJCRFun = Funeral
SJCRMar = Marriage
SJCRMem = Membership
Scandinavian Lutheran Plano, Kendall Co., IL SLCRBap = Baptism
SLCRCon = Confirmation
SLCRFun = Funeral
SLCRMar = Marriage
SLCRMem = Membership
Trinity Lutheran Millbrook, Kendall Co., IL TLCRBap = Baptism
TLCRCon = Confirmation
TLCRFun = Funeral
TLCRMar = Marriage
TLCRMem = Membership
West Lisbon Lutheran Lisbon Twp, Kendall Co., IL WLCRBap = Baptism
WLCRCon = Confirmation
WLCRFun = Funeral
WLCRMar = Marriage
WLCRMem = Membership
     
     
For example: BLCRCon equals Bethlemhem Lutheran Church Confirmation records    
For example: NLCRFun equals Newark Lutheran Church Funeral records    
     
There are two exceptions to these rules.    
1. Some of the Fox River Lutheran and West Lisbon Lutheran marriage records were combined.   FRWLMar = Marriage
2. The Fox River Lutheran Church Historian compiled some baptism records.   FRHiBap = Baptism

Please see the Church Directory page for contact information for the above churches, if they still exist.



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Groom'sGroom'sBride'sBride'sMar.        Gr.Br.Where GroomWhere BrideKCMar
SurnameGiven NameSurnameGiven NameMoDyYrMarriageSourceAgeAgeBorn or FromBorn or FromBkPg
Groom'sGroom'sBride'sBride'sMar.        Gr.Br.Where GroomWhere BrideKCMar
SurnameGiven NameSurnameGiven NameMoDyYrMarriageSourceAgeAgeBorn or FromBorn or FromBkPg
Rand Andrew Larson Inger Catherine Sep 5 1900 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 33 28 Lisbon, IL Lisbon, IL 2 19
Rasmus Ole Erikson Anne Aug 6 1854 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar
Rasmussen Lars Olson Malinde Jan 3 1901 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 26 17 Norway, Europe Saratoga Twp, IL
Rasmussen Rasmus Baker Helen Jan 3 1911 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 29 27 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe
Rasmussen Rasmus A. Jones Irma Beatrice Jul 20 1916 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 22 20 Norway, Europe Morris, IL
Rasmussen Seymour R. Thompson Jane Bertha May 30 1917 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 20 19 La Salle Co., IL Plattville, IL
Rasmussen Wilhelm Augustin Peterson Inger Dec 22 1885 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 22 23 Lisbon, IL Lisbon, IL 1 71
Reigstad Louis T. Osmonson Anna Tonette Sep 2 1890 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 28 22 Norway, Europe Chicago, IL
Rhode Peter Hanson Nilsen Anna Sep 26 1891 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 27 25 Tyskland, Norway Denmark
Richardson Richard A. Thorson Carrie [Kari] Jan 25 1877 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar A 1 177
Richmond Earl Francis Fritts Cecilia Louise Jan 1 1908 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 18 19 Newark, IL Newark, IL 2 84
Rickert Frederick Christian Nelson Ollie J. Feb 18 1903 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 28 25 Plano, IL Ford Co., IL 2 37
Ringham Magne Torgersen Johnson Bertha Jul 13 1873 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 28 30 Voss, Norway Norway, Europe A 1 158
Ringheim Andrew Schullestad Anna Jan 19 1899 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 27 20 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe
Risvold Daniel Rande Helen Mar 8 1894 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 25 24 Lisbon, IL Lisbon, IL
Risvold Samuel Maland Inger Jan 6 1904 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 25 19 Norway, Europe Saratoga Twp, IL
Riveland Ole Larson Nelson Martha Mar 20 1878 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 26 21 Aardal, Norway Miller Twp, IL
Roaldson Andrew Mattison Ida Mar 28 1899 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 26 20 Sans,? Norway Sheridan, IL
Rodne Lars L. Handeland Kari M. May 23 1886 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar Sande, Nor. Sovde,? Nor.
Roe Gunder Fatland Elizabeth Apr 21 1908 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 28 24 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe
Rogers Forrest Menzo Christopherson Mattie Dec 9 1913 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 27 23 Sandwich, IL Illinois
Rohrer Burton Albert Twait Della Jan 4 1936 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 21 19 Illinois Illinois
Rorem Andreas Olsen Larson Siri Sjursdatter Oct 16 1874 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar Norway, Europe Lisbon, IL
Rorem Andrew L. [Andreas] Thompson Susan [Synneva T.] Jan 19 1877 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar
Rosendahl Per "Gustus" Nelson Jenny Dec 29 1887 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 22 20 Sweden Sweden
Rosendahl Severin Nelson Anna Oct 5 1910 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 20 19 Morris, IL Morris, IL
Rosvold John E. Nelson Martha "Magdalena" May 6 1893 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 29 29 Bergen, Norway Bergen, Norway 1 131
Rosvold Nelson J. Tuttle Alma M. Dec 31 1919 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 23 20 Kendall Co., IL Kendall Co., IL
Rosvold Severt Emil Campbell Lucille Dec 19 1925 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 28 21 Illinois Illinois
Ryan Oscar E. Coons Nettie Feb 21 1891 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 26 26 Norway, Europe New York
Rygg Knudt S. Johnson Betsey Malinde Feb 23 1881 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 21 19 Lisbon, IL Lisbon, IL
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 21:54:07-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson