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
Gunderson Nels Tollefson Anna Dec 21 1897 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 41 21 Bergen, Norway Lisbon, IL 2 1
Johnson Randall [Rasmus] Johnson Margrethe Jan 22 1878 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 24 17 Farvistad,? Nor. Fox Twp, IL 1 1
Thompson Thom M. Oakland Randi Hansine "Rachel" Jan 19 1898 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 23 20 Big Grove Twp, IL Norway, Europe 2 1
Askildson Thor Austin Julia Dec 19 1878 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 22 19 Holmedal, Nor. Big Grove Twp, IL 1 10
Thompson Andrew J. Ryg Betsey Apr 1 1899 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 31 19 Etne, Norway Norway, Europe 2 10
Hoge William T. Hackerson Carrie Dec 23 1889 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 34 23 Etne, Norway Skaanevik, Nor. 1 100
Burson Charles Olson Laura Jan 18 1890 Seward Twp, IL SLCRMar 21 19 Wisconsin Norway, Europe 1 101
Johnson Peter "Albert" Holte Lena N. Jan 7 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 23 20 Lisbon, IL Fox Twp, IL 1 101
Haldorson Haldor I. Halvorson Maria Mar 8 1862 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar A 1 102
Nelson Peter Olai Larson Maria Feb 6 1890 Grundy Co., IL BLCRMar 18 19 Kendall Co., IL Iowa 1 102
Ness John [Johannes] Tvedt Martha J. Feb 15 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 28 30 Hjelmeland, Nor. Kvinnherad, Nor. 1 102
Erickson Henry [Helge] Hill Sarah [Siri] Mar 21 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 38 33 Skaanevik, Nor. Fjelberg, Norway 1 103
Johnson Charles A. P. Wicks Elisabeth A. Mar 15 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 29 28 Ed Soken, Swe. Skaanevik, Nor. 1 103
Nelson Oliver [Halvor] Olson Lena Mar 27 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 56 38 Saneid,? Nor Stavanger, Nor. 1 103
Osland John Endresen Larson Margrethe Mar 29 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 27 37 Stavanger, Nor. Haugesund, Nor. 1 103
Stensen Severt Sten Thorson Isabelle C. Nov 5 1908 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 24 24 Nettle Cr. Twp, IL La Salle Co. IL 2 103
Knutson Elias Jertin "Eli" Nelson Ingeborg Dec 23 1908 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 26 31 Bergen, Norway Sandi Ryfylke, Nor. 2 105
Burgess John M. Anderson Anna M. Oct 1 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 22 24 Nettle Cr. Twp, IL Lisbon, IL 1 106
Christian Nels Christopher Nelson Nellie Oct 16 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 21 19 Skaanevik, Nor. Fox Twp, IL 1 107
Neilsen Peter D. Madison Anna M. Oct 30 1890 Seward Twp, IL SLCRMar 22 27 Denmark Denmark 1 107
Olson John Henry Nelson Olive Oct 4 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 21 21 Haugesund, Nor. Stavanger, Nor. 1 107
Thompson Thomas Larson Alice Oct 30 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 27 25 Coal City, IL Fox Twp, IL 1 107
Michelson Thom Johnson Bertha Dec 6 1890 Big Grove Twp, IL NLCRMar 21 19 Skaanevik, Nor. Norway, Europe 1 108
Thorson John H. Johnson Margrethe (1st wife) Feb 2 1864 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar 20 26 Boyd, Norway Norway, Europe A 1 109
Tendall Henry Olan Nelson Alise Jun 20 1899 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 22 21 Helmar, IL Kendall Co., IL 2 11
Anderson Oliver Peterson Bertha Mar 19 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 26 25 Big Grove Twp, IL Stavanger,? Nor. 1 110
Hanson Hans Shurson Betsey [Brita] Apr 3 1864 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar A 1 110
Paulsen Andrew C. F. Nelson Elizabeth A. Feb 12 1891 Seward Twp, IL SLCRMar 28 20 Denmark Denmark 1 110
Johnson Henry Richard Thompson Susan C. Olivia Mar 25 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 23 20 Kendall Co., IL Lisbon, IL 1 111
Thompson Peter S. [Haaland] Johnson Anna Marie [Brevig] May 9 1891 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar 19 19 Kendall Co., IL Kendall Co., IL 1 111
Wessman Charles A. Carlson Elide "Lida" Mar 27 1891 Seward Twp, IL SLCRMar 24 22 Osterjotland, Swe. Sweden 1 111
Johnson John A. Thompson Bertha "Betsey" Aug 8 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 26 22 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe 1 112
Johnston George Pederson Anna Thea Jun 27 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 28 21 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe 1 112
Nelson Tollef Peterson Margrethe Sep 23 1864 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar 41 31 Svelland, Norway Hellingdal, Nor. A 1 112
Anderson Joseph T. Thompson Ragnhild Nellie Sep 12 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 23 24 Bergen, Norway Norway, Europe 1 113
Eilertson Samuel [Salve] Anderson Malinde [Mangela] Dec 23 1864 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar 29 22 Sokndal, Rogaland Skaanevik, Nor. A 1 113
Knudson George K. Peterson Cornelia A. Mar 17 1909 Seward Twp, IL PLCRMar 27 24 Seward Twp, IL Lisbon Twp, IL 2 113
Nelson Ole N. Johnson Julia B. [Guro Bjornson] Dec 24 1864 La Salle Co., IL FRWLMar A 1 113
Tegland Lewis O. Nelson Bertha [Brita] Sep 14 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 28 23 Kendall Co., IL Kendall Co., IL 1 113
Olson Henry Hackerson Alice Oct 11 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 37 23 Etne, Norway Skaanevik, Nor. 1 114
Hove Peder L. (widower) Larson Ingeborg (widow) Dec 12 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 51 37 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe 1 116
Wicks Hector H. [Hagtor] Torrison Lucinda H. Dec 6 1891 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 28 25 Norway, Europe Torrington, IL 1 116
Mathre William Larson Carlena "Lena" Jan 7 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 27 19 Helmar, IL Fox Twp, IL 1 117
Olson John Mathre Julia Malinde Jan 13 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 27 23 Grundy Co., IL Fox Twp, IL 1 117
Thomas Severt Paulson Olson Julia A. [Guro] Jan 6 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 25 39 Skaanevik, Nor. Fox Twp, IL 1 117
Anderson Jacob Larson Helen [Hjelmeland] Feb 10 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 24 21 Lisbon, IL Lisbon, IL 1 118
Fatland Erik T. Hauge Bertha [Brita] Feb 25 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 30 23 Skaanevik, Nor. Fox Twp, IL 1 118
Nelson Severt S. Anderson Bessie [Holmedal] Feb 19 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 29 22 Kendall Co., IL Kendall Co., IL 1 118
Holmedal Oscar P. [Askild P.] Johnson Anna C. Mar 9 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 46 36 Norway, Europe Norway, Europe 1 119
Johnson Nels Olaus Nelson Mary Emelia Mar 8 1892 Big Grove Twp, IL WLCRMar 27 21 Lisbon, IL Newark, IL 1 119
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Data last uploaded on 2013-06-22 21:54:07-0500 CDT by Elmer Dickson