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Randi Gundersdatter

Randi Gundersdatter

Posted: 1345668488000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gundersdatter, Gundersen, Linland
I am very much of an amateur to genealogy and anyone who can help me would be an angel in my eyes. My grandparents were immigrants to this country and I am struggling to trace my ancestry.

My grandmother was Randi Gundersdatter born on March 2, 1872 in Mandel, Norway. She came to America in 1892. She met and married a German immigrant, Emil Kuntzsch ( spelling at time was Kuntsch and eventually Kunsch) in 1898. She died on October 28, 1958. Her parents appear to be Boruf Gundersen and Randi Johnsdatter Linland. But for me, it gets so confusing due to how brothers and sisters were named, etc.

I am hoping that someone can provide me with two great pieces of information: 1.) Randi's brothers and sisters and their spouses and Randi's grandparents. 2.) I would like to follow Randi's ancestry in Norway forward and find someone living in Norway who may well be related to me.

Again thank you for any and all help you can give someone who is lost in the search for my heritage.

Randy Kunsch

Re: Randi Gundersdatter

Posted: 1345672962000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1345703458000
Randi was a Gundersdatter. That was a fact. It means that she was Gunder's daughter. Her father was Gunder Børufsen.

Her parents in 1865 census:

Bendik (2) was her brother.

Bendik was born 15. March 1864:

Sister Tørborg was born 18. Feb 1866:

Brother Aanen was born 27. Oct 1869:
He died 1874:

And Randi 1872:

Marriage of parents 21. Jan 1864:
Gunder Børufsen Lindland (31) and Ingeborg Aanensdatter Haaland (18).

The Laudal bygdebok says the family moved to Hennestad in Vigmostad parish, probably in 1872.

Another boy Aanon, born 14. June 1874:
He died 1884:

Johan, born 19. July 1876:

Ole Tobias, born 18. June 1879:
He died 1880:

Ole Tobias, born 6. March 1883:
He died 1885:

Aanen Tobias, born 15. June 1885:
Aanen Tobias died 1934, unmarried:

Gunder Børufsen Hennestad in 1900 census:

1910 census:

1910 census Skien Torborg unmarried nurse:

According to the book Norges Bebyggelse, Johan Gundersen Hennestad had the farm in 1955. He was married, but no children is mentioned in the book.

Re: Randi Gundersdatter

Posted: 1345675622000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1345675771000
Harald has given you links to a great deal of information. The family was living on a farm called Lineland in Holme (see Holum), Vest-Agder, Norway in 1865. Laudal is/was a parish within the district of Holum/Holme.
The link to her father in the 1900 census shows him living on Hennestad farm also in Vest-Agder but in different district.

There is a great deal of online study that will show you how to use the resources available.
The real joy of this hobby is being able to do it yourself. You can! There are a number of excellent materials available online for your study and the number of Norwegian resources available online for research increases almost daily. Study, practice, enjoy!

Ancestors From Norway articles (
Portal to Norway research guidance of LDS Family History Library (
Tips on Using Digitalarkivet (
Norwegian census abbreviations (
Norwegian censuses on NHDC website, instructions included (
FamilySearch has a large number of Norwegian births and marriages indexed (

Help for translating many of your finds (

Online study material to learn about Norwegian naming practices and patterns.

Norwegian censuses of 1910, 1900,1875 (only partially online), 1865 and 1801 are online as searchable databases. Two websites with different search functions and strengths can be used.

The detail available in the extensive parish church records is a marvelous gift from Norway. The Digitalarkivet web site has been adding scanned images of the original Norwegian parish church records for anyone with Internet access since November 2005. To be able to use the parish records you must first know WHERE in Norway you want to search for this documentation.

The Digitalarkivet web site - (
An English option is available by clicking on that word from either the left hand column or the blue link bar along the bottom of the homepage.
The scanned images are available from the homepage link "Skanna kyrkjebøker" [Norwegian version]/"Digitised parish records" [English version] which is listed along the left hand column and from the blue banner of links along the top section of the homepage.
When you click on that link another page will present a short list of choices - choose "Read the digitized parish registers"[English version]/"Lesa skanna kykrebøker" [Norwegian version].
After you've clicked on that link and a new main page has presented on the screen be sure and read the instructions that are available from the Digitalarkivet for navigating the scanned records. The instructions are available in Bokmål (official Norwegian), Nyorsk (Norwegian), Davvisámegiella (Saami), and English.
Recommended basic reading are the "Startsiden" [Norwegian version]/"Main page" [English version], "Brukerveiledning" [Norwegian version]/"User's guide" [English version] and "Om tjenesten" [Norwegian version]/"About this service" [English version].

Good information about translating the formats of Norwegian parish church records during various time periods, many of the basic terms used and understanding how to use the information should be studied at this web site -

For the protection of privacy, there are limits for how recent records can be:

- Birth and baptism records up to and including 1929
- Confirmation records up to and including 1934
- Marriage and banns records - no limits
- Civil marriage up to and including 1950
- Death, burial and stillbirth records up to and including 1930
- Migration records - no limits
- Joins and leavings of the State Church up to and including 1950
- Records about dissenters up to and including 1950

If you cross these limits while browsing a register or a list, you will not see the digitised image, but a message informing you that the image cannot be displayed.

Norway has a tradition of publishing history and genealogy books for many rural districts of the country called 'bygdebøker'. You might be lucky enough to have had ancestors from one of the areas which has one or more good 'bygdebøker' published about it.
Learn about 'bygdebøker' (
Bygdebøker and Ættarbøker can be helpful but are definitely secondary sources of information -- any research done in them should be verified in the primary sources such as the parish church records.

Links and more links about Norway and Norwegian genealogy (

As an amateur to genealogy you might want to check for some basic books at your local public library or read online "beginners" helps which can be found online.

Re: Randi Gundersdatter

Posted: 1345758453000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1345784149000
It looks like Randi's siblings had no children. The only possibility is the eldest brother Bendik, born 1864. I have not found where he ended up. He was to confirmation on Hennestad in Vigmostad 1879:
After that I have not found him.

Randi's parents were Gunder Børufsen and Ingeborg Aanensdatter.
Gunder was born 1832, and died 1923:
Ingeborg was born 1845,and died 1923, 2 weeks after her husband:

Gunder's parents were Børuf Gundersen and Randi Johnsdatter. They married 1831:

Børuf died 1861:

Børuf and Randi's children: Gunder 1832, John 1835, Omund 1837, Karen Oline 1842, and Torgje 1845.

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