Traumatic Twists and Turns to Uncover 27 April 1810

I poured my heart and soul into finding Johannes Jensen. Not only was Scandinavia my 30 year brick wall, but even when I crashed through to find the family in Copenhagen, Johannes’s story was still deeply buried. Without the hand holding and help of the Scandinavian staff, who welcomed me like an old friend each time I appeared in Salt Lake City, I don’t think I would ever have found him.

I have no pictures of Johannes as he died on 9 April 1865 in the small town of Saeby in Hjorring County, Denmark, 18 days shy of his 55th birthday. I doubt that he ever even had his picture taken.

In spite of the tough hand that life dealt to him, he grew up to be a respected citizen and provided his family with a stable home life, something that he never, ever had.

I have written prolifically about Johannes Jensen. The short version of his story is that he was given up for adoption. You’ll have to follow the links if you’d like to learn more about the energy and resources it took to uncover his origins and learn who his parents were. The 7-part series contain some of the very first posts I wrote in January and February of 2014.

Part 1 – The Long Saga to Find Anna Elisabeth Johnson’s Family

Part 2 – The 1980 Research Brick Wall

Part 3 – Fast Forward Danish Research to 2011

Part 4 – Some Success in Copenhagen

Part 5 – Searching Danish Military Records

Part 6 – Thinking Outside the Box to Assemble the Puzzle Pieces

Part 7 – Questions Answered, More Created

Danish Laegdsruller or Military Levying Rolls

Danish Military Records, Part 2

Another Trip to Salt Lake – Finding Jens Jensen Lundqvist

I wasn’t content with finding Johannes’s family, I dearly wanted to walk where he walked and to see a glimpse of where he lived his life. We were lucky enough to take a transatlantic cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam in the spring of 2014.

My husband knew I had ulterior motives – that was as close as I could get to Copenhagen and I wasn’t about to be so near and NOT continue on, so we flew to Copenhagen.

There, my curiosity was satisfied. These posts are about my journey around Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Discoveries

Johannes Jensen at Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

Johannes Jensen, Company Fiddler and Drummer

Johannes, it took decades  plus another two years of countless hours reading hundreds of pages of records to find you , but I did.

Today, your family is thinking of you on the 206th anniversary of your birth.





2 thoughts on “Traumatic Twists and Turns to Uncover 27 April 1810”

  1. What a great tribute for a 206th birth! And, it sounds like you have really uncovered the story of this ancestor. What a treasure!

    Thanks for the tip on how to print out my newspaper clippings. I’ll give it a try!

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