Monday, May 2, 2016

Now I Know Iver's Burial Date

In February I received an email from saying that there were possible record matches for people in my family tree. One especially caught my eye. It was a hint for my 2nd great-grandfather, Iver Iverson, who was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States in 1858. He was a US Civil War veteran and settled in Minnesota.

This hint for Iver turned out to be a burial record listed in the church records of the Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in Glenwood, Pope, Minnesota. Rolling Forks Lutheran Church was previously known as the Chippewa Lutheran Church. The name was changed to Rolling Forks Lutheran Church in 1958, according to Minnesota Reflections

TIP: If you have ancestors from Minnesota, check out Minnesota Reflections. It's part of the Minnesota Digital Library and contains thousands of images and documents. You can access the Minnesota Digital Library by clicking HERE. On the Minnesota Digital Library website, click on the Projects tab and you'll see Minnesota Reflections in the list.

Here's a screenshot from showing Iver Iverson listed in the church record.1 I also included a screenshot of the column headings, which are in Norwegian.

This is a screenshot from containing the information about this record.

I created a Find A Grave memorial page for Iver in 2012. Iver's tombstone was photographed by Jim Olsen and was added to Iver's Find A Grave memorial page several years ago. I'm grateful to Mr. Olsen for the photo. To see Iver's memorial page, click HERE.

Thanks for reading!


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1 U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Records, 1875-1940 [database on-line]. Accessed 23 February 2016. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Iver Iverson, Page 428, Image 166. Original data: Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. ELCA, Birth, Marriage, Deaths. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Chicago, Illinois.


  1. I really have got to do better at keeping up my Ancestry tree! By the time I add to my tree on Family Search and in my Legacy program, I just don't always get around to updating my Ancestry tree, but I can see that it is worth the effort.

  2. Sometimes those little hints = great discoveries.

  3. Isn't it fun to find new little details about our family? The best part is that more and more info is becoming available online.

    1. Yes, it's definitely fun Linda! And it really is amazing how much more family history information is available online. When I began my family history research about 20 years ago I had to wait for census record films to arrive at the local Family History Center.




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