As I wrote in my December 15, 2006 entry entitled Podolia Guberniya, “I am a mixed breed. My paternal lineage is Danish. However, my maternal lineage is not Danish.” I then proceeded to write about my maternal parentage. I concluded that day’s entry with
“Another day, I will share similar information from my paternal side of the family about Denmark.”
Well, that other day is today.
My paternal grandparents were from Denmark. My grandfather, Simon Peter Hansen, left his country of birth on August 8, 1907. He was born in 1885 in Rubjerg and last resided in Hjorring before emigrating to the USA. My grandmother, Agnes Helene Mathilda Jakobsen, was born December 12, 1891 in the Parish of Tårs in the Shire of Børglum in the County of Hjørring; and, she had resided in Gravlev, Oplev, and Aalborg prior to leaving Denmark on September 10, 1908. My grandparents wed one another in Elk Horn, Iowa on November 19, 1910. They began their family soon afterward while in Elk Horn and later moved the family to Toledo, Ohio.
Some other very interesting Danish sites include:
The Danish Villages in Iowa
The Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, Iowa
The Danish Inn of Elk Horn, Iowa