My main focus was on my Jensen ancestors who immigrated from Denmark:
1. Kristi Ellsworth
2. Douglas Keith Ellsworth (living)
3. Diane Hadley (living)
4. Lloyd Reed Ellsworth (living)
5. Alice Josephine Cluff (living)
10. Alfred Orval Cluff (1908-1980)
11. Clea Emily Nielsen (1907-1988)
22. Carl Emil Nielsen (1860-1935)
23. Jensine Oline Jensen (1867-1951)
46. Niels Christian Jensen (1842-1916)
47. Dorothea Marie Jensen (1839-1918)
94. Jens Christian Nielsen
95. Ane Marie Andersen
Note: according to records in Spring City, the parents of Dorothea Maria Jensen are Jens C Andersen and Annie Maria Nielsen.Although I arrived unprepared, the Lord presented me with several tender mercies. Fifteen minutes outside of town, I exited my navigation (to set it to the Spring City cemetery location instead of just Spring City) and found out I'm out of service range. I now had no idea how to get to Spring City or the city cemetery. Thankfully, I was observant enough to notice signs (I had a feeling to u-turn outside one town and learned coming northbound there was a sign direction for Spring City, when southbound had no such sign).
When I finally entered into Spring City (thank goodness for the welcome sign!), I was blessed to find the Geological Society (located in Old City Hall at 46 North Main) right off the main road across from the gas station (where I was going to stop for directions). Although it was closed, another couple had called the genealogist to come help so when I approached the building they were just leaving. The genealogist was sweet enough to help me out since she was already there helping the other couple. We went through a cemetery index book then she lead me over to the Old Firehouse next door (44 North Main) to look through records about houses that belong to my ancestors - such as two homes of Jens C. Andersen that are still standing. One other home (I'm uncertain who had built it) had recently been torn down to build a ranch house in its place. Also, she had a filing cabinet of information for each ancestral person known to have lived in the town. Because the information was submitted by Jensine Oline Nielsen (my great-great grandmother) I assumed we already had the paperwork and did not request copies (also, I had found the same information online just a few days before). Not sure that assumption was the right choice.
A $10 brochure (which I did not buy due to limited funds) had the following information about Jens C. Andersen's homes. I took a drive through town and I took these pictures myself (information copied from brochure):
This one and one half story brick house was built about 1880 by Jens C. Andersen, a Dane. The main portion of the house contains a second story door above a small porch and is built with multi-colored brick. Note the prominent brick round-arched lintels above the door and window opening in contrast to the brick color of the exterior walls. The may may have come from the same kiln as the brick used for the old elementary school. In 1885 Jens sold the house to Christian Andersen. Andrew Madsen, a handcart pioneer, purchased the house in 1891. Madsen, also from Denmark, was a Black Hawk War veteran, and was involved in the Spring City Roller Mills. A kitchen addition was constructed in 1910. Additional living space has been added by the current owners.
Andersen, an immigrant from Thorring, Denmark, built this one and one half story brick house in `884. This house is significant for its early use of locally fired bricks from a brickyard west of town. Originally a hall-parlor plan a matching brick addition was added in 1995.
- Bring a paper map - can't always rely on GPS navigations
- Come prepared with family group records and detailed information
- Collect any scrap of information, no matter how insignificant it may appear
- Don't expect your phone and/or internet to work - bring paper documents
- Ask family about what information has already been gathered
- Bring spending money and buy brochures, books, etc that contains ancestral information