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  1. Randall
    February 8, 2020

    Hello!
    I recently discovered my connection to New Denmark. My grandparents met in southeastern Saskatchewan both having emigrated from Denmark. My grandfather went back to Denmark and then returned to Canada and moved his family to a dairy farm near Roachville. Sadly both he and my grandmother soon perished and the children were collected by their maternal uncle and returned to Saskatchewan. I had wondered why he had moved to NB. As it turns out he had family in New Denmark. His great uncle Christen Madsen and his great aunt Christine Madsen Berletsen and emmigrated there in 1879. I have traced their lines and noted a number of DNA matches to their descendants. I was wondering if anyone might know of any connection between Roachville and New Denmark? I don’t know if my grandfather had communication with his relatives in New Denmark or not.
    Thanks!
    danskcelt at gmail

    P.S, common ancestor are Mads C Nielsen 1808 1895 Holstebro and his wife Ane Marie Nielsdatter born 1813 Resen.

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  2. Michael Hayes
    March 9, 2019

    My great grandfather was Henry Jensen, he passed away in his 95th year in 1995. He lived his entire life in New Denmark. I was only there twice, for his 90th birthday and his funeral.

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    • Whalen Judi
      December 6, 2019

      I lived next door to Henry. He always invited me to come & pick berries in his raspberry patch. I made home made beans & bread for him. Win/Win!! He was a great neighbor.

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  3. anna
    January 15, 2019

    Busy looking up/trying to look up family for my husband, from the area. He was adopted in Calgary in 1962, and only recently received a copy of his adoption papers, with NOT MUCH DETAIL to go on. Hisgrandfather was Alvin Douglas Christensen and grandmother was Vera Florence May Carlson, from Foley Brook area. We have recently been able to trace a bit more on the Christensen side, to Johanna ChristineJensen as mother of Alvin, and Christian M Christensen as his father. My husbands mother was Darlene Joan. Any further details would be greatly appreciated.

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    • Carolyn Howlett
      January 23, 2019

      I am a first cousin of Darlene Joan Christensen, born on April 13, 1940. The year seems wrong but everything else fits. I may be able to answer some questions about Darlene. I knew her in 1945 when she visited New Denmark with her family. Thereafter, I did not see or communicate with her until 2006 when I found her through a distant cousin in Edmonton. She came to visit me that year and spent two weeks here. It was a wonderful time. She told me so much of all the intervening years in her life. but a child in 1962 was never mentioned. Please contact me if you want to hear about what I know,
      which may not be a lot.

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      • anna
        September 12, 2019

        hello Carolyn Howlett…yes, we are talking the same person, we have since found her side of the famliy, and heard about the trip about 1945, and her trip in 2006. She had 2 children, Christine and Robert, last name Bonn. We have been in touch with both, and other close relatives in Kelowna and northern Alberta. We have also found out that the birth of my husband was hush hush, never mentioned much, and she would NOT tell the family who the father was…we are still hunting for accuracy on that part of the family – we know WHO he was. Would love to email you personally!

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    • Whalen Judi
      December 6, 2019

      I no longer live in New Denmark, but send me this info & I will try to send it on to the New Denmark Historical Society. Might get some help.

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  4. Carol O’Blenis
    August 31, 2018

    what are the sites and tourist attractions in your community

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  5. Peggy Jensen
    December 21, 2017

    I think you might be related to Senika Thomsen. I remember him well!

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  6. Christen Petersen
    October 18, 2017

    Many of my cousins still live in New Denmark, I was born there in 1951. My grandparents were Anton Petersen and wife Ane Christensen and Paul Pedersen and wife Johanna (Jensen) I believe.Ane had five children including my father William, Johanna had 9 children including my mother Ina. I would be happy to hear from any relative near or far.
    I now live in Ottawa, Ontario. chrispetersenadr@yahoo.ca

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    • Hans Johnsen
      December 6, 2019

      I guess that would make us cousins. My grandmother was Mary Johnsen (Pedersen), sister of Ina. I live in Kanata. My father (Alan Johnsen) still lives in New Denmark, just up the hill from the original settlement site.

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  7. john hansen`
    August 24, 2017

    my name iis john hansen., my grandfather, august b hansen was born in new demark in 1873. I am trying to trace my heritage.. he came to Canada on a ship..
    My address is:
    13000 Linden Ave N #549
    Seattle WA 98133

    email: jack_hansen@ureach.com

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    • Whalen Judi
      December 6, 2019

      Try the New Denmark Historical Society. Randy & Heather Jensen should be able to help you.

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  8. Carl Thomsen
    July 11, 2017

    Lars Bertelsen and is wife Christine Madsen left their home in Holstebro, Denmark and emigrated to New Denmark, New Brunswick in 1879. Their 10 children were born in the Blue Bell section of New Denmark between 1879 and 1897.
    Their 3rd child, Amalia Christine Bertelsen, was born on April 8, 1883, By 1906 she had moved to Portland,Maine. There she met Thomas Christian Thomsen who came to Portland in 1899 from his home in Kolkjar, Rind Sogn, Denmark.
    They were married in 1906, and then became the parents of my farther, Elwyn A. Thomsen in 1913. If you have other info about my New Denmark ancestors, please send it my way..

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    • Kathleen Bertelsen Cartwright
      September 11, 2018

      I believe Carl Bertelsen, my grandfather, was one of Lars and Chritina’s children, born in 1898. He moved to Portland, Maine, USA. He married Jeanie Morrison and had one son, Bruce Bertelsen, my father. Bruce married my mother, Francesta Farr. Her mother, Alice Farr came from Belldoon, New Brunswick. Bruce and Fran had three children, Kathleen (myself) born in 1952, Cynthia born in 1955, and Brian born in 1957. I live in Waldoboro, Maine USA and love to meet relatives. I am going to Nova Scotia this week for a 45th anniversary of Fred and Felicity Jeppesen. Fred, his brother Ron, and sister Ruth
      also have roots in New Denmark. Ron and I hope to visit New Denmark for one of the heritage celebrations in the near future.

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      • Whalen Judi
        December 6, 2019

        Ron Jeppesen is a cousin of Robert (Bob) Jeppesen, who still lives in New Denmark. He knows everyone in the community.

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  9. Laurie Christensen
    June 1, 2017

    I grew up in New Denmark from 1954 – 1971. It will always be HOME to me. It is a beautiful part of the world and I treasure the memories from childhood on the farm on Foley Brook Road.

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    • anna smith
      January 14, 2019

      Laurie, you must be a relative, my husbands family were all from Foley Brook, is there a way I can contact you and ask some family questions?

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  10. Bonnie Bertelsen
    March 23, 2017

    My ancestors – Bertelsen’s, Andersen’s, Rasmussen’s and Hansen’s were all part of these early Danish settlers. New Denmark is a beautiful little corner of New Brunswick.I miss hearing the Danish language. I have done a lot of research on the Danish families and would be happy to hear from other researchers. I am on facebook and Ancestry.

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    • Kathleen Bertelsen Cartwright
      September 11, 2018

      I am a Bertelsen, my father Bruce Bertelsen was son of Carl Bertelsen who came from New Denmark to Portland Maine and apprenticed as a cabinet maker. He was a fiddler and played for dances with his brother in New Brunswick. I am going to Nova Scotia this week for a 45th anniversary of Fred and Felicity Jeppesen. Fred’s relatives also came from New Denmark.

      Any information you have on these families I would appreciate,
      Kathy Bertelsen Cartwright

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  11. Karl Johnsen
    March 22, 2017

    My great great Grandfather Anders Carlsen was among that fist group of Danes that walked up Lucy’s Gulch from the Salmon River. June 19th 1872.

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  12. Colleen Hansen
    March 22, 2017

    So proud and this June 16 17and 18 2017 Marks New Denmarks , 145 th anniversary, come and enjoy , ??Weekend of danish festivities,

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  13. Paul Gunnar Pedersen
    March 22, 2017

    Great Stuff, Love articles of my homeland and heritage, My name is Paul Pedersen, a 4th generation descendant of the later moves to New Denmark from Denmark, my great grand father Victor Pedersen moved to New Brunswick from Denmark with my very young at the time Grand Father named Gunnar Pedersen still alive and well and still pickin fiddle like he was born yesterday, he will be 95 this year and myself 45 and we are the Pedersen s from the great farms of Foley Brook road, my father and I were the last danes to farm Foley Brook, since 94 we lease the farms to another business but proud to say my Dad Peter still owns the home farms,,again,,,great read and Happy Happy 145 year BDay this year New Denmark,, we will see you for your BDay in June,,Cheerzzz

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  14. Gayle Pedersen Maxwell
    March 22, 2017

    My sisters Donna crawford , Vicki Lagace, Lisa DeGooyer & Paula Pedersen are the daughters of Herluf & Reta Pedersen & all so proud of our Danish heritage. We all had a wonderful loving upbringing on our parents potato farm in New Denmark. My Dad was never blessed with a son, but his 5 daughters worked along side him through their growing years & he was so proud of us of all. Dad unfortunately has long passed away & Mom carried on the farm for a year after his departure. She has Continued to be the loving mother, Bestomor & Great Bestomor to us all.
    New Denmark is a wonderful place to call HOME!!????????

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  15. Keith Elwell
    January 8, 2017

    My Great Grandfather, Soren (Anderson) Klokkedal came to New Denmark from Denmark with his wife and three children in 1872. I am looking for any info available about this family.

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    • Karl Johnsen
      March 22, 2017

      I don’t know much apart from the fact that there is a very steep hill that bears his name. But next time I call him I will ask my Dad if he knows anything about the Klokkedal family.

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    • Clifford Hendricksen
      May 15, 2019

      See a video on the web. Google: “CBC Still Standing New Denmark” It is a video about New Denmark. I was born and raised on the Klokkedahl hill. There is a Web site in Denmark called the “Danish Data Archives” is information when they left Denmark.

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      • DOREEN LARSEN Wilson
        December 7, 2019

        Hi Clifford Hendricksen, my first cousin. You have done so much with our family tree. I would love to read your findings.

        I was born on Sept 1948 in Grand Falls NB to Rowena Hendricksen and William LARSEN. I moved to Toronto in 1960. Anyone with info on both my parents who were also from New DENMARK I would love to read any info you may have.

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  16. Nila Christensen
    December 23, 2016

    I am from New Denmark and love reading the stories of our ancestors and how they struggled in those early years of immigration. I wished I knew more of the language now that I’m older. It is a beautiful part of New Brunswick and I am proud of my hertiage.

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    • A Smith
      December 19, 2018

      I am trying to help my husband find his relatives, Christensen family…his mother was Darlene Joan Christensen, born around 1939 in new denmark we believe. Her parents were still alive there in 1962, when my husband was born in Calgary, AB. His mother was not married, had lived in Kelowna BC for a time, until she moved to Calgary to have her baby. My husband was given up for adoption very early, and was adopted to a family named Smith at 2 weeks of age.His adoptive mother only gave him any information about his adoption in the last couple years, although he always knew he was adopted. We have children, and knowing some family history would be very nice to have for them and my husband.

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      • Whalen Judi
        December 6, 2019

        See Clifford Hendricksen’s post 15 May, 2019

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  17. Thomas Goodine
    December 22, 2016

    I am a descendant of the original Danes who immigrated to New Denmark; I can verify the keeping of heritage part. My mother’s siblings, which are sixth generation, are completely Danish – I am half. My grandparent’s generation learned to speak Danish before English, speaking mostly Danish at home. The community also puts together Danish summer school to teach kids how to speak Danish, and there are a number of heritage holidays/traditions. For example, we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve, rather than Day.

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  18. Leslie Petersen
    December 21, 2016

    Thank you,that was great.I wish the names had been published as I’m a descendant of these immigrants.

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