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Jensens, Part 5: Udflyttede - Emigration

So it's the day after your wedding in northern Norway in 1869. What do you do? Why, leave your country for America, of course.

Literally THE NEXT DAY after they were married, Jacob and Ingeborg started their journey to America. They first had to make their way by land and water 165 miles to Trondheim to take a steamer to America. They would have said goodbye to all of their family knowing they'd likely never see any of them again, packed up a few belongings like some drinking glasses and a spinning wheel, and set out for the unknown.

Between 1836 and 1865, it is estimated that 200,000 people left Norway, mostly for the United States and Canada. In the 1860s, emigration increased since steamers decreased your travel time from 2-3 months down to 2-3 weeks. Jacob and Ingeborg had set their sights on Sioux City, Iowa. In 1869, that's as far as the railroad went.

Photo: Ingeborg's spinning wheel.

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