Found Items: 1. Grandma Patrick’s record of Baptism

My mom’s house is a treasure-trove of interesting things. She has stacks, drawers, closets, kneewalls and rooms filled with stuff. Photos, letters, trinkets, newspaper clippings, reel-to-reel videos, and cassette tapes are a few of the items waiting to be discovered in my mom’s house. Some people may consider her a hoarder. I think she’s a keeper of family history.

One of the items I found in a pile of old photographs at my mom’s house was the record of my paternal grandmother’s baptism. She was born in Denmark, so the text is in Danish. The paper is yellowed and old and the spidery handwriting is hard to read. I posted a scan of the baptism record on Facebook with a plea for help deciphering it. Barbara, a long-time friend, suggested that her daughter, whose next door neighbor is from Denmark, might be able to help so I sent Teri an email and attached the scan of the document.

Grandma Patrick's Record of Baptism
Grandma Patrick’s Record of Baptism

After several emails back and forth it was determined that it reads something like this:

Emilie Margrethe Marie Nielsen
Daughter of [kroferpayter] Kristian Nielsen and wife Ane Marie Sorensen(?)
from the city of Rold in the parish of Hindsted in the district of Aalborghus

Born 8 June 1895
baptized in a church 14 July same year

Recorded 13 Dec 1897

I still don’t know what the word or words are just before my great grandfather’s name is. He was an innkeeper and according to Teri’s neighbor kro means tavern or beer establishment. Perhaps the word has something to do with that because it begins with kro.

Here is a photo of the building where my grandmother was born. I’d always thought she’d meant this was the city where she was born — but apparently she was born in the building — which was (and still might be) an inn.

5 thoughts on “Found Items: 1. Grandma Patrick’s record of Baptism

  1. Ooh, that’s lovely. How exciting to think you could visit there one day?! (Yes, I have a one-track mind).

    PS I’m also excited that this will be the first of a number of “found items” posts.


    1. Thanks Mali — I would like to visit someday. We tried in 1985 but no one in Copenhagen or Odense knew where Rold Kro was! No wonder — I had the name wrong. It should have just been Rold. I did email the hotel with a link to the scan of the postcard asking if they are one and the same. Only problem — the prices of the hotel are pretty high. I’m not sure we could afford to stay there the night.


  2. Maybe you could just have a meal there, if the hotel has a restaurant? Although I imagine anywhere in Denmark is expensive (have you read Bill Bryson’s Travels in Europe? He has a very funny chapter about prices in Denmark).

    Thank goodness for hoarders/keepers of family histories.


    1. Yes, Helen, they do have a restaurant — also expensive. I imagine, if we ever did visit, we’d splurge and spend the night and have dinner there. After all — my grandmother was born there — can’t say that about every hotel in Europe.

      I’ll have to read Bryson’s Travels in Europe. He’s a funny guy.


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