Researching Family History: The great escape of Maren Johanne Rasmussen — my great-great-grandmother

Published: Tuesday, April 17 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

Captain A. Foyen was the master and part owner of the ship. He accepted the passage of Rasmussen and the other 200 Scandinavian Saints on the ship, which also was scheduled to go to New York. The Saints were organized under the presidency of Niels Nielsen, with Jens Gregorsen and Carl Fred Rundquist. Rasmussen and the others considered themselves blessed to have this cargo ship available to take them to America.

Anchor was lifted on June, 1, 1866, and after an eight week voyage it docked at New York on July 31, 1866.

Genealogy graduate Russell Bangerter is president of Ancestral Connections Inc. at He is a professional genealogist, author and speaker; and he is adviser to Treasured Souls To Keep, at

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