Postcard Bonanza: Kvam, Inderoen, Norway

I love this old postcard.  It was sent to my great-great grandfather, Peter Andreas Peterson Melhus by his sister, Elen Pauline Petersdatter (Melhus) Kvam.

Peter immigrated to the United States in 1888 and settled in Franklin, Renville county, Minnestota {big surprise that my Norwegian ancestors settled in MN, huh?}

Kvam was a farm in Inderoen, Norway – near Trondheim.

Peter’s sister, Pauline married Johannes Erikssen Kvam and I’m assuming that this is where they lived since she didn’t immigrate to the US like Peter did. What do you think – is this their house or perhaps just near where they lived?


Interestingly enough, Peter’s wife’s maiden name was Anna Margret Kvam.  I don’t know if she is related to Pauline’s husband or if perhaps they just lived on the same farm and took the same name.

I might be able to solve the mystery if I could actually translate the message on the postcard.  But it happens to be in Norwegian.  Which I don’t speak.  I can pick out the “Dear Brother” and “Your Sister, Pauline'” and something about a picture of Kvam, but that’s about it.

Does anyone out there know what this says??  Is it just small talk or is there something important there?


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  • Heather Roelker - August 30, 2011 - 7:56 am

    Jen-check out It will translate Norwegian.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Burris Blakley - August 30, 2011 - 12:41 pm

    Have you tried typing out what you think it says – then go to Google Translate and see what you get…

    I’ve been having to do that with Norwegian and Swedish lately for some work I’m doing on my BIL’s direct lines.ReplyCancel

  • Øystein Ellingsen - October 25, 2011 - 10:34 am

    It says:

    “Dear brother! (I’m) sending you a picture of Kvam. (I) hope you recognize it. We are all alive and healthy. It would be fun to hear from you sometime. (I) hope you will write to me soon. I wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year. Friendly regards to you and your family from your sister Pauline”

    I saw your Facebook-profile on Ellingsen slekt.ReplyCancel

    • Jen - October 25, 2011 - 11:32 am

      Thank you so much!!!ReplyCancel

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