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ELLINGSGARD's of Brooklyn

Updated November 3, 2010

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The current Ellingsgard clan consists of Dad (since Grandma passed away in June of 1997), seven(7) daughters, two(2) sons, twenty-one(21) grandchildren, four(4) great grandchildren, approximately six(6) dogs, three(3) cats and two(2) birds.

Second generation surnames are SMITH & PETERKIN Next generation brought in KING, LAUSTSEN, and CAMPBELL. Then came MICHAELIS, FOLEY, LOMBARDI, MUOIO, BORRERO, and FERNANDEZ.

We came from the Faeroe Islands which is part of Denmark. Our ancestor, Hans Petur (Olsen) Ellingsgaard and his family left the Faeroe Islands, boarded a ship in Kobenhavn Denmark and settled in Brooklyn, NY in 1872 according to 1910 U S Census. The earliest ancestor, I now have knowledge of, went to Faeroe Islands from Norway. The original spelling was ELLINGSGAARD.

Most of the new information I have I gained from a contact in Denmark who turns out to be a distant cousin. It has taken me over a decade of research and letters to finally find that one link back to the old country which is where I gained the information about my great grandfathers' mother and three sisters. We have finally been able to contact descendants of Great Grandfather John's oldest sister, Elisabeth Margarthe. She married Iver O Jacobsen which I confirmed thru the LDS Family History Center. The other two sisters, Anna and Oluffa, still remain a mystery.

Information I have included in the family tree below I confirmed thru various U S Census, the Danish Database Censuses and the LDS Family History Center. Information that has not yet been included has not been confirmed. Links to all of these can be found below.

In 2004, one of our twigs served a few months over in Kuwait. Sgt Brian Michaelis served in the military for about 15 years. He served four active years in the Marine Corps then went to the Marine Corps Reserves. He then switched to the Army Reserves.

His tent buddies in Kuwait posted a website for family and friends. The idea was to give family and friends an idea of what they did and how they were doing so far from Home. Please visit: or click on the link below.

A new link has now been added to view a picture of our Danish cousin, Torben Ellingsgaard, who served in Afganistan. You can also click on their link "fotoalbum" to see more pictures. This is the second known twig to be fighting oversees in this generation.

We've come a long way since the beginning of our search for the ancestors in Denmark and Faeroe Islands. In the past two or three years we have added lots of names and dates and made personal contacts. Torben Ellingsgaard has been here to the states (actually New York) and visited with some of my siblings and he hopes to make it to Florida this fall.

Well that was a while ago. Torben never did make it to Florida, but his sister Anette also visited the family in NY a few years ago.

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  • ELLINGSGARD's of Brooklyn (158 KB)
    This tree contains almost 800 people, 10 generations and 174 different surnames from Norway, Denmark (Faeroe Islands), England, Ireland, New York, and Pennsyvania
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