I am looking for information on two of my grandmother's cousins who emigrated from Lesja, Oppland, Norway to the Hanska, MN area - Carl and Andrew Bellrud.
Carl Anton/Anthony Bellrud / Karl Anton Bjølverud (06 Jan 1880 Lesja - 17 Aug 1934 Billings, MT)
m. Clara / Carrie / Cary LastNameUnknown, possibly Hovde (Birthdate unclear: 21 Sep 1874 or abt 1887, Birthplace unclear: Norway or Hanska, MN. Parents always listed as from Norway in records. Death date: Possibly 23 Jul 1960 in Brown Cty, MN - but there is a death of a Clara Bellrud in Wisconsin records the day before.)
There is a Clara Hovde (father, Thomas Hovde) in the 1910 census with a dob abt 1886. I'm not sure if this is the family, but "Hovde" is Clara's mother's name as reported on her death record.
Carl and Clara eventually moved to Billings, Montana. When Carl died, Clara apparently moved back to Hanska and married Andrew.
Andrew Bellrud / Andreas Bjølverud (20 May 1882 Lesja - 12 Jul 1956 Watonwan, Minnesota, USA)
m. Borgine (Gina) Pladsen (Feb 1875 MN? - 02 Sep 1936 Brown, Minnesota, USA) on 21 Nov 1910
m. Clara Bellrud circa 1935/36?
Possible spellings: Belrood, Balrad, Bellrude, Bjolvrud, etc.
If there is anyone with Brown county connections who could help me, I'd love to get copies of obits and anything else that might help me learn more about them. My grandmother apparently never knew that they had immigrated. I've been searching for these people for more than 15 years. Have found interesting things in Norwegian records, but have reached an impasse with USA records/Ancestry.com.