Can somebody perhaps help me tracing the missing parts of my grandfather's history?
His name was Carl Martinus Hansen, born 9 September 1875 in Attrup, Rosmus, Randers, and baptised 21 September 1875 in Veijberg, Sonder Dyrs, Randers.
His father was Martinus Hansen (Just) and his mother was Caroline (sometimes Karoline) Pedersen. They were not married when Carl was born. They married in 10 June 1876 in Rosmus, Randers.
I have found the Census records for Martinus and Caroline for 1880, 1890, 1901 etc. While by 1901 they have six children listed, Carl does not appear in any of the Census records with them. However, the 1901 Census asks: How many living children = 7, and how many children have died = 0 (I assume the 7th child is Carl). I am assuming that his parents were not able to look after him as they were not married (why did they not bring him home when they married?). I have looked to see if he was left with either grandparents, but he was not.
I have not been able to find any trace of Carl in the Census records until 1906, when he is married to Marie Elise Petra Hansen and living in Grena (sorry … English keyboard!), Djurs Norre, Randers. In 1911, and living in Morke , Oster, Lisbjerg, Randers. I know that sometime after that he goes to Estonia, where my father was born. In 1930 he is living in Copenhagen, and he is still there in 1940. He passed away in 1943.
I would very much like to find out what happened to him after he was baptised. I have searched all the Census information for Randers on this site … hundreds of records!!!!! and the Danish Democratic Database without success. I don't know enough about the fostering or adoption system in Denmark at that time to know where he might have gone, or where else to look for him.
By the way … I was born in Denmark, but moved to Australia when I was five. We spoke Danish at home. My mother wrote to me in Danish when I moved to Tasmania, so I can read Danish, but I cannot write in Danish. So if it is easier for whoever is kind enough to help me in my search to write in Danish, please do … I will be able to understand you!