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Christensen family


Biographical History

The Christensen family is a family hailing from the region of Thy (or Thi), Denmark whom relocated to Utah after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints.

With the name originally being "Jensen" prior to the 1780s, the Christensens hailed from the Northwestern provinces of Thy, Viborg, and Gettrup in Denmark. Although the majority of the family had spent their time in the provinces up until the mid-1800s, in the mid-1800s Christen Christensen eventually joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - converting his whole family along him.

Eventually, Christen Christensen's family decided to make the trek to Utah, settling in the town of Manti. While making this transition, Christen's son Lauritz married Else Cathrine Andersen on April 22, 1866, also choosing to settle themselves in Sanpete.

In December of 1872, Lauritz and Else had their child Albert. Eventually, Albert married - giving birth to his daughter Virginia Christensen Keeler in 1901. With her husband Daniel M. Keeler, Virgina later worked on gathering family history documents for the Christensen family - later publishing these under the title "Some Christensens Who Came from Thy."

UPB Files, May 3, 2017 (Pedigree chart of the Christensen family)

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Carol C. Pope sound recordings, 1982-1983

 Series — Box 26: Series 4 [Barcode: 31197239247650]
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains audiocassettes recorded by Carol C. Pope detailing her experience as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Japan from January 1982 to July 1983. Recordings include messages in both English and Japanese. She focuses on mission arrangement and rules, Japanese culture and traditions, and interaction with church members and those studying the church. Also includes recordings from Carol C. Pope's family as correspondence with her.

Dates: 1982-1983

C. C. A. Christensen autobiography and biographies

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309186]
Identifier: MSS SC 1127
Scope and Contents

Typewritten copies of biographies and clippings relating to C. C. A. Christensen (1831-1912). Also included is an autobiography of Christensen that has been translated from the original Danish. Christensen is the most noted Mormon artist who documented much of the Mormon experience through his paintings. He also painted murals to decorate Mormon meeting houses and temples.

Dates: 1900-1970

Cornell Taylor Christensen photographs and negatives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 577
Scope and Contents

Album of photographs taken and assembled by Cornell Taylor Christensen between the 1910s and the 1930s. Includes 293 photographs and 62 negatives documenting Christensen's life and activities.

Dates: approximately 1910-1939

Christensen family photographs

 Collection — Oversize-folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233279592]
Identifier: MSS P 640
Scope and Contents

Christensen family photographs, circa 1890-1905 collections contains three photographs and sketches of the Christensen family.

Dates: approximately 1890-1905

Harold T. Christensen photographs

 Collection — Item 1: [Barcode: 31197233249132]
Identifier: MSS P 581
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 1114 photographs of Christensen's mission to New Zealand, his family, and his friends. Photographs were taken between the 1920s and the 1970s.

Dates: approximately 1920s-1970s

Christiansen family papers, 1804-1966

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 2
Scope and Contents Collection of materials assembled by John R. Christiansen on his ancestors. Most of the materials concern Bishop Robert Lewis Johnson or the John Evans Rees family, of which Christiansen is a direct descendant. Some of the letters to Bishop Johnson were correspondence with prominent leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials include correspondence, postcards, photographs, ledgers, receipts, checks, poetry, claims, newspaper articles, business cards, deeds, legal...
Dates: 1804-1966

John R. Christiansen family papers

Identifier: MSS 4116
Scope and Contents Contains materials regarding John R. Christiansen's professional career in sociology, including interviews, course materials, publications, research, and other materials. Materials cover various topics including emergency preparedness, nuclear war survival, and books John R. Christiansen donated to Brigham Young University, as well as information regarding John R. Christiansen's membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Collection also contains material documenting the...
Dates: 1804-2008

History of the Mormon Church

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328905]
Identifier: MSS SC 2857
Scope and Contents

Genealogies, photocopies of handwritten diaries and articles, family histories, and maps bound in one volume. The materials relate to the Christiansen family members who joined the Mormon Church in Denmark and migrated to Utah. The diaries are by Parley Christiansen (1857-1930), Niels Christian Christiansen (1817-1899), and Christian Christensen (1790-1871) and relate to their conversion to Mormonism, their journey to Utah, and their lives there.

Dates: approximately 1900

John R. Christiansen papers, 1941-1995

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4116 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains materials created by John R. Christiansen as well as other materials he used in research or collected for his work as a sociologist. Includes Books, research papers, manuals, worksheets, talks, bulletins, dissertations, annual reports, photographs, correspondence, and other publications. Many of the materials are related to civil defense and nuclear war survival. Some other topics of the papers include farming, statistics from Kentucky and central Utah, and emergency preparation.

Dates: 1941-1995

Keeler family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2043
Scope and Contents

Contains transcripts of the books "Some Christensens Who Came from Thy" by Virginia C. Keeler and "Build Thee More Stately" by Daniel A. Keeler alongside historical documents pertaining to the creation of those books and to the history of the Keeler family ranging from letters, photographs, and documents from Brigham Young Academy and Brigham Young University. Also includes material pertaining to Joseph B. Keeler, grandfather of Ellen Keeler Thompson. Dated 1847-1990.

Dates: 1847-1990

Additional filters:

Collection 7
Archival Object 4
Photographs 6
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 5
Provo (Utah) 4
Sociologists -- United States 4
Sociology -- Research -- United States 4