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Marriage Certificate for Hans Jacobsen and Tena Petersen, 1911


2005.040.003 - Gift of Elaine Jacobsen Doonan, in memory of Hans and Tene Jacobsen


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This very decorative marriage certificate was intended to be displayed in the couple's home, in addition to the official paperwork filed at the church or courthouse. It still includes important information such as the names of witnesses, the officiant, and the place and date of the marriage ceremony.

Hans Jacobsen was born November 6, 1883, in Jackson Township, Shelby County, Iowa. He was the youngest son of Jacob and Bertha Rasmussen Jacobsen. On February 28, 1911, Hans married Tena Petersen, daughter of Eske and Karen Nissen Petersen. Tena was born June 12, 1889, in Jackson Township. Hans and Tena were baptized, confirmed, and married at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Jacksonville, Iowa. 


  • Marriage certificate for Hans and Tena Jacobsen, 1911


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