Martin's Magazine

Help Karen!

I recently got a mail from Karen Cuccinello where she ask me to help find her long lost relative Kristian Overlie. Here is Karen's story:

My Grandmother who is 100% Norwegian and born in the USA will be 101 years old in February and would very much like to find her long lost uncle Kristian (Christian) Amundsen Overlie (Overlee or Lie). Kristian was born in Oyer (Oier) Norway 6/29/1877 the youngest of 8

Kristian Overlie about 1903

Kari and Amund Overlie with son Kristian in Gudbrandsdalen, Norway possibly 1890

Kristian Overlie's intention papers filed in Benson. MN 1898

He came to the USA in March of 1895 age 18 with his sister Ingeborg on the SS Cameo and went to Benson Minnesota where his 3 brothers Mathias, Ole and Anton were. He filed his Intention Paper for citizenship in Benson, MN in June 1898 but did not complete the naturalization process as far as I know. He enlisted in the army 6/1/1899 in St. Paul,MN went to SanFransisco, CA and was discharged 6/15/1899 never being assigned to a military unit. In March of 1914 Kristian visited my Grandmothers house as she and her parents were packing to go visit Norway. Kristian visited with other relatives for a few weeks in MN and ND and said he was going to go to Montana, never to be heard from again.
During his visit an Aunt supposedly found a gun under his pillow and there was talk of a "neck tie party"(possibly a hanging). Another story has him coming back to MN after going to MT and met my Great Grandfather Mathias Overlie in Minneapolis, MN then went to South America. I also heard he may have made some money as a butcher in Chicago,IL previous to coming to Benson, MN in 1914. Where oh where did Kristian end up?
Karen Cuccinello
Summit, NY USA

On my request Karen provided a little bio:

Karen Cuccinello

My interest in genealogy began because my Mom Connie Iverson McLaughlin (also 100% Norwegian because both her parents are 100% Norwegian) would often draw me a pie graph showing my heritage. I am half Norwegian, one quarter Scotch Irish, one eighth Dutch, one eighth English and a splash of French. I gathered the bulk of my family tree around 1980 (this was before the internet age, so I did lots of letter writing) after finding a bunch of genealogy notes my Grandmother McLaughlin compiled. My Grandma McLaughlin died when I was 13 (long before I had a real interest in genealogy) but I believe my interest in genealogy came from her. So I started working on my Dutch and English (sorry, the Norwegian wasn't first) family lines first (they go back to the 1600's), then my Irish, then Norwegian (family back to the 1500's), then my husbands 3/4 Italian and 1/4 German family trees. Throughout all my research I found Norway to be the BEST country to get family information from. I have continued to work on my family tree on and off for 25 years and have an entire file cabinet drawer filled with letters, pictures, graphs, newspaper articles etc. On my Christmas tree I have ornaments that represent all of the countries of our heritage.
I guess my favorite Norwegian conection that I made while compiling family tree info.was with one of my Iverson relations from Chicago,IL. He had a beautiful print professionally made of our Iverson Tree with viking ships etc. all drawn around the edge of the paper and gave me 5 of them for myself and family.
So I hope to pass on the genealogy bug to my 2 children now in their 20's (as of yet no interest though)by drawing them a pie graph of their heritage: 2/3 Italian, 1/4 Norwegian, 1/8 German, 1/8 Scotch Irish, 1/16 Dutch and English, and of course a splash of French.

Can you help Karen find her long lost relative?

Send a mail to Karen Cuccinello or to me by using the email address at the contact information page.

Back to stories

Back to opening page