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Henrik Jensen
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Lillian Christensen
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In mid 1800 a German named Heinrich Gehrcke came to Denmark.

He was a railroad worker from Belsch, Mecklenburg, Germany who was "imported" to build the Danish railroads. In Denmark he had a son Johan Henrik Peter Gehrcke and here, our genealogical tree starts.

In November of 1910 Johan's oldest Son, Alfred Emilius Jørgen Gehrcke emmigrated to America. At Ellis Island his last name was registered as Gierke.

On the ship Hellig Olav, Alfred met Marthea Danielsen, they were married in March of 1912. Alfred and Marthea had 8 children (6 sons who lived to adulthood and two daughters who died very young), 22 grandchildren, and currently there is known to be 11 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren.

Gehrcke, Gierke, Gjerke ...

Johan Henrik Peter Gehrcke was born Gehrcke, but on Hansine's legitimation card from 1941 her name is Gjerke. It seems that the whole family changed to Gjerke and later back again to Gehrcke.

At that time German names could not have been very popular in Denmark. Johan's children called him Hans; a more Danish name, so it is fair to assume the changed family name was because of this.

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Gelsted Parish, Sjørslev Parish, Olsker Parish, Gävle, Hostrup Parish, Rønne Parish, North Dakota, Østermarie Parish, Hjerting Parish, Klemensker Parish

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Decleration of Intention for Alfred Gierke
State of Nebraska, Washington County, in the District Court of 4th Judicial Dist.
Alfred Jorgen Amelius Gierke, aged 22 years, occupation Laborer, do declare on oath that my personal description is: Color: White, Compexion: Fair, Height 5 feet, 9 inches. Weight: 155 pounds, color of hair: Light, Color of eyes: Gray.
I was born in Horsens, Denmark,
on the 8th day of August, anno Domini 1890; I now reside at Arlington, Nebraska.
I emigrated to the United States of America from Copenhagen, Denmark on the vessel Hellig Olav, my last foreign residense was Skanderborg, Denmark, 
It is my bona fide intention to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to Christian X, King of Denmark, of whom I am now a subject;
I arrived at the port of New York in the State of New York, on or about the 29th day of November, anno Domini 1910: I am not an anarchist; I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy; and it is my intention in good faith to become a citizen of the United States of America and to permanently reside therin:
So Help me God.Tenna Jensen, Jonas Jensen, Mikkel Jensen, Edel Christensen, Michael Gehrcke, Nanna Gehrcke, Kirsten Jensen, John Gehrcke, Henrik Bo Jensen, Lone Gehrcke, Kimmie Jensen, Sandra Gehrcke, Naja Gehrcke, Thomas Fredskov Dyreholt, Stephanie Gehrcke, Casper Jean Gehrcke, Sophie Gehrcke, Tina Gehrcke, Kimmie GehrckeAlfred Sr and Marthea with sons, Henry (far right), William, Alfred Jr (standing on car with the wild blonde hair) and Earl (the baby with Marthea).  They are all posed with their first automobile, a 1923 OverlandFamily reunion September 3. 2011.
Standing: Ib and Marianne, Sara and Casper, Anne and Steen, Jan and Via. Do not remember the names of Lone's two daughters! - next Tina Gehrcke.
Sitting: Finn, Hans, Poul-Henning, John and Lone GehrckeHansine Gehrcke, born Hansen.