Ole was born October 4, 1825, as Ole Olsen (Anda) on the Anda farm in the parish of Klepp, near Stavanger.
His parents were Ole Toresen (Njå)
and Anna Malena Torresdatter (Kalberg). He left Klepp in 1843 for a series of other places in Norway, and was
living in Einstapvoll, Valestrand, when he departed for Chicago, following his own son, John, who family tradition says was
the first of the Andas to come to Chicago. Ole died April 22, 1914, and is buried in the Anda family plot at Rosehill
There is a completed book on Ole Anda and his ancestors in the parishes of Klepp and Time, near Stavanger. Ole Anda Book
This is the Anda family tree currently available: Anda chart
We also have copies of the correspondence between various members of the Anda family and the brother of Ole's wife, Ingeborg.
See the Kloster
These are seals from direct ancestors in the Anda family: Anda seals
They were known as bumerke
, and gave each family a distinctive design to use in seals on official
documents. Here is a useful explanation from the web: Norwegian Bumerke
This is a link to a short history of the Lutheran church of which Ole was a devoted member, first in Humboldt Park, then
in Norwood Park (where it remains today): Zion Lutheran Church
Many mambers of the Anda and Kloster family, ioncluding Ole and Ingeborg, are buried in Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery.