About a month ago, with the assistance of a real live Norwegian who was able to decipher some of the Norwegian gothic script from the parish wedding document of my great great great grandparents, Ole and Mari Finnestad, I learned where Ole was born.
Once I was able to confirm that Ole Olson (Finnestad) was born at the Søndenå farm, in Sauda, Rogaland County I was able to track back the Finnestad family as far back as 1390.
Considering the Black Plague was in 1350 AND documents in the middle ages are rather rare, I am not sure whether I'll be able to go much further. I have yet to list these "pre-Ole Olson Finnestad" ancestors on my spreadsheet but will try to do so in the next few weeks.
Also, with the recent help of Rose Kolberg, the great great granddaughter of Ole and Mari Finnestad, I was able to add additional Vallem names and their descendants to the family tree.
Rose also had provided me with the married name of Bertha, one of my great great grandfather's twin sisters, Iverdine and Bertha. Bertha and husband Andrew did not have any children so their branch ends with them.
Today, while searching online, I came across what I believe is Iverdine's married name and the children from that marriage, along with several of the descendants of that branch.
In just the past week, I have added probably close to a 100 new family members. At this point the Finnestad family tree is pretty extensive and rather time consuming to take it all in.