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While still in high school, I became interested in researching our family history. Since then I have accumulated a collection of official documents, church records, photographs and other artifacts. By creating this site I hope to pass this interest on to future generations and to preserve many of the photos and other documents created and collected by myself and others of this and previous generations.

This site is also intended to be a place where family can collaborate and share genealogy information as well as media, stories, documents and anything else that helps to portray a more complete picture of each individual. We continually add to and improve this site, so check back often!

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The 1950 Census is here!

The 1950 United States Census was released earlier this year and is now available on Ancestry (properly indexed!) as well as the National Archives web site. Of all the persons profiled on this site who were living in the US in 1950, I have been able to find the census record for all but two of them; Wm. Ernest Melville and Raymond E. Helgeson. If anyone knows where these two men were living in 1950, please let me know.

For a list of all 1950 census records go here.

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Knudsen Family - 1904
Knudsen Family - 1904
Back row: Stella, Albert, Nettie
Front row: Adella, Susan, Asle, Tena 
Susan T. Knudsen
Susan T. Knudsen
Undated studio portrait

Provenance: Enclosed in a letter from Adella (Knudsen) Swenson for Susan (Larson) Schmitt, 1957 
Photo with autograph
Photo with autograph
Inscription on back:
"From Rev Knudsen, May 1916, to C. F. Anderson"

This "calling card" is dated 1916 but the photo itself dates back to at least 1901. 
Asle Knudsen, ca. 1880
Asle Knudsen, ca. 1880
Carte de visite - studio portrait printed on card stock, 2¼” x 4”

Photographer: A. W. Adams, Decorah, Iowa

Provenance: A gift from Nancy Dunn who inherited it from her grandmother who was the daughter of Jane Thune, a member of the Washington Prairie Norwegian Methodist Church during Asle's pastorate there. 


Rollins, John
   b. 12 Mar 1826, England
Knudsdatter, Mari
   b. 4 Aug 1857, Vestreim, Hol, Buskerud, Norway
Knudsen, Guri
   b. 20 Jan 1855, Vestreim, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
McConnell, Elizabeth
   b. 1833, County Antrim, Ireland
McCormick, Henry
   b. 1815, Eden Island Townland, Donagh Civil Parish, County Monaghan, Ireland
Carretero, Isabel
   b. 1857, Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Utigard, Knut K.
   b. 27 Oct 1837, Nesset, Romsdalen, Norway
Melville, Barbara
   b. ca. 1796, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Melville, James
   b. 14 Feb 1829, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
McCormick, Alexander
   b. ca. 1821, Eden Island Townland, Donagh Civil Parish, County Monaghan, Ireland

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