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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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Anne M. (Olson) Strand
Anne M. (Olson) Strand
Studio portrait

Inscription (by Amanda Larson): "Aunt Annie - Mother's sister"
Photographer: Miller Portraits, Minneapolis
Provenance: Amanda Larson to Karen Larson Noecker 
S/S <i>Hammonia</i>
S/S Hammonia
Built in 1855 for the Hamburg-America Line, she was their first steamship. In 1864 she was sold to the Allen Line, re-christened the S/S Belgian and put into service on the Liverpool-Quebec route. 
The First Northwestern Norwegian Annual Conference Members, 1880
The First Northwestern Norwegian Annual Conference Members, 1880
Poster commemorating the creation of the Norwegian-Danish Conference
Asle Knudsen is third from the left in the bottom row. 


Melville, Eliza
   b. 18 Jan 1894, Beaulieu Township, Pembina County, North Dakota
Hazen, Frank Shaw
   b. 14 Aug 1888, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Fosse, Torkel Torkelson
   b. Dec 1813, Stjernegjerd, Feios, Sogn, Norway
Helgeson, Ellen Ophelia
   b. 24 Jun 1878, Newburg, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Halvorson, Helge
   b. May 1797, Bjørøyslåtta, Ål, Buskerud, Norway
Helgeson, Halvor O.
   b. 11 Mar 1863, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
McCormick, Alexander George
   b. 27 May 1833, Charlottenburg, Glengarry County, Ontario
Knudson, Albert Cornelius
   b. 23 Jan 1873, Grand Meadow Township, Mower County, Minnesota
Knudsen, Rev. Asle
   b. 19 Jan 1844, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Olson, Anne M.
   b. 5 Jan 1870, Sørdal, Vanylven, Sunnmøre, Norway

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