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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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Siblings Nels Larson & Martha Pederson in Canada
Siblings Nels Larson & Martha Pederson in Canada
l. to r.: Nels Larson, Martha (Larson) Pederson and Herman Olson, their nephew.
Taken on Herman Olson's farm near Chipman, Alberta

Handwritten notes by Amanda Larson

-- Thanks to George Olson for identifying his father Herman in this photograph.

Cecilia (Larson) Wiltzen extended family
Cecilia (Larson) Wiltzen extended family
l. to r. Martha (Larson) Pederson, unknown, Olive Wiltzen, Nels O Larson, Cecilia (Larson) Wiltzen, unknown, Olaf Wiltzen

-- Thanks to June Koch for helping to identify the people in this photo.

Ole & Martha (Larson) Pederson with their first child
Ole & Martha (Larson) Pederson with their first child
Studio portrait

Photographer: Mathers, Edmonton, N.W.T.

Provenence: Amanda Larson to Karen Larson Noecker 


Fosse, Torkel Torkelson
   b. Dec 1813, Stjernegjerd, Feios, Sogn, Norway
McConnell, Elizabeth
   b. 1833, Hawkesbury, Prescott County, Ontario
Amo, Jenney
   b. 1801, Ireland
McConnell, William
   b. 1801, Ireland
Larson, Nels O
   b. 23 Jun 1869, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Knudsen, Rev. Asle
   b. 19 Jan 1844, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Melville, Hugh
   b. ca. 1801, Kirkliston, West Lothian, Scotland
Halvorson, Helge
   b. 1797, Bjørøyslåtta, Ål, Hallingdal, Norway
Helgeson, Ingemon O.
   b. 2 Jan 1861, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Petersen, Hans
   b. 4 Mar 1872, Fakse, Præstø, Denmark

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