Preserving the historic bond with Norway

July 1, 2019
As time fades away, history has a tendency to fade along with it.
Laural Dikken wears her bunad at the Nordlandslag Stevne banquet in Granite Falls. A bunad is customarily worn in Norway for certain celebrations, such as weddings and

French connection

April 1, 2019
Old suitcase held clues for woman’s family history Family stories are powerful motivators. For Judy Breiter, of Long Prairie, the stories were accompanied by a mysterious suitcase full of letters and photographs. And they took her all the way to ...

Family connections linked back together

July 1, 2018
Connecting the dots on a family’s immigration story This is a story of connections that span an ocean. In Norway there’s Simon Bjørklund and in America there’s his third cousin, Sara Torvik, an Underwood native now living in Maryland. Last ...

Following clues, solving mysteries

May 1, 2016
Genealogists offer tips on how to find interesting family stories, family members “Genealogy is about solving mysteries,” explained Barb Johnson, a research volunteer  from Alexandria who has successfully solved many family-tree riddles. Joan Larson of Alexandria, another genealogy enthusiast added, ...

A fun family tree

December 30, 2013
Olson learns new details about descendants
Roberta Olson
Roberta Olson proudly displays a plaque in her Sauk Centre home verifying that she is a descendant of people who sailed on the Mayflower. Their names, along with those of some of ...