Monthly Archives: April 2012

Haugianerne in my home

So I finally got this framed print hanging on the wall in my living room. It’s called Haugianerne, or The Haugeans. The original was painted by Norwegian artist Adolph Tidemand in 1852 and illustrates an 18th to 19th century spiritual revival movement in the Church … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Cousins

Wordless Wednesday

My mother Shirley and her Cousin Lenora

Sioux County, Iowa

1940s

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My Father’s House …

In my cemetery sojourns across Iowa last August, my uncle and I left at least one ancestral gravestone better than we found it. With years of natural debris having accumulated and hardened on the shared 1890s grave marker of Joseph and … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: All is well with us in America

One of the more wonderful discoveries in my family history research has been a collection of turn-of-the-century letters written by my maternal great-great grandfather from Iowa to some of his family and friends who remained in the Netherlands. His letters are … Continue reading

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Finding Martin and Petra

When I headed to Iowa last August, one goal was to escape the Texas heat and another was to find the graves of my paternal great-grandparents, Martin and Petra.  Martin was the American-born son of Norwegian immigrants, and Petra emigrated from … Continue reading

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1940 Census

The 1940 Census was recently released. It was a big day, and I guess lots of people took advantage of it for their family research. I was kind of watching from the sidelines because I just didn’t have time right then. … Continue reading

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