Author Archives: ljhlaura

Dutch after all: testing Mom …

It was a quite straightforward message from Ancestry: “S. Hendrickson is your Mother.” It was not unexpected — because she is my mother — but it’s still beyond me how they knew. Confidence level? Extremely High. It’s been only a … Continue reading

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Genealogical surprises: My colonial Virginia roots

With the arrival of Independence Day this year, I decided to look more closely at ancestors living in America when that fateful declaration of independence was made. Adam Darnell, for one, was a Revolutionary War soldier, born in Virginia. It’s … Continue reading

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So … I had my DNA tested …

Although I am fully American by birth and upbringing, genetically speaking I’ve always known myself to be a product of the people surrounding the North Sea. At least this was my understanding as I embarked on a genealogical DNA test. … Continue reading

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Discovering a poet (temporary post)

Norwegian Rivers Joseph Langland (1917- 2007) written by Joseph Langland for the sesquicentennial of Norwegian immigration to the United States, 1975 “Yah, they are so kind of restless, rushing around hills and tumbling the polished stones; they always have somewhere … Continue reading

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My first visit to RootsTech in Salt Lake City

If I were a better blogger, I’d have posted daily about my recent RootsTech 2016 experience in Salt Lake City while I was there, rather than waiting until I was safely ensconced back in my warm Austin home. In my defense, … Continue reading

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Branching out with blogging

One of the great things about embarking on my family history quest is traveling to the places my ancestors lived in the United States. Over the last few years this has taken me to the Midwest many times, with the added … Continue reading

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Picturing Arne and Marit

I see so much character and history in those faces on the left, and given all that I’ve learned about the people pictured, I wish I could meet and talk with them. By all available accounts, this is Arne and Marit Malum, our … Continue reading

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Genealogy DNA Test: Yes or No?

It’s been a few years since I began debating whether to do a DNA test to supplement my genealogy research. Yes, I have all kinds of qualms. And yet it is just so compelling. Why would I even consider it? … Continue reading

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Letters to the Netherlands: May we be childlike and humble …

Not long ago, I learned a saying: “One Dutchman, a theologian. Two Dutchmen, a church. Three Dutchmen, a schism.” There is truth in this. Our great-great grandfather, Jan Willem, migrated to America from the Netherlands with his wife and children in 1889. … Continue reading

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The death of Peder Malum: I wish I’d known him …

In recent years, I’ve come into possession of a lot of information about our Norwegian ancestors who settled in Iowa. Sometimes it’s the result of diligent, focused searching, and sometimes it’s somewhat random … what some would call “luck” but I prefer to … Continue reading

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