Deuteronomy 32:7Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.
"Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about."
— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
Category Archives: Hendrickson
“She always had time for me,” Dad said. It’s probably the most important thing I remember my dad saying about his paternal grandmother, Petra Malum Hendrickson. Petra was born in the village of Faeberg, near Lillehammer, Norway, more than 150 … Continue reading
It’s been just about a month and a half since we lost my dad. And today my parents’ church observed All Saints Sunday, honoring those who have passed on in the last year. It seemed like an appropriate time to … Continue reading
I have only a few photographs of my great grandmother, Petra Malum Hendrickson. Here she is, on the far right, with her daughter, my great Aunt Bert. I wonder where they were going that day in those smart hats. And who thought … Continue reading
According to newspaper archives, in February 1915 our grandfather, then about 12, and several other ancestors and friends attended a gathering at the farm home of our great aunt Anna Malum Tolstrup and her husband Hans. The occasion honored the Tolstrups’ move … Continue reading
My sister and me, Christmas, 1960s Wishing everyone a blessed Christmas and new year!
We are a family from Iowa. On both sides. Sure, our grandfather talked about his ancestors being from Illinois, but since he himself grew up in Iowa and his parents are laid to rest there — right in the middle … Continue reading
Old newspapers keep turning up unexpected treasures in my family history quest. One example is a story about a Hendrickson family reunion on a late summer day in 1927 at Radcliffe Park in Central Iowa. My great-grandparents attended, as did … Continue reading
When in my research I found suggestions that some of our ancestors, after sailing from Norway, had arrived on the coast of Quebec, rather than New York, my first reaction was skepticism. After seeing such suggestions about more than one … Continue reading
It’s hard to say just why, but I’m fascinated to start learning more about the man from whom the Hendrickson family derived its name. I’ve always known that Hendrickson means “son of Hendrick,” but it was just a vague historical … Continue reading