Category Archives: IOWA (Central)

Petra Hendrickson: Born in Norway, she lived a classic American farm life

“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

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Happy Birthday, Grandma: Dorothy Hendrickson, 1904 – 1991

My grandmother was born 115 years ago today. Both of my grandmothers were born in March. Today, though, is the 115th anniversary of the birth of my paternal grandmother, Dorothy Mignonette Clausen Hendrickson. Taking cues from other family history bloggers, … Continue reading

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Scandinavian after all … more on DNA

I feel like Ancestry generally gets it right. Dad is of Scandinavian heritage … 68 percent, according to Ancestry. It’s close to what you’d expect for someone with three Scandinavian grandparents — two Norwegian and one Danish. One of his … Continue reading

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Photo mysteries

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

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In the news … gathering at the Tolstrups

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

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Climbing through those Illinois branches

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

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Wednesday’s Child: the Clausen sons

This gravestone was discovered on a walk through a small-town Iowa cemetery … on a search for the final resting places of our Clausen ancestors. The discovery of a gravestone for Clausen children came as a surprise. J.J. and M.J., … Continue reading

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In the news … 1927 Hendrickson Reunion

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

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They came from Lillehammer

One of the Norwegian branches of our family tree, it seems, passed through Lillehammer long enough for our great-grandmother, Petra, to have been born there. The story is that Petra’s father (shown here) moved from Oyer to Lillehammer for a time before … Continue reading

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Maritime Monday: Norway to America through Port of Quebec

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

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