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: IOWA (Central)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Local newspapers from 1920s Iowa are giving me a tiny window onto my ancestors’ daily lives. These small-town papers provide snapshots of ordinary days — travels and family visits, for the most part — that help paint a picture of … Continue reading