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: NORWAY
My “Norwegianness” has been refined. Ancestry has been updating DNA estimates again, placing me in five distinct subgroups of Norwegian DNA. That’s pretty … specific. This is mostly confirmation of known info, but the named sub-categories should provide more specific … Continue reading
“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
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
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
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
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
I’ve been away for a bit and am still catching up with my own blog and those I follow. While I was away, one thing I did was tour a lovely little museum in northeast Iowa that shows the experience … 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