Our Dahlby Family: First Others in Cumberland WI

Gunder Olsen Dahlby and our own Elen Oline Olsdatter were storied pioneers in the annals of Wisconsin immigration. Their Norwegian heritage was equally exciting and largely unknown in those tales, so we will meld their old and new world experiences. If the Church Books be true, then Gunder arrived in Elen's neighborhood in 1871.1 They … Continue reading Our Dahlby Family: First Others in Cumberland WI

Those Fiplingkrogen Tales Of Mali Hemmingsdatter (1809-1888)

Dad consigned Mali Hemmingsdatter (1809-1888) to mere mention in our Family History. Ah, but some intriguing stories will go untold if her ancestral girl power is allowed to go unappreciated. She was little sister in the group of four adults in Generation 2: Hemmingsen, of Nord-Trondelag County, Norway. Now, it is so that her brothers … Continue reading Those Fiplingkrogen Tales Of Mali Hemmingsdatter (1809-1888)

Matt Hemmingsen 1867-1976: Uncle’s photo – but for a decade?

For sure, Benjamin Mikael Arntsberg, son of Mathias Bentsen and Marith Johnsdtr was born on 16 Sep 1848, as published in the Church Book of Vefsn Parish, Norway.1 He was Great Granny Beret's brother. Poor her, gone so early, just one year into her American experience and apparently no headstone erected around which to grieve. … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen 1867-1976: Uncle’s photo – but for a decade?

Matt Hemmingsen 1876-1967: In The Beginning Again.

We can never get to the beginning, but for a solid Generation One we will settle on Hemming Sivertsen and his wife, Guro Olsdatter.1 They were born about 1762 and 1771 respectively, of heritage long established around the Trondheim area of Trondelag County, Norway. OH! Those names may be familiar. We published Early Hemmingsen Ancestry: … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen 1876-1967: In The Beginning Again.

The Adoption Witness: What Did Sandra Merry Really Say About Granddad?

Reader pick: on old Scottish friends of Lanarkshire; James Dickson (1882-1969) and James Merry (1882-1970) - or - on an emigrant's farewell at the docks of Glasgow - or - who was Sandra Merry. Sandra Merry was the daughter of Granddad’s old Scottish friend, James Merry. When touring Scotland with Granddad in the 1960s, we … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: What Did Sandra Merry Really Say About Granddad?

The Adoption Witness: Ellen Berrigan; Perils and Pearls by Sea to Poughkeepsie

We sought Ellen, wife of Daniel Kelly of Poughkeepsie, NY, in connection to a possible link with our own genealogy.1 By best estimate, she was born in Ireland in 1825 and died about 1913.2a That she was born Berrigan is supported by newly released Roman Catholic Baptismal Records, which held listing for one of her … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Ellen Berrigan; Perils and Pearls by Sea to Poughkeepsie

The Adoption Witness: Materializing Ghosts

Elizabeth Hanson appeared in the 1851 Census of Bothwell, Scotland for Bo’ness Road.1a Captured at ScotlandsPeople (SP), the record was posted in this order: herself and her Hanson children, a family of five Moore lodgers, and Eliza Kelly. The order suggested three family types. Of the Hanson children, Sarah was 11, Agnes 7, Richard 5 … Continue reading The Adoption Witness: Materializing Ghosts

The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: Tøger Arneson Or Torger Hemmingson, son of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter

Torger was the step-son of our great grandfather, Ole Hemmingson. He was born in 1887 Norway, the first child of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter. He passed in 1911, a bachelor of about twenty-four years. His death was accidental, as told by the daughter of his half-sister, Mildred. We know him as family. Yet, he is elusive to … Continue reading The Adoption Witness On Ancestry: Tøger Arneson Or Torger Hemmingson, son of Alette Ingebrigtsdatter

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Intermission; Etta Weds, Photos ca 1900

We are pleased to share some early photos of Matt's adored elder sister, the unforgettable Etta Church. It was she who detained in Norway with him for over a year; two preteens pining to join their parents and siblings in America. In late November 1887, they did just that.1 Matt credited her, in his Memoirs, … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Intermission; Etta Weds, Photos ca 1900

Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Family Leave circa 1907 and Epic Tsolum River Logjam

As our last post closed, Matt Hemmingsen was mourning the death of his young wife of two years, the lovely Caroline Dybedal.1 The couple had made their way to Chemainus on Vancouver Island by June 1906, to relocate and for Matt to apply his technical expertise to an intractable logging debacle. But an emerging illness … Continue reading Matt Hemmingsen (1876-1967) Memoirs: Family Leave circa 1907 and Epic Tsolum River Logjam