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While still in high school, I became interested in researching our family history. Since then I have accumulated a collection of official documents, church records, photographs and other artifacts. By creating this site I hope to pass this interest on to future generations and to preserve many of the photos and other documents created and collected by myself and others of this and previous generations.

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Hans Petersen, inventor of the Linograph

Linograph Model 12
Linograph Model 12

Similar in design and operation to the Linotype, the Linograph is credited with being invented by Hans Pedersen who was born in Denmark in 1872, but emigrated to America at the age of 10 years with his parents. They settled in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and immediately Hans Peterson (he changed the spelling of his name later) got a job at the local Norwegian newspaper, learning to set type by hand, eventually leaving school at age 12 to become a compositor. Read more

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Orrin Helgeson Family
Orrin Helgeson Family
Studio portrait ca. 1916
l. to r.: Eliza, baby Doris, Orrin 
Hol gamle kirke
Hol gamle kirke
The church where Asle was baptized. The oldest section of the church is believed to date from the 13th Century. 


Amo or Hutchinson, Jenney
   b. 1801, Ireland
McConnell, William
   b. 1801, Ireland
Utigard, Knud K.
   b. 27 Oct 1837, Nesset, Romsdalen, Norway
Knudson, Astrid
   b. 12 Dec 1846, Kaupang, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Knudsen, Stella Charlotte
   b. 29 Dec 1878, Newburg Township, Fillmore County, Minnesota
Knudsen, Henry Bethuel
   b. 7 Mar 1871, Pleasant Township, Winneshiek County, Iowa
Knudsen, Oscar Tyrol
   b. 1 Jun 1877, Freeport, Winneshiek County, Iowa
Knudsen, Cyrus Alvin
   b. 17 Mar 1883, Millville, Wabasha County, Minnesota
Nygård, Knud Asleson
   b. 28 Feb 1813, Nygard, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Flåten, Birgit Knudsdatter
   b. 24 Oct 1818, Flåten, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway

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