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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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L. T. Fosse before and after his trip to the 1893 Words Fair in Chicago
L. T. Fosse before and after his trip to the 1893 Words Fair in Chicago

... [M]y father decided to attend the Columbian Worlds Fair in Chicago in the late fall of 1893. His full beard drew so many unfavorable remarks that he decided to have it shaved off, except the mustache, in Chicago. When he arrived home ... my mother would not unlock the door without identification. She had never seen him without a full beard.

L. T. Fosse
L. T. Fosse
Studio portrait ca. 1893 
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. 


Melville, John
   b. 12 Feb 1832, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Crawford, Mary
   b. 1835, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Melville, James
   b. 14 Feb 1829, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Melville, Hugh
   b. ca. 1827, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Colquhoun, Lillias
   b. 1830, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Larson, Nels O
   b. 23 Jun 1869, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Anderson, Enok
   b. 10 Mar 1843, Frosta, Trøndelag, Norway
Henderson, Margaret May
   b. 26 Aug 1872, Winchester Township, Dundas County, Ontario
Fosse, Torkel Torkelsen
   b. Dec 1813, Stjernegjerd, Feios, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway
McCormick, Sophia Charlotte
   b. 16 Feb 1849, Osgoode Township, Carleton County, Ontario

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