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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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Martha (Larson) Pederson extended family
Martha (Larson) Pederson extended family
l. to r.: Olaf Wiltzen, unknown couple with 4 small children, Ethel Schmaus, Jewel Schmaus, Nels Larson, Hilda (Pederson) Schmaus, Oscar Pederson, Martha (Larson) Pederson

-- Thanks to June Koch for helping to identify the people in this photo.

Larson family in Canada
Larson family in Canada
l. to r. Martha (Larson) Pederson, unknown, Olive Wiltzen, Nels O Larson, Cecilia (Larson) Wiltzen, unknown, Olaf Wiltzen

-- Thanks to June Koch for helping to identify the people in this photo.

Siblings Nels Larson & Martha Pederson in Canada
Siblings Nels Larson & Martha Pederson in Canada
l. to r.: Nels Larson, Martha (Larson) Pederson and Herman Olson, their nephew.
Taken on Herman Olson's farm near Chipman, Alberta

Handwritten notes by Amanda Larson

-- Thanks to George Olson for identifying his father Herman in this photograph.

Nels Larson birth place
Nels Larson birth place
The house on the Kalvenes farm where Nels was born.

undated snapshot from a relative in Norway


McConnell, Samuel
   b. 11 Apr 1826, County Antrim, Ireland
Larson, Cecelia
   b. 5 Dec 1872, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Larson, Martha Karine
   b. 22 Jan 1860, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Knudsen, Birgit
   b. 19 Apr 1862, Vestreim, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Kalvenes, Endre Larsen
   b. 11 Jan 1856, Kalvenes, Austevoll, Hordaland, Norway
Brekke, Mari Størksdatter
   b. 7 Oct 1858, Brekke, Fitjar, Hordaland, Norway
Knudsen, Rev. Asle
   b. 19 Jan 1844, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Nygard, Knud Asleson
   b. 28 Feb 1813, Nygard, Hol, Hallingdal, Norway
Lund, Ole Nilsen
   b. 1797, Lund u/Nerdrum, Fetsund, Romerike, Norway
Sørdal, Ole Mortensen
   c. 1 Sep 1811, Sørdal, Syvde, Sunnmøre, Norway

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