For the past quarter century or so (I’m not sure of the year the tradition started), our Mjanger cousins and … Continue reading Mjangerdagen, a grand summer tradition!
My great-aunt, Olufina Duesund Andvik (“Fina”), was 109 years and eight months old when she died in Seattle, Washington in … Continue reading Tante Fina lived to be 109 years old!
Several weeks ago I received an email from a Norwegian writer who is doing research on an unusual unit of … Continue reading Norwegian-Americans during World War II
Have you heard of “The Shetland Bus”? I recently read a book with that title by a British author named … Continue reading The Shetland Bus
I have become the family historian for both my nuclear and my extended family. In my father’s generation, the family … Continue reading Climbing the family tree
In addition to being an electrical engineer, an inventor, a scoutmaster, a father and an all-around wonderful human, my grandfather … Continue reading Grandpa Ragnvald was a storyteller
My great-grandfather, Berge Rognaldsen Duesund, was originally named Berge Rognaldsen Mjanger. In Norway, it was customary to name children after … Continue reading We’re all Mjangers!
At the memorial service for my late uncle, Harold Parke Bergeson, Hal’s son Tom mentioned a word that I hadn’t … Continue reading It’s good for your spizzerinctum!
. . . and don’t forget to list the contents on the outside. Continue reading Don’t forget to look in every box!
A quarter of my ancestors’ families first arrived in North America in the early to mid-18th century. My paternal grandmother … Continue reading The transatlantic crossings of our immigrant families