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Our parents, about 1941

About our genealogy

Our mother is of Norwegian, Danish, and German ancestry.  Our father was adopted.  I have not yet traced any information on his birth parents but we believe him to be possibly of Scottish or Irish descent.  I have included information that I have researched on the genealogy of his adoptive parents.

I began my research in June 2000 by outlining what I knew of our mother's family through discussion with our mother and other relatives.  I have documented most of the information presented in this genealogy and am currently researching to document the rest.

Two valuable family written resources that I used in starting my research were:
A Saga, My Grandfather, by Herbert Quentin Groettum and
The Ancestry of Ole and Mary Anfinson, by Keith Oien.

Genealogy resources from the Web include: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, RootsWeb, USGenWeb, DDD Danish Data Archive, and the Norwegian Digitalarkivet.

Other information was researched at the Minnesota Historical Society History Center (St. Paul, Minnesota), the LDS History Center (Minnesota), the Fillmore County History Center (Fountain, Minnesota), and through Iowa lookup assistance.

Web sites used for genealogy research

Ancestry.com
Latter Day Saints (LDS) Family Search
Minnesota Historical Society
Index to Minnesota Birth Certificates, Death Certificates and PALS search of MHS holdings
Institute for Regional Studies, North Dakota State University
North Dakota State Census
Danish Demographic Database
Danish census, emigration, and church records.
Digitalarkivet - Arkivverket (i Norge)
Norwegian census records as well as submitted databases such as the 1880 Fillmore Co, Minnesota Census and Fillmore Co births of Norwegian descent.
World Vital Records
New England Ancestors
National Genealogical Society
RootsWeb
USGenWeb

Surnames in our genealogy

Norwegian Surnames
Danish Surnames
German Surnames
All Surnames