“Dear Jerry, How lucky I am to have found you! You have done such diligent research and I hope to share with my birth mom. My husband and I hope the corona virus won't alter our plans to go to Scandinavia in June.”
- Lucille (Colorado)
“Thanks for the wonderful translations, Solveig! I would indeed appreciate an email with the translations, so I can share them with relatives.”
- David (Illinois)
“After receiving the information from your organization about finding my husband's family farm on Sjernaroy, we rerouted our whole trip to go there. The map from Solveig was crucial. We ran into a tour at the church where records showed John's grandfather was baptised- those records were from your genealogists. The tour guide told us his wife was related to the Norheims and pointed out the direction of the farms. We followed a sign that said NORHEIM -> and it led us to the cluster of farms owned by Norheims. At the first farm, the wife told us they weren't related and sent us on to the next farm. At the next farm, the farmer and his son went into get the grandfather, who came out with the Sjernaroy family history book. He said he wasn't related but showed us the page his family was on and told us to go to the next farm. Our wonderful driver was fearless about talking to anyone- good thing too because many of the people didn't speak English. At the third farm was an 80 something year old man sitting on his porch listening to the radio in his slippers. Our driver showed him the baptismal record and he said, "that is my uncle." He told us about his father and he took us inside to show us photos. He also pointed out the house where John's grandfather was born. This was all because of your hard work. Both John and I want to thank you for giving us this gift.”
- Wendy & John (California)
“Thank you very much Solveig! I look forward to the (translation) of the other letters.”
- Vicky (Wisconsin)
“Although other staff members helped me, Solveig Schavland Quinney gave me excellent and extensive assistance through the many translations she did. A large number of letters (1860-1940) were found in a trunk at the Lie Farm in Hafslo, Luster, and she translated most of them, as well as several other requests from the Luster County Farm and Family History Book. The research guide written by Carol Culbertson and Jerry Paulson was a great reference source for me as I moved through the research and writing of my book. I was so fortunate to have these experts helping me with my project.”
- Ronald (Rhode Island)
“Dear Carol, I had fun sharing this with my mom. We appreciate your skills!”
- Linda (Wisconsin
“Dear Jerry and Solveig, I can’t thank you both enough for the research, the map and the advice. As a result of your hard work, I have changed our itinerary to visit the island of Sjemaroy for the day. This involved herculean efforts on the part of our patient travel agent. Her new name is Bless-her-heart. I will let you know what we find when we get there and will take some photos! I think my husband will be overwhelmed being in a place where his name is so common. Thank you for giving history and depth to people’s lives.”
- Wendy (California)
“Dear Jerry, I want to thank you personally, as well as the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society on campus for your collaborative assistance in helping me trace my family history. I also write you today to share the exceptional outcome of my recent trip to Norway. My daughter had the privilege of singing with the Eau Claire Alumni Choir at Normandy on July 4 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and in Paris at Church of the Madeleine with 13 other choirs from around America on July 8, 2019. We decided to go see their performances. When we travel that far away from home we enjoy staying for at least 2 weeks, so we added on another week and chose to add time in Norway. And that's what brought me to you in the first place. This trip sparked an interest in seeking more information about my ancestral history. Knowing that we would be going to Norway made me eager to learn more about my heritage. Prior to that I was only able to piece together parts of our family history on my Mom's side of the family. She is 100% Norwegian, and with your help, I learned that her Dad's side of the family arrived in America in the 1880's. Her grandma Foss had a fire in her home so all of the records from that side were lost. Her Mom's side of the family (Rolstad) settled in Wisconsin in the 1860's. Beyond that I knew a few names, but the rest of the records were spotty. Your efforts were helpful in figuring out a solid four generations back on both sides of my mom's family. You also figured out a few of my ancestors in the fifth generation back.”
- Cindy (Arizona)
“Dear Ms. Culbertson, I received your letter containing information about my great-grandfather last night. I retired about 2 years ago (which is when I got deeper in my family history) but returned to work about 4 months ago when my replacement left unexpectedly. Your letter arrived on the day I "re-retired" and gave me great pleasure. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you and let you know how much of a difference you make for those of us who simply want to find out more about our family history. In my case, nobody in the family wanted to say much about my great-grandfather, so your research gave me information I couldn't have found anywhere else. My plan is to build a written (and electronic) family history that I can pass on to my two sons. Again, thank you for your time, talents and hard work in finding information about Johannes.”
- Mark (Minnesota)
“Dear Carol, I was so pleased to receive the Hamre family information. Now I almost feel more Norwegian than Swiss! Thank you so much for your help.”
- Eileen (Minnesota)
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