“Dear Solveig, I am so glad to have this translated account of my grandmother's life. Thank you / Tusen Takk!”
- Norma (Minnesota)
“Solveig, the hard copy of your translation arrived yesterday-and I can't thank you enough for doing this for our family. It means so much to us. Our son Michael is keeping family history, as is our daughter keeping in touch with relatives still alive in Norway, and this adds important parts to our knowledge of who we are, who came before us. I have a photograph of Karen when she was white haired living in her cabin on the mountainside - sitting outdoors at her treadle sewing machine (determined a person as she was, I think she wasn't going to waste a sunny day by doing her sewing indoors!). Thank you profusely for your part in enriching our family story.”
- Norma (Minnesota)
“Dear Michael, Last night I thoroughly studied everything you sent - what a wealth of information- and realized this took way more than the two hours I paid for- just writing the report had to take a long time... Thus, I will be sending a check for more hours of work. I do understand how long it can take to find everything, even for someone like you who is such an expert researcher. That way it will cover at least some of the extra work you put into this, as well as, maybe add a little time to do more on my family. I also know you made the note about adding more about Thone's father. Let me know if I owe more. Thanks too for including all the links. That way I can find the documentation. And thank you too, for making this easy to follow. That, in itself, is quite a skill.”
- Diane (Wisconsin)
“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)
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