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.