Introduction to the Scandinavian section of IowaGenWeb,
Researchers in the State of Iowa find many surnames which suggest that some of their ancestors came from Scandinavian Countries of Denmark, Finland, Sweden or Norway.
One surname Williamson from Iowa prior to the Civil War appears prominently in my family tree. Tracing 1860 Des Moines County backward in time, indications are that the prior generation was in the Ohio Valley with head of household being a soldier. Apparently his parents or grandparents came from New York State.
Great grandma Williamson Beebe told me many stories about Iowa, about Indians and Indian Lore, about Custer's Last Stand, and various stories about battles passed down to her from her grandfather. I am happy now that I wrote those stories down years ago, and still have them.
About This Section:
Various County Coordinators and Mail List subscribers for Iowa are in the process of providing old photographs passed down to them from their Scandinavian ancestors. We will continue to collect photos and text information and post them on this site. Please submit your information to Webmaster
About This Section
First selection of photographs with accompanying text was provided by "Norma Bremer" email@example.com . Norma contacted me through the Blacksheep-L mailing list. List members there all have ancestors who were scurrilous and notorious characters.
We communicated at first about Vikings and Charlemagne, King of France, and finally decided that such stories and pictures belonged in a forum where others could view and enjoy them.
If one of your ancestors was a bad guy or girl, check in with BlackSheep-L@rootsweb.com , submit your story and perhaps you too can qualify to display IBSSG after your name.
The first photographs with explanations were from Norma's family Heiberg who lived in Norway. We hope you enjoy these records.
SCANDINAVIAN PHOTO INDEX
Picture hanging in museum. One
Heiberg coat of Arms. Two
Sophie Heiberg. Three
Heiberg Collection hanging in museum. Four
Runic Stones Section, old Scandinavian script on stones
About the Runic Language Story by Jennifer Smith
The Runic Alphabet Alphabet/Scripts
More about Runic Stones here Five
Old Swedish alphabet Sixteen
Minnesota Rune Stone Seventeen
Vikings of That Ilk
Leif Erickson rout in the year 1000 Eighteen
Viking Encampment at Vinland Six
Painting of Leif Erickson and his crew Fifteen
Bull Heiburg Seven
Town square in Hammerfest, Norway Eight
Troll park, I believe Valdres Norway Nine
Reindeer in City of Hammerfest, Norway Ten
Landscape north of Lyngen, Norway Eleven
Lake Scenery in Sweden Fourteen
Painting called "The Creation" Twelve
Troll in Troll Park, Valdrez, Norway Thirteen