This gedcom on the WorldConnect collection at RootsWeb.com (http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=moiseth) contains almost 15,000 individuals who resided in the Norwegian-American community of southwest Olmsted and southeast Dodge counties in Minnesota. The community was originally known as the "St. Olaf" or "Rock Dell" settlement, established in the mid-1850s--but it expanded geographically over the years. There are some persons of Danish, Swedish, or other descent included, but you will generally not find non-Scandinavian residents within this database. All information contained in this gedcom file should be considered tentative and you should subject it to independent verification. This information was updated on 28-May-2008.
A much more current and expanded version of this "community tree" -- called "Norwegians of Dodge & Olmsted, Minnesota" -- is online at oiseth.org.
Along with it is a companion web site -- called simply "Ole and Lena" -- contains local history, first-person accounts (letters and memoirs), maps and information pertaining to research about this two-county settlement, and more. This web site is here: http://oiseth.org/Ole_and_Lena:_genealogy/
Your feedback--your inquiries, comments, additions, and critiques--can help the database evolve and prove more useful to those researching any members of this interesting community. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thelma GIVAN has information on
the FAIRBANK and BOSSHARD families. She also has some information on the Joseph
MILLER family from Dodge Co and the Lewman REED
family who lived just into Steele Co.
She has offered to share this information and may be contacted at
608 7-1/2 Street Circle NW
Mary Ann Bucher has quite a lot of
information on James & Robert CAIN families. They lived near
She also has information on the MOSHER family.
Contact her at email@example.com
Karen Schultz provides lookups for a FEE. Karen has written six family tree books (ALLEN--RIDER--DEFFENBAUGH--ROWE--SCHULTZ--BERGMANN--BENDER--LUHMANN--DAMEWOOD) and is now working her seventh and eighth books (GILBERT--HOLCOMB). Please contact Karen directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your requests.
has offered to lookup information from his database.
John also has volunteered to do lookups from the book History of Winona, Olmsted and Dodge Counties published in 1884 by H.H. Hill and company (Chicago).
Visit John's website at
to see a listing of the resources that John has.
John may be contacted at
Gary BLANCH has quite a bit of information on the BLANCH family of Mantorville starting in about the 1850s. You can contact
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to Shirley Cullum
Dodge County Coordinator
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