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Hi there, do you have any information on the Landowski family, from Minnesota and Prussia or Poland? Let me know if you do. Thanks, -Shari   Jan 2005

Looking for information on Frans Bernhard Lindh, born April 19, 1874 in Stockholm, Sweden. His parents were Frans Gottfrid Lindh and Karin Olsdotter. He left Sweden in January 1903. He arrived at Ellis Island but I have found no information after that. He is believed to have lived in Minnesota.
He was married to Elin Karolina Jönsson and they had three children, Karl Alfred Bernhard, Frans Edvin Birger and Gottfrid Elis Gerhard. He sent tickets to his wife but she was afraid of doing the long trip with three small children, so she stayed in Sweden.
He was inventive and mechanically inclined and there is a belief that he may have been involved in the copying of a Swedish made adjustable wrench.
Kjell-Ove Martinsson   Jan 2005

I am looking for any information on my gggrandparents William Richard Phillips and his wife Martha Jane Richardson. I was told that my ggrandmother (their daughter) Grace Dot was born in Minnesota, not exactly sure where, she also had a sister Clo. Grace was born Nov 1 1886. Martha was born Dec 27, 1857 and William was born 1846. The family later moved to North Dakota. Thanks Tina   Jan 2005

Looking for info on Alonzo LOVEJOY'S parents, he was born approx 1863 and died July 12, 1928. His birth Cert. shows his father's name was Evart LOVEJOY born in NY, his mother was Mary CHAMBERLAIN born in MN. Cannot find info on his parents. Mary   Jan 2005

I am looking for any information concerning the sons of Milton and Nancy Woods of Kanawha County, WV. It is reported that some of their sons came to Minnesota probably in the early 1850's. The sons not accounted for are David b. 1832, James S. b. 1832, Mathew C. b. 1834. Possibly a sister Paulina who married Lewis Root also came to Minnesota. Any information greatly appreciated. Thanks. please email me at Please put "Woods Family" in the subject line. I am searching for James Woods and family. They are listed in the 1880 Henryville, MN Census. James Woods b. VA c. 1835. Joyce   Jan 2005

William Young
William Yarabeck
Apparently he changed his name from Yarabeck to Young in the early 1900's and there is still family in Minn. but we cannot find them. Hopefully they will read this message and reply. Jean in Ca.   Jan 2005

Do you know any ansestors from the Besteland valley???
The first people came from Setersdalen in Norway about 1850, pleas help me to find my family, contact me on
E-mail, the adress is: or   Jan 2005

My Grandfather was born in Bertha, MN. His name was Delbert , and he died in Glasgow, MT. His parents names were Britton YOUNG, and Mahala BURTON. I am searching for Britton YOUNG'S ancestry. He was born in PA, but moved to MN around the 1900'S.    Young   Apr 2005
Did Rebecca FANNIN, b. 1850 in Wayne County (now WV) end up in Minnesota? After 30 years searching, I still haven’t found out what happened to my great grandmother. We were told that she “remarried and moved away” among other things. People who told us that said they couldn’t remember to whom she remarried and where they moved. This would be vital information to tracing her final years. This is why I’m posting this message on as many “unknown county” queries as I can find.
I searched for her before there were computers and the Internet. My grandfather searched (1915-1920) and couldn’t find her. Here is the basic factual information that I have for her.
Basic facts on my great grandmother:
Born: Rebecca Fannin, about 1850, (Va./WV), d/o Silas and Mary (Ferguson) Fannin.
Married: 8 August 1868, Wayne, West Virginia, Reece Carl Workman.
Their son, my grandfather, Benjamin Freeland Workman, b. Wayne County, WV 2 April 1870.
My grandfather was taken from Rebecca by Reece before 1874, never to see each other again.
Reece married his cousin, Margaret Workman, in Mercer County, WV 2 February 1874.
Rebecca was granted divorce from Reece and custody of their child in Wayne, WV in March 1877.
This (1877) is the last known (to me) record of Rebecca (Fannin) Workman.
Family stories say Rebecca remarried and moved away, but they can’t remember to whom and where.
After my grandfather married, Reece, Margaret, and the other children moved to Wright County, Minnesota about 1895. Reece and sons established farms around Maple Lake and Annandale. After Margaret died, he returned and married again living near Crumpler, McDowell, West Virginia. He died in a car wreck in McDowell County in 1928.
I am hoping to locate a descendant of her second marriage.  Ralph H Sayre  Apr 2005
I am looking for information on an uncle Morris KIRSCHNER prob. b. abt.
1896? He was married to Celia (sp.?). Tow children prob. Alfred and
Rosalyn. I think they may have lived in the Minneapolis area. So far
unable to find death records or obits. If anyone has access to 1940-70s
Minnesota directories, and can look them up, I'd greatly appreciate it.
Kathy Cannata    Apr 2005

Looking for any records or info on Rasmus Hansen RINGDAL born in Aug. 1859 in Hellesylt, More og Romsdal, Norway, and his wife Brithe Pernille ABRAHAMSDATTER b. Sept. 1853 at Eid, Sogn of fjord, Norway. They married in Norway July 16, 1881 at Hornindal, Sogn og fjord, Norway, and emigrated to US about 1881/1882 (to either Minnesota or North Dakota.) At least one known son of Rasmus' born in Norway was Ole Martinus RINGDAL.
They may have dropped the surname RINGDAL once in the US, as I have been unable to find any record of them in the 1900 census.
Other known relatives who also came to the US are:
The parents of Rasmus: Hans Olaus (Rasmus?) Iversen Ringdal b. Feb.1829 wed Carn (Karen) Marte Rasmusdatter Starheim b. Jan. 1828. They are known to have emigrated to US (No.Dakota) in 1894. Their son Peter Ingvald Larsen emigrated to US about 1881 and is said to have later married in LaCrosse Wisconsin.
The sister of Rasmus: Olivia (Olave) Hansdatter Ringdal b. Nov. 1855, wed Lars Larsen. She died in No.Dak. in 1900. They emigrated to US in 1881.
The brother of Rasmus: Iver Ringdahl b. Dec. 1853 wed Barbru {?} b. Feb. 1867. They had 3 children all born in Minnesota: Gida Clarice Ringdahl, Henry S. Ringdahl and George L. Ringdahl.
Please contact EITHER
in Norwegian/English: Lindis Rokstad Invalid email address 24 May 2019
in English only: Rosalie Sundin   May 2005

Looking for the marriage of Ted RAY and Mary M. WHITE.
only have year, county unknown.married 1937.Mary was my grandmother, she is now desceased.
Sharon White McElroy    May 2005
Searching for information on Maria Josefina Jarvi, born in Kalvia,
Finland, in 1861. She is known to have emigrated to Duluth Minnesota in
April 1887. She probably got married to Johanson or Johnson (or
Johansson) and had to sons. We know that one of them died in World War
I, in France. Maria Jarvi Johanson moved later to Astoria, Oregon.
Maria was my great-grandfather’s sister.
Any information appreciated. Please, contact me on the e-mail address above.
Thank you, Outi Jarvi, Vaasa, Finland.     May 2005

I am looking for a Harvey W. Cowan, born in 1863 somewhere in MN, (his
Parents Names are really what I need). I don't have the county or town... he was
my gggrandfather...I have only found Harvey's grandfather ( William L. Cowan-born in Scotland) who adopted him at a very early age, (before age 6) and
moved him to New York... his birth would have been right around the Civil War
time...which I do know William L. Cowan (Harvey's grandfather) was in. Do you
think maybe the reason he was adopted by his grandfather, is his father was killed
Thank you very much, I would appreciate any help I can I am truly
Kelley Butler    May 2005

Looking for Lilley Chapman, born in MN in 1868. Father was
Albert Chapman. By mid-July 1868 this family was living in Wisconsin but
census data show Lilley born in MN. County unknown. Mother could
possibly be Elvira/Alvira Keeney Chapman. J.Kiernat     May 2005

We are looking for a gg aunt: Mary Ida (maiden name) Kellar
What we know:
She married three times:
1) Harvey Grant Blood
2) Adolar Daoust
(She and he were seen on the 1920 Fed census at 1-WD Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN living with son Elmer Blood)
3) Bailey or Dailey (We are leaning toward Bailey because a living direct line relative remembers Mary Ida and thinks her name was Bailey. But an obituary of another relative listed her name as Dailey. We think this was a newspaper mistake.)
She was born June 18, 1883 in Dallas, Barron County, WI daughter of Franklin Kellar and Eliza Catherwood Kellar.
Many times, people just called her "Ida".
If you know anything, let me know. Thanks.    Linda Piechowski    May 2005

Seeking death information on Grace E. (DINWIDDIE) JOHNSON b. Jul 1889 in Garrison, Crow-Wing, MN. she was the dau. of Seth M. DINWIDDIE and Evangeline Medora (DRAPER) DINWIDDIE. she grew up in Grand Rapids, Itasca, MN. she married Arthur W. JOHNSON and lived in Alhorn, St. Louis, MN and had two children:
Minerva b. abt. 1920
Gloria b. abt. 1927
They last show in the 1930 census in Alhorn, St. Louis, MN census. I have requested a death cert. from the state of MN., with a response of no record on file. I have also checked with Itasca co. and St. Louis co., with no death record there. Any help would be appreciated.    Kim Dinwiddie     July 2005

Seeking information on Marcus WHITE and Nettie or Minnie DEDRICK who were apparently in Knife River when she died.   Sue Hines   Sept 2005

My name is Roger Engvik and I am a senior staff photographer in daily newspaper Sunnmoersposten in Aalesund, Norway.
I am searching relatives in Mille Lacs, Hennepin or Isle, Minn. My grand grandmother was Ragnhild Johnsdatter Randen born 24.01.1856 in Vaagaa, Norway. She married Nils Anderson Nakken in Fiksdal, but left him and two sons, Johan (my granddad) and Anders, in April 1911 and went to Minnesota.
I do not think Nils and Ragnhild were divorced. She died in Isle 9th of January 1948. It looks like she is buried as Ragnhild Nelson in Faith Cemetery, Mille Lacs.
Her daughter was Marie Nilsdotter Nakken, born 18th of July 1889. She went to Minnesota in May 1909 and married Geo Larson. She used the name Mary Larson and have children Helmer, Ruth, Richard, Clara, Margareth(Margit?) and Delore. On the picture enclosed you can see Mary and Geo (George?).
I have found a Mary Larson, born out of state 18th of July 1889 and died 6th of August 1982 in Hennepin. CERTID 1982-MN-019636. Could it be her?
My brother and I are working on a familysearch-project and I hope you can help us. If you have suggestions of other places to ask or search please let us know or send this mail forward to peolpe who maybe have information about the Larson/Randen-family in Minnesota.
Roger Engvik
Senior Staff Photographer
Postboks 123
6001 Aalesund, Norway.
Tel.: +47 70 10 41 24 - +47 90 20 12 40 (mobile)      Sept 2005
Looking for Burley, Shelly, Schirle, Konsvig, Kingbay originally from Norway to Minnesota - John Martin Shelly - Olaf Shelly - H. Burley
Jerry Bryant
Oct 2005
I am trying to find out death/burial information for JAMES SAMUEL PERRY (aka Samuel James Perry). He died sometime between 1869 and 1880. His last known whereabouts is in Winnebago, Faribault Co MN in 1869. Between 1854 and 1869 he and his family (sp Lydia (SMITH) Perry lived in Le Sueur, Sibley, and Nicollet Counties. In the 1870 census the children were living with different families (DYER and GARBIN) in Blue Earth County. In 1880 his wife and a daughter were in Dakota Territory (now ND) at Ft Buford and Lydia was listed as a widow. Children: Charles S. PERRY (moved to St Paul), Alice (Perry) KEITH (of the Sterling Center Keiths), Allen Perry (moved to SD), George H Perry (married Anna LAMP of Sterling Center, storekeeper in Blue Earth Co and removed to ID), William H Perry (moved to Mpls), Sarah E. (Perry) JOHNSON (married Fred Johnson and lived for a while in Amboy MN), and 2 young children who died and are buried in Winnebago. Any help is appreciated.
Lisa Perry
Nov 2005

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