Norwegian and German Heritage
I mentioned how difficult my Irish ancestors have been to trace, well… so have my German ones. I have been able to trace them back to Germany, technically Prussia at that time, but then I’m out. I struggle to find more information. I need either a hook up in Ireland and Germany to help me out!
Until May of 2014, I had the same issue with my Norwegian roots as well.
One weekend morning in May of 2014 I woke up and went to check my email. I had one from a name I didn’t recognize but the subject caught my eye. I can’t remember what it was (and I can’t find the email, which I thought I saved) but it basically thought I was my mom. I opened the email and started reading. As soon as I finished, I called my mom.
This was our family story!
If someone was trying to scam us they were going to great lengths and research to do so. But it felt right. Sometimes you just know.
I emailed back and let him know I wasn’t my mom but her daughter. I also connected him and my mom. As a result my mom and her cousin were able to travel to a family reunion in Norway later that year! I would have gone but I already had travel plans for August. They were able to see the original homestead and land.
We also found family in the US we didn’t know we had.
The following year the Norwegian family traveled to the US for a few different reunions to areas with large clusters of our family. I was lucky enough to travel to Wisconsin and meet them. It was exciting to meet everyone and learn more about our ancestors. There were stories and photos and my heart felt right.
My mom’s Norwegian relatives were also able to give us more information on my dad’s side. Turns out they lived fairly close in Norway. It’s opened up doors.
Someday I will take my own trip to Norway. I feel a deep desire to travel there.
Also, I gave in and ordered the ancestry DNA kit! I decided it would be interesting to see the results and hopefully match to some people on ancestry.