Category Archives: Anderson

Hans Anderson from Fredrickvered, Norway, and Sarah Olson found their way across the United States to marry in 1867 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, then made their way to South Dakota. Some of their children found their way back to Wisconsin for work and to start new lives. The Anderson descendants spread across the United States, with our family line moving with the Knapp family to Washington State.

Find an Image that Defines the Life of a Family Member

The New York Times is launching a new project, “The Lives They Lived: Share Your Photos,” asking the public to contribute a photograph representing the life of a family member or close friend who died this past year. For our … Continue reading


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Missouri and Norwegian Lutheran Church Synod in Wisconsin 1845 – 1900s

When Hans Anderson (1844-1924) was about seven years old, he and his family immigrated from Fredriksvern, Norway, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as part of the Norway Lutheran Church movement to North America. The family became part of the Missouri Lutheran Church … Continue reading


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Obituary: Gladys Anderson of Lessor, Wisconsin

Gladys Anderson was the daughter of Antone Anderson and Lilly (Peterson) Anderson, niece of Johan (John/Jack) and Helena (Blickfeldt) Anderson, and granddaughter of Hans Anderson and Sigrid (Olson) Anderson of Norway, and great-granddaughter of Andrias Anderson, the first Anderson immigrant … Continue reading


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Finding the Citizenship Documents for Andrias Anderson

It’s a moment you never forget. Unfortunately, it will only be preserved in our memory as the Michigan National Archives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, would not permit cameras. Decades spent guessing at our family tree, my mother sat in the … Continue reading


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Otto Anderson (1870-1916)

Otto Anderson (1870-1916) was a surprising find in my Anderson lineage, a successful businessman well-known and respected in his community. We’re still researching information about him, but I’ve found enough to help us paint the picture of my not-so-distant relative, … Continue reading


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How Long Between Immigration and Naturalization in the US?

According to the Federal Naturalization Act of 1802, three years of residency were required before someone could file for a Declaration of Intent to become a citizen of the United States. The Federal Naturalization Act of 1824 reduced the time … Continue reading


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They Wanted to Get Here in the Worst Way

In my research, I found a copy of a July 1972 article in the Milwaukee Journal called “They Wanted to Get here in the Worst Way – and Did” by Brian Dunning. I thought it might help me understand what … Continue reading


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Online Book: History of Door County, Wisconsin – The County Beautiful

Online Book: History of Door County, Wisconsin - The County Beautiful

Ancestry.com has released the book “History of Door County, Wisconsin – the county beautiful” by Hjalmar Rued Holand for their registered members. Published in 1917, the book includes biographies of local popular and influential citizens, the history of Door County, … Continue reading


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Searching for the Lost Grave of Raymond Anderson, Monroe, Washington

The IOOF cemetery in Monroe, Washington, has lost my Grandfather Anderson. Raymond E. Anderson (1905-1974) was buried there in 1974. As far as we can tell from the family notes, his tombstone was paid for. But there is no tombstone … Continue reading


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Chester Anderson (1898-1971) of Racine, Wisconsin, Obituary

The following obituary is for Chester Anderson (1898-1971), born of John Christian and Helena (Blickfeldt) Anderson in Lessor, Wisconsin. His grandparents were Hans and Sarah/Sigrid Anderson of Norway and Frantz Heindrick and Mary (McMahon) Blickfeldt. Brothers and sisters were Floyd, … Continue reading


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