Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Johnson/Winje/Larson Family Photo


Bertina Johnson Winje (78), with three granddaughters and two daughters.  L to R:  Josephine Larson,
 Thea Larson, Emma Larson, Bertina Johnson winje, Julia Johnson Larson, and Emma Winje.
 I wanted to share this wonderful three generation photograph. Cheryl Nibler found that her mother, Phyllis Johnson Rice, had a copy of it in a box of mementos. The photo was taken in July 1919 at the Larson residence outside of Montevideo, Minnesota, only six months after Julia became a widow. Look at the great hats!

Friday, September 15, 2006

Family History Book in Progress

I'd like to reassure everyone interested that I am still plodding along on the Johnson/Winje book. A year of classes in genealogy and family history research and writing through University of Washington Extension has helped a tremendous amount. I feel confident that some important stones have been overturned, with choice bits discovered underneath! I loved the certificate program so much that I have signed up for another writing workshop this autumn with the same instructor.

A Long Way Downstream: From Norway to the Minnesota Prairie is a biography of Thibertine (Bertina) Johnson Winje of Grong, Nord-Troendelag, Norway. The book will include information on her origins in Norway, her two husbands, Baard Johnson Lassemo and Eric Larsen Winje, as well as each of her ten children: Ole Martin Johnson, Ellen Julie Johnson Larson, Berthe Regine Winje Strand, Louis Peter Winje, Lena Marie Winje, Emma M. Winje, Emma Thalette Winje, Edward Theodore Winje, Hattie Christine Winje, and Annie Jorgene Winje. Due to the efforts of extremely helpful relatives, I have emassed quite a collection of photographs and family details for this project. I look forward to a winter of cozying up to the computer to finish the book so I can share it next year. Wish me luck...