Category Archives: Maria Thorsen

Can You Identify This?

Years ago – more precisely I do not recall – my father gave me the item pictured below. It was dusty and dirty. I tucked it away and never paid it much attention. In fact, I nearly threw it away because it … Continue reading

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Estensen Neighbors in 1910

Census records are interesting not only for information about family members, but also about their neighbors. The census taker goes up and down the street or road, so the adjacent names on the census form are usually nearby neighbors. Here’s … Continue reading

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Church as Social Center

Recently I happened upon a fascinating article in the Wisconsin Magazine of History that connected to our family’s history over a hundred years ago. The subject, “Rural Church Reform in Wisconsin During the Progressive Era” by Brian W. Beltman, looked at the … Continue reading

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Four Generation Photos

Four generation photos are usually rare family treasures, so it’s nice to have a couple of them to share on this blog. These photos cover five generations from the oldest, Maria Thorson Estenson (born in 1850 in Norway), to the youngest, three of our “Borreson cousins” … Continue reading

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An 1890s Snapshot

In the early 1890s, Bertinus and Maria (Thorson) Estenson had been in America fifteen-plus years. Bertinus had emigrated in 1875, Maria the following year, and they had married in the fall of 1879. In 1892, here’s their family portrait with three of their … Continue reading

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Estenson Sisters Reunion

Can anyone tell me if the Estenson Sisters Reunion still continues on? I thought I’d heard that it does, but it’s been years since I was at one of them – and years since I really thought about it. This … Continue reading

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Roots in Biri Norway

Something has happened I can hardly believe! Not only was this blog was found by a fellow in Norway who was curious about our family from Biri, but he has provided me with fine documentation connecting our family to the Biri … Continue reading

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