DFA Oracle for Sunday August 12, 2018


Ancestors Update

Viking medallionWe recently made contact with a formerly unknown cousin, Ramona Pekarek of St. Paul, MN . Ramona wrote: "I am a descendant of Nils Halvorsen through his son, Thor Nilsen and his daughter, Brita Thorsdatter [DFA#1A]. Brita's son, Thor Ellingsen, is my grandmother Lily Thorina Ellingson's father. Lily's daughter, Sybel Irene Iverson Larson, is my mother."

Ramona has provided a chart which reveals 2 older generations of our ancestors dating back to 1670, which our branch of the family did not know about before. The following people have been added to the top of the DFA family tree:

-11: Nils Eriksen b: 1670 at Midlang d: 1743 at Ivru
     m: Bothilda Olsd b: 1689 at Hallsete d:1740 at Ovri

            -1: Hallvor Nilsen b. c1709 at Ovri d/bur: 1788-Oct-24 at Limmesand
                 m: 1737-Jun-30 at Vik Sogn to: Anna Thorsdatter [daughter
                 of Thor Bendiksen (1687-1763) & Aase Joensdatter (1685-1759)]

Note: Ramona has provided a wealth of information about her brannch of the family, which we will endeavor to get posted to the site as time permits. Thanks Ramona!

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Alpha & Omega

Avery Rose Ellowyn Dragland

b: 2018-Jul-29 at Victoria, BC

-- The newest Dragland is pictured here with Soma (Mom) and big sister (Athena)

[photo by Michael Dragland (Papa) DFA# 178.421.1]

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Membership Info

Here are some details on our various DFA membership levels:

  1. Associate Member

            • Free
            • Eligible to receive family newsletter
            • May have name/phone number/email address published on directory
               (if desired)
            • May submit stories and photos for the website
            • Receives invitation to family reunions and other events
            • Eligible for password to detailed (confidential) family tree

  1. Regular Member

            • Dues are $30 per year (payable on your birthday)
            • Includes all benefits of Associate Member, plus:
            • Eligible for email address

  1. Gold Member

            • Dues are $100 per year (payable on your birthday)
            • Includes all benefits of Regular Member, plus:
            • Eligible to receive annual financial statements
            • Eligible to serve on planning committees
            • Eligible for seat on the DFA Board of Directors

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Family Tree Links


  1. Descendants of Nils Hallvardson Limmesand, (1750 - 1804)
    (For security reasons, most birthdays and anniversaries of living persons have been excluded.)

  2. Full Family Tree -- MEMBERS ONLY
    (userid & password required)
    Last updated: Nov 15, 2016.

    If you are a Dragland Family member, and would like to know the userid & password, click on the following link to send a request message:

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Call for Papers

Note: If you have any announcements, stories, photos, etc. that you would like to share with family members, send them to and say you would like to be published in the DFA Oracle. We would all love to hear from you!

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