SIG member Jacki Miller just sent in this message to the VGS Scandinavian SIG, so I am passing it on to you:
Syttende Mai and Norwegian Constitution A day late, but to those with Norwegian Heritage, happy Syttende Mai. It is also the 200 year old anniversary of the second-oldest “living” constitution in the world. The United States constitution is the oldest. The document was signed at Eidsvoll, Norway. I visited this historic building. Many signers of the Eidsvoll Constitution settled in central southern Wisconsin. A hundred genealogists in Norway have located 112 descendants of signers here in my “summer” area. Are any of you that are of Norwegian descent an “Eidsvollsmenn Descendant”? The project, eidsvollsmenn.no is searching a database of 63,000, as of now 4,138 have lived in the United States. The full article Historic Heritage is found on the Wisconsin State Journal’s front page on Saturday, May 17, 2014. In 2002, I toured the historic building in Norway where the constitution was signed.
I talked about the Genealogy Talk Website at our April meeting. This site is a social site and functions much like “Facebook” however this site is specifically for the purpose of talking about and sharing genealogical information. I suggest that you at least go to the site at www.GenealogyTalk.com and check it out. I just became a member as of 4/12/14 but I am finding it to be an interesting site. I have befriended two people so far and am looking forward to befriending more.
Hej, I am Oscar, the Web Troll! I come from Ödeshög, in Östergötland County, Sweden. I was named for Oscar Svensson, the grandfather of one of the members of your VGS Scandinavian Genealogy Special Interest Group. He came from Ödeshög, as well, back in 1887.
I am here to be the Website Assistant. I will help Larry with messages and keep updating the site. This will become a great Website to help you to research the genealogy of your Nordic ancestors.
I hope you don’t think I’m too ugly. That sort of comes with the territory for us trolls. You should have seen the guy they rejected for this job. In fact, here’s a peek:
Aren’t you glad you got me?
You’ll be seeing a lot more of me in the future. In the mean time, don’t forget our next meeting is at 10:00am Friday April 18, 2014 at Sea Breeze Regional Recreation Center.