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Dodge-Olmsted MN Norwegian-Americans

This gedcom on the WorldConnect collection at ( contains almost 15,000 individuals who resided in the Norwegian-American community of southwest Olmsted and southeast Dodge counties in Minnesota. The community was originally known as the "St. Olaf" or "Rock Dell" settlement, established in the mid-1850s--but it expanded geographically over the years. There are some persons of Danish, Swedish, or other descent included, but you will generally not find non-Scandinavian residents within this database. All information contained in this gedcom file should be considered tentative and you should subject it to independent verification. This information was updated on 28-May-2008.

A much more current and expanded version of this "community tree" -- called "Norwegians of Dodge & Olmsted, Minnesota" -- is online at

Along with it is a companion web site -- called simply "Ole and Lena" -- contains local history, first-person accounts (letters and memoirs), maps and information pertaining to research about this two-county settlement, and more. This web site is here:

Your feedback--your inquiries, comments, additions, and critiques--can help the database evolve and prove more useful to those researching any members of this interesting community. Please e-mail me at


Thelma GIVAN has information on the FAIRBANK and BOSSHARD families. She also has some information on the Joseph MILLER family from Dodge Co and the Lewman REED family who lived just into Steele Co.
She has offered to share this information and may be contacted at
   608 7-1/2 Street Circle NW
   Kasson  MN  55944
   (507) 634-7058


Karen Hammer has offered to lookup information in a recently-acquired 1938 county directory for
Steele, Waseca, and Dodge counties. Contact her at


Burna K. Jamieson at has offered to share information about the WHITE, DUNCAN, and EDMONDS families of Claremont & Ripley townships.


Contact Georgann Mantor-Jordan at if you would like to know more about the MANTOR family of Mantorville. Georgann is one of the two remaining great-grandchildren of Riley Mantor.


Mary Ann Bucher has quite a lot of information on James & Robert CAIN families.  They lived near West Concord, Dodge County, MN
She also has information on the MOSHER family.
Contact her at


Karen Schultz provides lookups for a FEE. Karen has written six family tree books (ALLEN--RIDER--DEFFENBAUGH--ROWE--SCHULTZ--BERGMANN--BENDER--LUHMANN--DAMEWOOD) and is now working her seventh and eighth books (GILBERT--HOLCOMB). Please contact Karen directly ( with your requests.


John Dalby has offered to lookup information from his database.
John also has volunteered to do lookups from the book History of Winona, Olmsted and Dodge Counties published in 1884 by H.H. Hill and company (Chicago).
Visit John's website at
to see a listing of the resources that John has.
John may be contacted at
John Dalby
723 Colonial Circle
, Mn. 55021


Gary BLANCH has quite a bit of information on the BLANCH family of Mantorville starting in about the 1850s. You can contact Gary at



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