The Johnson side of the family came primarily from Ringebu, in the Gudbransdalen Valley, which means “God’s Shining Valley.”
One great source of information came from this web site and has information going back to 0A.D. Jens Olsen Bjørgerønningen from this site would be my G-G-G-Grandfather, and luckily was the one person that converges upon the family tree from this Norwegian site and mine.
Over the past few years, I have started working on the Peterson family tree. This has entailed gathering quite a bit of data from numerous sources and entering it into a family tree database. My biggest worry in working on this project is ensuring that the data itself is accurate. Due to work priorities, I have not been able to work on this project as much as I would have liked to, but that is a problem that we all run into.
I have been fortunate to make a trip to Norway while we lived in England for three years. It was a wonderful experience to actually visit the locations that our ancestors emigrated from. Although Norway is a beautiful country, one quickly realizes the limited amount of land available to the growing population, which forced a new generation to seek their own fortune in another country.
As I continue to gather information, I will post as much of it here as possible. I am especially looking for any pictures of my Great-Grandparents and their direct ancestors.