Cornish genealogy seminar planned for September
The Southwest Wisconsin Cornish Society and the Greater Milwaukee
Cornish Society will again cosponsor a genealogy seminar in
conjunction with the 12th Cornish Festival in Mineral Point,
The date for the seminar will be Friday, September
24, 2004, and the location will be the conference room of the
comfort Inn in Mineral Point. While plans are not yet complete,
the emphasis will be on the Cornish who went west to California.
Among the speakers will be Gage McKinney of California and Mike
Morrish from Cornwall, as well as others.
For more information, contact The Cornish
Immigrant, newsletter of The Cornish Society of Greater Milwaukee,
Editor Robert J. James, 100 Corrina Boulevard, Apartment #418,
Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186, phone 262-548-0527.
Celebrate Georgia Archives Week!
What is Georgia Archives Week? The purpose of Archives Week,
October 3-9, 2004, Mapping Past to Future, is to celebrate the
value of Georgia’s historic records, publicize the many ways
historical records enrich our lives, and recognize those who
maintain our communities’ historical records. This is the ideal
time to call attention to your organization or local government
and its work in preserving Georgia’s documentary heritage.
The celebration will be publicized across the
state. Governor Sonny Perdue will be asked to proclaim the week
of October 3-9, 2004 as Archives Week. Current plans also call
for a poster, newspaper and newsletter articles, and events at
To help you, an Event Planning Guide has been
created and is available at <www.soga.org>.
If you do not have access to the Internet, a copy may be printed
out for you. Please contact Susan Prouse, Superior Court Clerk,
Chatham County Superior Court, PO Box 10227, Savannah, Georgia
31412, phone 912-652-7200, or email <email@example.com>.
For additional information or to provide
information on your planned activity, please contact Laura Botts,
Georgia State University, 100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, Georgia
30303-3202, phone 404-651-3902, fax 404-651-4314, or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Georgia Archives Week is sponsored by the Georgia
Historical Records Advisory Board, the Georgia Archives, the
Office of Secretary of State Cathy Cox, the Society of Georgia
Archivists, the Georgia Library Association, the Georgia Records
Association, the Walter Hopkins Company, Lowe’s Home Improvement
Warehouse and The Coca-Cola Company.
Lloyd Hustvedt, age 81, longtime St. Olaf professor of
Norwegian language and literature and Executive Secretary of the
Norwegian American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota,
from 1959-1999, died on February 2, 2004.
Hustvedt had published scholarly books and brought
organization to Norwegian immigrant history, and in 1980 he was
honored by King Olav V for his contributions to Norwegian-American
Hustvedt was born April 18, 1922, and was raised in
the Sogn Valley of Goodhue County. His parents, Lars and Matilda
Hustvedt, were children of Norwegian immigrants. He attended a
one-room country school where classes were in English, but
Hustvedt was confirmed in Norwegian at Urland Lutheran Church, a
short walk from his farm.
Hustvedt enrolled at St. Olaf in September 1942,
but went into the military the following March, serving in New
Guinea and the Philippines and the postwar occupation of Japan.
He returned to St. Olaf in 1946, earning a degree in Norwegian.
He attended the University of Oslo for a full year after he was
awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. He married Ester Vegan in 1954,
after he completed his master’s degree in Scandinavian studies at
the University of Minnesota and began teaching. Hustvedt later
earned a doctorate in Scandinavian studies from the University of
Wisconsin, and in 1967 he received the McKnight Prize in
Literature for his biography of Rasmus Bjorn Anderson, a
Wisconsin-born scholar influential in Norwegian-American
intellectual life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In 1968, Hustvedt received a second Fulbright
Scholarship and traveled to Iceland to study the hero concept in
the sagas. The following year he became chairman of the Norwegian
department at St. Olaf, where later he was the first instructor to
hold the King Olav V chair in Norwegian studies. He is survived
by his wife; a sister, Erna McGuire; a brother, Iver Hustvedt; and
daughters Liv or Northfield and Siri, Astrid and Ingrid, all of
Norrie MacPhee of Amherst, New Hampshire, USA, died on
December 16, 2003. Norrie was one of the early members of the
Macfie Clan Society of America, joining in 1985, and served as
Chairman of that Clan Society’s membership committee from 1998.
He was a strong supporter of his Clan and the Clan Society,
participating in many associated activities. He was responsible
for the Clan tent at the annual New Hampshire (Loon Mountain)
Scottish Festival and had been to Scotland for Clan Macfie
Gatherings. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1922, to parents
from Nova Scotia, Norrie was also a member of the Macfie Clan
Society in Canada.
Shirley McPhee of Palmerston North, New Zealand, died on
December 27, 2003. Shirley and her late husband, Bruce were among
the first to respond to Bell Brew’s call in 1984 to form a McPhee
Clan Society in New Zealand. From then on they were extremely
dedicated and enthusiastic members of the Society. In the early
days Shirley was responsible for the Clan Society finances and was
later instrumental in establishing a genealogical research and
recording programme for Society members - an undertaking continued
today by three of her daughters. Born at Petrone on November 4,
1932, Shirley married in 1949. Bruce predeceased her in May 2003.
Mary Cathey Hanaford of Salisbury, South Carolina, USA,
died on January 14, 2004, at age 102. Always a supporter of the
Cathey Reunion Association and its genealogical work, Mary
Hanaford, a most gracious lady, was the mother of Elizabeth
(Liddy) Dole, the first female United States senator elected in
South Carolina and who earlier had been the President of the
American Red Cross.
Wayne Maurice Cathey, father of Ann Parker, a prominent
Cathey cousin of Shelton, Washington, USA, died in Blackfoot,
Idaho on March 17, 2004, at age 94.
30th anniversary of the Vesterheim Genealogical Center and
If you’re Norwegian in family, this is for you!
The 1975 sesquicentennial of Norwegian migration to America
sparked an interest in genealogy, especially among the Norwegian
Americans. On July 4th of that year, Norwegian dignitaries,
including His Majesty, King Olav V, were present for the
reenactment of the departure of the ship Restauration 150 years
earlier. Similar observances took place in New York on October 9,
1975, the anniversary date of the arrival of this ship in New York
harbor. Both countries considered this a very important event.
Vesterheim recognized that this important
anniversary sparked a genealogical interest among their membership
by the increased number of genealogical inquiries received at the
museum. At the October 1974 annual meeting of Vesterheim, the
board of directors voted to establish a Vesterheim Genealogical
Center and they named Gerhard B. Naeseth its first director.
Already the Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin
Libraries, he accepted the volunteer position as long as the
center was located in Madison, Wisconsin. Since the early 1950’s,
he had personally amassed a great many resources relating to
Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy. His ultimate goal was
to publish this immigrant material in a five-volume set.
The museum’s board of directors set objectives for
the genealogical center and a modest periodical, entitled
Norwegian Tracks, was also published and distributed to the museum
membership and others with interests in Norwegian-American
genealogy. As editor of the periodical, Naeseth encouraged
members of the genealogical center to share with him information
on projects that related to Norwegian-American genealogy,
published new acquisitions of books at the center and articles
from center members, and provided lists of new family histories
and local histories in Norway.
Following Naeseth’s official retirement from the
University of Wisconsin in June 1978, the genealogy advisory
committee encouraged him to present more lectures and workshops on
Norwegian-American genealogy. During his summer vacations he
traveled throughout the Midwest copying tombstones in
Norwegian-American cemeteries. In all, he transcribed the
tombstones from over 800 cemeteries. By the summer of 1980,
Naeseth was inundated with genealogical requests and asked the
membership for ideas to help assist him in answering the thousands
of inquiries. Vesterheim’s executive board committee raised the
hourly rate for service from the Center to $8/hour for members and
$10/hour for nonmember and the board voted to raise the annual
genealogical center membership in 1982 to $6/years. In 1981,
others volunteered long distance and carried on genealogical
center related projects, including indexing the Norwegians in the
1900 Iowa census records.
In 1982 Blaine Hedberg met with Gerhard Naeseth and
a joint effort was proposed of working together to answer the many
inquiries being received by the genealogy center. After a
successful year of mentoring, Hedberg began officially working for
the Vesterheim Genealogical Center. By 1984, the genealogical
center membership was just over 800 members. As the research
requests poured in, more volunteers worked at the center. In
1993, Carol Culbertson joined the staff as a researcher. Naeseth
and Hedberg also led several genealogical research tours in 1986,
1989, 1992 and 1997.
In January 1989, the genealogy advisory committee
met to decide how best to plan for new and permanent quarters for
the genealogical center. A campaign was embarked upon to raise
$350,000. However, in just three years, over $459,000 was raised
and a suitable building was located eight blocks from the
University of Wisconsin Memorial Library and the Wisconsin
Historical Society. Occupation of the new quarters took place on
July 13, 1992 with Vesterheim becoming owner of the property in
Blaine Hedberg took over as editor of the Norwegian
Tracks in 1993, in part, so that Naeseth could continue with the
publication of his opus, Norwegian Immigrants to the United
States, 1925-1850. Naeseth announced his retirement as Director
of the genealogical center in May 1993 and published Volume One of
his book in August 1993. At the same time he made arrangements to
transfer the bulk of his personal genealogical collections to
Vesterheim and the board voted to officially rename the operation
as the Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library. In
1994, Blaine Hedberg became director of the center. On June 10,
1994, Gerhard Naeseth passed away.
Since that time the Center and Library have
received many monetary donations, grants and equipment gifts. In
2001, the board of trustees reaffirmed its commitment to
completing Naeseth’s scholarly work and established the Gerhard B.
Naeseth Chair for Genealogical Research and Publication, and named
Blaine Hedberg the first Fellow to hold this position. Hedberg
turned the day-to-day activities at the center over to Carol
Culbertson and embarked on the project of completing Naeseth’s
immigrant histories. Recently the fourth volume in this series
has been completed.
Thirty years later, the center continues to grow
and Naeseth’s dream is still alive!