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We are Richard Thomas Eva and Lori Ann Thorset Eva. We have been researching our family?s genealogy for several years and have been using Family Tree Maker to document our findings. We would be happy to hear from you if you think you could provide us, or we could provide you, with help looking for family members. Lori has made a Heritage Album that she has scanned the pages of and they can be seen in the photo section of this file.


Our database contains over a thousand individuals from both our sides. The oldest relative having been born in 1265, although there is some evidence that he can be traced even farther back to 340 AD. This line has been documented by Tom Bjornstad on the Medieval Scandinavian Web site to have been related to the first King of Scotland and numerous Viking rulers.


The Eva side of our family is from Cornwall England and the Bryant side is of Irish origin. The Thorset side of the family is full Norwegian. There are only a few wives left to be researched but their maiden names seem fairly Nordic.


The attached database is limited to 223, but you're welcome to browse it. Other than the Internet-Tree we?ve included five additional reports that cover each of our sides in detail. There is a Genealogy Story for each of our parents sides as well as an Ancestral Outline that clearly shows the descendants of our oldest relative.


Lori's Mother's Paternal side was the last to be documented, we located their census records and found them in Elverum, Norway. We found why Lori's Great Grandfather, Ole Graff, changed his name from Halvorsen, which he found too common to Graff, it was his mother's maiden name. We saw on his parents marriage records that his mother's father signed the name Graff. It was an exciting find and we also found where his mother was born in a northern island of Norway's West coast. This was also confi His name was Karlius Christofferson born 1866 and her name was Gustava Lapangen born 1874.


All of Anders Bakko (aka Andres Olson Intelhusbakko) and Åse Bjørnsdtr. Løken's children emigrated from Hemsedal Norway to the United States. Their son Bjorn (aka Ben Bakken) came over first in 1886 and settled in Northwood, Iowa. The rest of his brothers and sisters families followed Ben including my Great Grandfather Torleiv Bakko (aka Tollef Bakken), his wife Olaug Oddsdtr. Ålstveit and their five children. They bought passage aboard the Stavingerfjord ship at Kristiania going New York in November of 1924. I have the passenger list and photo of the ship as well as the steamer trunk that my Grandmother, Anne, brought over with her. The trunk is said to have been a relatives and bears the initials AOD and the year 1790 on it. It is made of wood and has a curved top and is painted in the rosemaling style inside and out. However, the key to the trunk was lost years later and the top hardware had to be removed and was never replaced, but the shipping tags are still on it!

My Grandmother Anne was soon followed by her future husband, Jacob Knut Thorset who was also from Hemsedal. He was the only Thorset known to have come over to America during that period. Anne and Jacob were married in 1926 and moved soon after having their son Kenneth in 1928 to Montevideo, Minnesota to set up farming. They returned to visit Norway with their daughter Olga
The Eva-Thorset Family Home Page
Updated June 7, 2002

Richard & Lori Ann Thorset Eva

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Family Photos

  • Ardis Graff 1945 (1167 KB)
    I used rubber stamps to enhance this page from my Heritage Album. This is a beautiful picture of my mother when she was a young women. She looked like a movie star and still does!
  • Ole Graff Family Portriat (1164 KB)
    This is a page from my Heritage album where I use rubber stamps to enhance the photograph. My Great Grandfather, Ole Graff, is sitting. His children; Emilia, Halvor, Carl and Peter Graff are also in this photograph.
  • Ole Graff Victorian House and Model-T (1105 KB)
    This is a page from my Heritage Album where I used rubber stamps to enhance the photograph. The entire Graff family are posed around the house and my Great Grandfather, Ole Graff, is standing by his Model-T car that has a sign that says Madison in the window. He was a travelling Lutheran Minister in Madison, Minnesota in 1920.
  • Great-Great-Grandfather Halvor Olsen 1885 (1284 KB)
    This page from my Heritage Album was enhanced with rubber stamps. This old photograph (1865) was kept by my Grandfather, Halvor Graff, and it said "Grandfather" on it. He must never have met him since he lived in Elverum Norway.
  • Kari Olsdatter and Daughter Ragnhilde (1223 KB)
    This page from my Heritage Album was enhanced with rubber stamps. These pictures were with the photo of Halvor Olsen. I assume they are my Great Grandfather's mother, Kari and his sister,Ragnhilde, from about 1865 in Elverum Norway.
  • Jacob and Anne Thorset Wedding Photo 1926 (1110 KB)
    This is a page from my Heritage Album. It is one of the first pictures from my old photo collection. It was taken in Northwood Iowa in 1926 where my Grandparents were married. My Grandmother Anne's Sisters and Brothers are standing beside them.

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