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The K. Sortland Home Page

Updated September 5, 2000


I am researching our families. On the Sortland side, there are the surnames of Sortland, Wenberg, Teigland, and Hammer. The recent generations of these families lived in North Dakota and Minnesota and ancestors came from Norway. On the other side of the family are the names Beireis, Bode, Grams, and Reichert and Suess. The families originally were from Germany and settled in Minnesota. Some Beireis family members may have settled and stayed in Ohio. We have a lot of information about the Bode and Grams connections to share, but it has been difficult to find much about the Beireis/Reichert side. George Adam Beireis was married to Margaret Lill and had several children. A late-in-life marriage to Catherine Reickert produced several other children, including Nicholaus Beireis, my grandfather. His siblings were raised under several different last names by other families. He knew little about his mother, Catherine Reichert. We have also found spellings of Katherine Reickart or Reichard. There may have been an even earlier marriage of George Adam Beireis in Germany, before Margaret Lill. It is the children of that possible marriage who may have stayed in Germany or stayed in Ohio when George Adam came to Minnesota.


K. Sortland
1352 Torington Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89108-1810
United States
702-870-3835
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