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About The Mason kids' extended family

Updated October 5, 2018
Here we have the beginnings of a geneological mapping of the family, relatives, and ancestors of my children, Brii-anna Joy and Winter Aaron. There is also some branching out to include some family history, people not directly related, but included as the result of marriage.
(NOTE: Living relatives can only be viewed by members of the family to whom I have granted access through this web site. Please ask for an invitation using the link in the top right corner of the home page..)
(NOTE: The corollary of this is that living relatives to whom I have granted permission can view all of the information entered about all the other relatives who are members of our family. If there is any information displayed that you would prefer to have hidden from other members of the family, please let me know by email so I can consider your request.)
NOTE TO FAMILY MEMBERS: I keep my genealogy records on my personal computer. Ever so often I upload updates to this web site. This erases what was here previously (except for photos) and replaces it with the newest version. So if you see anything that needs changing or correcting, do not make the changes here. Instead, please notify me by email. ( brian@wyomason.net)

Since the last time I updated this genealogy, I have spent more time updating the genealogy on the Evje side of the family based on a genealogy published on the web by Stein Norem Wisted. He says he has been working on his research for over 20 years. I am astonished by the research that had to have been involved in building this part of our family tree. It is incredible the number of names discovered reaching back to the 15th century and earlier.
Norwegian names make genealogy simpler than in many countries. This is because up until the 20th century, the second name of a child was the father’s name + “son” or “daughter”. So, the son of Ola had the second name of “Olsen”. The daughter had the second name of “Olsdatter”. The third name was the name of the farm where they lived. However, this meant that if they moved, their third name changed to the name of their new farm. If a person moved alot, their third name changed alot. Early documents did not always include all three names. Also, over the years, before the increase in literacy, the spelling of names would vary considerably. To simplify matters, mostly in line with the convention used by Stein Wisted, I have used the name a person had at birth, using today's spelling of the name of the farm where they were born, even though they might not have used that name themselves. In 1923, it was ordered by law that each family should have a single, hereditary last name.
Also, I must say that there are several times when Stein Wisted indicates doubt or conjecture about certain relationships I just go ahead and enter the relationship as if it were certain. This often happens when he encounters partial names, for example two men named “Lars”, and comes to believe that they are actually the same person. I have no way of showing this uncertainty, and therefore set these relationships down anyway trusting the conclusions that Stein comes to.
The Norwegian genealogy also includes information provided by my third cousin, Thor Evje. He did a lot of research on the Evje side of the family, especially since the 19th century, providing many details of the lives of the individuals. Unfortunately, Thor passed away in 2017.
A lot of the work for this genealogy was done by my brother-in-law, Loyd Campbell, Jr. and my cousin, Maureen Crook, with some assistance from my mother, Doris Zolnoski. I received the information from Loyd about 30 years ago. Needless to say, the information on the Campbell side of the family is incomplete. Maureen's information represents over 30 years of research. Sadly, both my mother and Maureen died in the latter part of 2014.
I received a lot of information from my mother's second cousin, Baldwin Petersen and from a genealogy chart done by my grandfather, Emmett Gillis, in 1916. A lot of information added was provided to me by Kimball Everingham and pertains to one of the Holliday branches of the family tree. Finally, relatives who found this site on the web have passed additional information on to me. I want to especially thank Kevin Holm.
I am pleased with the research I was able to conduct using Facebook and LinkedIn to fill out information on living relatives
If anyone has any information that can fill in some of the missing details, please email me at brian@wyomason.net. I will continue to try to fill in the details as they become known to me.
Also, if you understand Norwegian, any help you can give with the notes that are written in Norwegian would be greatly appreciated. Google translation just isn’t adequate at times to explain the correct meaning.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.

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Ancestors of Mason, Brian Gillis
Note: for privacy reasons names of living persons are excluded.



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