Hello to you. I was hoping to get "some" communications with possible contacts to my ancestors, I didn't think it would happen this quickly!
My Grandfather, from my mother's side was John Peterson Bjerkstrand. He was born in Kristiansund on June 28, 1865. As my mother tells it, as a boy they lived on the Peterson farm and then moved to the Bjerkestrand farm and took the name. At the age of 22, he came to America (1887). He settled in the south west corner of Minnesota, on a farm he bought in 1900, 8 miles from the the town of Minneota. He married a lady named Martina Karoline Kaas on January 14 1902. They had seven daughters, one dying in infancy. My mother, Sophie Bell Bjerkestrand, was the 3rd of the six living daughters. She is presently living in Minnesota at the age of 88 years. John Berkestrand passed away at the age of 70, on April 4, 1936.
I understand from his obituary that when he died he was also survived by one brother and one sister in Norway and "14 grandchildren."
I hope this helps. There's not much in the way of history available here.
Thank you for helping.