Thanks for the information on the Vignes/Vigness history. Its very useful. My other line of enquiry is for a Hans (probably G) Winnes or Winness - he seems to have spelled it both ways, born in Norway in about 1863 and married to Carrie (maiden name unknown). They settled in Golden Lake, Steele, North Dakota by the 1890s or so, I think. If you can uncover anything on them, I'd be very grateful. Thanks, Charlie.