What a surprise! I just recently assembled genealogy of my ancestors. Your grandfather Julius was the brother of my grandfather, Peter Olaus Andersen Blegen, son of Anders. He was born in Spring Grove, MN in 1860.
I have identified two other brothers, Edward, born 1855 and Cornelius, born about 1869; and one sister, Martha Maria born about 1859. I also have identified Anders brother Ole I. Blegen, his three daughters and one son. Also their first generation offspring and those of my grandfather's four sons and beyond. I obtained this information from Reel #74 of the archives of the Evangelical Lutheran church in America--which had transcribed to microfilm, the logs of the Apring Grove chyurch they all attended, now called Trinity Lutheran. From work of other Blegens who did extensive searches, I know that Anders, his brother Ole and their father Ingebrigt (later Anglicized to Ingebret all came from the Blegen gaard (loosely a farm) whose name they took)locatead at Faaberg, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway--which is near Lillehammer--about 70-80 miles north of Oslo.
So you and I both have the same great, great grandfather.
I would greatly enjoy hearing from you.
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