The following links are the result of extensive research by several of my cousins. Kudos, Sandy!
In an attempt to keep this family chronology a somewhat manageable size, I have divided it into four separate pages. I have also excluded personal information about relatives still living. If you have a legitimate interest in obtaining further information, please feel free to contact me.
This link follows my paternal grandmother's family- the Biem's.
The other links follow my grandfather's family- the Pederson's.
At this point, I feel a bit of explanation is in order. My ancestors are ALL Norwegian. As you may know, in Norway, the surname changed every generation. For example, my great-grandfather's name was Johanes Pederson (i.e. Johanes, son of Peder). His father's name was Peder Johannesen, literally Peder son of Johannes, and so on. For good measure, they frequently threw in the area of the country where they were born, which by today's standards made for a confusing mess. Because of this, I have settled on the last name "Pederson" as my family name. The following links reflect this somewhat arbitrary decision.