We want to help in any way we can, however, we encourage you to consider including in your research, a visit to Singsaas Norway where you can be best assisted by the local experts. Norwegians have been wonderful in documenting the family lines in published books based on the particular farms or homes. But, to fully gain the information, you need the assistance of those who understand the language and the book's! Families marry, spouses move from one farm to another, they change surnames to match the farm they live on, and often when they emigrated, they changed the name again. It seems at times that Norwegians first initiated what in the US is considered to be the witness protection program!
If you have been to Singsaas before, you would know that historically, there is no place to stay, and no organization to help you. But that has now changed. The family of Jakob and Annbjorg Winsnes have begun a bed and breakfast operation at their beautiful home, Storstuu Winsnes. Their customers have up until now been the avid fisherman who love to fish the Gaula River for incredible salmon. The salmon season includes only the months of June, July, and August and during those months, genealogy can't compete with those avid fishermen (including Jakob!). But, that leaves May, September, and October for we incurable genealogists!
Jakob and Annbjorg invite you to their home where they will work with you to find your ancestors. They are equipped with all the books and have many partners in the area that are also avid genealogists that love to be of assistance. You must take advantage of this opportunity if you are interested in your lineage.
Additionally, activities such as horseback riding, hiking, day trips to mountain cabins, visits to Trondheim, Roros, Budal, Haltdalen and others provide great beauty and relaxation.
Be nice to all Norwegians you meet on the Internet -
they probably are your cousins!
"If you have ancestors from the Singsaas Norway area, you probably are descended from Per Persen Vinsnes (1638-1701) or Elev Anderssen Singsås (1681-1744) or both! Doubt it? Give me a chance to prove it!"
Jim Winsness December 6, 2005
(Elev Anderssen Singsås was also the nephew of the wife of Per Persen Vinsnes)