family comes from
Norway. There is a place called Freswick in Caithness (on
some 18th Century maps spelt “Fresweek”) which is linked
with Fresvik in Sogn and Fjordane, Western Norway. At the head
of the Fjord is Lærdal, a possible origin of the surname Laird
in Caithness, as there is a tradition in Norway to take the
surname from the place of origin. A further possibility is that
a number of farms in the area have "Leire" (meaning
"clay") as part of their name , e.g. "Leirdal"
and "Leired" (near Bergen). Our ancestor was a
Norwegian sea captain but we do not remember exactly when.
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information on Norwegian emigration may be found at the
Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad
. The Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad is made
up of the organizations of emigrant descendants from
particular areas of Norway who are now living in North
America. Each lag seeks to preserve and strengthen bonds
with its home district or community-of-origin in Norway,
much of it through genealogical research.
(From Ruth M. Sylte,