Hello Tina,Thank you for your interest in the Wangen name. At this time I do not know if there is a connection to my family, although it is very possible.My grandfather had several brothers that also emigrated to the US and after they left Eau Claire, WI., I don't know where they went.I have been looking for clues, but so far nothing. Do you think the 2 year old Minnie was adopted, or just wanted to belong to a family and used the name Wangen?Or, was Wangen her Mother's maiden, or farm name?Apparently there are several possibilities.
Have you tried the Norwegian emigrationfiles to see if you can find the farm name?
In closing, I feel that I must add that I had a Aunt Minnie Wangen, a twin sister to my Mother and I haven't found a reason for her parents to name her Minnie ( no known relatives with that name).My Mother was named Gertrude after her Grandmother Goro and Mother Guro.Sorry,if I can be of any help, please write.Ron