While still winding up the Norwegian sides of our family--Nelson/ Nilsen/Amundson/Bekkhus/Bliksrud(hagan),in Hakadal and West Telemark (not to mention the Sinclair side), we were suddenly cast kerplunk into the depths of the Rupert family research.
I must have been the pivotal victim in the family to tackle all these lines one after another. The fact is, I was interested at a very early age--eight--and pestered my parents and others with questions. I've also been extremely interested and successful in learning foreign languages since about the same age, all of which has aided me greatly during genealogical travels and research.
When I use the word "pivotal," it simply indicates that I grew up in our family at a point in time when members of the various sides, of which I am a part, were alive and from whom I could glean ancestral information. For the most part, family members of my generation really seemed to either know or care, for that matter, much about family history. Additionally, I really enjoyed writing from my early years on.
Reunions? Well, there have nearly always been too few nearby members of our family for a reunion to be a success. The spread in ages too had its effect. The Nelson side of our family did attempt to put on a small reunion on Beaver Island, Michigan in the summer of 1997. The week we were together was unbelievably enjoyable and fruitful for those of us who participated.
Alberta and I, Jim, belong to two Norwegian culturaly groups: 1)The Telelag ("lag" means group or meeting, even "team")which deals with not only cultural areas of our ancestry but with genealogy of those of us who descend from the county of Telemark, Norway. 2) As of this year, we are also members of a second "lag," the Romerikslag, those of us who descend from a large area north of and including Oslo, ours bein specifically Hakadal.
In each of the above-noted groups, we have a chance to work on genealogy, since each group possesses many microfilms and printed resources as well as the readers necessary to use the microfilms.
Zeroing in on the Rupert family, our early ancestors settled in New York State during the early 1700s, specifically, Schoharie Valley, New York. After the American Revolution, they migrated to Ontario, Canada and populated much of the area in and around Stormont County and Osnabruck Township. From there and about a century later, Rupert descendants again moved on southwestward into Wisconsin and less so Minnesota; two branches especially settled in the areas north, northeast and a bit southeast of Hudson, Wisconsin near the River Falls, Wisconsin region. Specific regions around Hudson were St. Joseph Twp. north and somewhat northeast of Hudson toward Burkhardt (Mills) and to Hudson Prairie, northeast of the town of Hudson.
Descendants of an early Pader Rupert and his brother Adam Rupert almost literally "descended" into the Hudson-River Falls regions.
Our most urgent need now is to attempt to bridge the American Ruperts with their German counterparts and to locate exactly from which area of the German Pfalz, i.e. the Palatinate, Pader Rupert's (born 1739, New York State) parents immigrated. We can only guess at the parents' names at this time. But they MUST have had some.