I owe it to my wife and mom that I have developed an interest in ancestry. I’ve always wanted to trace my family tree, but thought I didn’t know enough about my family to learn anything of substance, but the women in my life convinced me otherwise, and I’ve recently been discovering interesting ancestors. It’s been doubly enjoyable because I’m a history nerd, and the stories behind several of my ancestors have alerted me to chapters of history that I previously knew nothing about. One such example is the story of the Ruddell family.
Troy Larson is a father, author, and photographer originally from Minot, North Dakota, now residing in Fargo.