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Lori Grantham Bush


North Dakota, USA

Lori was born and raised in the East Grand Forks, Minnesota and Grand Forks, North Dakota area and lived there most of her life until a few years ago, when she moved to Fargo, North Dakota with her husband Chuck and their Basset Hound Clyde. After talking about moving to Fargo for years, they finally made it happen and are loving their new home.

Lori is a Registered Polysomnographic Technologist and Respiratory Therapist and works at a sleep center in Fargo. Though she’s worked in the field for almost 21 years, she says she still enjoys meeting people and helping them understand their sleep disorders through education and treatment, if needed.

Lori became interested in genealogy in 1994, as her mother-in-law would tell her stories about her French Canadian/Acadian ancestors and helped her get started on her family tree. Lori’s Icelandic roots come from her mother’s side of the family; it was her second and third great-grandparents who came first to Canada, then to Milton and Gardner, ND between 1867-1888. Lori had the privilege to get to know her great-grandma Marie (Benson) Johnson, who was born in North Dakota and lived to be 100 years old, and learn a little history of her Icelandic Roots. Lori’s family has been very helpful in sending her information and stories, identifying who’s who in the old photos she’s collected over the years, and hearing the new information she uncovers about their ancestors. Lori discovered Icelandic Roots through Facebook while searching for more information on Germans from Russia. She says she was so excited and knew she had to join to learn more about her Icelandic heritage.

Besides genealogy, Lori also enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, reading science fiction/horror books (she’s a big Stephen King fan!), hiking and enjoying nature, and sitting on the back deck watching the birds, squirrels, and rabbits with her husband and Clyde the Basset Hound.

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