I have traced my male lineage back to Botolv Ellingson Engjum who was born in 1588 on the Engjum farm in the vicinity of Kvamsoy province of Balestrand. He had a son named Morten Botolvson Engjum. His son's name was Bendik Mortenson Engjum. He married Magnhild Markusdatter Dyrdal where he eventually took over the Dyrdal farm which is about twenty miles up the Sogn Fjord from Balestrand. His son was Markus Bendikson Dyrdal. He passed the farm on to his son Anders Markuson Dyrdal. His son Markus Anderson Dyrdal inherited the farm. One of Markus's son, Sjur Markuson Dyrdal, immigrated to the United States where he settled near Kenyon, Minnesota in 1856. His son Joseph is my grandfather.