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Getting to know M.J.

As I have had the opportunity to work on this site, I have had such a peculiar experience. Being a great-grandchild of M.J.’s I only had the privilege to meet him a scarce few times, in the flesh. I do have some fond memories of visiting the Christensen home in Las Vegas, which I hope to organize and post at a later date. But for the most part, my great grandfather was just a cool white-haired guy with a pool and player piano, who we would visit when we were in Vegas. I remember being sad when he passed away. Other than that, I really didn’t know much else about him, except that he was a jeweler. Since I have been working with my mother and aunts on this site, my intrigue has grown exponentially. It started when we were adding the first batch of pictures. I was thinking what a stylish dresser M.J. was. Over the weekend Annalee added the first part of the M.J.’s written history. As I was going through to paginate it, I couldn’t help but read it. I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I have read this story, since my mother previously gifted me a hard copy of the book, containing the same text. It was almost like reading the first part of an extremely captivating serial novel (except with much more personal sentiment). I cannot wait to learn more about my heritage. I just want to say thank you, once again to those who worked so diligently to compile all of the material that will eventually be on this site. I’m loving it! For those descendants of M.J. who have not yet had a chance to read his self-titled “memoirs,” I strongly recommend that you take a peek.

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A Historic Day

I’m sitting here staring at my computer screen, thinking about the announcement of McCain’s running mate, a woman, and Obama’s nomination yesterday. One way or another, we will almost certainly make history with this year’s presidential election. But what I am looking at, the beginning of the Christensen Family History website, seems even more personally momentous to me. I am overwhelmed, and, for once, at a loss for words to write about my feelings concerning the beginning of this website. I have felt strongly that our family needs a web presence to share the heritage with which we have been blessed. Thank you, thank you, Jake Breinholt, for facilitating this beginning, and hopefully, for holding our hands as it continues to grow. I told Cousin Eric you were “our man.” Now I’ll say, “You’re the man!”

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Welcome Family!

Hi Christensen Clan!  A goal set at the reunion two years ago is now a reality. Thanks to Jake Breinholt, (Beth Breinholt’s son) we have a great domain name and the potential for a wonderful website.  This is a great website, too, with many capabilities.  The name, Christensen, can be picked up by search engines, thereby facilitating those looking for our family information. Don’t panic! We can choose what information is seen.  That would include things like ancestral histories, ancestral gedcoms, ancestral pictures, etc.  The operative word is ancestral, meaning things pertaining to Christensen that are in the past–way past.  The other good part is we can post current information we want seen, for example, the current plans for the next Christensen reunion. 

In addition to this, we have a private part of this website, too, that only members can access, that includes current addresses and contact information for the family members. Cool, huh!

So watch for new developments as we add, improve and grow this website!

With much love from your niece, mom, cousin, sister and friend,

Beth Breinholt

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This seems like a good place to start

This is the new website dedicated to the ongoing research of the M.J. and Hazel Johnson Christensen family history. Please feel free to give feedback ( as we work to make this site as useful as possible for all of those interested. Do not hesitate to add the RSS feed to your reader, and bookmark the page.

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