Danish Ancestry – Reunion 2010

By Rachel Porter —

My new husband and I were a little unsure whether we wanted to dedicate an entire day to some family reunion. But I felt that even though it was a bit inconvenient, it was important to stay connected to relatives and learn more about my family roots. So we went.

This year’s reunion was at the Jordanelle Reservoir in Utah. I think the most striking part of this year’s reunion was the new, dynamic activities centered around our Danish ancestors. Every age group was involved and I had an absolute blast learning about Hans Lorentz’ boat ride to America, what life was like in early Sigurd where the Dastrups settled, trying Danish food and crafts, and playing interactive games.

I was inspired by the vision of what the Dastrup Family Organization officers were trying to create–so much that I volunteered to help move the organization along in a more efficient way. I wanted all Dastrups to get excited about our roots and get involved with each other throughout the country, even if we can’t all make it to every reunion.

To do that, we are creating a more user-friendly and up-to-date website where all can learn more about our ancestors, see family photos, know how to contribute to our family history, and find out about current and upcoming events.

We’re also gearing up for the 2013 Dastrup Family Reunion in Sigurd, Utah, where we will be celebrating the bicentennial of Hans Lorentz Dastrup’s birth. Shannon Borcherds and Will Dastrup are working hard to make sure the Dastrup monument to be erected in Sigurd Park will be finished and ready for the big celebration. Mark your calendars and start saving so as many Dastrups as possible can be in Sigurd, Utah on July 13th to celebrate the life of our common ancestor, Hans Lorentz Dastrup. I can’t wait!

By Rachel Porter

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