Welcome to the Web Site. This site is devoted to the descendants of Johannes Olson Leraas (1804-1880) and others from a small and remote farm known as the Leiro Gaard near Bergen, Norway.

Anton Leraas family
Carl, Gordon, Reuben, Anton, Adeline, Martha & Clara Leraas, about 1939

Since 1988 our Leraas branch (Ole’s son Anton and his wife Clara) has attempted to have regular family reunions.  In 2007, we made a significant effort to reach out to other branches, including searching phonebooks for anyone named "Leraas" and simply calling them up!

This effort culminated in a fantastic Extended Family Reunion in Fergus Falls and Barrett, Minnesota. We had a fantastic turnout of relatives from all over the country. This may have been the biggest Leraas gathering since Johannes married Nelly in Norway in 1885!

We are trying to get current addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other family info for as many Leraas descendants as we can. And we are always on the lookout for information, stories, memories, and pictures of family members. We appreciate everything you can contribute.

Ray Family in Minnesota

Linda (Leraas) Ray is a descendant of Ole/Anton/Gordon J. Leraas. She and her husband Steven Ray have done an extraordinary amount of research into the Leraas family. Their son Eric created and maintains these web sites. Read more about the family at Contact us at:

s t e v e [at] m n r a y [dot] n e tl i n d a [at] m n r a y [dot] n e te r i c [at] m n r a y [dot] n e t

Leraas Family Tree

Click for Leraas Family Tree

The family tree is maintained by Steven Ray on It now contains over 4,200 names! A helpful introductory chart was established specifically for the LERAAS, EIDE, HESJEDAL, LOHSE, LADE, and GOLZ families.

Leraas Family Reunions

The family reunions are an opportunity to share stories, pictures, and experiences by relatives from all over the country. Scroll through the pages for more information.

Stay in touch with family news by joining the Leraas Family Cousins Facebook Groupa

If you are a Leraas who would like a free, permanent "" email address or web space on this domain, all you have to do is ask Eric!