Carrie Heiser has erected a 6-foot-tall, 800-pound bust of Leif Erikson's grandfather beside her driveway in Duvall, Washington.
Heiser's great-grandfather, Olafur Einarson, made the family's genealogical connection back to Olafur the White during a trip back to Iceland in 1899, she said. He searched through historical records in his hometown of Hafursa, and Heiser's uncle made copies of his research for the rest of the family.
Heiser's three children, ages 13, 17 and 26, didn't initially share her zeal for family history.
"They make fun of my Viking things," the Seattle-born Heiser said. "But now, with Olafur out there, they're intrigued. It put a face to this story I've been telling them." [Link]