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VELKOMMEN TIL DEN NORSK AMERIKANSKE SIDEN!
Welcome to the Norwegian-American page!
Through the FamilySearch Research Wiki's Norwegian-American pages you can learn how to find, use, and analyze Norwegian-American records of genealogical value. The content on these pages are variously targeted to beginner, intermediate, and expert researchers.
Norwegian- American Research Strategy[edit | edit source]
So the time has come to trace your Norwegian ancestry, and you are wondering where to start. Always start with what you know for sure, and start at home!
- What do you already know? Do you have older relatives still alive? If you do make sure you talk to them as soon as possible! Write down everything they tell you, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. Pay special attention to any mentioning of people, names and places. Look for any family information in Bibles, hymn books, journals (if you are lucky enough to have them), obituaries or death notices, letters, postcards and photographs with names, dates, and places listed on them. There could be some truth to the oral traditions you have heard since childhood.
- Look for any information in as many US sources as possible. Search all the US Federal and state censuses, applications to naturalize and the citizenship certificate, any homestead application,old newspapers, Norwegian-American Lutheran church records, military records, pension records, etc. Were they members in any Norwegian fraternities? Have you looked in any county histories?
- Repositories for these records could be in your homes, homes of family members, local libraries, museums, or ethnic organizations.
Places that could be of tremendous help could be found in the following websites:
- Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library, Madison, Wisconsin
- The Norwegian-American Historical Association, Northfield, Minnesota
- The Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad
Norwegian-American Sources by State[edit | edit source]
Norwegian-American Associations (Bygdelags)[edit | edit source]
A bygdelag is an association with an interest in a specific geographical district in Norway. Contact the corresponding individual for the area of interest and they will check their files to see if they have information about your ancestor. See the list below. You can also check the Bygdelagenes Fellesraad’s genealogy pages for more information.
Lags and Lag Genealogists[edit | edit source]
Hadeland Lag Genealogist: Dave Gunderson: Davgund@prtl.com
Hallinglag Genealogist: Jackie Marler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Landingslag Genealogist: Carol Olson: email@example.com
Lappmark Lag Genealogist: Christopher Pesklo: Dinkytown@hotmail.com
Møre og Romsdal Genealogist: David Christ: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nordfjord Lag Genealogist: Robert O'Neil: Irviking@comcast.net
Nordfjord-Wisconsin Lag Genealogist: Arvalene Vedvik: phone # 608-734-3192
Nord Hedemark og Hedemarken Lag Genealogist: John Reindl: email@example.com
Nordlandslag Genealogist: Jay W. Liedman: Genscan@tds.net
Numedalslågen Lag Genealogist: Richard Holter: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opdalslag Genealogist: Evy Kuecker: Evykucker@frontier.net
Ringerike Drammen District Lag Genealogist: Phyllis Maxwell: email@example.com
Rogaland Lag Genealogist: David Cross: Genealogist@rogalandslag.org
Romerikslag Genealogist: William Naseth: Wnaseth@charter.net
Sigdalslag Genealogist: Garth Ulrich: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sognadal Genealogist: Gerald Sime: Grsime1931@msn.com
Solør Lag Genealogist: Elaine Hasleton: email@example.com
Sognefjord Genealogist: Judy Gates: phone # 608-452-3805
Sunnfjord Lag Genealogist: Tamra Foster: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telelag Genealogist: Darrel Johnson: Dejohnso@wcta.net
Toten Lag Genealogist: Mildred Andorfer: email@example.com
Trønderlag Genealogist: Barry Dahl: Bs2000@juno.com
Valdres Samband Genealogist: Be Gunelson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vosselag Genealoist: Ruth Christ: Ruthemail@example.com
Østfold 2-lag Genealogist: JoAnn Glass: Ostfoldlag@worldnet.att.net