Organizations/Institutions and Societies:
The American Coordinating Council
The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is a
non-profit council of American organizations founded in 1985. ACCN acts as an
umbrella organization by providing a network to other American and
Norwegian-American groups in Norway.
The Art of European
The Art of European Emigration presents a collection of
images which help to tell the story of the millions of people who moved from
Europe to North America during the last two centuries of this millennium. These
images have been brought together by members of the Association of European
Migration Institutions (A.E.M.I.).
The Association of
European Migration Institutions (A.E.M.I.)
organizations in Europe, whose field of interest concern migration, research
and exhibitions portraying emigration, and who seek to promote understanding of
common goals, have joined together to form A.E.M.I.. The member organizations
meet once a year.
Daughters of Norway is a non-profit organization whose aim
is to preserve the Norwegian heritage. They publish the paper Døtre av
Norge/Daughters of Norway which features stories about Norwegians and
Norwegian-American people. There are 19 lodges in the Western United States.
Events in the US
Published by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in the United
Hardanger Fiddle Association of
Committed to preserving and promoting this precious and
rare heritage of Hardanger fiddle music and Norwegian traditional music and
dance. Publishes the quarterly publication Sound-Post
Library of Congress
American Memory is the online resource
compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. With the
participation of other libraries and archives, the program provides a gateway
to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the
United States. Material about Norwegian-American history is also included.
Institute, Harvard University
Founded in 1994 at Cambridge,
Massachusetts, and directed by Marc Shell and Werner Sollors, the Longfellow
Institute was designed to pull together past efforts to study the non-English
writings in what is now the United States and to reexamine the English-language
tradition in the context of American multilingualism.
Insurance company in Minneapolis, Minnesota, founded by
Norwegian-Americans in 1917. Lutheran Brotherhood donated money for a fund, the
Norway-America Heritage Fund which is administered jointly by the Norse
Federation and the Noway-American Association.
The first anthology of its kind, The
Multilingual Anthology of American Literature brings together American
writings in diverse languages. The Copper Kettle by Dorthea Dahl
and The Road to the Golden Gate by O.A. Buslett are included in
The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature: A
Reader of Original Texts with English Translations. Edited by Marc
Shell, Werner Sollors.
The Norse Federation is a worldwide organization with local chapters in over 25
countries. The purpose of the organization is to strengthen ties between
Norwegians at home and abroad, their descendants, and friends of Norway. The
home office is in Oslo, Norway. They publish a bimonthly magazine, The
From a small, one-time festival in 1978, the Norsk Høstfest
has grown into an annual international celebration of Scandinavian history and
The American Embassy in Oslo has
made a list of useful links. Lots of information for people who plan to visit
Bygdelagenes Fellesraad" (NABF)
Bygdelages Fellesraad, founded on
November, 17, 1916, is the national council for the thirty-two (32) affiliated
Norwegian-American Bygdelag. They organized the Bygdelag Centennial in July
1999 at Luther College, Decoah, Iowa. This page contains a list of bygdelags in
America. Each lag seeks to preserve and strengthen bonds with its home district
or community-of-origin in Norway, much of it through genealogical research
Norwegian American Foundation
The mission of The Norwegian American Foundation is to further
cooperation among all Norwegian-American organizations and to strengthen the
ties between Norway and people throughout North America, who through ancestry
and interest have a special relationship with Norway. They have a searchable
database of almost 900 Norwegian-American organizations and a calendar of
Norwegian-American events in the US.
The Norwegian Emigration & Genealogy Center
was established in 1986 to promote increased contact between Norwegians and
friends of Norway around the world. They offer genealogical services.
Society of Texas
The Norwegian Society of Texas (N.S.T.) is a
statewide organization founded on March 8, 1975 with the objective "to enjoy,
preserve and promote our Norwegian heritage". N.S.T. has nine local chapters.
Sons of Norway
Sons of Norway is dedicated to preserving and promoting Norwegian heritage
throughout North America and Norway. The association has lodges all over
America. They publish the magazine Viking.
The purpose of the US-Norway forum is to nurture a dialogue
between the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Foreign
Missions in the U.S., Norwegian-American organizations and Educational
Historical Societies and Websites with Historical Source
Wisconsin Infantry Home Page
This web site is dedicated to the
15th Wisconsin, which served with distinction in the Federal Army during the
American Civil War (1861-1865). It was called the Scandinavian Regiment This
website was created to honor and preserve the memory of Oberst Heg og hans
gutter ~ Colonel Heg and his boys, especially for their descendants.
An Immigrant Story
This is the true account of Randi Pedersdatter Holtseteren who
emigrated from Gausdal, Norway, to Clark County, Wisconsin i 1889. The
interactive page presents letters and photos relating to Randi's journey and
life in America .
Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a private, non-profit
educational and cultural institution established in 1849 to preserve and share
Minnesota history. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of
Minnesota's past. They publish the magazine Minnesota History.
This is a place for people who are interested in their
Nordic heritage. It is a place to learn more about the languages, traditions,
geography and history of Scandinavia. There are currently more than 160 sites
in the Nordic-American Web Ring.
This is a Norwegian-American web site set up for the purpose of providing
information. This includes, Norwegian newspapers, live radio from Norway, and
live camera shots from Norway, Canada and the US.
The bibliographical collections of Thor M. Andersen (TMA),
contains references to documents by and/or about Norwegian immigrants to the US
and Canada printed between 1825-1930. There are references to books, pamphlets,
and articles in newspapers and periodicals.
The goal of the
Norwegian-American Historical Association (NAHA) is to locate, collect,
preserve and interpret the Norwegian-American part of the American mosaic with
accuracy, integrity, and liveliness. NAHA has a Norwegian chapter.
This is a website especially for
persons in the United States who are of Norwegian heritage, and who want to
know more of the Kingdom of Norway.
The Norwegian Historical Data
NHDC is a national institution at the University of
Tromsø. The aim is to computerize the Norwegian censuses 1865 onwards
together with the parish registers and other sources from the 18th and 19th
The Norwegian Immigration
The Norwegian Immigration Association collects and
preserves the living history of Norwegian immigrants to the New York area. It
enables those of Norwegian descent to explore their cultural legacy. While
making this information available to the public, it also places the Norwegian
immigrant experience on the pages of New York and United States history. The
NIA Research Center resides in the library at the Inger and William Ginsberg
Library of the Norwegian Seamens Church in Manhattan. It offers books,
files, clippings, a computer station, and a library atmosphere conducive to
browsing or studying.
South Dakota State
The Office of History/South Dakota State
Historical Society promotes the historical and cultural heritage of South
Dakota by collecting, preserving, researching, and interpreting evidence of the
state's past. The magazine South Dakota History is published by the
Historical Society of North Dakota
The State Historical Society of
North Dakota is a state-wide history agency with its headquarters in the North
Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck. Collects and preserves the history
of North Dakota, and publishes the magazine North Dakota History: Journal of
the Northern Plains.
Wisconsin Historical Society is both a state
agency and a private membership organization. Founded in 1846 and chartered in
1853, it is the oldest American historical society to receive continuous public
funding. The society collects and disseminates knowledge of Wisconsin. The
collections also encompass the history of North America and Canada, and the
society is one of the top genealogical repositories. Wisconsin Magazine of
History is published by Wisconsin Historical Society.
Ancestors from Norway
The website was created in 1996 by John
Føllesdal to provide a road map to various Internet resources on
Norwegian-American genealogy. Since then, Ancestors from Norway has
grown to over fifty separate web pages. The articles you will find on this web
site provide detailed information on how to use various Norwegian genealogy
sources such as census records, church records, and "bygdebøker". In
addition, there are several articles that provide background information on
such topics as the Norwegian patronymic naming system.
Ancestry.com is the premier resource for family history online.
The site offers thousands of fully searchable databases containing information
on hundreds of millions of individuals. Social Security Death Index can be
reached from this site
Cyndis list of
genealogy sites on the Internet (Norway)
Cyndis list is a
categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the
Internet; a list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online;
a "card catalog" to the genealogical collection in the immense library that is
the Internet; and a genealogical research portal onto the Internet. In the
Alphabetical Category Index, there is one list about Norway.
The Digital Archives of Norway
Co-operation between the Department
of History at the University of Bergen, and the Regional State Archives of
Bergen, part of the National Archives of Norway. The Digital Archives include
the Norwegian National censuses of 1801, 1965 and 1900, as well as the
Norwegian emigrant databases, and lots of other records. As from July 200, the
national Norwegian emigration database, contains the names and data of more
than 700,000 emigrants, about 333,000 Norwegians registered in the US census of
The aim is to make a common forum for anyone interested in using
computers as a tool in genealogical research in Norway and stimulate
DIS-Norge welcomes members from overseas.
Resources including genealogical and historical societies, links
to sites featuring local history, everything you need to locate birth and death
records. Surname search resources and links to sites with transcriptions of the
passengers aboard thousands of immigrant ships.
Genealogy websites are rated. Gives a list of the most
The Internet genealogy service of the Mormon church (Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). They have microfilm copies of the principal
genealogical records in Norway and other countries and American immigration
The entire 12,555 rolls of microfilm of the
U.S. Census from 1790 to 1920 have been digitized and original images that had
become bleached or darkened have been restored using the latest digital
GenealogyDatabase.com is available to libraries on a subscription
basis for public use through their local library system. The site also offers
individual consumer subscriptions and a selection of free genealogy search
The Genealogy Homepage
A list of genealogical sources all over the world, either listed
according to categories.
Genealogists are the most numerous users of the
Washington, DC, research rooms, and 13 regional facilities of the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This area provides many of the
finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to
one of our facilities or for requesting records from NARA
Gjerpen to America
Jan Christensen has gathered information about
the emigration from Gjerpen in Telemark to America, including passenger lists
and information about people who emigrated in the period 1849-1927.
List of Norwegian Bygdebøker
arranged by the individual counties. Available at The Elwyn B. Robinson
Department of Special Collections, University of North Dakota.
Family History/Genealogy Room houses a variety of primary and
secondary resources useful to family historians. The Family History Room also
contains over 4650 volumes of published material.
Trace your Ancestors in Norway
You may find information about
Norwegian records, institutions and how to find your Norwegian descendants.
Its important to read the chapter Preparations and Procedures
before going to Norway to do research.
Minnesota Genealogical Society
The society was organized in 1969. The purpose is to stimulate the
interest in local history and genealogy.
Norway.com family of websites gives you updated travel and genealogy
information directly from Norway
A website for those who need travel planning tools to
Norway or Scandinavia, for people of Norwegian/Scandinavian heritage, and for
all those who are interested in Norway and Scandinavia.
The Norwegian Genealogical
The main purpose of the society is to publish articles that
help to increase the knowledge of family history and genealogy in Norway. A
short introduction in English is available at the first page of the site.
Immigrants Norway to Canada
The National Archives of Canada (NAC)
holds a few lists of immigrant settlers and passenger lists scattered within
various collections, mostly relating to immigrants from Great Britain arriving
in Canada between 1801 and 1849. Staff of the Genealogy Unit prepared a nominal
card index to most of those lists, which is referred to as the Miscellaneous
Immigration Index. With the Archives' permission we have input the information
from those cards into a database containing approximately 15,000 names. A list
of sources is also provided, which gives a brief description of the information
that can be found in each record.
Years of Emigrant Ships from Norway
The site contains a ship index
from 1825 to 1925 and an alphabetical list of the names of ships we know to
have left Norway with emigrants. Ships that sailed from English ports with
Norwegian emigrants have also been included. Transcribed passenger lists are
also included for some of the ships..
University of North Dakota Libraries
Family History/Genealogy Room
houses a variety of primary and secondary resources useful to family
historians. Primary materials are regional in scope and emphasize North and
South Dakota and Minnesota. The secondary sources document the three major
ethnic groups that settled the three state area: Scandinavians, in particular
the Norwegians, Canadians of English, Irish and Scottish descent, and Germans
of Minnesota Genealogy Resources
Approximately five million
volumes, a nationally-acclaimed map library, several thousand newspapers, and
well over a million government documents constitute a rich resource for
Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library
The center was founded in
1974 in Madison, Wisconsin, by Professor Gerhard B. Naeseth, eminent scholar of
Norwegian genealogy and emigration. The purposes of the center are to respond
to Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogical inquiries, to collect and make
available Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogical resources, and to
promote the study of Norwegian heritage.
Museums and Archives in Norway and the US:
A virtual exhibition that presents a collection of images which
help to tell the story of the millions of people who moved from Europe to North
America during the last two centuries of this millennium. The images have been
brought together by members of the Association of European Migration
The Ellis Island
The museum tells the inspiring story of the
largest human migration in modern history.
More than 17 million people passed through the port of New York
from 1892-1924. The ships' passenger manifests are currently on microfilm at
the National Archives and Records Administration. American Family Immigration
History Center Over 113 million Americans are presently engaged in family
history research. This innovative center will provide guidance to both adults
and children in the fascinating task of tracing one's roots.
Sogn og Fjordane
The County Archives in Sogn and Fjordane
conducts work of collecting and indexing all kinds of information pertaining to
the emigration from the county of Sogn and Fjordane in western Norway.
A unique collection of Norse antiques has been assembled in this
homestead of early Norwegian settlers. The "Norway Building" built in Norway
for Chicago's Colombian Exposition of 1893, is a fine example of ancient Norse
church architecture. This building contains an impressive and colorful
collection of folk objects from both Scandinavia and America
The Nordic Heritage
Documents the history of Scandinavian immigrants in the
Pacific Northwest. Their dramatic journey to America comes alive through
artifacts, photographs and personal stories at the Nordic Heritage Museum.
Norskedalen Nature and
Norskedalen Nature & Heritage Center is
located in Coon Valley, Wisconsin.
Norwegian Emigrant Museum
There at two sections: an open-air museum that gives a taste of
Norwegian America at the turn of the century and a research center. The museum
collects and conserves historical material and disseminates information about
the emigration from Norway.
Norwegian Emigration to the USA
An exhibition made by the Digital
Archives to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Norwegian emigration to
America. The exhibition is divided into three parts: Norway, the Crossing and
Oluf Rygh Documentation project
The database currently covers one
through 17 of Oluf Rygh's series on Norwegian farm names.
Coast Museum, Brooklyn, New York
The Scandinavians have been in
Brooklyn for almost 400 years. ØThose who settled in the New York City
area have a history, just as rich as the Midwest. They were involved in the
labor movement, WWII, the development of New York as the worlds premier
harbor, and also in establishing many social institutions, which still exist.
The Scandinavian East Coast Museum documents their history.
Archives Washington D.C.
Genealogical source material in the U. S.
National Archives, Washington, DC
The museum's main building, built in 1877 as an elegant hotel, is
organized on a grand scale around the immigrant theme, from life in Norway,
through the Atlantic crossing, to life in America, with complete Norwegian and
pioneer homes. Organizes Nordic Fest in Decorah every year the last weekend in
Waldemar Ager Association
The association is a not-for-profit group
dedicated to preserving Waldemar Ager's memory. His home has been renovated as
a historical site in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Norwegian-American Colleges and Academic Organizations Founded by
Augsburg Seminar started as a seminary. In 1874 a college
department was started. Augsburg is located in Minneapolis.
Augustana College started in Canton in South Dakota. Moved to Sioux Falls in
Concordia started as an academy in 1891 in Moorhead, Minnesota where it is
Founded in Decorah, Iowa in 1861
Luther Seminary educates leaders for Christian
communities. For those interested in Norwegian-American church history, the
library merits a visit.
Pacific Lutheran University
An academy was started in Tacoma in 1894 and another one in
Everett in 1905, both in Washington. In 1920 the two merged under the name
Pacific Lutheran College and from 1960, Pacific Lutheran University.
St. Olaf College
St. Olaf School was founded in 1875 by B.J. Muus in Northfield, Minnesota. In
1886 a college department was started.