Norway is known for wonderful parish registers and farm books that help researchers find their ancestors. What is not very well known is that Norway also has some very helpful genealogical collections. The most complete collection is the “Delgobe samlinger,” which is the work of a man named Charles A. Delgobe.
Charles Antoine Delgobe was born 11 November 1844 in Chateau-Thierry, France. He was a mining engineer by trade, who after completing his education, traveled to Norway, where he was hired by the Vigsnæs Copper Mine. In 1872, Charles married a young woman from Bergen city by the name of Marie Nicolette Lovise Flor/Floor and it was during his early married years that his interest in family history started. His interest resulted in a wonderful collection of genealogical research notes, photos, newspaper clippings, pedigree charts, letters and other miscellaneous information covering over 5,400 Norwegian families for the time period 1611 to 1914.
Most of these families arrived from countries such as Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, and Pomerania. The families came to Norway as merchants, clergy, military officers, and craftsmen. They are often called the nobility of Norway and use non-patronymic names. (There are patronymic names included as well.)
The pedigrees and descendant charts in the Delgobe collection are mostly all handwritten and can be difficult to follow, actually quite sloppy. However, the collection provides a wealth of information, and gives researchers a wonderful blueprint to go by.
Delgobe’s research was all done in his spare time, and has a tremendous genealogical value. Charles Delgobe died in Oslo on 1 January 1916. He bequeathed his collection to the National Public Record Office. A copy can be found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on 65 reels of microfilm. The first reel (# 353099) contains an alphabetical listing of the families included.
If you have Norwegian ancestors, especially those who descend from European immigrants to Norway, or have non-patronymic names, be sure and check the Delgobe samlinger collection.