There are several societies and organizations in Norway that may have information of value to your genealogical research. Most local communities in Norway have a genealogical and historical society of some type. Many of these groups publish books and periodicals. For more information, see the "Genealogy" and "Periodicals" sections.
There may also be some societies in the country your ancestor immigrated to, especially in the United States. You may find it helpful to join one of these societies and support their efforts. The bygdelags (community societies) in the United States are made up of descendants of people who emigrated to North America from Norway. Presently there are 30 affiliated lag (societies). Every lag seeks to preserve and strengthen bonds with its home district or community of origin in Norway. You may find it helpful to join and support one of these societies. For information about these bygdelags go to:
The major Genealogical society in the United States that emphasizes Norwegian research is:
The Norwegian American Genealogical Center(NAGC) (see below) can help you find out if there is a society for the area your ancestors came from.
Formerly known as: Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (VGC/NL)
415 West Main Street
Madison, WI 53703 -3116
Obtain membership from:
Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library (NAGC & NL)
415 W. Main St.
Madison, WI 53703-3116
Phone: (608) 255-2224
Fax: (608) 255-6842
The Center is open to the public Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm, and on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Please telephone ahead if you want a researcher to work with you.
Norwegian American Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library (NAGC & NL) is now publishing Norwegian Tracks,an informative genealogy newsletter printed 3 times per year, detailing information about new NAGC & NL acquisitions and other items of help to genealogists. This publication is sent to members only.
The change from Vesterheim Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (NAGC & NL) to Norwegian American Genealogical Center (NAGC/NL) took place 1 January 2007. Prior to this date Vesterheim Genalogical Center and Naeseth Library was part of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
523 W. Water St.
Decorah, Iowa 52101
Phone: (563) 382-9681
For more information, see the "Periodicals" section.
Many societies have collections that could provide information on Norwegian ancestors. For example, The Norwegian-American Association (http://www.naha.stolaf.edu/) in Northfield, Minnesota, has a file known as the "Rowberg" file. Andrew A. Rowberg started this file in 1914, using articles about Norwegian Americans from Norwegian American newspapers. The articles included obituaries; wedding and birth announcements, and information about weddings, anniversaries, promotions, honors, Norway visits, and other events. Short articles are mounted on cards, and longer articles are mounted in scrapbooks. Reference cards indicate volumes and page numbers to these scrapbooks. Each article gives the newspaper's name and date of issue. This file also refers to biographical information in a number of Norwegian-American periodicals.
This information is available on microfiche in the Author/Title search of the Family History Library Catalog under "Rowberg, Andrew A.". It is listed in the Subject search under:
NORWEGIAN AMERICANS - UNITED STATES
NORWEGIANS - UNITED STATES
it is also listed in the Place search under:
UNITED STATES - MINORITIES
UNITED STATES - OBITUARIES
UNITED STATES - NEWSPAPERS
UNITED STATES - GENEALOGY
Societies in Norway
The main genealogical society in Norway publishes the periodical Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift (Norwegian Family History Periodical). It is Norway's oldest national association for genealogists. It was founded in 1926 and has now approximately 2000 members in both Norway and abroad. Its emphasis has been on middle and upper class families. However, recently they have also shown interest in common people, especially farmers. For more information, see the "Periodical" and "Genealogy" sections.
The address of the society is:
Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening (NSF-Norwegian Family History Society)
Contact by mail:
Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening
Box 59 Sentrum
Visit their Library:
Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening
Lakkegata 19-21 (4th floor)
(The library is open Monday 11:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Thursday from 11:00 a.m until 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.)
Closed holidays, during summer vacation, and the week of Christmas and Easter. If arrangement is being made ahead of time they will at times be open upon request.
Here you may make use of the association's large collections of genealogy books (Bygdebøker) or farm books.
The main purpose of the society is- and has always been- to publish articles and other literature with the goal to increase the knowledge of family history and genealogy in Norway.
The members of the society will each year receive two issues of Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift, as well as two issues of the members magazine Genealogen. In addition to this they regularly publish new and revised edition of Hvem forsker hva i norsk genealogi (Who researches what in Norwegian genealogy) a publication that contributes to establish contact between genealogists all over the country and abroad.
For issues of Norsk Slektshistorisk Tidsskrift (Norwegian Family History Periodical) available in the Family History Library see the Periodical and Genealogy sections.
Another publication with information about genealogy and data in Norway is DIS-NORGE.
DIS-Norge was founded on 12 January 1990. In 1996 its membership was 2,300, a number that grows daily. The primary goal of this association is to provide a common forum for anyone in Norway or abroad who is interested in using computers for genealogical research. The web site address for DIS-Norge gives an English summary.
DIS-Norge (Computer processing in genealogy)
Lakkegata 21 (4. etg.)
Open: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Norwegian historical societies can be valuable sources of information. Similar societies exist in countries where Norwegian emigrants settled. These societies often collect information about Norwegian immigrants. Some may have information about specific Norwegian individuals. Many societies have special books and manuscript collections for Norway that may be difficult to find in libraries and archives. (See the reference to bygdelags above) Other historical societies that may be of interest include:
Sons of Norway, International Headquarters
1455 West lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(Sons of Norway)
Bernt Balchen Lodge 8-003
President: Jostein Handegard
Landslaget for Lokalhistorie since 1922 (countrywide organization for local history since 1922). This organization publishes the periodical Heimen (the Home), as well as Lokalhistorisk Magasin since 1990.
Landslaget for Lokalhistorie
Phone: 47-73-59-63-95 Fax: 47-73-59-64-41
Norsk Lokalhistorisk Institutt NLI (Norwegian Local History Institute)
Norsk Lokalhistorisk Institutt
Contact by mail:
Norsk Lokalhistorisk Institutt
Dep., 0031 Oslo
Their library is open weekdays from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. or you may make an appointment. Please telephone at 47-22-92-51-35.
Norsk Lokalhistorisk Institutt coordinates the work of most of the local historical societies in Norway. It can give information and addresses for most local history societies in Norway.
Locating Records at the Family History Library
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