Norway Farm Books or Bygdebøker

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Norway Farm Books (often referred to as: Norwegian Farm Books)

Norwegians (outside of cities) lived in communities called "farms" which really were small cities and villages. Norwegian Farm Books contain histories of these farms, their families, and their communities. There is a surprising amount of information contained in them about families who lived in these communities, sometimes they list parishes that families have come from as well as where they move to. They have been transcribed from the original manuscripts and can be found in book form now...although they are not yet transcribed into English.  There is an extraction program underway to extract the information from these farm books.