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ANCESTORS FROM NORWAY

   
 

    This web site is dedicated to my great- great- great- grandfather Daniel Olson who, in 1832, purchased the Føllesdal farm and began using the Føllesdal farm name as his surname. It is my hope that the information and the links presented on this website will help you in your search for ancestors from Norway.

John Føllesdal


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     This website was created in 1996 to provide a road map to various Internet resources on Norwegian - American genealogy. Since then, Ancestors from Norway has grown to over one hundred separate web pages, and now contains several original articles on how to trace your Norwegian ancestors, as well as numerous links to genealogy-related web sites in Norway and the U.S.  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.
     The Internet offers a tremendous opportunity for Americans who are seeking their ancestors and relatives in Norway, and for Norwegians who are trying to locate the descendants of Norwegian immigrants in the US.  Newsgroups, mailing lists, and e-mail provide excellent means of increasing contact between Norwegians and friends of Norway around the world. While the Sloopers, who left Stavanger in 1825 bound for the New World, took more than ninety days to reach New York, the Internet now connects people across the Atlantic in a matter of seconds. It has never been easier to acquire the knowledge that the Norwegian - American novelist Ole Edvart Rølvaag (1876-1931) spoke of so eloquently many, many years ago:

     It is vital in all cultural life to maintain a link between the present and the past. If there is anything that history makes clear it is this, that when a people becomes interested in its past life, seeks to acquire knowledge in order better to understand itself, it always experiences an awakening of new life.

Ole Edvart Rølvaag
 

Index

   Introduction
 A brief history of Norwegian-American immigration
 Getting started - research outlines, bibliographies, etc.
 Hvordan finner jeg etterkommere av de som utvandret til USA?
 Genealogy on the Internet
 Choosing a genealogy software program
 Ahnentafels, Gedcoms, the Township/Range System, and other strange creatures
   Ancestors from Norway bookstore
 Dictionaries, Norwegian-American immigration history, travel books and more.
  My articles
 Several "How to" articles to assist you in your research.
  Norway-L@rootsweb.com 
 The mailing list for Norwegian genealogy
   They went to America
 The Statue of Liberty - A gift from France, but the copper came from Norway!
 Ellis Island
 Maps of the U.S.
 Some genealogy pages in the U.S.:
     Census Records
     Naturalization records
     Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
     Other federal records
     Vital Records
     LDS (Mormon) on-line records and Family History Centers
     Genealogy mailing lists
     State by state genealogy web pages
     Some other genealogy web pages to visit
  Norwegian-American web sites
 Vesterheim, NAHA, Hostfest, and more.....
  Norwegian genealogy resources
 Getting started - the basics of Norwegian genealogy research
 Bygdebøker - local history books
 Kirkebøker - Norwegian parish records
 Skifter - Norwegian probate records
 Nationwide resources in Norway
 Maps of Norway
 On-line Norwegian - English dictionaries
 Folketelling & Manntall - Norwegian census records
 Matrikkel - Norwegian land records
 County by County resources in Norway
 Local newspapers in Norway
  The emigration museums at Stavanger and Hamar
  Emigrasjonsprotokoller, passenger lists & the ships of our ancestors
  Some other genealogy web pages to visit
    Are others researching the same surnames as you? Leave a message with your e-mail in my guestbook and perhaps someone will respond!
   Queries and surname searches
  Are others researching the same surnames as you? There are several web pages where you can post a query to show that you are researching a particular surname, and search the queries left by other genealogists.
   Finding relatives in Norway & the US
  Find e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of relatives
   Local newspapers in Norway
  Contact relatives in Norway by sending a query to the local newspaper in Norway where your ancestors lived!
   The Myrold brothers
  The missing nephews of my g-g-g-parents
   Search Norwegian library collections
  Look up family history books, etc.
   Genealogy newsgroups
  soc.genealogy.nordic and more.....
  Miscellaneous
 Some of my other favorite links.....
  Awards
 The awards I have won for this web site
 

Welcome to Norway!
Trolls, lutefisk & more.....

 Arts & entertainment 
    Culture, Galleries, Music....
 History 
    Museums, Old Norse, Viking resources....
 Business 
    Norwegian businesses, Yellow pages....
 Language 
    Norwegian language, dictionaries....
 Education 
    Universities and colleges....
 Live Cameras 
     Scenes from various places inNorway
 Flags 
     The Norwegian flags
 Maps
 Food & recipes 
     Lutefisk, lefse, flatbrød....
 Newspapers & media 
     Norwegian news in English 
 Government & Politics  
     The Royal family, Storting (Parliament), political parties.... 
 Sports 
     Soccer, golf, skiing....
 Travel & Geography
     Towns and Regions, Pictures, Accomodation....

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This page was created December 12, 1996
Last updated 18 December 2005