Thursday, December 7, 2017

If you need a Professional Genealogist

If you need a Professional Genealogist in Norway, try this guy:

Jan Ivar Kristiansen
Vardeveien 136
2020 Skedsmokorset

Facebook groups to join for Norwegian Genealogy

Montana-Norwegian Genealogy

Minnesota Norwegians - genealogy
Valdres Samband:

Iowa Norwegians - Genealogy

Illinois Norwegian - Genealogy

Norwegian-American Genealogy Lags

Norwegian-American Genealogy Help Here

Trønderlag of America

Valdres, Norway Genealogy

Valdres Slekt

North and South Dakota Norwegians - Genealogy

Hallingdal Norwegians - Genealogy

Wisconsin Norwegians - Genealogy

Norwegian Chatter (A good group for general chat about Norway)

Norwegian Genealogy

Norwegian Genealogy

Hallinglag of America

Norwegian literature and history 

Norwegian Heritage

Some Research Helps

Check with your local library (in America), most subscribe to Heritagequest, which has many biographical books online and census records up to 1920 that are searchable. Usually access is free and can be easily accessed from your home computer with a library card number.

Buy a Norwegian Dictionary, one of the best is "Norwegian-English Dictionary" by Einar Haugen. I use the "Engelsk blå ordbok" Engelsk-norsk / norsk-engelsk also. I also will use the "Engelsk/Dansk/Norsk Ordbog" by Martin Ulvestad from 1895 on occasion.

Illinois Biographies online
Illinois Genweb
Multipe Searchable Databases in Illinois

LaCrosse, Wisconsin Public Library Local Genealogy Indexes Obituaries (1904-1959) & (1983-Present) Births - by Parents' Name (1987-Present) Divorces (1992-Present) Marriages (1987-Present) Cemeteries (La Crosse County, WI)
Waushara County Baptisms 1853-1880 MTMORRIS&spraak=n&metanr=2115
Western Wisconsin Scandinavian Obituaries Wisconsin Biographies online Wisconsin Genweb Wisconsin Marriage - Bio's - Birth & Death Records up to 1907 Iowa: Chickasaw County, Iowa Baptisms 1857-1876 SAUDE&spraak=n&metanr=1938 Iowa Biographies online Iowa Genweb Scott County, Iowa Local Indexes to Search Winnebago County, Iowa Baptisms 1864-1891 mtpleas&spraak=n&metanr=1922 Winnebago County, Iowa Baptisms 1868-1890 Mtpleasa&spraak=n&metanr=1923 Winnebago County, Iowa Confirmations 1868-1890 Mtpleasa&spraak=e&metanr=1921 Worth County, Iowa Baptisms 1853-1881 chiaworb&spraak=n&metanr=1917 WPA 1930 Graves Registration Project

Sunday, February 26, 2012

1940 Census Tips

1940 Census Is Almost Here

At 9:00 a.m. on April 2, 2012, users will be able to search, browse
and download the 1940 Census schedules from their own computers,
free of charge. This is the first time the National Archives has offered the Census on-line.

You won’t be able to search the census by name right away on April 2nd., instead you’ll need to know the enumeration district (ED) your relatives lived in and then browse the records for that district. You can find the ED if you know your ancestors address in 1940 or 1930.

Family search is heading up an effort to index the 1940 Census records
ASAP after they are released, which will let genealogists search by name. also has announced plans to provide the 1940 census for free, at least through 2013.

You can prepare for the launch by searching the 1940 Census maps and
enumeration district descriptions in the National Archive’s Online Public Access catalog at archives-gov/research/search then browse for the 1940 Census Census population schedules for that enumeration district.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Books I have for Lookups

Books I have for Lookups:
Some books do not have indexes, please state where they lived.

North Dakota
Traill County of North Dakota
Walsh County of North Dakota
Morton County of North Dakota
Foster County of North Dakota
Cass County of North Dakota
Fort Ransom area of North Dakota
Minot-Ward County of North Dakota Centennial
McHenry County, North Dakota 1885-1985
History of Dakota Territory/South Dakota Its History and Its People 1915
Almont, North Dakota History Book
Douglas, North Dakota Centennial Book
Richland County, North Dakota

Clay County
Norman County
Little Sketches of Big Folks
Winona County
Dakota County
Faribault County
Fillmore County
Freeborn County
Hennepin County
Jackson County
Lyon County
Nobles County
Houston County
Meeker County
Olmsted County
Otter Tail County
Renville County
Rice County
Steele County and Waseca County
St. Paul Ramsey County
Duluth and St. Louis County
Douglas County and Grant County
Rock County and Pipestone County
Ulen, Minnesota
Hawley, Minnesota
Twin Valley, Minnesota

Winnebago County and Hancock County
Webster County
Monona County
Clayton County
Story County
Winneshiek County
Allamakee County

South Dakota
History of Minnehaha County

Vernon County
Rock County

A History of the Norwegians of Illinois
Lee County

Contact: Margit (Nysetvold) Bakke

Friday, November 11, 2011

Norwegian Bygdeboks I have for lookups

Give all information you have with names and dates when asking for a lookup please. These books do not have indexes all the time. margitbakke at

I have these Bygdeboks:

Tydal, Sør Trøndelag; Bind I, II, III & IV,                                                                        
Ålen, Sør Trøndelag; Bind I, II & III,
Haltdalen, Sør Trøndelag; Bind I, II & III,
Singsås, Sør Trøndelag; Bind II & III
Røros, Sør Trondelag; Bind III, IV & V
Malvik, Sør Trøndelag; Bind II & III,
Stjørdalboka, Nord Trøndelag; Band II Del I & II
Stjørdalsboka Gards og Slekthistorie Band III.
Hole Bind I, II, III & IV in Buskerud
Vingelen, Hedmark Bind I
Tolga Bind I of the Hedmark area of Norway;
Hemsedal, Buskerud Slektshistorie;
Selbu, Sør Trøndelag Bind III
Kvås, Lyngdal, Vest Agder Gard og folk.
Brønnøy, Nordland Gård og slekt Bind I
Brønnøy, Nordland Gård og slekt Bind II
Bygde Historie For Fet, Akershus Bind 4
Bygde Historie For Fet, Akershus Bind 5
Bygde Historie For Fet, Akershus Bind 6  
Etnesoga IV, Hordaland, Stødle Sokn Folket
Gardar og Slekter i Fron (Sor Fron) Bind I
Gardar og Slekter i Fron (Nord Fron) Bind II
Eidsvoll, Akershus bygds historie, bind 1  
Eidsvoll, Akershus bygds historie, bind 2 
Eidsvoll, Akershus bygds historie, bind 3

Contact: Margit (Nysetvold) Bakke

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Some resources to know for searching in Norway!

Dis Norge-Norwegian Resources online:
[Aust-Agder] - [Buskerud] - [Finnmark] - [Hedmark] - [Hordaland] - [Møre og Romsdal] - [Nordland] - [Nord-Trøndelag] - [Oppland] - [Oslo/Akershus] - [Rogaland] - [Sogn og Fjordane] - [Sør-Trøndelag] - [Telemark] - [Troms] - [Vest-Agder] - [Vestfold] - [Østfold] - [Svalbard]
(Click on one of the fylker listed above and you will be sent to the page with all the resources for that area of Norway that are online)
Searching the 1865, 1875 and 1900 censuses for Norway:
(Less is better when searching this census, use Joh for John/Johan and Pe for Petersen/Pedersen/Pedersd)

Free 1880 Census records of Norwegians in the 1880 census records:
Norwegians in Dakota according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Illinois according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Iowa according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Kansas according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Michigan according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Minnesota according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Nebraska according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Wisconsin according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Texas according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in Nevada according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in New Hampshire accord. to 1880 Census
Norwegians in New Jersey according to 1880 Census
Norwegians in New Mexico according to 1880 Census emnenr=&aar=&dagens=&fylkenr=21
Less is better when searching these records, for example, lets search for John Nysetvold who we know was born in Norway 1850 and lives in Minnesota. We will click on Norwegians in Minnesota 1880. Instructions:
1-Under A, click on the down arrow and you get a new menu, scroll down and choose Last name
2-Under B, click on the down arrow and you get a new menu, scroll down and choose contains
3-Under C, type in Nyset and then click search, you will get a new page
4-On that page are two names: (It is Mother and son)
Given name Last name Sex Age Occupation Birth place Father birth place Mother birth place Page Circuit County State
78952 John Nysetvold m 30 N N N 273 Fossum Polk Minnesota
78953 Kari Nysetvold f 56 mo widow N N N 273 Fossum Polk Minnesota
Click on the number to the left of John's name and you will see who their neighbors are in the 1880 census. They are actually living in Norman County of Minnesota, BUT Norman County was not in existence until 1882.

Norwegian Churchbooks online:
Choose English at the top of the page. Then on the left side choose "User's guide" and it will give you instructions on how to use the records. When you get into the actual records, the instructions below should help you with saving the information to your computer or sending the permanent page site to someone to help with translation of record.

Instructions for Reading Norwegian Churchbooks and to Bookmark them:
The links to the scanned images on the Digitalarkivet Churchbooks can be copied and pasted from the actual page from the display option available. At the top of the scanned image page is the option labeled Bildeinformasjon: (Norwegian version)/Image Information (English version( which is set to Ingen (Norwegian version) and means None in English. There are 3 choices and of the three choices I like Øverst (Norwegian version) which means On Top in English because it puts the information across the top of the page and is easier to see.
The first line Kildeinformasjon: (Norwegian version)/Source information (English version) is a really nice summary of the source of the information and is wonderful to have for making detailed source citations, footnotes, etc.
The second line Permanent sidelenke: (Norwegian version)/Permanent pagelink (English version) is the best line to capture if you want to save the exact URL location or share the actual scanned image and the source information. It allows the full capabilities for zooming in and out to best view the image and informs the recipient of the exact location, book and other details to be able to find the place you found the information.
The third line Permanent bildelenke: (Norwegian version)/Permanent imagelink (English version) is the one to use to print a copy of the image or to save a copy of the image in jpg format. This line will not capture the source information and therefore is not the line to copy to share online when requesting help or assistance in translating the image found.

Information and Search on Cemeteries in Norway (Choose English)

Instructions for searching the Emigrants from Trondheim database (Norwegian version):
(Example: You are searching for Petra Stavset who left Norway in 1882)

First, Go here: (Norwegian Version) EMITROND&spraak=n&metanr=1396

1. Type in 1882 in the blank box.
2. To the left of the blank box you typed information into, are two pull-down menus. Click on the one that says Posttype (Rec. class.) and hold your mouse on there till you see many variables, go to År (Year) and let go.
3.Next go to the next pull down box to the right of it and hold your mouse on it and click, let go at Inneheld (Contains).
4.Then click on Søk (Search). A new page will come up and it will tell you that 6,689 people left in 1882.
5.A new search box shows up below your original search box, type in Petr in the blank box.
6. In the left drop-down box, click on it till you get to fornavn (first name), then let go. Next go to the next pull down box to the right of it and hold your mouse on it and click, let go at børjar på (starts with). Click Søk (Search).
7.You will get a new page with all the first names that start with Petr.
8.A new search box shows up under your other two search boxes, type in St in the blank, where it says Posttype (Rec. class.) click on it and choose etternamn (last name) and in the next box, click on it and choose børjar på (starts with) (you never know what name they used or how they spelled it in the records, so less is better).
9.Then click on Søk (Search). You will get a new page!
10. On it you will find three names, Stavset, Strinden and Størset. Click on the blue number to the left side of Petra. You will get a new page showing Petra Stavset in the Emigrant records and all the other people who were leaving at the same time as her.
English version of the Trondheim Emigration list: EMITROND&spraak=e&metanr=1396

Special Norwegian characters:
(Here's how you type those special Norwegian characters on your computers)
For Mac Users
å = Alt/Option Key and a
Å = Alt/Option Key and A with Shift down
æ = Alt/Option Key and apostrophe
Æ = Alt/Option Key and apostrophe with shift down
ø = Alt/Option Key and o
Ø = Alt/Option Key and O with Shift down

Installing Norwegian Keyboard (Windows users)
1. Choose Start - Settings - Control Panel.
2. Double-click on Keyboard icon.
3. Click on Language tab.
4. Click on Add.
5. From Add Language drop-down list, choose Norwegian (Bokmal).
6. Click OK.
7. Click Apply. [You may need to insert your Windows disk]
8. Click OK to finish.

With Num Lock "on", hold down Alt key and type using your numeric keypad (not number keys at top of keyboard)
Alt 0216 = Ø
Alt 0248 = ø
Alt 0198 = Æ
Alt 0230 = æ
Alt 0197 = Å
Alt 0229 = å
Alt 0214 = Ö
Alt 0246 = ö