These are some websites available to help you in your search for genealogical information. $ signifies there is a fee to use the site.
- 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate)
The 99th Infantry Battalion (Separate) was activated in 1942. This unique elite unit was to consist only of Norwegians and Americans with direct Norwegian descent. Soldiers picked out for this elite unit had to have a working knowledge of the Norwegian language and preferably already knowing how to ski.
- $ Ancestry.com
Ancestry.com operates a network of genealogical and historical record websites focused on the United States and nine foreign countries, develops and markets genealogical software, and offers a wide array of genealogical related services. Paid membership is required to access records.
- Castle Garden
CastleGarden.org is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
- Cyndi’s List
A categorized & cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet with a list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
- Digital Archives of Norway
The Digital Archives offer online access to digital Norwegian archived material. Here you can search databases/tables, read transcripts and browse digital images as well as listen to digitized sound from the archives.
- DIS Norge
DIS-Norge, The Genealogy Society of Norway-DIS, is the largest association for genealogists in Norway. The mission of the association is to create a nationwide forum for family and personal history in which computers and the Internet are used. Its mission includes spreading knowledge about this effort and encouraging genealogical research in Norway.
- Ellis Island
Search for your relative’s arrival in the database of 51 million+ passenger records. The first Ellis Island Immigration Station was officially opened in 1892.
- Family Search
Family Search maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. It is a genealogy organization operated by the Genealogical Society of Utah and is the genealogical arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
- Fylkesarkivet in Sogn of Fjordane
The website includes the following for Sogndal of Fjordane: library database, farm names encyclopedia & mountain pastures of 1930, photos, Land Registers, Censuses & Church Records.
- Nordmanns Forbundet (Norwegians Worldwide)
This is a membership organization under the patronage of H. M. King Harald of Norway for Norwegians living abroad, whether they have emigrated, or are living abroad for a shorter period of time.
- Norway Heritage
The database is mainly transcribed from passenger lists, but in some cases, information about Norwegian emigrants was added from other sources like newspaper announcements and voyage accounts. There are also some entries from the Norwegian Police Emigration Records.
- Norwegian-American Historical Association
The NAHA Archives are a rich resource of information for family historians and genealogists. The focus of NAHA is Norwegians after they arrived in America, and is historical in nature rather than strictly genealogical.
- Norwegian Emigrant Museum
The museum’s purpose is to reveal the workings of a process: emigration, immigration and return migration. To fulfill this purpose, the museum intends to be a meeting place between the past and the present, between the “family at home” and the “family out there”, to be a symbol for all Norwegians and their descendants at home and abroad, and a place where they can confirm their identity and their connections to Norway.
- Norwegian Emigration Center
The Norwegian Emigration Center was established in 1986 to assist descendants of emigrated Norwegians in search of their roots – exactly 150 years after the two brigs “Norden” and “Den Norske Klippe” had left Stavanger with 167 people onboard, bound for America. Today they are also focusing on immigration to Norway.
- Norwegian Heritage Center/Livsreise
Livsreise includes interpretations of the journey from Norway, features the cultural heritage brought to Stoughton WI and shares stories of individual immigrants. There are changing exhibits and displays highlighting Norwegian heritage and arts from Vesterheim Museum. It is also home to a genealogy center that operates in cooperation with NAGC&NL.
- Oluf Rygh: Norwegian Farm Names
The database currently covers Volumes 1-17 of Oluf Rygh’s series on Norwegian farm names. These volumes cover farm names of modern counties (fylke) and names in parenthesis are the older county names used in this database.
Rootsweb is now part of Ancestry.com
Slekt & Historie (Ancestry & History)
Developed by Johan I. Borgos, it contains articles on history, genealogical research terms, culture, photos, and a visitor forum.
- Sons of Norway
As a Sons of Norway member, you can reconnect with your heritage, learn about modern Norway, build a strong financial foundation and participate in philanthropic endeavors that make a positive impact in your community.
- U.S. Board on Geographic Names
The original program of names standardization addressed the complex issues of domestic geographic feature names during the surge of exploration, mining, and settlement of western territories after the American Civil War. Inconsistencies and contradictions among many names, spellings, and applications became a serious problem to surveyors, map makers, and scientists who required uniform, non-conflicting geographic nomenclature. It serves the Federal Government and the public as a central authority to which name problems, name inquiries, name changes, and new name proposals can be directed.
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management Land Office Records
This website provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. There are also images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.
- Vesterheim Civil War Page
This database contains information on Civil War soldiers born in Norway, plus many born in Sweden and Denmark. It also includes information on men serving in other American wars, from the Revolutionary War (two men, so far) to the Second World War.
- Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum
Located in Decorah, Iowa, Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, with over 30,000 artifacts, 12 historic buildings, a Folk Art School, and a library and archives.