The Genealogy Interest Group is composed of lodge members and others who are interested in researching the genealogy of their Norwegian ancestors. Many members are also working towards their Cultural Skills pins in genealogy

All are welcome at our meetings, beginners and experts alike. For more information, contact Burt at

The Genealogy Interest Group at the Virginia Family History Center in Oakton, Va. in February 2010. View photos from other GIG meetings.


  • next meeting in summer/fall 2017 to be announced

Past Meetings

Seven Lodge members attended the May GIG meeting. Members included Marvin Reed, Jeff Jorgenson, Joel Myklebust, Pat Huber, Shelley Berg Mitchell, Henry Hansen, and Burt Koske. This was a very productive meeting.

Joel and Marvin managed to link the computer connection to the TV.

Pat gave a very interesting presentation on the TV of her DNA results from “23andMe.” The results showed the movement of her ancestry as far back as 13,000 years but prior to the widespread migrations of the past several hundred years. Pat then showed her more current ancestry using “MyHeritage.”

Members shared their research at the May GIG meeting. From left: Jeff Jorgenson, Shelly Berg Mitchell, Burt Koske, Marvin Reed, Joel Myklebust, and Pat Huber.

Joel demonstrated the new website of the Digitalarkivet database from the National Archives of Norway. This appears to be an improvement over the past version.

Current Activities

The GIG continues to work on the Roots Project. We are compiling information on the origins of our lodge members’ Norwegian ancestors. If you are interested in participating, contact This project has two objectives:

  1. Discover family ties among lodge members, and
  2. Learn more about Norway, particularly its geography and regional culture.
For additional information, go to the Roots Project page on this website.

Genealogy Resources

Various genealogy links and resources are available on this site, especially relating to Norwegian genealogy. Just click on Genealogy Resources here or in the navigation that appears on the left side of each page on the site. Thanks to the Genealogy Interest Group for compiling this information