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Genealogy Websites

General Genealogy Websites

The world’s largest online resource for family history documents and family trees. Paid subscription required; 14-day free trial available. Some libraries offer free access.

Family Search
Free genealogy records and resources from around the world. Easy to use search for LDS (Latter Day Saints) records, such as birth, death, marriage, social security death index, etc.

Cyndi's List
Links to over 260,000 genealogy sites covering anything you want to know about genealogy, sorted into more than 180 categories.

US GenWeb Project
Volunteer-run site (free access). Most of the information is listed by county for each state. Each county site is different. Many have cemetery transcription lists, local histories, message boards, and other resources.

Heritage Quest
Search U.S. census records, digitized genealogy and local history books, a comprehensive index of genealogy and local history periodicals since 1800, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank Records, and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. Free access is available only through public libraries, including the Fairfax Public Library.

Norwegian Genealogy Websites

The Norway List Website
The Norway List has lots of genealogical information, as well as an email list where you can post questions you have in doing your research.

Ancestors from Norway by John Føllesdal
Provide a road map to various Internet resources on Norwegian-American genealogy. 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.

Norway Rootsweb
Links to Norwegian bygdeboker, census, emigration, farm and parish listings, history, lookup volunteers, message (query) boards, and a variety of other useful links.

The Family Tree by Gehard Naeseth - Excerpts from the SofN Viking Magazine from 1984 to 1994.  It is a comprehensive discussion of how to do genealogy in Norway.  It includes articles about research in each Norwegian County.

How to Trace Your Ancestors in Norway
Instructions and links to other resources to help you trace your Norwegian ancestors or track down relatives who are still living in Norway.

U.S. Vital Records & Databases

Access to Archival Databases (AAD) - National Archives
Access to over 85 million historic electronic records created by more than 30 agencies of the U.S. federal government and from collections of donated historical materials. Includes military personnel, passenger lists, photos, private business, etc. Does not include censuses.

Where to write for Vital Records
Addresses for requesting U.S. vital records. Some States allow on-line requests for vital records.

Other Vital Records & Databases

Norway Digital Archives - National Archives of Norway
Free search of both transcribed records and images of original records from Norway, including census, emigration, military, probate, parish, and tax records. Parts of the site have an English interface available.

Canadian Genealogy Centre - Library and Archives Canada
Search genealogical databases including births, marriages, deaths, census, immigration, military, and land records.

Norwegian Dictionaries & Terminology

Norwegian-English Dictionaries
Links to online dictionaries, as well as recommendations for the best book dictionary. Also links to word lists and information about Nordic characters.

Norwegian Language Genealogy Terms
From the Sons of Norway website.

LDS Norwegian Genealogy Terminology (PDF) - Prepared by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this is an excellent resource for finding the English translation to common terms used in Norwegian genealogy.

Researching Farms in Norway

Oluf Rygh: Norwegian Farm Names
Great tool to find your ancestor’s farm.  Search is case sensitive and uses “old” county (Amt) names.  Farm name is not case sensitive.  It shows how the Farm names changed many times over the years.  Use “%” for wild card.

How to identify your ancestor's farm in Norway
Step by step process for finding your ancestor’s farm.  It provides a variety of helpful links.