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Below are some books that members have found useful in researching their Norwegian and Norwegian-American ancestors.

Also see our page on Bygdeboks (Farm Books).

Genealogy Books

Norwegian Immigrants to the US: A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850 (five volumes)
These books give brief sketches of all immigrants who came to the US in this period. The lodge owns all five volumes, which are available in the lodge library (but cannot be checked out).

Norwegian Research Guide, written for Origins
by Linda M Herrick and Wendy K. Uncapher, 2004

It is available from the Origins website. Among the valuable information is a list of all the lags in the US.

Genealogical Maps and Guide to Norwegian Parish Registers
compiled by Finn A. Thomsen

A catalog of microfilmed parish registers available through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Entries include name of parish (sokn), name of clerical district (prestegjeld), name of county (fydke), years for which film is available, and alpha-numeric locators to find each place on the twenty-four pages of county maps. It is available from Thomsen’s Genealogical Center, PO Box 588, Bountiful, Utah 84010.

Genealogical Guidebook and Atlas of Norway
by Frank Smith and Finn A. Thomsen

Describes Norwegian church, probate, and census records as sources of genealogical information. Also listed are parishes in each county and the year in which the parish records began. Cross references of special places, chapelries, parishes, and clerical districts appear. By Everton Publishing, Inc.

American Guide Series (WPA Project)

From Wikipedia:

Established on July 27, 1935 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Federal Writers' Project (FWP) operated under journalist and theatrical producer Henry Alsberg, and later John D. Newsome, compiling local histories, oral histories, ethnographies, children's books and other works.

The most well-known of these publications were the 48 state guides to America (plus Alaska Territory, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.) known as the American Guide Series. The American Guide Series books were compiled by the FWP, but printed by individual states, and contained detailed histories of each state with descriptions of every city and town. The format was uniform, comprising essays on the state's history and culture, descriptions of its major cities, automobile tours of important attractions, and a portfolio of photographs.

Many of these publications can be found in public libraries.


The below are lists of publications that you also might find useful in your research.

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