Interested in Norway or have Norwegian Ancestry. Join us in the Norway project.

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One of our newer projects, the Norway project co-ordinates input and develops profiles of people originating from the lands of Norway.  If you have an interest in the history, culture and peoples of Norway, in any time period, you input will be valued.

Please post an answer below and follow the instructions on the project page at Project Norway.  We are currently building out or resource pages and our work list and if organisation is your expertise we could do with some help.

asked Apr 10, 2017 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Doug Straiton G2G6 Mach 1 (18,120 points)
I'd love to explore more of my Norwegian heritage - my father's father's (x3) father was Jens Olson who emmigrated to the US from Norway in the mid 1800s.  I haven't been able to find him IN Norway, or any of his family, but it would be cool to know where he came from.
In Norway, make sure you are looking for Jens Olsen, not Jens Olson.  Might also try Jens Olesen.
I caught on to the Olson/Olsen quickly. Will try Olesen, too. Having more trouble with the multiple variants of Jens. In the US he was listed as Jens, Jense, Jim, and John, depending on the source, and never with a middle name, though there are good candidates in Norwegian records with middle names (or with Olsen as the middle name - do you think that's possible?).
In Norway, unless they were tradesmen in town or aristocratic, they did not have last names or middle names.  So if you see Olsen with a name following, that extra name is a farm name where he lived.  The name 'Jens Olsen Farm' would mean Jens was his name, his only name, and he was the son of Ole, and he lived at Farm.  We now assign last names from those for our own convenience, to fit our current naming systems.  You have to search all the combinations!

They also did not spell names, didn't usually read or write.  Names as recorded were put down by others, such as clerics, and spelled whatever way that person thought it should be.  Then arbitrarily changed by an immigration agent!  And then sometimes changed by themselves to fit in with Americans.
My father is Norwegian, and I have done  some research on his ancestors. I have lived in Norway for about 25 years or more (in total),  and can write and speak both Norwegian and English. I am presently living in England. UK does that disqualify me from joining ?

You sound exactly like the right kind of person to join the Norwegian project, and you probably have a lot of experience in interpreting Norwegian records, etc.  Many of the participants in the Norwegian project don't live in Norway, but do have an ancestor from Norway.

I suggest you post something again here as an "answer" instead of a "comment", to ensure it is seen by the right person to confirm you as a member.

Right now the leader of the Norwegian project is working on multiple projects, and may not respond as quickly as he would under normal circumstances, but I know you'll be welcome to join!

No Fiona, of course not.  Love to have you in the project.  I've assigned the badge, please also join the User community group.
I am interested in researching my husband's paternal line in Norway

37 Answers

+9 votes
I have roughly 20 years experience with Norske genealogy and most of the online sources available these days.

Cliff Lien in Alberta
answered Apr 10, 2017 by Cliff Lien G2G1 (1,970 points)
Awesome.  Thanks Cliff your expertise will provide great input into the project.
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I do live in Norway and want to join, only as a member of this Project.
answered Apr 12, 2017 by Konrad A. Spica
Hi Konrad.  Thank you for the interest.  This particular project is open to members of wikitree as an internal community.  If you join the tree please let me know.  We do have a community group on google if you are interested but it is not particularly active at the moment.
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I would like to join. My ancestors are from Bergen.
answered Apr 13, 2017 by Jamie Nelson G2G6 Pilot (111,590 points)
Thanks for coming on board Jamie.  I see you have extensive family connections back into Norway.
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My Norwegian line begins with my gg grandfather's birth on Svimbøl farm in Tinn/Atrå County, Telemark.  He migrated to the Sand/Suldal area in Rogaland where he married.  In 1814 he immigrated, with his wife and three sons, to Juneau County, Wisconsin in 1857.  They evidently came through Quebec, Canada, though I know of no record for their entrance.
answered Apr 19, 2017 by John Buck G2G Rookie (290 points)
Welcome to the project John.  Good to have you join and we look forward to your contributions.  I see you are relatively new to wikitree so please drop me a note if you need help starting off.
you may have some ancestors in common with me, my family also came from Norway (rogeland, oppland and troms) they began immigrating here to wisconsin and minnesota mid 1800s .  my tree on ancestry is public so you can check it out and I have lots of photos going back to 1860s of them.  - Unfortunately I haven't had time to transfer them over to wikitree yet because they don't transfer in the gedcom files. its going to be a future project when I have more time but you are welcome to download any that may fit in your tree :)

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I would like to join the Norway project.   Please let me know if there are volunteer opportunities.

answered Apr 19, 2017 by Lynn Wittkop G2G Rookie (260 points)
Hi Lynn, yes there are.  I notice you are new to the tree so I'd ask you to drop me a message back and I'll help get you started.
Hi, Doug ~

Yes, I'm new to WikiTree - but I have many years' experience researching my family tree.  (Especially my family in Orsta, More og Romsdal, Norway.

Thanks for reaching-out to me,
+2 votes
Very interested in this project, as my maternal grandparents ceme to the USA from Norway around 1900. See the parents of Birch-782
answered Apr 19, 2017 by Walter Howe G2G6 (8,090 points)
Hi Walter.  Welcome to the project.  I see you have considerable experience on the tree and I have dropped you a separate note.
+2 votes
I have lived in Norway for many years. I have a couple of Norwegians in collateral lines in my tree (not yet added to wikitree as I joined yesterday). DNA results are beginning to indicate that there are more that I have not yet found.
answered Apr 19, 2017 by Lynda Crackett G2G6 Pilot (288,780 points)
Hi Lynda, thanks for joining up and volunteering your aid.
+3 votes
I am new to genealogy and to Wikitree.  All of my great-grandparents came from Norway, so I am very interested in this project.

What is a good way for a beginner to get involved?
answered Apr 19, 2017 by Kristi Pagano G2G Crew (310 points)
Hi Kristi, thank you for the interest.  I'll be putting up a "getting started" guide in the next couple of days which will outline how you could help in building out the wikitree..
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My name is Robert Olson with my father's paternal line from Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane.  I have one line traced back to ~1500 and would like to find other branches.  My great grandfather Ole Helgeson Haugsgjerd b. 1864) came to USA in 1880.  I would like to be added to the project.
answered Apr 19, 2017 by Robert Olson G2G Rookie (290 points)
Hi Robert, welcome to the project.  Thank you for volunteering your service.  We are looking forward to your contributions and please drop me a note back if I can help you get started.
+2 votes
I would like to join the Norway Project.  My Paternal Grandfather was 100% Norwegian.   I've gotten a decent sized tree of my Norway relatives up on Wikitree, which I've been working very hard on.    Most of my relatives come from Telemark, Sogn Og Fjordane, Oppland & Hedmark.

I've gotten semi decent at digging up Norwegian records off of family search.
answered Apr 21, 2017 by Craig Albrechtson G2G6 Mach 3 (34,040 points)
Hi Craig.  Awesome.  Thanks for putting your hand up.  Have a look at the project page.  There is a google group which also might provide the opportunity to leverage your talents.
+2 votes
My maternal great-grandparents came from Sogn og Fjordana, Mo i Rana, and probably other areas in Norway.  My earliest brick wall is a great-grandfather who supposedly was from, and returned to Norway, in the early to mid-1900s, but I have no idea where he was from or where he went.  I am somewhat intimidated by my clumsiness when it comes to researching Norwegian records, but I'd like to help if I can.

answered Apr 25, 2017 by R. Greenup G2G6 Mach 4 (40,130 points)
Hi, welcome to the project.  I certainly agree with your thoughts.  The records can be daunting.  Great to have your help.  I'll be putting up a quick how to guide in the next week or so but drop me a note back if you need some help getting started.
+2 votes
I'm interested. I have a big Norwegian branch starting backwards with my 2nd Great Grandparents. A relative on that side found me earlier this year on Ancestry and gave me this 9 generation list starting with my grandmother. I haven't added many past my 2nd Great Grandparent though because I'm confused on how the naming all went and how I would enter it on here. With a little help though I'm positive I'll be able to get it all on here. She also the sources when she had them in the list.
answered Apr 25, 2017 by Amanda Frank G2G6 Mach 2 (28,450 points)
Hi Amanda, welcome to the project.  Well done on sources.  There will be a distinction between naming conventions between departure and arrival from Norway.  There area a couple of other questions around this on the G2G.  If you need a hand getting a name started in the Norwegian source material please give me a shout.
+3 votes
I am from Denmark born on Copenhagen I would like to join and help any way I  can from Denmark
answered May 21, 2017 by Susan Laursen G2G6 Pilot (676,400 points)
Hi Susan, welcome to the project.  Much needed help and local knowledge.  I'm also about to put up a question for the Denmark project.  I've presuoopsed your interest and granted the badge already
+2 votes
My maternal grandfather's line is from Norway, and beyond his father, I'm stuck. Looking forward to working on this part of my heritage. Olsen.
answered May 27, 2017 by Ray Niekamp G2G2 (2,890 points)
Hi Ray, welcome to the project, I've dropped the badge to your page.  If you drop me a separate note with the wikitree ID and any known material or facts that you have I'll see how I can help unblock this pathway.
+2 votes
Hi, would like to join this project, my paternal grandmother was born in Norway and one-fourth of my ancestors are from there, primarily Gol, Nes, Fla and Hemsedal in Hallingdal.
answered Jun 8, 2017 by Kevin Kittilson G2G1 (1,330 points)
Hi Kevin, welcome to the project.
+2 votes
My far-mor-far and far-mor-mor emigrated from Drammen around 1870, and both died young so I have little information about my Norwegian cousins.  I am hoping DNA ties will help me reconnect to this side of my family tree.  I am pretty good with Swedish records, but have had a hard time finding my way in the Norwegian records so far.  I am a careful, detail oriented researcher.
answered Jun 11, 2017 by Julie Morland G2G Rookie (260 points)
Hi Julie, welcome to the project.  Thank you for the comment.  I'm going to be away for about a month but will give you a hand when I get back.
+1 vote
Is there a Project Norway template yet? I just worked on a Norway-related profile for a Wikitree Challenge and wanted to add the template if possible. However, I can't locate a template for the project. Thanks!


answered Jun 12, 2017 by anonymous G2G6 Mach 3 (30,150 points)
Hi Amy, thanks for your help.

Yes there is:
Done! :)
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After a life time of hearing about the "Swedish" Great Grand Mother I discovered this spring that she is actually Norwegian. And I am, conveniently enough, on my way to Oslo and Trondheim for 3 weeks in July! SO I will be doing so research on Mary Anna Hansen and Peter O Moe, where I am currently brickwalled. I can look into things for others as well while I am there.

Stacy In San Francisco
answered Jun 28, 2017 by Stacy Turner G2G Crew (870 points)
Hi Stacy.  Wow, hope you had a great trip.  It is a beautiful country.  Did you manage to get through the wall?
Norway was amazing. I looked at a lot of grave stones for Moes, and talked to people about the archives. One Pastor in Oppdal was particularly helpful in understanding how they handle records in the church. The way names were created, which side of the family and the datter and son additions and the multiple names was confusing but I have a better understanding of how to look at the names and the records to see what matches.

One big thing was that in the course of learning all this I was able to locate where somewhat confused people had subliminated two records into one and mistakenly boloxed up the lines. So at the end of the day I know with reasonable surety that while Mary Anna Hansen and Peter O Moe may be related in some more remote way, Arne and Johana Moe are the actual ancestors! That shortened up the sibling list some ; -)

Which leaves me at Anne Pedersdatter Pettersdatter Vinsnes who shows two husbands that are brothers and two daughters that are prolly the same girl ( Johana Ramstad) I can't tell yet which was the actual father, so I am working on that now.

It's like working at a knitting knot on one of those endlessly complex Norwegian sweaters. You untangle one area and another area seems to become hopelessly twisted by the changes!

Would it be appropriate to use the Norwegian template for American born Norwegians like my grandfather or is that reserved to indicate Norwegians born in Norway?
+2 votes
I would love to join. My stepfather was Henry Nordbo.from Finley ND. I loved him so Much. I wished there was a way to add step parents to a family tree:(
answered Jun 28, 2017 by Pam Hawn G2G6 (6,440 points)
Hi Pam, welcome to the project.  I'm not familiar with your particular circumstance but there are a couple of hep pages on the topic: and and well as a G2G discussion here and here: which might get you started.
+2 votes
Hi! I'd like to know more. I'm new to Wikitree projects. What is involved?

My 2x Great-grandfather emigrated from Gol, Norway region. I'd love to explore his line further.

Steve in Arizona
answered Jul 6, 2017 by Steve McGillivray G2G Crew (360 points)
Hi Steve.  I see Lena has assigned the badge.  Involvement is really dependent on your skills and the time you have available.  If you have a language skill drop me a line back but if not then the major work of the proejct is in cleaning up biographies, finding and assigning appropriate sources and helping others remove block in their family tree.  Our goal is to collaborate to build one big tree and we look after the Norway part.

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