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 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Doug Straiton G2G6 Mach 1 (19.8k points)
My family comes from Norway and I would like to participate,



Hi, my name is lori tesdahl,
My family(as far back as i can get) comes from Etne Norway,
I am stuck on amos tesdahl, husband of martha
Father of Andrew tesdahl, father of Floyd Andrew tesdahl(my grandfather)  I believe amos migrated to story county ia in 1844 ,I saw something stating he was adopted but since then can not find anything else, please help!  Tesdahl has so many surnames.
Hi Lori -

  I own the local history books for Etne, the EtneSoga so will have a look in them. However all the churchbooks for Etne are online. If you know hos birth year you can probably find him in one of these parish registers:
Where do I start?  As far as what Info do I put into the search?
Sorry I've never looked into the history books for Norway, I tried searching just now but I'm not sure what to put in, so sorry for the hasle!  And thank you
Lori -

  Amos is not a Norwegian name so perhaps Aamund or ?

   The Tesdal farm (spelling not that relevant back then) is located in the Stødle local parish. Here are some of the online records for there:
I found an Aamund Tesdal born in 1844 married to a Martha - this record on GENI  which I seem to have created

birth record line 40 here

went to America in 1855

his father was Erik Sjursson b 1804 mother Barbro Amundsdotter Osvag  and they went to Amerika in 1855 also

listed here Etne-soga by Ståle Dyrvik, vol IV "Folket. Stødle sokn" p 366 Tesdal items 59e

send me a message and I can send you scans of those pages (but still under copyright so not postable online)
I would love to join the Norway Project!  I have many profiles originating in Norway.
I'm curious if I can add a profile of a child of Norwegian immigrants to the Norway project.  I only ask because I know certain profiles have Norwegian parents, but not enough sources to make separate profiles for them.
Hi Katy, I'm not sure if I understand the request.  Can you email me back with any detail and links and I'll have a look?  Drop a message to my page or use the private message off my profile please.
Grandfather from Norway and would like to join the Norway Project.  I'm a member of the Sweden Project and it was a great help with my Swedish Grandmother.

54 Answers

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I am from Norway, and I am especially working on families from Fræna, Romsdal (Malme, Holsæter, Kolnerg, Ukkelberg), from Nordmøre (Orset, Skei, Møkkelbostad, Vihals, Blakstad, Nekstad). I am also looking to find conections between my tree and my DNA matches.

answered by Trond Roger Oskars G2G Crew (520 points)
Hi Trond, great to have you on board.  I've assigned you the badge and sent you an invite to our group.  Don't have a DNA thread there yet so if this a speciality area you help will be much appreciated.
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I am a Norwegian and I have been doing Norwegian genealogy since 1997. I have my own genealogy site called [ Solumslekt], and have recorded close to 40,000 individuals, mostly from the Lower Telemark / Grenland area, in my own, self-developed database. For some years I have been looking for some way to share my data permanently on a collaborative basis, as the Solumslekt site probably will be discontinued when I'm gone. The WikiTree project seems to fit the bill well, as the focus appears to be on quality research.
answered by Leif Biberg Kristensen G2G1 (1.2k points)
Hi Leif, great news.  Welcome to the project.  I did exactly the same a while back and now use Wikitree and shut down my old portal.  Can I get you to drop onto the project page and then ask to join our forum.  You will have plenty of help and assistance for our group I feel sure.
+4 votes
I'm an American Norwegian. Born in the USA (both my parents are Norwegian). Mainly with Norwegian ancestor, some Swedes and far back German/polish Nobility (Pommeren-Meckelburg). Currently living in Norway. Done genealogy 25+ years. ComputerGeek - IT Archivist @ Vestfoldarkivet. Member of The Genealogy Society of Norway (Slekt og Data).

Ancestors mainly in Telemark, Vestfold, Oslo, Akershus. My kids also have ancestors from Møre og Romsdal, Trøndelag and Nordland
answered by Rolf Holte G2G Crew (510 points)
edited by Rolf Holte
Hi Rolf, thanks for the offer and welcome to our project.  Your expertise will be very welcome on the project.  Can I get you to drop onto the project page and join our forum.  There are a couple of threads in the group that you might be well placed to contribute.
Sure, go ahead
+5 votes
My maternal great-grandparents immigrated to St. Croix County, Wisconsin from Leikanger, Sogn og Fjordane.  I have used and have some familiarity with Norwegian (and Swedish) parish records.  Also, I am trying to document my wife's Norwegian ancestry.
answered by Curt Carlson G2G Crew (670 points)
Hi Curt, welcome to the project.  Please join our community group and we can see where we can help.
+2 votes
Doug Straiton

Thanks for asking, but for the time being I have more than enough with my Dutch genealogy.

answered by W B G2G Crew (410 points)
+3 votes
If I may ask, why is google groups participation required?
answered by R Teschner G2G6 (6.9k points)

It's not required, per se, but it is where we bat ideas around before presenting them here on G2G. G2G is fine for a Q&A format, but it gets clunky for organizing ongoing conversations.

You would not be required to participate on the Google Groups side, but all ideas are welcome, and at the very least you can see what sort of conversations are going on. You can participate in the project without ever getting on Groups if that's what you prefer.

+2 votes
( never mind )
answered by R Teschner G2G6 (6.9k points)
edited by R Teschner
+2 votes
Very interested in this project as I have numerous family members from Norway and have actually discovered a 4th cousin through Wikitree.

Count me in


Randy Haugen
answered by Randy Haugen G2G Rookie (260 points)
It's great to have you with us!

Incidentally, my great-grandfather emigrated from Norway and also took the name Haugen when he got to America--but I don't think we're related ;)

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I am new to WiKi Tree and am interested in becoming a member of this project.  My maternal grandmother, Gjertrud Saether (12/18,1880) immigrated to Michigan from Surnadal, Norway where her family had a farm.  She married Emit Tobias Vigland (7/13/1878) whose parents were from Vigeland Farm in Vest-Agder.  Our family has been to Surnadal, and kept in touch with relatives there over the years.  I am trying to get more information on the Vigeland side of the family as we do not know much about them.  Brick wall on that side of the family is Eilert Tobias Rasmussen (Aug 1757-17 Jan 1830 Vest-Agder, and Berthe Johanne Nicolaisdatter Vest-Agder.  I am in the process of figuring out how to upload my public family tree, Vigland, Sather, Stover.Haslinger to my WiKiTree.
answered by David Stover G2G Rookie (290 points)
Welcome! Wikitree has changed their import process, so now it's much more labor-intensive, but it's totally worth it when you end up with a well-sourced family tree. I was one of the last ones under the "old" method and I still have a mess to clean up that I pick away at as I can.
+2 votes
My mother's family was originally from Norway.  I am new to Wikitree and have only entered my Norwegians ancestors when they are in America onto my tree.  I would like to help or be helped.  How best to enter their names for example?  My mother's family settled in central Iowa from roughly 1850-1870.  Names include Sheldahl, Tesdahl, Anfinson, Fatland, Brown/Bryne/Johnson, Roe, and Britson.
answered by Lisa Trimble G2G Rookie (260 points)

Funny you should ask about names. We recently changed the paradigm to "Patronymic as LNAB" (to the understandable consternation of some). You can read about the details in the Names section of the Project Norway FAQ.

+2 votes

Ancestral lines from Norway:

  • Hagen from Trondheim, immigrated to USA 1893
  • Sperley from Sperle, immigrated 1883
  • Larson from Lier farm, Hedmark, immigrated 1882
  • Mathre from Skånevik, immigrated early 1800s
  • Larson from Holmedal, immigrated 1847
  • Rullestad from Skånevik, immigrated early 1800s
  • Skoga from Aksland, immigrated early/mid 1800s
  • Berg from ???, immigrated mid 1800s
and probably more. I've just started digging in.
answered by Elise Falk G2G Rookie (260 points)
Hi Elise, great.  Welcome to the project.
+1 vote
Hello,  I have some norwegian heritage through my paternal grandmother.  I've already edited and added some sources to profiles already made.  Thank you.
answered by Eric McDaniel G2G1 (1.7k points)
0 votes

I would so love to join this project.  My partner's surname is Ellefson, and I have traced his line back to Norway with Janida Thoresdatter Born  in Bergens, Prgj

My paternal line also goes back to Norway from the Hadsell (Hodsel) line

I am interested in delving deeper into those lines but would love to find some online resources that aren't based.

answered by Staci Golladay G2G3 (3.2k points)
0 votes
My maternal grandparents came from Vestre Slidre, Oppland, Norway and I would like to join.
answered ago by Michael Stuhr G2G Rookie (200 points)

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