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Norway Lesja Parish Bygdebok

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Bygdebok for Lesja

The Farm and genealogical history of Lesja, Oppland, Norway in 4 volumes.

  • by Arfinn Kjelland
  • published by the Lesja Kommune

The Bygdebok for Lesja comes in four volumes. Volume 4 is mostly pictures and I have not seen it. The series ISBN 82-991096-1-2. The books are online at the Nasjonalbiblioteket [[1]] but only available to those with Norwegian IP addresses.

The series has a web site that explains the books, how to use them, and has an English help section. Link: [2]

This is part of Norwegian Bygdebok's See Lesja Bygdebok

Source example

* <span id='Lesja'>"Lesja"</span> Kjelland, Arnfinn. ''[[Space:Norway Lesja Parish Bygdebok|Lesja Bygdebok]]'' (Lesja Kommune, Lesja, Norway, 1987)

Inline Citation Example

<ref>[[#Lesja|Lesja]]: Farm, Grender, Family, position, Page #</ref>


The online includes a description of the Grender quote

A «grend» is originally a larger community than a farm. In the books they are mainly the same as the school districts established early in this century. Voting districts and national statistics are still split up into these districts. In earlier days, this term («grend») was equivalent to «beiarlag» - a group of farms from which people were invited to the important events in a farm family's life - baptisms, marriages and funerals. It is believed that these «beiarlag» reflect the oldest undivided farmland of an area - «urgarden» - the prehistoric farm. The system of «beiarlag» wore off more or less before World War II at Lesjaskogen. The available knowledge of the system is described in the books.


  • Kjelland, Arnfinn. "Bygdebok for Lesja. 1 : Gards- og slektshistorie for Lesjaskogen". 1987. ISBN 82-991096-0-4. (See David Grawrock for look ups). Online link [3]
  • Kjelland, Arnfinn. "Bygdebok for Lesja. 2 : Gards- og slektshistorie for nørdre del av Lesja hovudsokn". ISBN 82-991096-3-9. (See David Grawrock for look ups). Online link [4]
  • Kjelland, Arnfinn. "Bygdebok for Lesja. 3 : Gards- og slektshistorie for søre del av Lesja hovudsokn". ISBN 82-991096-4-7. (See David Grawrock for look ups). Online link [5]
  • Kjelland, Arnfinn. "Bygdebok for Lesja. 4 : Foto og fotografering i Lesja og av lesjingar 1850-1950". 2008. ISBN 82-991096-4-7. Online link [6]

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