Synnøve Nordkap Lodge #1-008

Genealogy Links

The links below in the large yellow table (scroll down) are available to anyone who is interested in genealogical research. The intent of this page is to serve as a starting point for this research for our lodge members and others.

Our lodge also has a Genealogy Group which lodge members are welcome to join. Our meetings are announced in the lodge newsletter in the calendar and are open to all. Perhaps you would be interested in reading about how genealogical research has affected some of our members by reading some of their Genealogy Tales.

We keep a list on the private page (Password required) of members in the Genealogy Group containing their contact information and other details pertinent to genealogical research, such as family names and areas of expertise. There are also minutes of our meetings on the private page.

The password to access our private genealogy page may be obtained if you are a lodge member by attending one of our meetings and joining our group, or by sending an email to Synnove-Nordkap e-mail stating your interest, contact information, and family information.

Left click on either the picture or the description to go to the site. (If the pictures are loading slowly, you can just click the description to go there.)

The Norwegian-American Genealogical Association

The Minnesota Genealogical Society

The new Digitalarkivet, created in December 2010, and gradually evolving in 2011-13. It seems to have most or all of the features of the original site, and to be easier to use, especially for Americans.

The original version of Digitalarkivet, Norway's digital archive site, now stagnant, containing Census records orior to 1910, Church records, Emigration (ship) records, etc.
The next couple of lines have links designed to help with Digital Arkivet, with the new version on the left and the old version on the right. Note that the searches are somewhat different, with the old version using square brackets [..] to make searches easier, and the new version using the vertical line | to accomplish much the same thing, but in a more tedious way. The vertical line key is most easily typed by switching to the Norwegian Bokmål keyboard and typing the upper left-hand key (`). If you haven't installed this keyboard yet, see the bottom of this page for links to directions on how to do it.

Help page on searches directly from the new Digital Arkivet. Note the nice pull-down menu on the left.

Tips on using (old version) Digital Arkivet from the rootsweb site.

Norwegian Bokmal keyboard layout.

National Genealogical Society hints on using (older) Digitalarkivet.

Fred Matson's User Guide for Digitalarkivet,
revised as of September, 2013. This is a step by step guide with examples, based on Fred's experiences with this invaluable research tool.

Online Norwegian/American Dictionary + other links and information. Makes a very good pairing with Digitalarkivet, which is all in Norwegian after you drill down to the actual records.
Fred Matson's website summarizing his research, and an excellent example of geanealogical research by a member of our lodge.
Fred Matson's external links page from his website. There are some very good genealogy links here.

National Archives Genealogy page
This excellent page contains links to a remarkable amount of information, tools, and sites of interest to the genealogist. It makes a good starting place for beginning genealogy researcher.

The one-stop beginners guide to genealogy. It contains good beginner information and excellent links to some sites not commonly referenced.

Passenger lists and emmigrant ships from Norway Heritage, with links to articles for newbies to genealogy, help using the site, and many general links as well.

Family Search, the LDS website
One of the best free sites to begin your search for family records, based in Salt Lake City.

This is the new version for finding birth and death certificates on the Minnesota History Society website. They have added other indexes to the site.

Linkpendium contains a wealth of genealogical information including access to plat maps. It provides information at the county level.
allows one to search and view the boundaries of the parishes in Norway. It also contains a farm search tool.
Enter a surname for your family and the site will show the distribution of people with that surname around the world both on a map and on a chart. There are links to genealogical information for people with the selected surname.

An interactive map of Norway from National Geographic. This map has incredible detail; try zooming in on an area of interest.

Borgos: Genealogy & History
Another excellent overall site with a strong bent toward genealogy.
A new site, started in late 2010. It claims to be the world's largest free genealogy search engine. It is different and growing rapidly.
34,200 links to census record online and growing.

Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad
The most complete guide to bygdelags on the Internet.

NAHA Genealogy Resources
Genealogy research tools from the Norwegian American Historical Association.

Cyndi's List
Excellent site, with links to genealogy, government, history, culture, language, maps, newspapers, etc. for each Nordic country.
Another genealogy site with fine general links too. Check out the links to Norwegian-American web sites and to food and recipes! Genealogists, try just for the main site.

NorwayList; Genealogy orientation, but also contains excellent links of many kinds.
100 years of ships from Norway, plus interesting links

Norwegian Emigration Center
Another excellent site

Recently opened link to records of nearly 23 million American immigrants entering through Ellis Island and the Port of New York 1892-1924.

The members only pages on the Sons of Norway site contain a link to the Cultural Skills award in Genealogy. This 60-page pdf file can be downloaded and viewed or printed.

Norway Research Guide
Norway Research Guide from LDS Family Search website.

Library Archives Canada
Genealogy and Family History.

UND Bygdeboker Collection
Does not lend, but best way to find availability and Library of Congress call number.

Does lend. Find the author's names at UND (previous link), then search. (Dewey Decimal System)

St. Olaf College Libraries
Does lend. Find the author's names at UND (previous link), then search. (Library of Congress call number)

Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior General Land Office Records. Links to farm records, family maps, etc.

Minnesota Official Marriage System. Links to marriage certificate records by county.

Minnesota Historical Society
Genealogy page, containing many interesting links to sites in Minnesota of interest to genealogists.

Linkpendium Genealogy Links.
Links to surnames and to genealogical resources state by state.

The Promise of America
Excellent collaborative effort site is back on the air again!

Legacy Family Tree, one of a large number of geanealogy programs for your PC, and one that you can try free of charge.

Home Advisor Guide to Genealogy
Good starting guide with some very good links.

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Genealogy by Mark Orwig: new and very complete. I like it better than the guide to the left.
Sometimes it is very useful to be able to switch your keyboard to a Norwegian keyboard so that you can directly type the Norwegian special characters like ø, Ø, æ, Æ, å, and Å. The two links below show you how to do that, for Norwegian and for other languages. After you have a second keyboard, you can change between the two of them with the associated pull down menu (usually pinned to the taskbar on Windows 7, or quicker, use the shift+leftalt keys together at the bottom of your keyboard).

You Tube tutorial on adding new keyboards.

Wikipedia article on language keyboard layouts.

For materials and links to resources to be used at our Genealogy training Session in Cedar Falls, IA, on October 22, 2013
click here.

For materials and links to resources used at our Genealogy Break-Out Session at the District 1 Convention at St. Cloud on June 14, 2012,
click here.

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