Local History, Stories & Genealogy Resources
Local History & Stories
- Church Memories: 1981
- The script from a church program presented
by the Ladies Aid members and their children.
on the Fraction: Melvin Torkelson
- Written by the son of charter member, Ole
Torkelson, this is a "true story of the early settlers
on this triangle portion of land bordering the Chippewa Indian
Reservation on the west, not part of Smiley Township, Pennington
Back: Ellen (Johnson) Torkelson
- As Ellen neared the end of her life, she
felt a powerful urge to write down her memories so that her
children and grandchildren would learn to remember - and do
so on purpose.
- A short article, this was reproduced from
the centennial booklet.
- Ringing the Christmas Bell
- Church members restore an old tradition and ring the church bell each Christmas Eve.
History of St. Pauli: 1980
- Marie (Peterson) Gustafson wrote and researched
this history from the original parish records penned in Norwegian.
State & Local Genealogy Resources
Historical Society: Family History
- This section of MNHS contains the index of
Minnesota Death Certificates as well as helpful information
for family history research.
- Part of Minnesota's GenWeb Project, the site
contains a number of useful links to local resources.
County Historical Society
- Search their online database of documents,
photographs, maps, cemetery records, obituaries, landowner
records and city directories.
- Click to view section maps and landowners
in Rocksbury and Smiley Townships in 1909 and 1911. Most of
St. Pauli's membership came from these two townships.
- Over 25 million names, photos maps, and family
trees; paid subscribers receive access to census records,
obituaries, ship registers, birth/death records and more
- The Norwegian National Archives providing digitized
parish registers, census records, emigration and ship records,
books, and photographs.
- Collected from the records of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, registration is free and includes
access to all records and an online newsletter.
- Search the land patents in the Bureau of Land
Management's database for homesteading information
- Created by Oluf Rugh, the database contains searchable volumes 1 through 17
- Allows the free searching of the database of
names as well as the upload/download of GEDCOM files
National Genealogy Resources
- Created by John Føllesdal,
it comprises articles, records, museum sites, a bookstore,
and listings of both Norwegian and American resources
- Information about the Bygdebok and how to obtain
a copy or request information
- Resources from Johan
- Information on Norwegian naming conventions,
Bygdeboka, maps, and more
List for Norway
- One of the most complete resource sites on
the web, containing information on Norwegian language, archives,
newspapers, publications, and a list of professional researchers
and research services.
- Information for genealogists and family historians
from the United States National Archives, including a link
to obtain copies of records such as the full land entry files
that include homestead applications, letters of reference,
and often naturalization papers
- A comprehensive 35-page
document containing words found in the Bygdebøker
that can help even a novice Norwegian-speaker learn to translate
- Subscribe to share information on research,
requests and offers of help.
- Offers personal research assistance, travel
information, and genealogy links
Maps of Norway
- A long list of area maps, webcams, and photo
galleries of Norway
- Driving directions and detailed maps of street
addresses in Norway in Norwegian
- An interactive map of
Norway in Norwegian that includes detailed maps (detaljert
kart) of many kommunes
- An interactive map, available in English,
searchable by street name.
Museums & Library Resources
- Located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin, this open-air
museum also allows picnicking on the grounds
Genealogical Center & Naeseth Library
- Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the facilitity
has a large collection and offers paid research assistance
Emigrant Museum (Norsk Utvandrermuseum)
- Located in Ottestad, Norway, the museum includes
permanent exhibitions, programs, an open-air museum, and a
- Located in Decorah, Iowa, the museum includes
16 historic buildings, thousands of artifacts, and offers
a series of classes and travel programs.
Non-Fiction Books of Interest to Genealogists
- These books can be purchased from shop.mnhs.org
or from amazon.com
Anderson, Rasmus B. The First Chapter of Norwegian Immigration,
1821-1840: Its Causes and Results
Blegen, Theodore Christian. Norwegian Migration to America,
Kinsella, Steven R. 900 Miles from Nowhere: Voices from
the Homestead Frontier
Lovoll, Odd Sverre. Norwegians on the Prairie: Ethnicity
and the Development of the Country Town
Lovoll, Odd Sverre. The Promise of America: A History
of the Norwegian American People
Nelson, Marion. Norwegian Folk Art: The Migration of a
Qualey, Carlton C. Norwegians in Minnesota (The People
Semmingsen, Ingrid. Norway to America: A History
of the Migration
Stokker, Kathleen. Keeping Christmas: Yuletide Traditions
in Norway and the New Land
Stokker, Kathleen. Remedies and Rituals: Folk Medicine
in Norway and the New Land
Zempel, Solveig, editor.In Their Own Words: Letters
from Norwegian Immigrants