Continuing my series of posts on Chicago research in anticipation of my presentation at the Southern California Genealogical Society's 2011 Jamboree in Burbank. I'm putting up supporting information that goes beyond the vital records and other sources in the session handout.
Today's list is about resources for finding your Norwegian-American ancestors in Chicago.
Ancestors from Norway
A venerable RootsWeb community with many links and resources, especially helpful for beginners.
Lovoll, Odd S., A Century of Urban Life: The Norwegians in Chicago Before 1930. [Northfield, Minn.]: Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1988.
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Lagerquest, L. DeAne, In America the Men Milk the Cows: Factors Of Gender, Ethnicity, And Religion in the Americanization of Norwegian-American Women. Brooklyn: Carlson Pub., 1991.
Books We Own - Norway
Bibliography of Norwegian-American titles with attached look-up request system.
Chicago Norwegians List
A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Norwegians who immigrated to Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.
Norway’s largest genealogical organization with 9,000 members
Lutherans Online Genealogy Exchange
You might also check out my recent post on extensive Lutheran church resources available for Chicago.
Chicago's Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church
2614 N. Kedzie Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60647
Chicago, IL 60647
Minnekirken, which means "Memorial Church" in Norwegian, is the last remaining church in Chicago conducting services in Norwegian. First built by Norwegian immigrants as Christ Church in 1912, the church took its present name in 1934.
Illinois Newspaper Project
The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Library of Congress as part of the U.S. Newspaper Program (USNP) and the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
Under the USNP, the INP team traveled throughout Illinois inventorying and cataloging collections held by libraries and repositories, private organizations, and individuals. A Web-based searchable database of all newspapers discovered and preserved through the project is available. All microfilm produced for INP is made available through interlibrary loan. Note: “u” in dates in citations means the span of publication date is unknown.
Search here by title or OCLC number for information on repository and holdings for the following titles:
Norwegian-Language Newspapers in Chicago
• Amerika OCLC no. 11091864
Years Published: 1872 – 1872
• Norden OCLC no. 10405257
Years Published: 1874 – 1897
• Skandinaven OCLC no. 09493902
Years Published: 1866 – 1941
Guide to Chicago Church and Synagogue Records
The Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library This organization dedicates itself to collecting, preserving, and researching Norwegian-American heritage and family history. “The Naeseth Library is open to all who are interested in learning more about their Norwegian-American roots. Our services are designed to make our Norwegian heritage accessible to everyone. We offer genealogical classes and tours, research and research assistance, translation, and provide you with other helpful links to grow your family tree. NAGC & NL projects examine primary and secondary sources relating to Norwegian immigration and Norwegian America and make these genealogical materials available to researchers through indexes, databases, and publications.”
Libraries on the Web – Norway
The Norwegian-American Historical Association
The goal of the NAHA archives is to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials produced by Norwegian Americans or related to their history. There are over 1700 collections and 200,000 biographical and obituary articles from newspapers and magazines, as well as numerous congregational and family histories. NAHA also holds emigration records from 1867 to about 1900 from four major Norwegian ports.
The goal of the publication program of the Norwegian-American Historical Association is to publish historical scholarship that invites a broad readership.
The Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, 415 West Main Street, Madison, WI 53703, maintains a library and archives devoted to Norwegian American genealogical research.