Chicago Genealogy – Norwegian-American Resources continues my series of posts on Chicago genealogy research. For a list of other posts on Chicago genealogy resources, click here.

Internet Lists

Chicago Norwegians List

A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Norwegians who immigrated to Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois.

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.

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.

Bibliography of Norwegian-American titles with attached look-up request system.


DIS-Norway – Norway’s largest genealogical organization with 9,000 members


Lutherans Online Genealogy Exchange

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
773/252-7335 (office)

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

Newberry Library

Norwegian Genealogy

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

NAHA Archives

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.

NAHA Publications

The goal of the publication program of the Norwegian-American Historical Association is to publish historical scholarship that invites a broad readership.

NAHA Genealogy

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.

NAHA Membership