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Genealogical Association

Helping people find their Norwegian Roots



Meeting places

Regular meetings and Seminars are always held at the Minnesota Genealogy Center building at 1385 Mendota Heights Road STE 100, Mendota Heights, MN 55120-1367. See the directions and a link to a Google Map on our About page.

Meeting nights will start with a business meeting at 6:15pm and should end by 7pm. All are welcome to attend. If there is a Speaker listed, that program will start at 7pm. If no speaker is listed it will be a research night.

Our Next Regular Meeting

Wednesday, Feb 26th Doors will open at 6PM for researchers.

7 - 7:15 PM Meet in the Mississippi Room for a "live" look at searching Links and Scans on our website. "Links" includes many topics and we will look at a variety. "Scans" -- new on our website, are searchable transcriptions of births/baptisms, marriages and deaths in Grue & Brandval, Hedmark; Stange, Hedmark; Nord & Sør-Aurdal, Valdres, Oppland. Searching techniques apply to other searchable documents online. Bring your laptop, tablet, iPad, or phone and use it along with the presenter.

7:15 - 8:30 The library is available for research.

The mini-talk on Norwegian is the first to be presented at monthly meetings devoted to Research. Please contact Joy Sundrum - - if you have topics you would like to have covered.


After That . . .

Wednesday, Mar 25th Doors open at 6PM for researchers. Yes, we have a program starting at 7PM Synod upon Synod: The Organizations of Norwegian-American Christianity

In the religious "market" of the New World, immigrant religious groups had to form and run their own religious denomination - a major departure from the all-encompassing State Churches of Scandinavia. The Norwegian-Americans form a number of different religious denominations in North America, often called by the term "synod" (from the Greek, meaning "to walk together"). These synods were the largest and best organized of any of the institutions formed by Norwegian-Americans, and knowledge about these groups can greatly assist researchers looking into this world. This presentation will try to make sense of these various synods and where they were located.

 Speaker is Mark Granquist, associate professor of church history at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Previously, he taught at St. Olaf College (1992-2000) and Gustavus Adolphus College (2000-2007). He is the author of A History of Luther Seminary, 1869-2019; Lutherans in America, a New History; and with Maria Erling, of The Augustana Story: Shaping Lutheran Identity in North America.

Wednesday, Apr 29th Doors open at 6PM for researchers



Our Next Seminars

March 21, 2020, Finding Farms & Delving into Pantebøker (Mortgages)

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Minnesota Genealogy Center 

What do these Norwegian words mean? Where can you look to find your farm in Norway? Dig deeper into Oluf Rygh - Is it more than just a list of farms? What are fylker names: old, recent, new? Finding and using Pantebøker (mortgage records). Are they more than just mortgages? How are Pantebøker organized?

$15 per person 

Attendees First & Last Names


April 25, 2020, Bygdebøker and Beyond

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm, Minnesota Genealogy Center

Norwegian farm histories have been published in Norway for many kommuner (communities/municipalities). Learn how to find them, understand what's included and how to use them--from paying taxes in butter to how farmers marked their tools. Find key words to help translate Norwegian terms frequently used.

$15 per person 

Attendees First & Last Names


Future Seminar

The next group of seminars will begin in the fall, probably September. Watch for emails with dates and details.