Find information about what transatlantic steamship companies the different Norwegian emigration agents represented, and in what way the agent was authorized to convey the emigrants. This will often let you know details about the routes and ships they used, and narrows your search for the passenger list.
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Articles to start you off with your genealogy research. Tips on working with passenger lists, and doing genealogy research online. Links to other helpful articles and web sites
- Did you meet the brick wall while researching your Norwegian ancestors online? This article might give some new clues. Read about Norwegian naming practice
Property Marks in Rural Norway - Bumerker - A short article about "Bumerker", or "Property Marks". Most people will run across these property marks at some stage when doing Norwegian genealogy
Maritime inscription - registers of seamen
- An example on how to use the maritime inscription records.
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The LONG Crossing of the Hannah Parr - Background Essay - The fascinating story of the Hannah Parr crossing the atlantic in 1868, the ship encountered serious trouble on the way. This is probably one of the best documented crossings of a norwegian emigrant ship of that era, thanks to Clair O. Hagen and James Overdahl
The front page image this time comes from a photo taken aboard the North German Lloyd steamship "Kaise Wilhelm der Grosse". This ship sailed between Bremen and New York via Southampton and Cherbourg. The picture shows steerage passengers gathered on the deck of the steamship. Some are lying straight out on the deck as if they are sea-sick, which was often a peril for many emigrants. This image is in memory of all those who suffered on the voyage across the ocean. (Regards, Borge Solem)
A selection of articles dedicated to help you in your genealogy search for your Norwegian ancestors. Transcripts and pictures of historic documents in connection with the ships and emigration. Also including articles about Pioneers & Norwegian Settlements Around the World.
Articles about selected ships ships and special events in their history. Descriptions of some of the great maritime disasters involving emigrant ships, like the wrecking of the steamer Atlantic of the White Star Line, sinking of the ocean liner Empress of Ireland and the Thingvalla line steamer Norge disaster. Check this section if you have an interest in shipwrecks.
This section contains articles describing the transatlantic voyage, the condition of the steerage accommodations and the experience of an ocean travel on an emigrant ship. You will find in-depth studies concerning the emigration process, statistics and facts, and information about the immigration processing centers line Castle Garden and Ellis Island.
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1852 - Disaster on Lake Erie. At eight o'clock of the evening on August 12th, the Atlantic mastered by Capt. Patty departed from Buffalo bound for Detroit. The total number of passengers being 576, of them 132 were Norwegians, a number of Germans, and the rest Americans. About two o'clock in the morning of August 20th the Atlantic collided with the Ogdensburg, and the disaster was a fact, hundreds of lives lost