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1999 - Børge Solem, Trond Austheim, Sue Swiggum & Debbie Beavis

If you have been wondering where to start looking for information about your Norwegian emigrant ancestors, you will probably find some answers in this article. It will give a brief overview of the different sources available.

The article has been reorganized in to separate chapters in 2007, you will find them by using the links below


Hunting Passenger Lists:

 -  Chapter 1:   Emigration Records - Sources (By Børge Solem & Trond Austheim)
 -  Chapter 2:   Canadian Records (1865-1935) (by Sue Swiggum, Trond Austheim & Børge Solem)
 -  Chapter 3:   Searching the Canadian Immigration Records Database (by Annette Fulford - 2002)
 -  Chapter 4:   US arrivals - Customs Passenger Lists (by Sue Swiggum, Trond Austheim & Børge Solem)
 -  Chapter 5:   Port of New York Passenger Records (By Jo Anne Sadler, 2003
 -  Chapter 6:   Norwegian Emigration Records (By Børge Solem)
 -  Chapter 7:   The British Board of Trade outbound passenger lists (By Debbie Beavis)

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  • Norwegian passenger act - 1869 (April 2006)
    On May 22nd, 1869 a new law was passed, concerning the conveyance of passengers to foreign parts of the world. This law was intended to protect the emigrants against trickery from the emigration agents and the companies they represented. Prior to this, complaints had been going on for several years.
    Jo Anne has written several research articles for the Southern California Genealogical Society Journal, The Searcher. This is an updated, shorter version of her article regarding the New York Passenger Records. It originally appeared in the November/December 2001 issue.
    Have you come across an ancestor whose life story intrigues you? Does one person in particular stand out from the crowd? Did this ancestor live in Canada, then this article will be a very good tip about where to look next.

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