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Posted - 18/03/2006 :  07:35:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Looking for some recommendations on stories to help me build a vision on what life looked like in Chicago for a immigrant Norwegians in and around 1870



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Posted - 18/03/2006 :  17:01:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check the book collection and archives of the Norwegian-American Historical Association.
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Jo Anne Sadler
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Posted - 18/03/2006 :  18:56:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
An excerp from Odd S. Lovoll's book, A Century of Urban Life: The Norwegians in Chicago before 1930, published 1988:

You can buy this book for $10.28 at -

If you live in the Chicago area, a major public library should have newspaper microfilms and city directories.
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Posted - 23/03/2006 :  18:55:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
thank both of you for two wonderful spots.
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Articles for Newbies:

Hunting Passenger Lists:

An article describing how, and where, to look for passenger information about Norwegian emigrants
    1:   Emigration Records - Sources - Timeline
    2:   Canadian Records (1865-1935)
    3:   Canadian Immigration Records Database
    4:   US arrivals - Customs Passenger Lists
    5:   Port of New York Passenger Records
    6:   Norwegian Emigration Records
    7:   British outbound passenger lists

The Transatlantic Crossing:

An article about how the majority of emigrants would travel. It also gives some insight to the amazing development in how ships were constructed and the transportation arranged
    1:   Early Norwegian Emigrants
    2:   Steerage - Between Decks
    3:   By sail - daily life
    4:   Children of the ocean
    5:   Sailing ship provisions
    6:   Health and sickness
    7:   From sail to steam
    8:   By steamship across the ocean
    9:   The giant express steamers
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