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jkmarler
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
6936 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2021 :  10:18:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the memories Borge and all the responders and original posters who make this site what it is.

It's been an absolute blast! I wish we could go on forever, or at least tomorrow. So much information sharing, and there was always a new mission, exciting and delectable. It will be hard to not take a look every day to see what's going on...
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Hopkins
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
3300 Posts

Posted - 01/01/2021 :  16:58:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This has been the first website I open every day for years now. I'm really going to miss everyone.

I've sent newbies here countless times and I need to make copies of some of the articles that I share with them most. I'll try to add and give proper citation and credit for those articles.
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jkmarler
Norway Heritage Veteran

USA
6936 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2021 :  00:03:56  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Maybe the data can be saved see this at the wayback machine archive:
https://web.archive.org/web/2020*/norwayheritage.com

Does NorwayHeritage allow page crawlers?

Edited by - jkmarler on 02/01/2021 00:08:08
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NancyC
Medium member

Norway
185 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2021 :  11:59:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I hope some solution can be arrived at to save the data! When will the site be closed down? Is there any way we can stay in touch?

I will try to see if there are any interested parties in the State Archives (Digitalarkivet), Utvandrarmuseet, maybe others. But this will take time. I will probably start by contacting Hamar State Archives and some genealogists that work with them. I have heard that the State Archives system is now going in big time for digitalization of materials, and sacrificing their opening hours to two days a week. In view of this policy, they should really be interested in all the material you all have collected!!!! But who knows? And the ability you all have to figure out what people are looking for and where to find it should also be invaluable. Many of us who use the archives in Hamar, for example, have been so dismayed that we can now only go there physically for help two days a week, since the problem is often that you don´t really know what you are looking for and where it might be hidden. So their guidance has been invaluable. And you can´t call anybody, of course, since they have put a system in place that makes it impossible to reach someone who might help you on the phone. I have managed to get an e-mail address or two through the years, but it makes me uncomfortable to bother them, since their system is so discouraging of contact. A real void may be developing in this respect, as I have heard that several resource persons in that system do not want to spend days scanning stuff and feel this is poor use of their knowledge and skills. So you all could certainly play an important role in that area! Utvandrarmuseet should be interested, but they have limited resources, and they are also very slow at adressering suggestions, but in principle they seem positive to developing their website, etc., so people can get perspectives on emigration and find emigrants. So your site would be a great boon for their resources.

Would it be a good idea to use the «tip us» option at Norwegian newspapers and get them interested in interviewing some of you all? This might help create an awareness of the value of the work you do!
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Admin
Forum Admin

Norway
520 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2021 :  11:52:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the positive feedback and suggestions!

I was quite surprised to learn how much the site means to you all. I must say it caught me a little by surprise. I was thinking most people were moving to social media and to sites like Ancestry and Myheritage. I now feel obliged to give it a second chance and see if something more can be done to secure the continuation. I will postpone closing the site down for some months to see what might happen.

I’ll be straight about the possibilities of handing the material over to any of the institutions mentioned. I do not see that happening. There are several reasons for that.

If I have to close the site it will still be with the intention of getting it back up again in the future.

Børge

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NancyC
Medium member

Norway
185 Posts

Posted - 04/01/2021 :  12:19:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Børge! Your site and project has some unique resources that we cannot find anywhere else. This will give us more time to try and find a way to save the site!
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NancyC
Medium member

Norway
185 Posts

Posted - 05/01/2021 :  16:13:48  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Børge,
I wonder if you have gotten the message I sent to the e-mail address on this website. You have probably heard the old saying that folks from Hedmark are quick to react - they just have to thoroughly think through the issue first. But in this case, Hedmarkinger have gone into action mode regarding norwayheritage.com and things are moving along, despite the lockdown in place for the next 2 weeks. So I hope to hear from you regarding what I e-mailed you!
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erikjensen
New on board

United Kingdom
1 Posts

Posted - 11/01/2021 :  23:09:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello Borge, this is the first time I've been back to this site since 2009. Back then you gave me valuable leads into my Norwegian family. I'm saddened to hear that it will close. The reason I came back was because I wanted to trace my grandfathers movements to the USA, never expecting to read that you were contemplating on closing because of it being built on unsupported software. I hope you find a solution as it will be a terrible loss to all us that value what this site has to offer.

Regards Erik Jensen
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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
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    3:   By sail - daily life
    4:   Children of the ocean
    5:   Sailing ship provisions
    6:   Health and sickness
    7:   From sail to steam
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