ARE A "BYGDELAG" (organization which focuses on a
specific area of Norway).
FOUNDED IN 1908, TRØNDERLAG OF AMERICA MEMBERS TRACE THEIR NORWEGIAN HERITAGE BACK TO NORTH AND SOUTH TRØNDELAG FYLKER (counties) IN NORWAY.
With members scattered across three countries, our only regularly scheduled meeting is our annual "stevne" in August of each year. We mainly connect through our web site, our newsletter, our annual meeting, and research requests to our Genealogist. Those with detailed interest might want to read about our history.
1. Aid in the preservation of Norwegian history, culture and heritage for coming generations by collecting and preparing historical information and data relative to immigration and settlement and to encourage research and writing of family, immigration and settlement histories.
2. Maintain communication and working
relationships between the members of Trønderlag and
other related organizations with Norwegian Heritage.
3. Develop and maintain a library of resources, such as bygdeboker (farm histories), Norwegian church and government records and other such genealogical information.
4. Maintain and enhance fellowship among the descendants of people from the Trøndelag area of Norway and to maintain a bond between Trønders in North America and Norway.
WHERE IS THE TRØNDELAG
REGION OF NORWAY?
Trøndelag is in the middle of Norway, dividing the wider, southern part of Norway from the long, narrow northern part. Trøndelag is divided into two fylker: Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag.
The capital of Trøndelag is Trondheim, Norway’s medieval capital, the country’s third largest city. The Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral dominating its skyline has traditionally been the sight of the coronation of Norway’s kings, and most recently their family weddings.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "TRØNDELAG" AND "TRØNDERLAG"?
Trøndelag (without an R) is the name of a region of Norway. People from Trøndelag call themselves "Trønders". A lag is a club or organization. Trønderlag (with an R) is then the name of an organization of Trønders.
publish our newsletter, "Trønderlag
Nyheter Brev", 3-4 times each year as well as
Årbøker (yearbooks) on a recurring basis. Årbøker
include Trønderlag history and photos, emigration
stories & letters, and often Trøndelag immigrant
ANNUAL MEETINGS ("stevne"): Your
chance to connect with others who love this part of
Norway. Take part in genealogy labs with research
assistance using the our resources (books, films,
maps, family histories). Stevnes also feature seminars
on cultural and historical Norwegian-American topics,
a traditional banquet and many other enjoyable
GENEALOGY RESEARCH AND RESEARCH TRIPS TO NORWAY: Contact our Genealogist for assistance. Travel with us when we go to Norway. Approximately every 5 years we coordinate a trip to Norway where members, complete research at the regional archives in Trondheim, meet friends and relatives, and tour the area learning more about Norwegian culture and history.
1 year $12
2 years $22
3 years $30
Canada Yearly membership $13 (U.S. funds).
Norway Yearly membership $15 (U.S. funds)
Lifetime memberships are $200 for all
Dues include a spouse/partner at no additional
charge, our newsletter, and research assistance. New
members receive a welcome letter and all newsletters
published so far that year. Members joining fairly
late in a year are given the rest of the year free.
Membership in Trønderlag of American is open to anyone with an interest in the history and culture of the Trøndelag region of Norway, especially descendants of Trønder emigrants. We currently have approx. 350 member families in 36 states plus Canada and Norway.
Memberships (except life memberships) expire on December, 31 of each year.
See the Membership Application form for more details. . .
MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION /
RENEWAL: To apply for membership or
to renew your membership, please print a membership
application form, complete it and mail it
with a check for your dues to:
5420 Brookbank Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515 USA
Questions? Email our Treasurer at email@example.com
: If you would like to pay your membership using a credit card, please follow the instructions on the membership form. Do not send us your credit card number. We will invoice you using Paypal.
Some people complete the form, scan an image and attach it to an e-mail requesting a Paypal invoice. That way we have all the information we need to complete your membership record in our system.
We are still working on a way to make the Paypal
application easier to do on line, but for now, please
use the methods above.
BROCHURE:Our brochure also
has membership application/renewal information.
have a separate donation form
(see the green donate button), and many members make a
donation at the time they join or renew their
membership. Your donation helps us expand our research
materials. Trønderlag of
America, is a not-for-profit organization under
section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax deductible to the
maximum extent allowed by law.
Trønderlag of America's collection of research materials, targeted at North and South Trøndelag, is believed to be the largest in the world (with the possible exception of the Family History Center in Salt Lake City or the Library of Congress), and is continually updated and expanded. If you are traveling to Trøndelag, please contact our Genealogist for a list of documents to buy and bring back. We will reimburse you for any document costs.
GENEALOGIST: Our Genealogist will assist you
with your e-mail and phone requests. Like all of our
board members, our Genealogist serves in a voluntary
position and honors your requests on a time available
TRØNDERLAG LIST: Others will help you! Our members, and even fellow genealogists who are not members, share information on our Rootsweb mailing list doing research for you based on your posted requestst. Hundreds of individuals, including genealogists in Norway participate in this process.
As with the Tronderlag list, others will help you! Stop in and visit our Facebook page.
RESEARCH AT OUR ANNUAL MEETING (STEVNE)
We bring our entire library of research materials to
the stevne, making them available in the genealogy lab
where our Genealogist and volunteers provide research
RESEARCH TRIPS TO NORWAY
We offer a "Trøndelag Heritage Tour" about every 5
years where we travel to Trondheim, complete research
at the regional archives, tour Trøndelag and
neighboring areas, visit friends and relatives, and
usually wish we had more time.
RESEARCH TRIPS TO THE FAMILY HISTORY CENTER
During the winter, a research trip for "Tre Lag Stevne" cooperating lags is held in Salt Lake City. This is sponsored by the Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad (the umbrella organization of the various lags). Attendees spend a week attending classes on Norwegian research and using all of the facilities of the LDS Genealogy Library. This is a yearly event, usually taking place in February. Recently the research trip has been combined with the annual RootsTech conference which is also held in Salt Lake city.
The capital of Trøndelag is
Trondheim, Norway’s medieval
capital, the country’s third largest city. The
Gothic-style Nidaros Cathedral dominating its
skyline has traditionally been the sight of the
coronation of Norway’s kings, and most recently
their family weddings.
Trondheim was founded in 997 by Olav Tryggvason whose tall statue overlooks the city. The Nid river (Nidelven) flows through the city into the Trondheim Fjord. Trøndelag presents a wide range of scenery — mountains, valleys, lowlands, forests, streams, waterfalls, lakes, farms, cities and fishing villages. The old and the new exist side by side in Trøndelag.
We sponsor recurring trips
to Trondheim which includes research at the
regional archives. For
our 2014 trip, we sent research requests in advance
and when we toured the archives, each person's
research materials were waiting for them as we
Our 2014 trip was special:
2014 was the 200th anniversary of the signing of the
Norwegian constitution. We gained approval and marched in the Syttende Mai
parade. We were the third
unit in the "citizen's Parade". The "Children's
Parade" which proceeded us had 20,000 children
marching! We had a private
tour of Nidaros Cathedral and
performance on the restored Steinmeyer Organ
acknowledging our financial donation to aid in
the restoration Another highlight was attending a special Ecumenical
service at Nidaros attended by the King &
Queen, the head of Parliament and other
dignitaries. During our time in
Trøndelag we were interviewed
by Three different newspapers,
primarily because of advanced knowledge about our
contribution to Nidaros.
Pictures from the trip can be viewed HERE
PUT THE 2017 STEVNE
ON YOUR SCHEDULE
AUGUST 2-5, 2017
La Crosse, Wisconsin
A Joint Stevne of Trønderlag of America, Gudbrandsdal, and Nord Hedmark og Hedemarken Lags
Tour, Genealogy Research, Cultural Programs, Entertainment, Banquet, Lag Membership Meetings
Stevne details and registration form
will be in our June Nyheter Brev newsletter
2017 Stevne Hotel currently being negotiated
JOIN TOGETHER TO HOLD THIS ANNUAL MEETING. Many years
ago each lag (organization) held their own stevne
before they discovered they could share in overall
costs, invite a broader range of speakers, attract
quality vendors, etc. Also because of their proximity
many attendees have ancestors associated with more
than one lag (sometimes all 3, OR MORE)!
Are you willing to volunteer some time and talent at the Stevne?
We can use some help with a variety of tasks at the Stevne: spend an hour or two assisting in the Hospitality Room, take photos of Stevne activities, work at the Trønderlag membership table and perhaps things we haven't thought of yet. Please contact Linda Schwartz, or vice president, Trudy DeKeuster, for more information about our needs.
PRIOR STEVNE PROGRAMS:
2016 Stevne Program
2015 Stevne Program
2014 Stevne Program
2013 Stevne Program
2012 Stevne Program
2011 Stevne Program
2010 Stevne Program
2009 Stevne Program
2008 Stevne Program
2006 Stevne Program
PRIOR STEVNE PICTURES:
Link to 2016 Stevne Photos
Link to 2015 Stevne Photos
Link to 2014 Stevne Photos
Pictures from Stevne 2003
Pictures from Stevne 2002
2017 HOTEL INFORMATION:
2017 Hotel Location being negotiated
Hospitality Room: We have hot coffee, Norwegian and other treats to enjoy on your breaks. We encourage you to bring desserts that can be eaten in individual pieces to contribute to the room. Also we always need volunteers to keep the serving area full of goodies, make coffee and help keep the room pleasant for all to enjoy.
The stevne starts Wednesday about noon and ends Saturday about noon and features a local history tour, a concert, 16-18 programs, lag annual business meetings, group lag photos, and a Friday night banquet.
ÅRBØKER: In 2005
Trønderlag of America re-established the tradition of
publishing a Trønderlag Aarbok (a yearbook). This 2005
Aarbok was the first the lag had published in more than 20
years. The purpose of the yearbook is to help us maintain
a history of Trønderlag and share that history with lag
members and others. Our special focus was immigrant
biographies and we were highly successful in having a
large number submitted for the book. Some biographies
included several generations of families. Many included
photos. The Lag published another Aarbok in 2006, a
Centennial book in 2008, and a third Aarbok in 2008/2009
and a fourth Aarbok in 2012. There are copies of all
aarboks available from the lag at stevne or by mail.
ALL TRØNDERLAG BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE by MAIL FROM NORSKBOK PRESS USING OUR ORDER FORM
These books make great gifts for relatives and friends in the U.S. and Norway!
TRØNDERLAG NYHETER BREV: A 12-16 page newsletter, "Trønderlag Nyheter Brev", is published three times a year. Members receive the newsletter as part of their membership dues. It contains information about the activities of the Trønderlag and its stevnes as well as genealogical and cultural articles. There are interesting articles about its members in America and Norway and countless other topics relating to Trøndelag heritage.
Article contributions related to Trøndelag, your immigrant families, or other Trøndelag or Norway related topics are always welcome. Send them to the newsletter editor. You can request a sample newsletter.
Board members are all volunteers and contribute their personal time to help fulfill Trønderlag of America's goals. Board members serve for 2 years.
Robert's 23andme DNA results indicate 99.9% northern European roots (mostly Scandinavian). His grandparents were born in the Inderøy Commune, Soknedal, Sør-Trøndelag and Sokndal, Rogaland. A Ph.D. in mathematics, he lived in Norway as a Fulbright scholar, and in Denmark for about 6 years. He speaks Norwegian with a Danish accent. Robert is a member of Sons of Norway, Nordmanns Forbundet, and Det Kongelige Norske Videnskabers Selskab as well as serving on the Boards of Directors of multiple local organizations
Three of Trudy's grandparents were of Norwegian descent. Trudy attended her first Tre lag stevne in 2005 where she was impressed with the sheer amount of available information, seminars and helpful friendly people. Traveling to Oppland & Buskerud in 2002 and on our Trønderlag of America Heritage tours in 2010 and 2014, she represented us at our 2014 presentation of a donation to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim.
Half of Nancy's Norwegian ancestry comes from
Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag, her great grandfather's
family emigrating to Minnesota in the 1880s
An amateur genealogist since 2001, 100 % of Jon's
Norwegian heritage is from Nord Trøndelag (Skatval
& Hegra). He has traveled to Norway multiple
times and visited the locations of each farm
associated with his family. He created our 2014 Trønderlag
of America Heritage Tour and maintains our web site.
Linda's Norwegian ancestry was concentrated in Sør-Trøndelag (from Horg to Støren / Singsaas to Budal and Soknedal). Her great-grandparents emigrated in 1880 and 1883 and came from Skaarvold and Rognes farms.
Barry joined Tronderlag in 1991, serving as Assistant Genealogist from 1994-1997 taking over as our lag Genealogist from James Pedersen in 1997. 3/4ths Tronder, with roots in Leksvik, Selbu and Stod in the Steinkjer area he lives in Rochester, MN, and maintains the Tronderlag Library at his home.
From "Trønderlaget of America
1908-1984" . .
In March of 1904 a group of Tronders got together to plan a Trønderlaget stevne, but abandoned the idea because of bickering over what territory in Norway they should include. They were afraid they would cut a poor figure in comparison with the Valders group. A Trønderlag was hastily created in June of 1907 but received little support and failed.
The Trønderlaget of America was finally organized on September 17, 1908 at Fergus Falls, MN. Before the organization, there had been much writing and correspondence in the Norwegian papers, "Scandinavian" and "Decorah Posten". They had a difficult time finding someone to take the leadership. Faculty members of Tronder background at Park Region College in Fergus Falls, headed by the president Rev. D.G. Ristad, were among the promoters. Prof. Thomas Wollan and Prof. I. Darrum on their own called an organizational meeting. All Tronders from the eight fylkes were to be included. Later there were 15 more stevnes organized. Prof. Wollan, a banker and businessman from Glenwood, was the first president. Other officers included D.G.Ristad, John Wist, Thomas Warloe, O.C. Hauan, A.C. Floen and Lars Hayseth. There were 120 charter members but before the next stevne, more than 400 joined. In 1925 the membership had grown to 2,556 to become one of the largest stevnes.
The Tronderlaget early published yearbooks and were early members of Nordmans-Forbundet. They also helped organize Bygdelagens Fellesraad. Money to help build a Kors Altar (choir altar) was donated to Trondheims Domkirke and they also presented an expensive model of Nidaros Kirke to the Norwegian-American Museum at Decorah, Iowa.
In 1926 the Tronderlaget in Duluth was unkindly characterized as an "old folks coffee party," because it did not attract the younger generations of Tronders.
A magazine called the "Trønder American" was published from 1935-39. In 1936 a gathering of all the separate stevnes was held at Madison, MN with a good attendance. During World War II, no Tronderlaget stevnes were held. When the Tronderlaget met in 1966, it was decided that because of the discouraging low attendance at the stevne, it had served its purpose and thus was disbanded. Henry Nycklemoe of Fergus Falls was president at that time.
The lag was brought back to life in 1982 in Dawson, Minnesota. The group responsible for that stevne included Agnes Boraas, Floyd and Selma Boraas, Irvin and Anna Kleven, Lowell and Bernice Oellien, Rudy and Bernice Prestholdt, Bervin and Arlene Skjei, Mildred Skurdahl, Ellsworth and Sylvia Smogard, Orvin and Josephine Larson, Selma Torstenson and Berdeen and Mable Vaala. They raised money by selling bumper stickers, pins, and other items and holding a raffle. They only charged $1.50 for a membership "so that no true-blooded Tronder would feel they couldn't afford to belong." At the business meeting, the following were elected to the Executive Board: Co-chairmen Bernice Oellien and Mable Vaala; Secretary Orvin Larson, Treasurer Ellsworth Smogard, Historian Meredith Ulstad; Directors Curtis Olson, Esther Opien and Ilene Chapman.
In 1999 the lag was renamed "Trønderlag of America" and a new set of by-laws were ratified by members at the business meeting.
Below is a list of the 15 local lags that were organized at one time in addition to the National Trønderlaget:
Chicago Tronderlag; organized in Chicago in 1924
Chippewa Valley Tronderlag; organized at Eau Claire, Wis in 1920
Duluth Tronderlag; organized in Duluth in 1920
Tronderlaget in Everett, WA; organized in Everett in 1955
Grand Forks Tronderlag; organized in Grand Forks, ND in 1917
Brulle Tronderlag; organized at Emmett, SD in 1936
Lake Hendricks Tronderlag; organized at Lake Hendricks in 1930
Minneapolis Tronderlag; organized at Minneapolis in 1913
Tronderlaget Nidaros; organized at Tacoma, WA in 1927
The Northwest Tronderlag; organized at Minot, ND in 1929
Park Region Tronderlag; organized at Ashby, MN in 1926
Pope County Tronderlag; organized at Starbuck, MN in 1921
Sioux Valley Tronderlag; organized at Baltic, SD in 1922
Thief River Falls Tronderlag; organized at Thief River Falls in 1926
Tronderlaget Tordenskjold; organized in Seattle, WA before 1925.
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