Norwegian Heritage in Story
County and Central Iowa

Kong Sverre

Kong Sverre (1841-1898)
Upon this ship in 1847 arrived some who seeded the settlements in Central Iowa.

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There are now 788 Farms in 20 Bygdebøker Available for Lookups!


This site is intended to be a resource to those researching the history and genealogies of people of Norwegian ancestry in Central Iowa. Goals of this effort include developing a registry database of all persons of Norwegian birth who resided in and near Story County, faciliting focused communication for those researching here, publishing genealogies, and gathering information for The Central Iowa Norwegian Project. It will take time and collaboration to meet these goals. Feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Norwegians in all Central Iowa counties are covered by this site, however the principal settlement areas covered are in Story County and nearby settlements in Hamilton, Hardin, and Polk Counties. Click here for a list of the primary townships and communities.

Site Contents

Norwegian Immigrant Registry of Central Iowa
The purpose of this registry is to help researchers locate Norwegians who lived in Central Iowa. Where possible this includes enough information to locate their Norwegian roots. There are currently 846 people in the Registry. Do you know of other immigrants? Please help out by submitting them using the Add Norwegian to Registry form.

The Central Iowa Norwegian Project  (Updated January, 2011)
Arlen Twedt is developing a book based on his extensive research of the Central Iowa Norwegian settlements in Story, Polk, Hamilton, and Hardin counties up through 1905 including a list of the Norwegian pioneers who were living there by 1860. An overview of the book, a database of the early settlers, and a selected bibliography are included here.

This is a very brief history of the Norwegian migration and settlements.

Norway-Central-IA Mailing List
See this page for information about the Norwegian Heritage in Central Iowa mailing list. If you are researching Norwegians in Central Iowa, this is the list for you!

Do you have family histories, a personal web site, or GEDCOM files which include Norwegians in Central Iowa? Please consider submitting them to Mark Christian for publishing here.

Here are items for which volunteers will do lookups for you. Consider becoming a volunteer yourself. Not only are the lookup sources listed, there is also an index of all the farm names in the farm books.

Here are places where you can further your research. While literally hundreds of sites may be of value to you, listed here are a few selected sites which are of particular use to researchers of Norwegian Heritage in Central Iowa.

Take advantage of this message board which was created to give you a place to post queries. They should pertain to Central Iowa.

Please take a moment to stop by and sign our guestbook. Comments about the site are welcome.

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Please E-Mail Mark Christian with your questions, comments, or suggestions.

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