North Dakota: Norwegian Settlements

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The Norwegian immigrants arrived in North Dakota in the1870's. They settled in the eastern and northern parts of the state. Because of the lack of farmland in Norway, the Norwegian immigrants sought the wonderful fertile farmland of North Dakota. Some of the immigrants had spent a few years in other states before they finally arrived in North Dakota. In 1880 the census recorded 8,814 Norwegians in North Dakota, and by 1900 there were 73,744.

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From: Fred Hultstrand History in Pictures Collection, Fargo



Nederos Cemetery:


Vaa Cemetery:  

South Nora Cemetery: 

North Nora Cemetery: 

Lower Maple Sheyenne Cemetery:


Bethel Lutheran Cemetery: 

Calvary Cemetery

Elm Grove Cemetery

Lakeville Cemetery

Olson Cottonwood Farm Cemetery

Lind Township: Olson "unknown" cemetery

Peterson-Nielson family Cemetery:

Swenson Family Cemetery

Washington Praire Cemetery

Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections

in the Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, actively documents Norwegian heritage in North Dakota. Personal papers of Norwegian Americans and organizational records are located in the Orin G. Libby Manuscript Collection. The Family History Room contains the Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection and many other resources about emigration and settlement of Norwegians in North Dakota and elsewhere.

Augustana College: Augustana College, The Center for Western Studies. The Center is historically a Norwegian American center, and houses collections relating to the Norwegian American presence in North Dakota.

Norwegian American periodical and serials also found at the Center:

Norwegian-American Studies (1926-1979) 

Nord-Norge (1917-1952)

Sons of Norway (1922-1967)

Sons of Norway Viking (1968-1984)

Societies -

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Bismarck - Mandan Historical & Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 485
Bismarck 58502-0485

  • Cass County Historical Society

1351 Main Ave W
West Fargo 58078-1321

  • Cavalier County Historical Society
    Langdon 58249
  • Crosby Historical Society

Crosby 58730

  • Dunn County Historical Society

Dunn Center 58626

  • Edmore Historical Society

PO Box 111
Edmore 58330

  • Glen Ullin Historical Society

P.O. Box 681
Glen Ullin 58631

  • Grand Forks County Historical Society

2405 Belmont Rd
Grand Forks 58201-7505

Bismark St

  • Mandan Historical Society

P.O. Box 483
Mandan 58554

  • Minnkota Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 12744
Grand Forks 58208-2744

  • Red River Valley Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 9284
Fargo 58107-9284

  • Richland County Historical Society

11 - 7th Avenue North

Wahpeton 58075-3931

  • State Historical Society Of North Dakota

612 East Boulevard Avenue

Bismarck 58505-0830

  • Steele County Historical Society

Steele Ave
Hope 58046

  • Walsh County Historical Society

323 3rd
Minto 58261