|Index | Norwegian genealogy resources | Vest-Agder|
|| Vest-Agder fylke, which was called
"Lister og Mandal." until 01 January 1919, is Norway's southern - most
county, with the Lindesnes lighthouse on the Lindesnes peninsula being
the southern-most point in Norway. From the coast there are six valleys
that stretch north into the county: Audnedalen, Lyngdalen, Kvinesdalen,
Mandalen, Sirdalen, and Otradalen (which continues into Aust-Agder where
it is called Setesdalen).
Vest-Agder has Norway's warmest and sunniest climate. It is protected from the strong Atlantic winds, and the Gulf stream and the warm winds from the Skagerak sea make the county one of the most popular summer vacation areas in Norway.
In the 1500's Dutch merchant vessels began to visit ports in southern Norway to purchase salmon and other goods. Soon thereafter the export of timber began, as oak from southern Norway was exceptionally well suited for ship building. As the Netherlands developed in the 1700's it began to suffer from a severe labor shortage, and many families from Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder emigrated to the Netherlands.
In the 1800's emigration to the USA started. One of the most important causes of this emigration was the emergence of steamships. While Vest-Agder and Aust-Agder had historically had very strong positions in the manufacture and repair of sailing ships, the change to steam resulted in very hard times for this industry. Emigration to the USA was a means of escaping from the high unemloyment that followed.
Vest-Agder bygdelag is an association of Norwegian-Americans whose ancestors came from Norway. See also the Agder lag, which covers Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder.
Vest-Agder local history associations (list of mailing addresses only)
map of Vest-Agder from the
NORWAY LIST Web Site. (The kommune names are underlined).
Slektsbiblioteket Queries is a new and very promising Norway query page.
Slektsforskerbasen from DIS-Norge (in English)
mailing list archives is another often overlooked resource. You can
search the archive to find out if others are researching the same families
or places in Norway, and then contact them.
Setesdalsbanen railway line was built in 1896 to link the Setesdal valley to the coastal town of Kristiansand. Today the railway line is a museum.
Vigeland museum (the Gustav Vigeland Gallery) in the community of Lindesnes is a great place to visit in order to become more familiar with the background of the man who created Norway's greatest tourist attraction, the Vigeland Park in Oslo. In addition to information about Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), the gallery also has information about his brother, Emanuel Vigeland (1875-1947), who was also a well-known artist, known for his Church art, glass painting and for his mausoleum, decorated with fresco paintings at Slemedal in Oslo.
Kvinesdal attractions is a web page from the Kvinesdal Tourist Information office, and includes information about:
Lindesnes Fyr (the Lighthouse of Lindesnes). In 1655 the
first lighthouse of Norway was built here, on the southernmost point of
mainland Norway. The lighthouse of today was built in 1915. An old fort,
a restaurant and a gallery are to be found close to the lighthouse.
Ancestors and Descendants of Nils Kitelsson Borteli Bjørndal, by W. D. Bjorndahl, has information about Nils Kitelsson Borteli Bjørndal who was born in Borteli, Åseral, Vest-Agder, lived on the Bjørndal farm in Hornnes, Aust-Agder, and then moved to Edinberg, North Dakota in 1882.
From Norway to America...Our Family - by Sharon Turner, has information about her Vest-Agder ancestors, as well as information and photographs from Vest-Agder.
Ancestors and Relatives of Ken Larson - his web page says it all: "32 Generations of Norwegians...uff da!"
Seeking My Norwegian Roots by David L. Johnson has information about his ancestors from Borhaug, a small community in Vest-Agder.
History of Anneke Jans and some of her descendants by Virginia Garrison Magee, has information about her ancestor, Anneke Jans, who was born about 1605 in Flekkeroy, Vest Agder. She immigrated on 21 March 1630 to New Amsterdam, in a party of colonists sailing for America aboard the ship Eendracht.
Genealogical site for Kjell Skagestad has information about farm names in Vest-Agder from the communities of Holum, Halse, Søgne, Laudal, Grindheim, Vigmostad, and Sør-Audnedal. In addition you can find a map and names from Mandal community, and much more on this web site.
Flekkefjord - the mythical center of the universe has lots of information about Flekkefjord.
Welcome to Farsund has photographs and information about Farsund and
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