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Where is Toten? How to join
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A brief History of Toten Members (password required, case sensitive)
The Churches of Toten Stevne Plans Fellesraad Centennial 2016

 


Where is Toten?

Map of Norway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detail of Oppland Map

Map of Toten Admiistrative District

The Toten area is located about 55 miles or 88 Km north of Oslo. However if one is going by car, plan on a two hour drive. Pushing a cart over the mountains might have taken our ancestors several weeks.

Toten is in Oppland Fylke, a larger administrative unit with functions of both a county and a state.

 


What is Toten like?

 

Woods Full of Flowers Toten is in the eastern, or flatter part of Norway. It has a lot farm land and higher up on the low mountains (1500 meters), much timber is grown and harvested. Toten's climate is much like southern Minnesota. Rainfall is less than on the west coast of Norway. 

Viking roots go back about 4000 years and there may even have been people living there soon after the glacier melted. The Pilgrim Way, a route taken by medieval pilgrims travelling from Oslo to Nideros Cathedral in Trondheim where St. Olav's remains were preserved, goes through Østre Toten past the Balke Church and to Gjøvik. 

The people of Toten may seem reserved at first, but soon warm to visitors just as you would do. They prefer to know someone is coming rather than be surprised when they see guests at the door. Most of the younger people speak some English. If only we spoke as much Norwegian.

 


A Brief History of Toten, Norway

A Little From Toten's Saga 
(Link to an article from the 1921 Totenlag Yearbook translated by L. Opsahl)

 


What is Totenlag

 

The Totenlag Banner It is an organization of people who came from or are descended from people who came from the Toten area of Norway. While originally conceived of as a way to get together for people from the same area in Norway, (it was formed in 1910) the lag has evolved into a group with family ties to Toten and the main emphasis is on genealogy and fellowship. Totenlag is one of seven Lags that have a yearly grand meeting (stevne). Quite naturally it is called the 7-Lag Stevne. All together, there are more than 30 Lags representing the people who come from many areas in Norway. There is an over encompassing organization called the Bygdelagenes Fellesraad 

 


How to join

{Click for printable membership application}

Membership entitles you to: 

 


Officers: 
[NOTE: Remove space before and after @ symbol to use the following e-mail addresses or just click on the link]

The Toten Bunad

George Olson, Jr., President
12262 3rd Street, P. O. Box 225
Northome, MN 56661
Ph. # 218-897-5780
E-mail: president @ totenlag.org

Vacant, Vice President



E-mail: vp @ totenlag.org

Dagmar Runyan, Secretary
2086 Goodrich Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Ph. # 651-6981-7966
E-mail: secretary @ totenlag.org

Marie Brown, Treasurer
2210 Spruce Trail
Golden Valley, MN 55422
Ph. # 763-588-6666
E-mail: treasurer @ totenlag.org

Millie Andorfer, Genealogist
W333 S309 Glen Oaks Drive
Delafield, WI 53018
Ph. # 262-646-8234
E-mail: genealogist @ totenlag.org

Mary Bonnabeau, Membership
750 Fairmount Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Ph. # 651-291-8974
E-mail: membership @ totenlag.org

Bill Christianson, Toten Bulletin Editor
15823 W. Kino Dr.
Surprise, AZ 85374
Ph. # 623-214-3200
E-mail: newsletter @ totenlag.org

Kathi Fluck, Toten Bulletin Editor
938 Kadel Court
Geneseo, IL 61254
E-mail: assistant_editor @ totenlag.org

Sheila Andorfer, Webmaster
2639 N 114th St
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Ph. # 414-530-4880
E-mail: webmaster @ totenlag.org


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Board Members:


Odd Martin Hesjadalen
Gjøvik, Norway
martin1948@gmail.com

Charles Christianson
Box 326
Montecello, MN 55362
cncask4it@gmail.com

Marilyn Klinge
2116 Simbrah Drive
Cedar Park, TX 78613
mklinge@austin.rr.com


Stevne Plans

7 Lag Stevne

The next 7-Lag Stevne - July 13-16, 2016 at the Austin Conference Center in Austin, Minnesota 

General information

The theme of the stevne this year is "1916 - The Cultural Dilemma".

Click for a printable stevne registration form

Send registration forms to:
Marie Brown,  Treasurer
2210 Spruce Trail
Golden Valley, MN 55422


Fellesraad Centennial Plans

The Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad Centennial Celebration -

May 5-8, 2016 at the Earle Brown Heritage Center & DoubleTree By Hilton in Minneapolis, MN 

Information on Centennial Celebration Schedule & Registration


The Churches of Toten

Because Norway has a state church, it has been charged with collecting information (even for members of other religions) for centuries. This information includes some of the same subjects one can find in American Church records-baptisms, confirmations, marriages and deaths. Other information collected only in Norway includes: Small pox vaccination dates, area comings and goings. There are privacy laws in Norway that protect recent information. All older information is transferred to the regional archives and can be viewed there.

By the way, grave and grave stones are only allowed to be used for a given number of years. There is not enough land to give each person a permanent resting place so the grave is reused and the stone may be reused unless the remaining family members rent the space longer.

Because the Churches are so central to life in Norway, pictures of as many if them as we have are included: 

{Click on links to see pictures, Click on the BACK button of your browser to return here!}


Links to other sites of interest:

Gjøvik og Toten slektshistorielag

Rolf Steinar Bergli's Homepage

Snertingdal

Bygdelagenes Fellesraad

 

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