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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

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Membership entitles you to: 


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The Toten Bunad

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

Vacant, Vice President

E-mail: vp @

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Board Members:

Odd Martin Hesjadalen
Gjøvik, Norway

Charles Christianson
Box 326
Montecello, MN 55362

Marilyn Klinge
2116 Simbrah Drive
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Stevne Plans

7 Lag Stevne

The next 7-Lag Stevne - July 20-23, 2017 At Luther College in Decorah, Iowa 

The theme of the stevne this year is "Sustain and Celebrate Your Legacy".

General information Website

Click for a printable stevne registration form

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

Click here for downloadable Stevne Schedule as of 4/3/2017

Click here for Stevne Housing Information and Form

Fellesraad Annual Meeting

The Norwegian-American Bygdelagenes Fellesraad Annual Meeting 2017 -

May 5-6, 2017 at Mindekirken, the Norwegian Memorial Church in Minneapolis, MN 

Click here for Information on the Fellesraad 2017 Annual meeting

Further information is available at the Fellesraad Website - click here

Click here for downloadable Registration Form for the Fellesraad Meeting

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: 

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Links to other sites of interest:

Gjøvik og Toten slektshistorielag

Rolf Steinar Bergli's Homepage


Bygdelagenes Fellesraad


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