If you ever come to Sletta on the island of Radøy somewhat north of Bergen in Norway, you may find it a bit strange to encounter an American church, an American school, an American jail(!) and various other American buildings. No, you have not arrived at the local version of Disney World, but at The Western Norway Emigration Center (Vestnorsk Utvandringssenter).
According to their Web-site the aim of the Center is to:
Over 800.000 Norwegians have immigrated to To this end they have brought home from
But they do have an emigration archive that has helped many with their research into family history:
The Emigration Archive
Includes the names of 96.000 emigrants from Hordaland and Sogn og Fjordane regions up until 1924. Jahn Sjursen has, throughout the years, searched and found the information which is there preserved. Many books, articles, pictures and historical objects from the emigration period are also collected there. The archive, as well as the rest of the collection, were donated to the