If you have Norwegian relatives who emigrated to Chicago or anywhere in Illinois, this is the list for you. Many Norwegians emigrated to or settled in Chicago (Cook County) or communities surrounding Cook County in Illinois. Others settled along the Fox Valley, primarily in LaSalle county (Ottawa area) or surrounding counties.
Some members of this message board (or its mirrored mailing list IL-CHICAGO-NORWEGIANS where partial posting are echoed) are tracing their own ancestors who once lived in Chicago or the surrounding area. Other members once lived in Chicago or its surburbs, or now live in Chicago metropolitan area themselves, and are familiar with the Chicago metropolitan area and its surrounding counties. (Eventually we hope to acquire enough members from throughout Illinois.)
Most members of this message board are familiar with Chicago-area resources and genealogy institutiions, or have probably encountered challenges similar yours and can advise you where to look. However, we do NOT offer to perform actual on-site research services on your behalf at Chicago archives because most members do not live in the Chicago area! This list is intended primarily to provide tips on where YOU should look for information, including on-line databases of which you may not be aware. (There are other researchers who either offer FREE look-up services, or will do so for a reasonable fee, and we can point you to them.)
Several Illinois counties (outside the Chicago area) have genealogy societies that may be of general help. Also check out the GenWeb projects or "Illinois Trails History and Genealogy" that are maintained by volunteers for several Illinois counties, and may offer more localized resource advice or lookups.
New members are invited to check the archives of the IL-CHICAGO-NORWEGIANS (Norwegian-specific) and COOK-CO-IL (Chicago-area general) Rootsweb mailing lists for resources mentioned in previous postings (rather than repeating them all here).http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/usa/IL/cook.html
This webpage lists all current Cook county-related Rootsweb mailing lists, including IL-CHICAGO-NORWEGIANS and COOK-CO-IL ones, and how to browse, search or subscribe.
Your list administrator is Donna; I am just an active contributor and researcher to the IL-CHICAGO-NORWEGIANS mailing list and have been a former member of COOK-CO-IL and NORWAY-L mailing lists.
(If contacting me directly off-list, please use "NORWEGIANS IN ILLINOIS" in the subject line, or your message will be routed into my SPAM folder and deleted without being opened.)