Sigdal emigrants in Dodge and Olmsted
historian Ingrid Semmingsen* has written that “From 1836 to 1845 nearly two-thirds of all emigrants came from Telemark, Numedal, and Hallingdal.” In the 1850s and later, the Dodge-Olmsted settlement received a sizable percentage of people from Telemark and Buskerud (Buskerud shown in red on the map, at right.) Sigdal, within Buskerud, contributed 156 known residents of this Minnesota community. The neighboring Eggedal sent 7, and Krødsherad, 7 more. Researcher Scott Brunner of Sigdalslag has made this report available:
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*Semmingsen, Norway to America: A History of the Migration (trans Einar Haugen) c1978, page 33.
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