Skål, Eidsvollsmen descendants! Learn about your unique heritage and connect with distant Eidsvollman cousins.
Our ancestors: Norway's Founding Fathers
Norway’s freedom was centuries in the making, but it was the 112 Eidsvollsmen, having sworn a solemn oath to “defend Norway’s independence and risk life and blood for the beloved Fatherland”, who put ink to paper to forge the independent future of Norway.
These 112 trailblazing men met at Eidsvoll, Norway, in May of 1814 to draft, adopt and sign Norway's Constitution, forever securing Norway's independence from 500 years of Danish rule.
The individual biographies of the Eidsvollsmen bring these diligent, pro-active men to life again. We’re working hard to get their biographies published in English, one by one, to share with YOU, the Eidsvollsmen descendants—thus preserving the lineage and spirit of Norway’s Founding Fathers. Eidsvold 1814 painting by Oscar Arnold Wergeland (1885).
Are you an Eidsvollman descendant?
Thus far, descendants of 81 Eidsvollsmen have been found in North America.
Become a member. Step into the historic story!
Ultimately, we will publish a book—perhaps in 2 to 3 or more volumes—commemorating the lives of the Eidsvollsmen and celebrating their descendants, facts and figures about the Eidsvollsmen, the miraculous year of 1814 and other assorted but interesting tidbits related to our distinctive and shared ancestry, culture and heritage. If you think you may be an Eidsvollman descendant, follow this steps:
- Gather and update your genealogical information and records
- View the names of the 112 Eidsvollsmen
- If you think you see an Eidsvollman in your ancestry, e-mail us your updated genealogical records (in MS Word .doc, Adobe .pdf or GEDCOM file format) for verification
- If verified as an Eidsvollman descendant, become a member of the Eidsvollsmen Council of North America to stay up-to-date with information, events and member benefits, as well as to connect with your distant Eidsvollman cousins.
The Norwegian Constitution—The legacy of the Eidsvollsmen
The Constitution of the Kingdom of Norway that was adopted by the Eidsvoll Convention on 17 May 1814 (with later amendments) is the second oldest written Constitution in the World still in existence behind the U.S. Constitution of 1776.
Today's Norwegian Constitution is based on a number of principles that were laid down in the original Constitution of 1814: sovereignty of the people, separation of powers and human rights.