Discovering, Preserving, and Sharing Norwegian and Norwegian-American Family History at NAGC & NL

Norwegian Americans have created an exceptional achievement in venerating and preserving the records of their past. They began recording and sharing their heritage even before immigration ceased; their continuing efforts to perpetuate this history are as impressive as any group in our country.

NAGC & NL serves a worldwide audience by building and sharing stellar research collections, publishing useful and popular genealogical materials, and reaching out to all those who seek to know and venerate their Norwegian roots.

“Carol, Thank you for your research and documentation on Simen and his family traveling to the U.S., and the Westby area church history. I appreciate all your help.”

- David (Colorado)

“Dear Solveig,Thank you so much for all your help when I came to Madison for Memorial Day week-end. I am more enthusiastic than ever about researching my Norwegian ancestors. It was great meeting you and learning more about Norway.”

- Kate (VA)

“Hi Jerry, When I visited NAGC&NL a few months ago, you gave me info for planning my first trip to Norway, including the address of an official to contact in advance.  I wrote, as you suggested, and enclosed copies of historical documents from a volume at NAGC&NL.  I thought you might like to see the helpful response I received today.  My husband and I are taking an independent drive-and-hike tour arranged by Borton Overseas, the agency I learned about at NAGC&NL.  Thanks again for all your help.The message from Norway:Since I am the editor of the Farm and Family History books I know most of the families and places of living, however I am also interested to know how the family history is known in your family already. Please give me the names of relationship between you and Erik. I am sure the visit here in Sogn and Luster Co. will be unforgettable! Greetings from Gaupne in Luster Commune.”

- Ginny (Wisconsin)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you so very, very much. The translated letter is a family treasure!”

- Elizabeth (Illinois)

“I use this (Naeseth) Library for most of my Norwegian research.  I have found records from Norway and from some of the first Norwegian churches in Portage/Waupaca Counties that I could not find elsewhere.  Most of the materials are in Norwegian, which can cause some frustration if you do not have a basic knowledge of the language.  The staff is very knowledgeable and understands the difficulties of researching in a foreign language.  I have had many pleasant experiences working with the staff.I have been a member of this organization (NAGC & NL) for a number of years and have participated in the continuing educational opportunities offered.  The newsletter, received twice a year, reviews activities of the Center and announces new holdings and classes.If you are looking for Norwegian ancestors, this is an excellent research facility.”

- Karla (Wisconsin)

“Here is my payment for the work done by Solveig. It’s been a pleasure working with you and your great folks. My son in law and family, especially his 93 year old grandmother, are thrilled with all the great results.”

- Ken (GA)

“You all possess a wealth of knowledge and background experience which makes this Center such a valuable national resource.”

- John (Wisconsin)

“Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for your guidance & wisdom last week. I thoroughly enjoyed our time at NAGC and learned so much from you. It was exciting to learn about Ole & Anna and to know that the gravestone at Norway Grove Cemetery is indeed that of my great-great grandparents. It is so good to know that I can contact you for help as I try to uncover more information about my ancestors!”

- Judy (Colorado)

“Dear Solveig, Many thanks for coming to our genealogy meeting in Sycamore...and a special thanks for the information you gathered and sent regarding my great grandfather and his family. I am sure there must be interesting stories about his life.”

- Gary (Illinois)

“Just a quick thank you to Carol Culbertson for the research she did. It was very helpful in understanding how my ancestors came to be on the Vangen farm; and Solveig's translation was a tremendous help, as it brought everything in perspective--trying to translate a word here & there just doesn't give you the full picture. All of you do such a service to all of us looking for our Norwegian ancestors and having the translations is icing on the cake :)”

- Diane (Iowa)