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.

“An excerpt from a research paper written by a high school student:     I don't have the privilege to remember my great-grandfather Wallace, and sadly never had the chance to appreciate knowing my great-grandmother Inga-as she passed away when I was too young to realize how much I could gain from getting to know her. Thanks to their daughter (my great-aunt Carol Culbertson), I was lucky enough to have extensive knowledge of both of their lives...... I conclude my project, in the peace of mind and knowledge that this great man lived a full and prosperous life, with not a moment of passion wasted.”

- Evan (Illinois)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you very much for the recent translation from my Norwegian family Bible. I was grateful to learn that Niels Andreas Anstensen had indeed died as an infant within a year of his birth and for finding two more baptismal dates that were not available from The Scandinavian Lutheran Church on Ancestry.com You and the other staff are providing a much needed service when it comes to Norwegian genealogy. Much appreciated,”

- David (Washington)

“Dear Solveig,Please accept my sincere thanks (for your translation) that allowed me to read the words of my grandfather written nearly 100 years ago.”

- Norman (Wisconsin)

“Fabulous Service! Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

- Bruce (Washington)

“You and your colleagues gave us breakthrough results in our search for Johanna’s parents and grandparents. You also helped build our understanding in a number of areas (Norwegian naming customs, language & history-as well as resources such as the Norwegian Digital Archives). All of this, thanks to you, has greatly increased our ability to work independently in further research on Billie’s Norwegian family tree.”

- Jim & Billie (Maryland)

“Carol, Thank you again for the great research you did on my norwegian ancestors.”

- Link (Illinois)

“Dear Jerry, My visit with you in June was a rewarding experience. Your instruction on how to use the online Digital Archives of Norway has been extremely useful in my family research. Upon my return home, I immediately went online and put to use the methods that you taught me at the Library-and I'm now managing to locate a great deal of information on the Digital Archives on my own. I have also found A Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy to be a great resource.  Please also extend my thanks to Solveig, who was able to translate for me some family information that I brought along on my visit.  I hope to return to the Library again in the near future for additional assistance in tracking down family records. I will also be periodically checking the website events calendar, as I would like to attend your next Beginning Genealogy Class.”

- Ron (Minnesota)

“We wanted to reach out and say thank you so much for your RESEARCH LINKS page on your website.  My daughter Sam's 6th grade final history project is on genealogy, and your page has been so helpful to her. She's an extremely hard-worker, and has been tirelessly researching this project for the past week. Your resources combined with her effort is sure to get her a winning mark.”

- Sara & Sam (Washington)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you so much for the detailed information you sent me regarding my grandmother's family. I shared it with my father. He was very happy to receive it. I look forward to returning to the Center to continue my research”

- Liz (Illinois)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you for helping me plan our trip to Norway. We made it to my grandfather's farm in Luster (Dale) near Sogndal and grandmother's farm near Andalsnes and enjoyed every minute!”

- Russ (Wisconsin)