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.

“…if it wasn’t for the time that you folks took to introduce me to the Norwegian Digitalarkivet and Norway’s rich heritage of bygdebøks, our ancestry would never have been so rich and full of adventure-and for that I am most appreciative.”

- Don (Michigan)

“Dear Solveig, I wanted to write to let you know that I received the information that you found on Østein O. Landsrud. I could not have been happier to receive it! It actually made me cry that you were able to find it! I did speak to Jerry today about finding more information and when you have time, I would love for you to call me to discuss further investigation on this family line.”

- Maggie (Minnesota)

“Thank you very much for the photos! I, and the rest of the group, loved to be at the Naeseth Library. Wish we could have more time for searching in your archives. I returned to Norway in the afternoon yesterday. The rest of our trip was enjoyable too, and I think the moments I will remember forever is our visit to the Library, my meeting with Kelvin, the concert on the Capitol Square in Madison, Nordic Fest in Decorah and when we met Ph. D. Odd Lovoll at St. Olaf College in Northfield.  Thank you for a very interesting visit at Naeseth Library.”

- Oddny (Norway)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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 the translations you did for me -- and the Lee family! ....All the translated letters are now incorporated in the book I'm writing about my grandfather, his ancestors and descendants.  It has been such an enjoyable experience reading the translations and learning of the experiences, thoughts, feelings, challenges, etc. of the Lee immigrants in the later 1800's and early 1900's. ”

- Ron (Rhode Island)

“The letter your staff translated for me made it to an actual relative in Norway (an 83-year-old man who hung on to it for a few months, because he didn’t know what to do with it and finally passed it on to his 87-year-old sister & her children who contacted me). They have been looking for family here as well. All the family, here and in Norway, are quite excited to have found each other and to share historical information by email and Facebook.”

- Judy (Canada)

“Dear Carol, Thanks so much for your help in finding our ties to John Hansen Sørbrøden! My sisters and I had a wonderful trip to Norway. We joined Michael (Bovre's) tour group for two Eidsvoll days and rented a car to visit Berg church and the farm named Sørbrøden.  Of course I have more puzzles that could be researched....sometime I will need to get myself organized and send them to you!”

- Karla (Michigan)