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.

“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)

“We recognize the importance of this work to the Norwegian-American community, as well as to Norwegians themselves. And you do it very, very well. I know from personal experience your staff is amazing. As a volunteer guide at Vesterheim, I often get inquiries about ancestors and genealogy. It’s great to be able to refer them to you with enthusiasm and confidence.”

- David (Iowa)

“I can't begin to tell you how much it meant that both Jerry and John took time from their busy schedule and work to help in the search for Knud (a family member I've been searching for since almost my beginnings in researching my own family!). What a gift to receive this information! Words don't express what's in my heart. Please tell Jerry and John what their research has meant to not only me, but my children and their children. Enclosed is the promised donation I want to give as a thank you for Jerry and John's exceptional work. Thank you!”

- Ardie (Minnesota)

“Dear Solveig, My sister Lori and I thank you on behalf of the Twedt and Olson families for your successful efforts in finding our Norwegian family records for Gunder Louven and his (2) wives.  These records, that we were not able to locate through our own six-month research, now provide us with the real names of our third-great grandmother and the history. The records you found also gave us the names of our fourth-great grandfather and grandmother (Gunder Louven's parents).Words cannot express the pure joy that we felt when you told us the news. We will forever be thankful for your tireless efforts, which now give us the opportunity to go further back in our research on our mother's side of the family.I have enclosed a donation check to NAGC & NL. We look forward to receiving the documents of evidence that you discovered. God Bless You.”

- Joanne (Florida)

“Thank you very much for all the information you sent for the Norwegian Genealogy & Culture table I hosted for the Walworth County Genealogical Society's May meeting. Many of the attendees enjoyed looking at the information and especially the Resource Guide. I plan to take the remaining information to our Sons of Norway meeting in our area, in a continued effort to spread the word about NAGC & NL! Thank you for your generosity and for all your assistance; it was most appreciated by me - and others interested in their Norwegian heritage.”

- Marra (Wisconsin)

“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)

“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)

“Thank you to Carol Culbertson for her excellent research!”

- Mark (Washington DC)

“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)

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

- John (Wisconsin)