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

To protect the safety of our staff & the public, the Naeseth Library will be closed to visitors wishing to do “on site” research until further notice. We are still able to accept research & translation requests through the mail, email or on-line research requests via our website. We will continue to work on research & translations that have already begun.  We appreciate your understanding. 

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.

“Your information was in the afternoon mail. I will gratefully mail a check tomorrow. Thank you so much. The 1844 date for Daniel’s date of birth was passed down from family members. You have the correct man. I loved this search but ran into a brick wall! Finding you was just awesome! Thank you so much. I am definitely interested in continuing this genealogy search as funds permit.”

- Lorna (California)

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

- John (Wisconsin)

“Dear Carol, Thanks so much for the Digital Archives website, and the directions on how to use it. I'm looking forward to exploring! And thank you for spending time with us (at Nordic Fest). We really enjoyed talking to you. Maybe someday we will get to Madison to explore your library. ”

- Kae (Minnesota)

“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 Jerry and Solveig, I can’t thank you both enough for the research, the map and the advice. As a result of your hard work, I have changed our itinerary to visit the island of Sjemaroy for the day. This involved herculean efforts on the part of our patient travel agent. Her new name is Bless-her-heart. I will let you know what we find when we get there and will take some photos!  I think my husband will be overwhelmed being in a place where his name is so common. Thank you for giving history and depth to people’s lives.”

- Wendy (California)

“Dear Carol, I am very pleased with the info that you sent me on my Great Grandfather Ole Olsen Klevmoen.  I apologize for not getting in touch with you before now, but I am trying to absorb all this info and get it in the right place.   Again, thanks ever so much for all the info you found for me.  I am very pleased with it and thank you ever so much.”

- Linda (Tennessee)

“Dear Ms. Culbertson, I received your letter containing information about my great-grandfather last night. I retired about 2 years ago (which is when I got deeper in my family history) but returned to work about 4 months ago when my replacement left unexpectedly. Your letter arrived on the day I "re-retired" and gave me great pleasure. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you and let you know how much of a difference you make for those of us who simply want to find out more about our family history. In my case, nobody in the family wanted to say much about my great-grandfather, so your research gave me information I couldn't have found anywhere else. My plan is to build a written (and electronic) family history that I can pass on to my two sons. Again, thank you for your time, talents and hard work in finding information about Johannes.”

- Mark (Minnesota)

“I want to thank Carol Culbertson her research on John Olson. I do believe she found the correct person in the area in Pennsylvania where he appears to have resided.”

- Janet (Maryland)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you! The story these letters tell is just getting interesting! We need more! Please do 5 more hours of Sigri's letters and 1 more hour of Evan's. Thank you again!”

- Gordon & Eunice (Wyoming)

“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)