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

NAGC is excited to be open and welcoming visitors! In order to ensure the safety of our staff and visitors, we are open by appointment only and masks are required. If you are ready to schedule an appointment, you can reach out to us at 608-255-2224 or genealogy@nagcnl.org.

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.

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

- John (Wisconsin)

“Jerry: The (Beginning Genealogy) Class was fabulous. Solveig: Thank you for locating a map for my Norwegian family. I greatly appreciate the time you took to find it. With my warmest thanks!”

- Anita (Wisconsin)

“Dear Michael, Last night I thoroughly studied everything you sent - what a wealth of information- and realized this took way more than the two hours I paid for- just writing the report had to take a long time... Thus, I will be sending a check for more hours of work. I do understand how long it can take to find everything, even for someone like you who is such an expert researcher. That way it will cover at least some of the extra work you put into this, as well as, maybe add a little time to do more on my family. I also know you made the note about adding more about Thone's father. Let me know if I owe more. Thanks too for including all the links. That way I can find the documentation. And thank you too, for making this easy to follow. That, in itself, is quite a skill.”

- Diane (Wisconsin)

“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)

“I just wanted to thank Carol Culbertson for her research on my great grandfather, Albert Jacobson. Carol has given me something to work on.  I have known about both the Albert Jacobson in Fargo, North Dakota and have run across the one in Fort Ransom.  However, Carol was able to go back in time and research their names on the 1875 Norway census and I am grateful. I realize it is hard to look for the correct person without a birth date but you were able to find two Jacobson's in the North Dakota area also. Again, thank you for working with me and helping me see things in a different perspective.  And perhaps one of these two Jacobson's is my great grandfather.”

- Judy (Texas)

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

- Elizabeth (Illinois)

“I was floating on a cloud after the class. The excellence of Jerry's instruction and all of the wonderful participants made the class very special. I love writing, but I rarely have the time to sit down to write. It was wonderful to take a pause in life to start getting some of these stories on paper.”

- Anita (Wisconsin)

“Although other staff members helped me, Solveig Schavland Quinney gave me excellent and extensive assistance through the many translations she did.  A large number of letters (1860-1940) were found in a trunk at the Lie Farm in Hafslo, Luster, and she translated most of them, as well as several other requests from the Luster County Farm and Family History Book.  The research guide written by Carol Culbertson and Jerry Paulson was a great reference source for me as I moved through the research and writing of my book.  I was so fortunate to have these experts helping me with my project.”

- Ronald (Rhode Island)

“After receiving the information from your organization about finding my husband's family farm on Sjernaroy, we rerouted our whole trip to go there. The map from Solveig was crucial. We ran into a tour at the church where records showed John's grandfather was baptised- those records were from your genealogists. The tour guide told us his wife was related to the Norheims and pointed out the direction of the farms. We followed a sign that said NORHEIM -> and it led us to the cluster of farms owned by Norheims. At the first farm, the wife told us they weren't related and sent us on to the next farm.  At the next farm, the farmer and his son went into get the grandfather, who came out with the Sjernaroy family history book. He said he wasn't related but showed us the page his family was on and told us to go to the next farm. Our wonderful driver was fearless about talking to anyone- good thing too because many of the people didn't speak English. At the third farm was an 80 something year old man sitting on his porch listening to the radio in his slippers. Our driver showed him the baptismal record and he said, "that is my uncle." He told us about his father and he took us inside to show us photos. He also pointed out the house where John's grandfather was born. This was all because of your hard work. Both John and I want to thank you for giving us this gift.”

- Wendy & John (California)

“Thanks so much to Jerry for the PROMPT service!   So very helpful!”

- Michael (Iowa)