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.

“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)

“Dear Carol & Solveig, Thanks for all your help when I came to the Center: Solveig, for translating and the things we discussed; Carol, for helping me learn how to figure out the bygdeboker. This has been such an exciting endeavor for me, as I move from knowing only my great-grandmother's last name (and the wrong county in Norway) in 2014-to now having my family (and both sides of her family) all the way back to the 1600's & where they lived. So much fun. I will be back to work further, so I thank you again.”

- Karol (Illinois)

“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 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)

“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)

“Dear Carol, I had fun sharing this with my mom. We appreciate your skills!”

- Linda (Wisconsin

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

- Michael (Iowa)

“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)

“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)

“I am a norwegian, always living in Norway. Very interesting to see your videos and that you are interested in Norway and where you come from. It seems to me that your center is doing a great job to help people to find out where they come from.”

- Tor (Norway)