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.

“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  I wrote, as you suggested, and enclosed copies of historical documents from a volume at NAGC&NL.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)

“I just received your update on the Dokken family of Worth Co. Iowa. I must compliment you on an impressive piece of work. Thank you very much. We have two more Norwegian families, the Nelsons and the Olsons, that we intend to investigate in the next year or so. I hope that we can request your assistance once again when the time comes. Again, thank you very much for your help.”

- David (Minnesota)

“You and your colleagues gave us breakthrough results in our search for Johanna’s parents and grandparents. You also helped build our understanding in a number of areas (Norwegian naming customs, language & history-as well as resources such as the Norwegian Digital Archives). All of this, thanks to you, has greatly increased our ability to work independently in further research on Billie’s Norwegian family tree.”

- Jim & Billie (Maryland)

“Dear Jerry, Again thanks for all your help when we were in Madison this past week. I didn't find, again, what I was searching for, but now I know it doesn't exist. Thank you!”

- Jean (Minnesota)

“We were doing some research for a family tree project in Mrs. Harkin's 6th grade class. Your webpage has been a huge help! Thanks for making it! Learning about family history is so exciting!”

- Abby and Clara (Kansas)

“…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)

“Today I received the research from Carol Culbertson concerning my great-great grandfather Ole Omlid. Tell her I’m very pleased with the results. I had suspected they were members of Greenfield Lutheran Church but had no proof-now I do. I understand his passenger list was not found, but apparently this is a period where a lot is missing, so I understand. In any case, I am very happy with the information.”

- Chris (Washington)

“I must say that I have really appreciated the translations that Solveig has done for me.  The book on my grandfather is much more interesting because I have been able to incorporate the content of the letters that Solveig has translated.”

- Ron (Rhode Island)

“I was very pleased with my first visit to NAGC. I can’t believe how far back I was able to go with finding new ancestors. Solveig was very helpful and very knowledgeable. My son and I were very impressed and I am looking forward to my next trip to Madison in the near future.”

- Sandy (Illinois)

“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)