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.

“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)

“Dear Jerry, Thank you for your research and report on Johanne Vostad. This is exactly what I was hoping to learn, and with such interesting detail on the events in Christiania.”

- Michael (Montana)

“Thank you so much for the information you sent. You guys are great! I've added a small donation...”

- Barbara (Maryland)

“…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)

“Greetings to all of you at NAGC & NL.  Thank you for all of the help each of you have given me each time I have come to the library to work on my family history.  I have learned so much and enjoyed the visits and the chats about Norwegian history.  I will be back in 2017 to learn more but for now, this is just a note to tell you how much I appreciate working with you all.”

- Karoline (Illinois)

“Dear Ms. Culbertson, Thank you for all the wonderful research you did for our family. It's fascinating to see the copies of those old documents. Someday I hope to go to Arendal, which from the pictures I've seen, looks so beautiful. Thank you again!”

- Heidi (New York)

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

- Mark (Washington DC)

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

- John (Wisconsin)

“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)