Discovering, Preserving, and Sharing Norwegian and Norwegian-American Family History

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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.

“Carolyn, I want to thank you, so much, for the genealogy research you did on my Grandmother’s ancestry.  It was more than I ever expected.  All of the information will enable me to have a wonderful trip to Norway in 2022.  I have already made several genealogical contacts in Hedmark Fylke from which one part of my ancestors lived.  To be able to trace my ancestors back to the 1700’s means a great deal to me and my family.  Your extensive research was outstanding.  I especially enjoy the ancestor charts, family group sheets, the excerpts from the Sor-Ordal Bygdeboks, the Grueboka book and the documentation.  I appreciate the way you referenced all of the family members and referenced them to the ancestor charts and the group sheets.  It was a very clear road map to my past. I will probably contact you later for another search on the other side of my ancestors. Thank you, again!”

- Susan (New Mexico)

“Dear Carol, Thanks for the work you did to find out more of my ancestors. Excellent job-again, thanks!”

- Lynn (Montana)

“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)

“Dear Jerry, My visit with you in June was a rewarding experience. Your instruction on how to use the online Digital Archives of Norway has been extremely useful in my family research. Upon my return home, I immediately went online and put to use the methods that you taught me at the Library-and I'm now managing to locate a great deal of information on the Digital Archives on my own. I have also found A Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy to be a great resource.  Please also extend my thanks to Solveig, who was able to translate for me some family information that I brought along on my visit.  I hope to return to the Library again in the near future for additional assistance in tracking down family records. I will also be periodically checking the website events calendar, as I would like to attend your next Beginning Genealogy Class.”

- Ron (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)

“Our Sons of Norway Lodge appreciates and supports your mission to provide genealogical research and information. 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 that your staff is amazing.”

- David (Iowa)

“I just got off the phone with Jerry Paulson.  He was so very gracious and spent a lot of time with me!  He helped so much.  What a wonderful organization you have.”

- Barb (Washington)

“Chris, thank you for stellar work!”

- Susan (Wisconsin)

“Hi Diane and Sigrid.   The books arrived on Monday!!!    I am really enjoying them and have ordered the translated version of Rene's history from the Vosselag.   It will be great for me to practice my limited Norwegian having both side by side. I am so appreciative for all that NAGC does.  The wealth of information that you have amassed and made available to folks like me makes my search for my "family" the most fun treasure hunt imaginable.”

- Mary (Montana)

“Dear Solveig,Thank you so much for all your help when I came to Madison for Memorial Day week-end. I am more enthusiastic than ever about researching my Norwegian ancestors. It was great meeting you and learning more about Norway.”

- Kate (VA)