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.

“Dear Solveig, Many thanks for coming to our genealogy meeting in Sycamore...and a special thanks for the information you gathered and sent regarding my great grandfather and his family. I am sure there must be interesting stories about his life.”

- Gary (Illinois)

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

- John (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)

“An excerpt from a research paper written by a high school student:     I don't have the privilege to remember my great-grandfather Wallace, and sadly never had the chance to appreciate knowing my great-grandmother Inga-as she passed away when I was too young to realize how much I could gain from getting to know her. Thanks to their daughter (my great-aunt Carol Culbertson), I was lucky enough to have extensive knowledge of both of their lives...... I conclude my project, in the peace of mind and knowledge that this great man lived a full and prosperous life, with not a moment of passion wasted.”

- Evan (Illinois)

“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 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)

“Dear Carol, Thanks so much for the Digital Archives website, and the directions on how to use it. I'm looking forward to exploring! And thank you for spending time with us (at Nordic Fest). We really enjoyed talking to you. Maybe someday we will get to Madison to explore your library. ”

- Kae (Minnesota)

“Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for your guidance & wisdom last week. I thoroughly enjoyed our time at NAGC and learned so much from you. It was exciting to learn about Ole & Anna and to know that the gravestone at Norway Grove Cemetery is indeed that of my great-great grandparents. It is so good to know that I can contact you for help as I try to uncover more information about my ancestors!”

- Judy (Colorado)

“Dear Jerry, I very much appreciate the time you spent with us, and the additional time you spent looking over my information. It is very helpful...and exciting for me! I am looking forward to my visit to Norway, even more so now that I have your information to add to mine. Through the Sletksforum Karmoy, I have made a connection with a relative. Her grandmother and my grandfather were siblings. I am hoping to connect with her, if we can work it out.  Again, my thanks for the wonderful information you provided.”

- Karen (Wisconsin)

“Dear Solveig, I was so excited to get your package with all the information I asked for and then some. You are awesome and I tell everyone I know at the Family History Center about your careful and professional work in Norwegian genealogy. Thank you for the copies of records & the family home picture. I will be sure to give my aunt a copy too, as I know she will be thrilled to have it.”

- KP (Utah)