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, Thank you so much for the detailed information you sent me regarding my grandmother's family. I shared it with my father. He was very happy to receive it. I look forward to returning to the Center to continue my research”

- Liz (Illinois)

“I was floating on a cloud after the class. The excellence of Jerry's instruction and all of the wonderful participants made the class very special. I love writing, but I rarely have the time to sit down to write. It was wonderful to take a pause in life to start getting some of these stories on paper.”

- Anita (Wisconsin)

“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)

“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)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you for helping me plan our trip to Norway. We made it to my grandfather's farm in Luster (Dale) near Sogndal and grandmother's farm near Andalsnes and enjoyed every minute!”

- Russ (Wisconsin)

“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)

“Dear Solveig, I want to thank you for all your help in putting together my family history. Your knowledge is amazing and you were so willing to share with me. I learned so much about my family - and Norway as a result of this project.”

- Lynn (Wisconsin)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you! The story these letters tell is just getting interesting! We need more! Please do 5 more hours of Sigri's letters and 1 more hour of Evan's. Thank you again!”

- Gordon & Eunice (Wyoming)

“Dear Jerry, Thank you so much for doing all this research on my behalf. The information you uncovered filled a big hole in my family's history. What a surprise it was to find your letter in the mailbox, when I thought we'd hit a dead end. If you don't mind, I have a few more questions.....”

- Bo-Violet (California)

“…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)