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 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)

“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)

“Hello Solveig,Thank you for your help on my recent visit to the Naeseth Library. I was very impressed with the library and felt so welcomed & comfortable working there for the day. What a neat place it is, and you were so kind! The NAGC Research Guide and Norway map that I bought have been very helpful-I've used them alot, especially the Research Guide. It is really well written and has just the information all in one place that anyone needs to research their Norwegian ancestry. I now wish I lived in Madison (or at least not so far away, as I do)! Thank you again and hope to see you on some future trip to the Naeseth Library.”

- Mary (MN)

“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 Solveig, Thank you so very, very much. The translated letter is a family treasure!”

- Elizabeth (Illinois)

“Just a quick thank you to Carol Culbertson for the research she did. It was very helpful in understanding how my ancestors came to be on the Vangen farm; and Solveig's translation was a tremendous help, as it brought everything in perspective--trying to translate a word here & there just doesn't give you the full picture. All of you do such a service to all of us looking for our Norwegian ancestors and having the translations is icing on the cake :)”

- Diane (Iowa)

“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)

“Wow! What a fast turn-around for the translation.  Not what I expected but good to know...a history surprise.  I think the farm reference would be important. Great work!    ”

- Bob (Louisiana)

“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 Solveig, Thank you so much for the translation work you did for us on the Hermansen documents. Together, these translations shed new light on the departure of my great grandmother's family from their native Norway. One can only imagine the true grit and fortitude it took to cross the mighty Atlantic to open a new chapter in their lives here in America. There immigrants were truly made of the "right stuff" and I am proud to carry on that family heritage today. Again, thank you for your work and we look forward to visiting the Center in the near future.”

- Tom (Wisconsin)