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 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, 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)

“I was very pleased with my first visit to NAGC. I can’t believe how far back I was able to go with finding new ancestors. Solveig was very helpful and very knowledgeable. My son and I were very impressed and I am looking forward to my next trip to Madison in the near future.”

- Sandy (Illinois)

“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 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 use this (Naeseth) Library for most of my Norwegian research.  I have found records from Norway and from some of the first Norwegian churches in Portage/Waupaca Counties that I could not find elsewhere.  Most of the materials are in Norwegian, which can cause some frustration if you do not have a basic knowledge of the language.  The staff is very knowledgeable and understands the difficulties of researching in a foreign language.  I have had many pleasant experiences working with the staff.I have been a member of this organization (NAGC & NL) for a number of years and have participated in the continuing educational opportunities offered.  The newsletter, received twice a year, reviews activities of the Center and announces new holdings and classes.If you are looking for Norwegian ancestors, this is an excellent research facility.”

- Karla (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)

“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)

“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)

“Dear Solveig, My sister Lori and I thank you on behalf of the Twedt and Olson families for your successful efforts in finding our Norwegian family records for Gunder Louven and his (2) wives.  These records, that we were not able to locate through our own six-month research, now provide us with the real names of our third-great grandmother and the history. The records you found also gave us the names of our fourth-great grandfather and grandmother (Gunder Louven's parents).Words cannot express the pure joy that we felt when you told us the news. We will forever be thankful for your tireless efforts, which now give us the opportunity to go further back in our research on our mother's side of the family.I have enclosed a donation check to NAGC & NL. We look forward to receiving the documents of evidence that you discovered. God Bless You.”

- Joanne (Florida)