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 just received your update on the Dokken family of Worth Co. Iowa. I must compliment you on an impressive piece of work. Thank you very much. We have two more Norwegian families, the Nelsons and the Olsons, that we intend to investigate in the next year or so. I hope that we can request your assistance once again when the time comes. Again, thank you very much for your help.”

- David (Minnesota)

“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 Jerry, We had a most wonderful trip to Norway. In Rosendal, we talked with a woman named Linda at the Municipal Building who had received my letter. She used the bygdebok to advise us and also gave us the name & address of a man located on the other side of the fjord-in the area our family is from. We were fortunate that he was home and his sister/cousin (can't remember) was visiting & she spoke English. He and his late wife had preserved a number of buildings from the old days that were filled with artifacts and he was happy to show us around. Thank you so much for your help. You opened our eyes to much information, and to how to use the bygdebok to learn more.”

- Sue (Virginia)

“Dear Jerry, Thank you for your research and report on Johanne Vostad. This is exactly what I was hoping to learn, and with such interesting detail on the events in Christiania.”

- Michael (Montana)

“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)

“We were doing some research for a family tree project in Mrs. Harkin's 6th grade class. Your webpage has been a huge help! Thanks for making it! Learning about family history is so exciting!”

- Abby and Clara (Kansas)

“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, I wanted to write to let you know that I received the information that you found on Østein O. Landsrud. I could not have been happier to receive it! It actually made me cry that you were able to find it! I did speak to Jerry today about finding more information and when you have time, I would love for you to call me to discuss further investigation on this family line.”

- Maggie (Minnesota)

“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)