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.

“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)

“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)

“Today I received the research from Carol Culbertson concerning my great-great grandfather Ole Omlid. Tell her I’m very pleased with the results. I had suspected they were members of Greenfield Lutheran Church but had no proof-now I do. I understand his passenger list was not found, but apparently this is a period where a lot is missing, so I understand. In any case, I am very happy with the information.”

- Chris (Washington)

“The letter your staff translated for me made it to an actual relative in Norway (an 83-year-old man who hung on to it for a few months, because he didn’t know what to do with it and finally passed it on to his 87-year-old sister & her children who contacted me). They have been looking for family here as well. All the family, here and in Norway, are quite excited to have found each other and to share historical information by email and Facebook.”

- Judy (Canada)

“I am a norwegian, always living in Norway. Very interesting to see your videos and that you are interested in Norway and where you come from. It seems to me that your center is doing a great job to help people to find out where they come from.”

- Tor (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)

“Thanks for all the help! We had an AMAZING trip to Norway last August!”

- David (MN)

“Jerry: The (Beginning Genealogy) Class was fabulous. Solveig: Thank you for locating a map for my Norwegian family. I greatly appreciate the time you took to find it. With my warmest thanks!”

- Anita (Wisconsin)

“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)

“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)