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, 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)

“Our Sons of Norway Lodge appreciates and supports your mission to provide genealogical research and information. 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 that your staff is amazing.”

- David (Iowa)

“Dear Ms. Culbertson, Thank you for all the wonderful research you did for our family. It's fascinating to see the copies of those old documents. Someday I hope to go to Arendal, which from the pictures I've seen, looks so beautiful. Thank you again!”

- Heidi (New York)

“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)

“You all possess a wealth of knowledge and background experience which makes this Center such a valuable national resource.”

- John (Wisconsin)

“Dear Solveig,Please accept my sincere thanks (for your translation) that allowed me to read the words of my grandfather written nearly 100 years ago.”

- Norman (Wisconsin)

“I can't begin to tell you how much it meant that both Jerry and John took time from their busy schedule and work to help in the search for Knud (a family member I've been searching for since almost my beginnings in researching my own family!). What a gift to receive this information! Words don't express what's in my heart. Please tell Jerry and John what their research has meant to not only me, but my children and their children. Enclosed is the promised donation I want to give as a thank you for Jerry and John's exceptional work. Thank you!”

- Ardie (Minnesota)

“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)

“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)

“Dear Carol & Solveig, Thanks for all your help when I came to the Center: Solveig, for translating and the things we discussed; Carol, for helping me learn how to figure out the bygdeboker. This has been such an exciting endeavor for me, as I move from knowing only my great-grandmother's last name (and the wrong county in Norway) in 2014-to now having my family (and both sides of her family) all the way back to the 1600's & where they lived. So much fun. I will be back to work further, so I thank you again.”

- Karol (Illinois)