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, 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)

“Carol, Thank you again for the great research you did on my norwegian ancestors.”

- Link (Illinois)

“Thank you so much for the information you sent. You guys are great! I've added a small donation...”

- Barbara (Maryland)

“Dear Jerry, I want to thank you personally, as well as the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society on campus for your collaborative assistance in helping me trace my family history. I also write you today to share the exceptional outcome of my recent trip to Norway. My daughter had the privilege of singing with the Eau Claire Alumni Choir at Normandy on July 4 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and in Paris at Church of the Madeleine with 13 other choirs from around America on July 8, 2019. We decided to go see their performances. When we travel that far away from home we enjoy staying for at least 2 weeks, so we added on another week and chose to add time in Norway. And that's what brought me to you in the first place. This trip sparked an interest in seeking more information about my ancestral history. Knowing that we would be going to Norway made me eager to learn more about my heritage. Prior to that I was only able to piece together parts of our family history on my Mom's side of the family. She is 100% Norwegian, and with your help, I learned that her Dad's side of the family arrived in America in the 1880's. Her grandma Foss had a fire in her home so all of the records from that side were lost. Her Mom's side of the family (Rolstad) settled in Wisconsin in the 1860's. Beyond that I knew a few names, but the rest of the records were spotty. Your efforts were helpful in figuring out a solid four generations back on both sides of my mom's family. You also figured out a few of my ancestors in the fifth generation back.”

- Cindy (Arizona)

“Dear Solveig, Many thanks for coming to our genealogy meeting in Sycamore...and a special thanks for the information you gathered and sent regarding my great grandfather and his family. I am sure there must be interesting stories about his life.”

- Gary (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)

“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)

“Thanks for all you guys do for Norwegian research.  I know Gerhard would be very happy to see his legacy continue.”

- Maralyn (Canada)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you so much for all the translations you did for me -- and the Lee family! ....All the translated letters are now incorporated in the book I'm writing about my grandfather, his ancestors and descendants.  It has been such an enjoyable experience reading the translations and learning of the experiences, thoughts, feelings, challenges, etc. of the Lee immigrants in the later 1800's and early 1900's. ”

- Ron (Rhode Island)

“You and your colleagues gave us breakthrough results in our search for Johanna’s parents and grandparents. You also helped build our understanding in a number of areas (Norwegian naming customs, language & history-as well as resources such as the Norwegian Digital Archives). All of this, thanks to you, has greatly increased our ability to work independently in further research on Billie’s Norwegian family tree.”

- Jim & Billie (Maryland)