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 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)

“…if it wasn’t for the time that you folks took to introduce me to the Norwegian Digitalarkivet and Norway’s rich heritage of bygdebøks, our ancestry would never have been so rich and full of adventure-and for that I am most appreciative.”

- Don (Michigan)

“I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with the new layout of your website. I often get questions from Sons of Norway members (and non-members) about genealogy services; I always give them your information. Your website is easy to navigate and now includes great explanations and pictures. Thank you!”

- Anna (Minnesota)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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 your staff is amazing. As a volunteer guide at Vesterheim, I often get inquiries about ancestors and genealogy. It’s great to be able to refer them to you with enthusiasm and confidence.”

- David (Iowa)

“Your information was in the afternoon mail. I will gratefully mail a check tomorrow. Thank you so much. The 1844 date for Daniel’s date of birth was passed down from family members. You have the correct man. I loved this search but ran into a brick wall! Finding you was just awesome! Thank you so much. I am definitely interested in continuing this genealogy search as funds permit.”

- Lorna (California)

“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)

“Dear Carol, Thanks so much for your help in finding our ties to John Hansen Sørbrøden! My sisters and I had a wonderful trip to Norway. We joined Michael (Bovre's) tour group for two Eidsvoll days and rented a car to visit Berg church and the farm named Sørbrøden.  Of course I have more puzzles that could be researched....sometime I will need to get myself organized and send them to you!”

- Karla (Michigan)