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.

“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)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you so very, very much. The translated letter is a family treasure!”

- Elizabeth (Illinois)

“I must say that I have really appreciated the translations that Solveig has done for me.  The book on my grandfather is much more interesting because I have been able to incorporate the content of the letters that Solveig has translated.”

- Ron (Rhode Island)

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

- John (Wisconsin)

“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)

“Dear Solveig, My sister Lori and I thank you on behalf of the Twedt and Olson families for your successful efforts in finding our Norwegian family records for Gunder Louven and his (2) wives.  These records, that we were not able to locate through our own six-month research, now provide us with the real names of our third-great grandmother and the history. The records you found also gave us the names of our fourth-great grandfather and grandmother (Gunder Louven's parents).Words cannot express the pure joy that we felt when you told us the news. We will forever be thankful for your tireless efforts, which now give us the opportunity to go further back in our research on our mother's side of the family.I have enclosed a donation check to NAGC & NL. We look forward to receiving the documents of evidence that you discovered. God Bless You.”

- Joanne (Florida)

“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)

“Dear Solveig,Thank you so much for all your help when I came to Madison for Memorial Day week-end. I am more enthusiastic than ever about researching my Norwegian ancestors. It was great meeting you and learning more about Norway.”

- Kate (VA)

“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 Jerry, I very much appreciate the time you spent with us, and the additional time you spent looking over my information. It is very helpful...and exciting for me! I am looking forward to my visit to Norway, even more so now that I have your information to add to mine. Through the Sletksforum Karmoy, I have made a connection with a relative. Her grandmother and my grandfather were siblings. I am hoping to connect with her, if we can work it out.  Again, my thanks for the wonderful information you provided.”

- Karen (Wisconsin)