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.

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“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)

“Dear Carol, Thanks so much for the Digital Archives website, and the directions on how to use it. I'm looking forward to exploring! And thank you for spending time with us (at Nordic Fest). We really enjoyed talking to you. Maybe someday we will get to Madison to explore your library. ”

- Kae (Minnesota)

“Dear Solveig, Thank you so much for the detailed information you sent me regarding my grandmother's family. I shared it with my father. He was very happy to receive it. I look forward to returning to the Center to continue my research”

- Liz (Illinois)

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

- Elizabeth (Illinois)

“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)