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Founder & Current Leadership

Gerhard NaesethProfessor GERHARD B. NAESETH

The core of the Genealogical Center research collection was assembled by Gerhard B. Naeseth (1913-1994), who was internationally renowned in the field of Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy and immigration.

A former University of Wisconsin professor, Naeseth served as associate director for the libraries of the University of Wisconsin from 1948-1978. During his tenure at the University of Wisconsin, he helped build one of the largest collections of Norwegian local & genealogical history in the United States.

Following his retirement, he administered the Genealogical Center, beginning in his home and later in the present quarters. In 1990, the genealogical research library was named in his honor. In 1993, he completed and published volume one of his massive research, “Norwegian Immigrants to the United States: A Biographical Guide, 1825-1850.”

In 2001, the Genealogical Center established the Gerhard B. Naeseth Chair for Genealogical Research and Publication as a tribute to his lifetime accomplishments in the field of Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogy.

Board Chairman Paul Larson (left) thanks former Board Chairman Lowell Olberg for his years of service to NAGC. December 2017

Board of Directors

Paul Larson
Chairman
Waunakee, Wisconsin
Scott R. Johnson
Madison, Wisconsin
Anne V. Lindblom
Vice Chairman
Verona, Wisconsin
Ann Leon
Madison, Wisconsin
John W. Thompson
Treasurer
Madison, Wisconsin
Christine Milligan-Ciha
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Ken Larson
Secretary
Batavia, Illinois
Peder Moren
Madison, Wisconsin
Lowell Olberg
Chairman Emeritus
Wheaton, Illinois
Ellen Smithback
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Paul M. Berge
Middleton, Wisconsin
Gary Smithback
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Robert M. Fossum
Chetek, Wisconsin

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Testimonials

“Dear Ms. Culbertson, I received your letter containing information about my great-grandfather last night. I retired about 2 years ago (which is when I got deeper in my family history) but returned to work about 4 months ago when my replacement left unexpectedly. Your letter arrived on the day I "re-retired" and gave me great pleasure. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you and let you know how much of a difference you make for those of us who simply want to find out more about our family history. In my case, nobody in the family wanted to say much about my great-grandfather, so your research gave me information I couldn't have found anywhere else. My plan is to build a written (and electronic) family history that I can pass on to my two sons. Again, thank you for your time, talents and hard work in finding information about Johannes.”

- Mark (Minnesota)

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