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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.

New 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
Waunakee, Wisconsin
Robert M. Fossum
Chetek, Wisconsin
C. Marvin Lang
Vice Chairman
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Scott R. Johnson
Madison, Wisconsin
David Johansen
Iowa City, Iowa
Anne V. Lindblom
Verona, Wisconsin
Ken Larson
Batavia, Illinois
JoAnn Peterson Six
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
Lowell Olberg
Chairman Emeritus
Wheaton, Illinois
Ellen Smithback
Stoughton, Wisconsin
Paul M. Berge
Middleton, Wisconsin
John W. Thompson
Madison, Wisconsin

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“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)

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