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Research and Translation Services

The research staff has among them a depth of experience, making it possible to answer requests and conduct research in the most time-efficient way. Translation services (in both Bokmål and Nynorsk) for handwritten letters, legal documents, manuscripts, and printed articles are available. Depending on legibility of the original document, translation of Gothic script is also available.

NAGC & NL members and non-members are welcome to browse and conduct family research at the Naeseth Library during regular business hours. Our staff is highly trained and has extensive experience in finding what you are looking for.

Fee-based research assistance is available for those working in the Library and also for those who are unable to travel to Madison, Wisconsin.

Our Research & Translation Staff


Jerry has been a part of the NAGC staff since he retired from his career with the University Hospitals in 2000. Doing genealogical research for over forty years, Jerry had an opportunity to work as a volunteer with Gerhard Naeseth in the early 1990’s, helping create one of the first computer databases for Norwegian-American genealogy. Jerry offered genealogical instruction for over 25 years at Madison Area Technical College for adult continuing education and lead classes at our Center, as well as a multitude of seminars for community groups, lag and stevne meetings. For over a decade, Jerry has been accompanying groups of researchers to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.




Chris Klauer has been researching her family since middle school when she was assigned a project.  This little assignment has led her to visit many states, court houses, libraries, Historical Societies, archives and cemeteries.  She has a BS in Education from the University of Whitewater and a BA from Ashford University.  She worked as the Administrative Assistant for the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society (WSGS) assisting members and chairing the conferences that they hold every year.  Chris compiled the Legacy QuickGuide™ for Wisconsin and also co-compiled Wisconsin Its Counties, Townships & Villages for WSGS.  When she is not working on her family research, she enjoys camping, watching history shows and spending time with her husband and her four children.




Born in Norway and still fluent in her mother tongue, Solveig is our senior translator of both Nynorsk and Bokmål. Her translation work often includes handwritten family letters, manuscripts, printed books, and documents (which are often in hard-to-decipher Gothic script). Solveig celebrated her 20th anniversary as a member of the NAGC staff in 2022!




Arthur is a UW-Madison graduate with a degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. He recently retired from the State of Wisconsin’s Food Safety Division as a Technical Specialist. He has over fifty years of genealogy experience. He remains in close contact with his family in Norway and has traveled there many times since his first visit in 1973. He has one daughter, a son-in-law, and three grandchildren.






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