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Research Tools In The Naeseth Library

The Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library collection includes thousands of genealogical books, microfilms, and resources relating to Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogical research. NAGC members are welcome to visit and work in the Library at no charge. Non-members will be charged a $15 Daily User Fee. For more information on NAGC’s collection of resources, please contact Jerry Paulson at (608) 255-2224 or via E-mail at gpaulson@nagcnl.org

Some of the more widely used collections include:

U.S. Norwegian-American Transcripts

Transcripts of the Norwegians in the following U.S. Census Records:

  • 1850 California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin
  • 1860 Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Dakota Territory, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York (in progress); Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin.
  • 1870 Wisconsin (Counties A-D)
  • 1880 Dakota Territory, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin

Cemetery transcripts

  • Transcripts of more than 1,200 Norwegian-American cemeteries (over 320,000 names), indexed by first and last name

Passenger Lists

Handwritten transcripts and microfilm of Norwegians on ship passenger lists:

  • New York 1830-1856, 1872, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1886, 1892
  • Philadelphia 1878-1879
  • Quebec 1865-1873

Norwegian-American Church records

Handwritten and typed transcripts of Norwegian-American Church records, 1840-1900 Over 900 reels of microfilmed Norwegian-American church records

Card Indexes

  • 1860 Iowa, Minnesota Census records (arranged by first name)
  • Iowa, Minnesota, Texas, Washington Census records (arranged by first name)
  • Index by first name for the first 20,000 Norwegian immigrants, 1825-1850

Obituary Collection

  • Over 200,000 Norwegian-American related obituaries and clippings

Family Histories

  • Over 5,000 printed Norwegian and Norwegian-American family histories

Map Collection

  • A collection of 727 Norwegian topographic maps detailing farms and churches covering all of Norway

Norwegian Genealogical Resources

  • Over 4,000 reels of microfilmed Norwegian church records
  • 200 reels of microfilmed Norwegian 1865, 1875 & 1900 census records
  • Microfiche of the 1801 census for Norway
  • Norwegian probate records
  • Over 1,000 Norwegian bygdebøker (farm histories)

Emigration Lists

  • Microfiche of the Bergen emigrant records, 1874-1924
  • Microfilm of the Oslo emigrant records, 1867-1966
  • Microfilm of the Kristiansand emigrant records, 1873-1927
  • Microfilm of the Trondheim emigrant records, 1867-1925
  • Microfilm of the Kristiansund emigrant records, 1882-1959

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“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)

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