“Dear Jerry and Solveig, I can’t thank you both enough for the research, the map and the advice. As a result of your hard work, I have changed our itinerary to visit the island of Sjemaroy for the day. This involved herculean efforts on the part of our patient travel agent. Her new name is Bless-her-heart. I will let you know what we find when we get there and will take some photos! I think my husband will be overwhelmed being in a place where his name is so common. Thank you for giving history and depth to people’s lives.”
- Wendy (California)
“Dear Jerry, I want to thank you personally, as well as the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society on campus for your collaborative assistance in helping me trace my family history. I also write you today to share the exceptional outcome of my recent trip to Norway. My daughter had the privilege of singing with the Eau Claire Alumni Choir at Normandy on July 4 commemorating the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, and in Paris at Church of the Madeleine with 13 other choirs from around America on July 8, 2019. We decided to go see their performances. When we travel that far away from home we enjoy staying for at least 2 weeks, so we added on another week and chose to add time in Norway. And that's what brought me to you in the first place. This trip sparked an interest in seeking more information about my ancestral history. Knowing that we would be going to Norway made me eager to learn more about my heritage. Prior to that I was only able to piece together parts of our family history on my Mom's side of the family. She is 100% Norwegian, and with your help, I learned that her Dad's side of the family arrived in America in the 1880's. Her grandma Foss had a fire in her home so all of the records from that side were lost. Her Mom's side of the family (Rolstad) settled in Wisconsin in the 1860's. Beyond that I knew a few names, but the rest of the records were spotty. Your efforts were helpful in figuring out a solid four generations back on both sides of my mom's family. You also figured out a few of my ancestors in the fifth generation back.”
- Cindy (Arizona)
“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)
“Dear Carol, I was so pleased to receive the Hamre family information. Now I almost feel more Norwegian than Swiss! Thank you so much for your help.”
- Eileen (Minnesota)
“Thank you very much for your great work! Enclosed please find my (research) payment, plus an additional donation.”
- Mark (Washington)
“Jerry, I was over-joyed to receive your letter and research last week providing more important details about my Grandmother Marie Gronlund Brower’s Norwegian heritage! I was almost in tears opening the envelope and you did not disappoint! We have sent our check for your valuable research time.”
- Patricia (North Carolina)
“I want to thank Carol Culbertson her research on John Olson. I do believe she found the correct person in the area in Pennsylvania where he appears to have resided.”
- Janet (Maryland)
“Your service is just what I have wanted for many years! Thank you so very much! Hoping to visit with you in person some day!”
- Carol (Illinois)
“Good Morning Solveig, Your translation is terrific! I've had this Dannevig history volume for over 30 years, and now I have my first look into the contents....Your translation flows nicely from paragraph to paragraph. Very readable. I also like your attention to the details, like including the little stars between sections. Cheers!”
- John (Virginia)
“Thanks to you all for such quick service. I may make another personal trip (to NAGC) this spring.”
- Vicky (Iowa)
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