Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library

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Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Contact Us form


415 West Main Street
Madison, WI 53703-3116

Telephone:[1]  608-255-2224
Fax:  608-255-6842

Hours and holidays:[2]  Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed:  Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Map, directions, and public transportation:[2]

Internet sites:

  • NAGC&NL Home research, databases, hire an expert, classes and events, e-store, support, membership, about, and contact us.
  • NAGC&NL Online catalog by keywords, title, subject, creator, or call number.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

Collection includes thousands of genealogical books, microfilms, and resources relating to Norwegian and Norwegian-American genealogical research. This includes Norwegians in the following United States federal censuses:

  • 1850 CA GA IL IA LA MI MS NY RI TX UT and WI
  • 1860 AL AR CA CO CT, Dakota Territory, DC, FL GA IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MI MN MS MO NE, NY (in progress), RI TX UT and WI
  • 1870 WI (counties A-D)
  • 1880 Dakota Territory, IL IA KS MI MN NE NV NH NJ NM TX and WI

Also cemeteries (320,000 names in 1,200 cemeteries), passenger arrival lists for New York 1830-1856, 1872, 1876, 1880, 1884, 1886, 1892, Philadelphia 1878-1879, and Quebec 1865-1873, North American church records 1840-1900, Norwegian immigrants card index 1820-1850, obituaries (200,000), printed family histories, maps, Norwegian church records, Norwegian censuses 1801, 1865, 1875, and 1900, Norwegian probate records, 1000 bygdebøker (farm histories), Bergen emigrants 1874-1924, Oslo emigrants 1867-1966, Kristiansand emigrants 1873-1927, Trondheim emigrants 1867-1925, and Kristiansund emigrants 1882-1959.[3]

  • Databases (online for Supporter level members only): births in Norwegian American church records pre-1901, Norwegian American cemeteries, Norwegian emigrants 1825-1860, Norwegian American marriages, Norwegian Americans in U.S. federal censuses 1850, 1860, and 1880, and a Montana database of Norwegian Lutheran church records, and marriages.
  • The definitive records for WISCONSIN'S 15TH REGIMENT IN THE CIVIL WAR is a free online database for all visitors to This database includes Union soldier profiles, history, images and more for the heroic "Scandinavian Regiment".

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • NAGC members are welcome to visit Naeseth Library free of charge. Non-members will be asked to pay the $15.00 daily user fee.[2]
  • Please call ahead to make an appointment, if you will need staff assistance.[2]

Guides[edit | edit source]

  • Carol A Culbertson, and Jerry Paulson, A Research Guide for Norwegian Genealogy : for Beginning and Experienced Genealogists, 6th ed. rev. and expanded (Madison WI: NAGC&NL, 2013) WorldCat 861704583; FHL 948.1 D27ar is available for sale on the NAGC&NL website, or call 608-255-2224 for ordering information.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, best manuscript collection in Wisconsin, including censuses, tax, and land records. They hold the famed Draper Manuscript Collection of pioneer history, and the Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society collection.[4]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[5]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[6]
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Wisconsin and Midwest U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[7]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Contact Us in Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (accessed 20 November 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Hours & Location in Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (accessed 20 November 2015).
  3. Available Research Tools in Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (accessed 20 November 2015).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 119. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  5. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  6. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  7. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  8. Collections in Vesterheim: the National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center (accessed 20 October 2015).
  9. Genealogy in Augustana College (accessed 30 March 2015).
  10. Otto Schroeder Records Center in Dane County Historical Society (accessed 21 October 2015).
  11. Research Center in Racine Heritage Museum (accessed 20 October 2015).
  12. Area Research Centers in Wisconsin Historical Society (accessed 21 October 2015).
  13. The Archives in Wisconsin Conference United Methodist Church (accessed 21 October 2015).
  14. Genealogical Resources and Information in Archdiocese of Milwaukee (accessed 21 October 2015).
  15. Archives and Manuscripts Collections in Concordia Historical Institute (accessed 21 October 2015).
  16. Archives in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (accessed 21 October 2015).