| Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library
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- 415 West Main Street
- Madison, WI 53703-3116
Hours and holidays: 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.
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- 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 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.
- 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 www.nagcnl.org. This database includes Union soldier profiles, history, images and more for the heroic "Scandinavian Regiment".
- NAGC members are welcome to visit Naeseth Library free of charge. Non-members will be asked to pay the $15.00 daily user fee.
- Please call ahead to make an appointment, if you will need staff assistance.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN, premier periodical collection, including Midwestern genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.
- 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.
- 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, Ancestry.com, HeritageQuest, Fold3.
- Vesterheim National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center, Decorah, IA, photos, history, immigration history, and art.
- Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Rock Island, IL, Swedish church records, census, passenger lists, lodges, newspapers, directories.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
- Dane County Clerk, Madison, marriage licenses.
- Dane County Clerk of Courts, Madison, probate records.
- Dane County Recorder, Madison, birth, marriage, death, and deed records.
- Dane County Medical Examiner, Madison, suspicious deaths.
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, Madison, recent civil, criminal, or bankruptcy cases.
- Dane County Historical Society, Madison, books, periodicals, maps, photos, diaries, scrapbooks.
- Dane County Area Genealogical Society, Madison, newsletter and speakers.
- Madison Public Library genealogy resources.
- Norwegian Heritage Center, Stoughton, WI, the story of Norwegian migration 1825-1910.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library, a very large manuscript collection with many historical documents.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Columbia, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock, and Sauk.
- Brown County Central Library, Green Bay, WI, a very large genealogy section with a good range of materials such as local histories, county histories, newspapers, obituaries, and family folders.
- Milwaukee County Historical Society, a huge manuscript collection, Civil War, church records, obituaries, biographical news clippings, naturalization indexes, censuses, court and probate records, and coroners' inquests, specializing in German immigrant families.
- Racine Heritage Museum Research Center, a very good genealogy collection. Includes cemeteries, federal and territorial censuses, city directories, photos, maps, manuscripts, marriage card file 1838-1879, military records, naturalizations 1838-1906, obituaries and newspapers.
- Wisconsin Vital Records Services, Madison, birth, marriage, divorce, and death records.
- Area Research Center Network 14 locations statewide. The records created by county offices for that region are housed at the Area Research Center, as are non-governmental manuscript collections of regional interest.
- Wisconsin State Genealogical Society, Madison, WI, webinars, conferences, and publications.
- United Methodist Church Wisconsin Conference Archives, Sun Prairie, WI, minutes, Books of Disciplines, hymnals, periodicals, tracts, local church records, Methodist histories.
- Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee Archives pre-1920 baptismal, marriage, death, cemetery, orphanage, and adoption records.
- Concordia Historical Institute (LCMS), St. Louis, MO, Lutheran (MO Synod) parish records, leaders.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives, Elk Grove Village, IL, parish records and leaders.
- Repositories in surrounding states (or provinces): Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, and in Canada: Ontario.
|Links to Wisconsin-related articles|
National Archives at Chicago · Wisconsin Historical Society ·
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society ·
Wisconsin State Old Cemetery Society · Area Research Centers: 1. Wisconsin Historical Society, 2. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, 3. University of Wisconsin-Platteville, 4. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5. University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 6. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 7. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 8. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 9. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 10. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 11. University of Wisconsin-Stout, 12. University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 13. Superior Public Library, 14. Northern Great Lake Center ·
Beloit Public Library ·
Brown County Library ·
Kenosha Public Library ·
Milwaukee County Historical Society ·
Milwaukee Public Library · Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library ·
Oshkosh Public Library ·
Racine Heritage Museum Research Center ·
University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library · Allen County Public Library · Newberry Library