Norwegian American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library

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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. For more information on the NAGC & NL collections of resources, please contact Jerry Paulson at (608) 255-2224 or via E-mail at

Some of the more widely used collections include:

• 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

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

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

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-American Church records

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

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)

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

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.

Transcripts of more than 1,200 Norwegian-American cemeteries

Over 320,000 names indexed by first and last name

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