"We are one of several branches of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS)"

News Flash!

N-AGA will be scheduling members to volunteer in the MGS Library on the fourth Saturday of each month starting September 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Arriving during these hours you can obtain expert help in tracking your Norwegian ancestors. Click on the link above for more information regarding the MGS Library location and hours.

Our mission is to:





Our "mission" working together to provide
members with needed resources

Whether you live in Norway, the United States, or any other place in the world, we all share a common bond - an interest in learning more about our Norwegian ancestors. We can help each other solve the mysteries of the past and locate new family members in the present by exchanging information here and at N-AGA meetings.



Beginning of the Norwegian-American
Genealogical Association

N-AGA was formed by the Minnesota Genealogical Society members. Initially Al Dahlquist gathered a group of Scandinavians together who were members interested in the five Nordic countries. This group was called the Scandinavian American Genealogy Society (SAGS). This organization was a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society. Sub groups of SAGS were a Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish Genealogy Group. We met for a number of years together and separately. Gradually each group had a meeting place, access to a newsletter and set meeting times for the year. As a result SAGS was dissolved and each group established their own relationship with the Minnesota Genealogy Society.

Our Mission statement above says what N-AGA is all about. Meetings provide members an opportunity to discuss individual concerns, learn techniques for locating unique resources, share interesting genealogical and cultural information and have a outstanding Norwegian resource experience.



Members join for many reasons

Membership gives you access to the MGS library, a great value in itself. I joined because I could work with some of Minnesota's best and most outstanding Norwegian genealogists. Some members like being officers in the organization and enjoy the volunteer work and leadership positions. At meetings we have great guest speakers and share information and new ideas. We often set up booths and seminars a couple times a year such as at Norway Day, Minnehaha Park in July. It's great fun to meet other Norwegian-Americans and help them with genealogy questions. Would you like to help with the library? Members help families answer questions and locate family ties and to assist with their research. Join us to find help, to share and to discuss genealogical problems and successes.




Membership in the Norwegian-American Genealogical Association is open to any person interested in tracing Norwegian family history. The N-AGA membership year runs from March 1st to February 28th. Benefits of membership include monthly meetings (great speakers), four issues of the Avisen newsletter and use of the MGS Library, help from other members of N-AGA with your genealogy and you get to help others with their genealogy. N-AGA is a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society (MGS). The N-AGA library is housed in a designated section of the MGS Library. New members joining late in the calendar year receive the remainder of the fiscal year without cost and the membership is extended until February of the subsequent year. New members who join a little after March 1st receive copies of the Avisen Newsletter that they otherwise have missed in earlier months of that year. If you are interested in becoming a member of N-AGA, or simply subscribing to our newsletter, you may download our PDF application fill it out and mail it in. Adobe Reader is required in order to view and print the application.

If you are not sure yet and/or have questions, please send a message to the address below.



Research - our Norwegian Collection

N-AGA assists members with family history research. We actively collect and reference materials for the Norwegian collection stored at the MGS Genealogy Library, 1185 Concord Street North, Suite 218, South St. Paul, Minnesota. The Norwegian collection has may history finding aids, maps, bygdeboker (community histories), Norwegian passenger lists, Rowberg obituary file, Norwegian genealogical periodicals and family histories. If you own Norwegian genealogical materials, please consider donating at any time to our library. The MGS library staff will help you with any questions.

Have you ever considered contributing some financial help in your will to help purchase bygdeboker for the library from the many Norway Fylkes thus helping future generations?


The MGS Library and Research Center

The MGS Library is conveniently located in South St. Paul 1185 Concord Street North. Suite 218, South St. Paul, MN, 55075-1150 (651-455-9057) with free parking compared to visiting the U of M collection or driving to the Saint Olaf library or the Madison Wisconsin collections. Copy services available at the MGS library and open very convenient hours-but call them first (651-455-9057). As a N-AGA member you have use of the MGS Library when ever they are open. You will often find some of our members doing research.



Monthly Meetings last Wednesday of most months
Plus Special Saturday events

Meetings provide members the opportunity to discuss individual concerns, learn techniques for locating unique resources and share interesting genealogical and cultural information. Share and learn with us on the last Wednesday of most months. Our web site will keep you informed on any changes or special events. Most members come a little early (6 PM) and often do research. Monthly meetings start at 7 PM ending around 7:45 for some research time or sharing information and sometimes special treats. Any saturday events will often be from 9 AM to Noon and sometimes till 3 PM.



Quarterly Publication - the "Avisen"

As a member you receive our newsletter, The "Avisen", which means "the newspaper" with the -en on the end published quarterly with information about Norwegian and Norwegian American family history research. The newsletter publishes your research success stories, immigrant stories, program calendar, announcements of special events, research trips, bygdelag (log) and other related programs, web tips and occasional book reviews. It is possible to subscribe only to the Avisen with no membership privileges.

For more information about the Norwegian-American Genealogical Association, you may contact: President, Sharon Arends, mnmax424@msn.com or our past President, Robert O'Neil irviking@comcast.net - (651) 770-8881, or Membership Betty Strand bettystrand@comcast.net - (763) 571-1831

How to Reach Us

MGS Library Telephone 651.455.9057

Mailing Address

c/o MGS
1185 Concord Street North, Suite 218
South St. Paul, MN 55075-1150

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