Tracing our Norwegian roots (April 2008)

April18 and April 19, 2008


Our April 18th program was on tracing our  Norwegian roots. Blaine Hedberg is the Executive Director of the Norwegian-American Genealogical Research Center and Naeseth Library in Madison, Wisconsin.

Blaine had spoken to the lodge on two prior occasions and brings a wealth of knowledge. He will discuss the many genealogical resources available at the Center and will present examples of how they may be used to locate information on Norwegian ancestors.

Our April 19 program was an informal workshop in our Cultural Center where Blaine provided help with individual genealogy questions. The library will be open that morning and members has access to resources such as Ancestry.com.

About Blaine Hedberg

Blaine Hedberg is the Executive Director of the Norwegian-American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library in Madison, Wisconsin. This organization is America’s foremost institution dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the sources for Norwegian, and Norwegian-American genealogical research. Beginning January 2007, following a nearly 33-year association with the Vesterheim Museum , the genealogy center became a completely independent organization.

Director Hedberg’s connection to the work of the Center dates from 1982, when he volunteered to help the director, Gerhard Naeseth. He began officially working for the Center in 1983. In the succeeding years, Hedberg has served as assistant,  researcher, tour leader, lecturer, teacher, and editor, as well as the Center’s director from 1994-2001.

In 2001, Hedberg became the first Fellow to hold the Gerhard B. Naeseth Chair for Genealogical Research and Publication, carrying forward the work of completing Naeseth’s immigrant histories. He continues in this role as well as his position of Executive Director.

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