Norwegian-American Genealogical Association



The MGS Library Collection

The Benefits of the MGS Library

The MGS Library is an Ancestry and Family Search Affiliate. Members can access all the resources of Ancestry and Family Search from the MGS Library computers. Use of the MGS Library is free to all MGS and N-AGA members. Non-members are asked to pay $10 per day to use the library.

Until further notice, the Hoffman Research Library is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. Members of MGS, its branches, and its library partners may reserve time slots at the Hoffman Research Library reservation signup page.

Members may receive assistance with Norwegian research, in person or by email.

  • In person an hour prior to membership meetings. Membership meetings are generally held the last Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the library. Please check the events calendar.
  • Via email to research@norwegianamerican.org for an email response or to set up a meeting with a N-AGA researcher. 

How to Search the MGS Library Catalog

We have produced two guides to help you with catalog searches.


Tips for Using the MGS Catalog

How to Search the MGS Library Catalog


The N-AGA Library Collection

    Genealogy books are alphabetical by fylke: bygdeb√łker, lag publications, emigration records. This is the largest part of our collection.

    Maps are in the map drawers close to the book shelves. 

    Census & Emigration microfilm & fiche

    Using the Catalog with Norwegian characters

    The Rowberg File

    Searching for Farm Names


    • GENEAL is the call number for Norwegian dictionaries, Stedsfortegnelse and genealogy publications including binders with articles on research and culture.
    • N-AM is the section for Norwegian-American publications. Topics include immigration history, settlement history, church booklets.
    • NORGE includes resources in and about Norway: culture, emigration, history, religion. 
    • Family Histories are cataloged in the Family History section of the library.

      All materials in the library are available to N-AGA members. The online catalog for MGS contains all items in the library, including N-AGA’s collection. The MGS collection contains a section on Norway also. Their call numbers show “NOR.”

      Research Forms 
      Family Group Sheet (form), children #1-8
      Family Group Sheet page 2 for children #9-15
      Ancestor Chart (also called a Pedigree Chart) includes five generations



      Norwegian-American Genealogical Association

      1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100

      Mendota Heights, MN 55120

      N-AGA is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.




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