I am Blaine Hedberg and I live in Westby, Wisconsin. In addition to client research, I volunteer at the Westby Area Historical Society Museum and Archives as an archivist.
I worked professionally for more than thirty years as a genealogical researcher in Madison, Wisconsin, and my specialty was identifying Norwegian immigration patterns of those emigrating from Norway from 1825-1860. I was the editor of the series Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, 1825-1850, and am now working on identifying those emigrants from Norway arriving in the years 1851-1860. I am also working on a biographical directory of the earliest Norwegian settlers in Union County, Dakota Territory (South Dakota). I am serving as Treasurer of the Coon Prairie Cemetery Association, a local Norwegian-American cemetery with many burials of early Norwegian emigrants. I also volunteer at Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center in Coon Valley, Wisconsin, helping to catalog their extensive Norwegian genealogy library collection. I also serve as Secretary for the Sons of Norway Foundation Board of Governors, and I serve as Treasurer of the Norwegian-American Historical Association in Northfield, Minnesota.
I have a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, 1825-1850 – editor & author, five volumes
Editor & consultant for Liv Marit Haakenstad:
- A Taste of Norwegian Ancestry, published 2013 [Amazon Kindle edition]
- From Norway: A few emigrants from Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag, published 2014 [Amazon Kindle edition]
- Slektsgranskerens guide til utvandringen 1825–1930, [A Genelogists guide to emigration 1825-1930], published 2013
- På sporet av familien, [Trace your Family History], published 2015
I enjoy transcribing early 19th century Norwegian-American church records. Our team is looking forward to working with you.