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Launched on January 1, 2000, the GG Archives offers access to more than 20,000 documents and photographs, including passenger lists, original immigrant passage contracts, steamship brochures, immigration-related documents and much more.

The GG Archives is the work and passion of one person, Paul K. Gjenvick, a professional archivist. Paul earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Minnesota State University and a Masters of Archival Studies from Clayton State University in Georgia where he studied under renowned archivist Richard Pearce-Moses.

Our Collection Emphasis

Our emphasis is also our greatest strength -- to provide access to the public of our vast collection of historical ephemera that otherwise might be impossible or unlikely to be found elsewhere on the internet. The site contains superb examples of many documents used by immigrants and the steamship lines that can be extremely useful for the family or professional genealogist in recording family history or determining the origin of the material you have in your possession.

Historical Ephemera

Historical ephemera is often expensive to collect and even more costly to preserve and digitize. It would be relatively easy to close our collections to the public and make it a subscription-based site like Ancestry.com.  However, we believe making our collection available to everyone who has access to the internet is preferable.  The generosity of those who believe in our organization and limited advertising allows us to continue serving the patrons of the GG Archives.

Just A Sampling

Finding items from the exact voyage your ancestors traveled on is very unlikely, but not impossible. We recommend augmenting your family book with information and illustrations/photographs of related material. Ultimately, this will likely make your Family History Book more enjoyable to read by supplying context to your research.

Military Sections

Our Military section focuses on the U.S. Navy and has many of the Naval Training Center graduation or yearbooks, popular with the men who served their country during WWII through the year 2000. We also have a substantial number of periodicals published by the Navy or about the Navy that is quite useful for research.

Something For Authors

Authors of maritime-based books or stories often find our materials to be quite valuable from naming of their characters based on various class passenger lists for the period to gleaming information from brochures and articles to understand the environment in which their characters existed.

Finding A Gem

Explore sections of interest to you and discover many gems that may help you understand the life, conditions, social and cultural history experienced by your ancestors. The Norwegian-American heritage of this sites' founder drives the guiding principles of this information-rich website. Learn. Enjoy. Support.

The Future

My dream is to one day, make the GG Archives my full-time endeavor. I love working on the GG Archives, and nothing would please me more than to make this my full-time job. So far, this site has been largely a labor of love. I'm looking forward to retiring in the next few years to work full-time on the GG Archives. Until then, please bear with me as I continue to do this on a part-time basis (devoting as much time to it as my wife will allow). In case you're wondering, my other job is at the Southern Museum in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Paul Gjenvick, Marketing Specialist and Webmaster at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, 2017-10-20. Photo by Winston.

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