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Formed: 1 January 2000

Headquarters: Atlanta (Marietta), Georgia

Major Collections: Bangor Punta, Epicurean, Immigration, Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, Library, Military, Ocean Travel, Vintage Fashions, and The Works Progress Administration (WPA).

Owner/Archivist: Paul K. GJENVICK, MAS

Director: Evelyne B. GJENVICK (2018-)

The GG Archives is a large, privately held, archives of genealogy, military, and other ephemera dating from the mid 1800s through 2000. The site contains over 6,000 pages and 25,000 images in 12 topical areas.


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 papers, and much more.

The founder of the Archives, Paul Gjenvick, originally named the archives "The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Family History Center" and included the family history of the Gjenvick's in the United States and the Gjønvik's in Scandinavia. Gjenvick is the original but incorrect translation of Gjønvik - a unique Norwegian name that first appeared in the late 1800s.

In 2003, the name was shortened to the "Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives" to represent the family that started the archives. The family history section about the Gjenvick-Gjønvik family was removed that same year and had since been undergoing additional research.

Watch for the relaunch of the once-popular Gjenvick-Gjønvik Family History section relaunch scheduled for the latter part of 2020.


The collections of the GG Archives can generally be categorized in 12 sections: Arts & Entertainment, Biography, Bangor Punta, Epicurean, FAQs, Immigration, Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, Library, Military, Ocean Travel, Vintage Fashions, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

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

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 books 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.

Paul Gjenvick, GG Archives Archivist, Scanning Documents in 2013.

Paul Gjenvick, GG Archives Archivist, Scanning Documents in 2013.


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.

Paul's wife, Evelyne, is the newest staff member, joining the GG Archives in 2018 as the director of operations and content researcher/editor.

Paul K. Gjenvick Diplomas

Top: Paul Gjenvick Graduates with honors from Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Bottom: Gjenvick graduates from Clayton State University with a Masters of Archival Studies.

GG Archives in the News

"Net Notes" - Internet Genealogy December/January 1918

"Net Notes" - December/January 2018

Internet Genealogy looks at websites and related news that are sure to be of interest. In this issue, Diane L. Richard looks at Founders Online and the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives websites.

Read the article in Internet Genealogy, Vol. 12, No. 5, Decenber/January 2018, p. 50.

Diplomatic History, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 2019

Commercial Travel and College Culture: The 1920s Transatlantic Student Market and the Foundations of Mass Tourism - January 2019

Author Tamson Pietsch discusses the Student Third Class Association (STCA) in 1920s transatlantic travel by college students featuring information from the GG Archives.

Read the article in Diplomatic History, Volume 43, Issue 1, January 2019, Pages 83–106,

Our Ancestors at Sea by Sue Lisk in Internet Genealogy, Oct 2019.

"Our Ancestors at Sea" - October/November 2019

Sue Lisk offers a selection of four websites, including the GG Archives, to help illuminate the maritime travels of immigrant ancestors.

Read the article in Internet Genealogy, Vol. 14, No. 4, October/November 2019, pp. 42-45.

Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives' Page on Wikipedia

Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives' Page on Wikipedia
The Gjenvick–Gjønvik Archives is a large, privately-held archive of genealogy, military, and other ephemera dating from the mid-1800s through 2000. GGA Image ID # 159363636f

Other References On or About the GG Archives

  • "Finding Arrival Records Online." National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  • "How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors." National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. One of the largest collections of historical documents from the 1800s through 1954 with concentrations in Steamship and Ocean Liner documents and photographs, Passenger Lists, U.S. Navy Archives and additional materials covering World Wars I and II, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and Immigration documents from Ellis Island, Castle Garden and other Immigration Stations. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  • Richard, Diane L. "Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – Some Great Resources for Those Researching Immigrant Ancestors." Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives – Some Great Resources for Those Researching Immigrant Ancestors, National Genealogical Society, 8 Aug. 2017, Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  • David A. Fryxell "How to: Your Research Ancestor's Work for the WPA [sic]," Family Tree Magazine, December 2015. Retrieved 2020-05-25. (Requires Premium Membership to view online)
  • Casteel, T. "The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives - Steamship Tickets." The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives - Steamship Tickets, Tangled Trees Genealogy, Oct. 2010, Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  • "GG Archives (Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives) An Amazing Resource On-Line For Genealogists And Historians." Ancestry Worship Genealogy, 16 May 2015, Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  • Jacqueline Sergent, "Primary & Secondary Sources - What's the Difference?" Teacher and Student Resources and Evaluation of Resources - The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives: Two document evaluations covering Influence, Characteristics, Accessibility, and Overall Rating. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  • "Immigrant Articles at Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives." Herding Cats Genealogy, 26 Oct. 2019, Retrieved 2020-05-24.
  • "Immigration Studies: Primary Source Materials – Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives." Logue Library, Chestnut Hill College, Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • "Immigration Information – Passenger Lists – Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives." San Francisco Public Library, 1 Apr. 2017, Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • Mooney, Tom. "Out on a Limb: Great Time to Be Genealogist with New Materials Available." Times Leader, 2 Oct. 2017, Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • Cohen, Christine. "President's Pen." Whittier Area Genealogical Society, 20 May 2018, Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • Mimi Boelter. "Voyage of Hope, Voyage of Tears." Spring 2017 Grade 7 English Language Arts Test – A next Generation Assessment, Massachusetts Department of Education, 2017, Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • DMOZ Tools. "Kids and Teens: School Time: Social Studies: History: By Region: North America: United States." [Website]. The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives [Kids/Teens/Mature Teens] Provides information and documents about steamships, including brochures, passenger lists, and immigration documents. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  • "Resources on Michigan." Bernheimer's International Society. Gjenvick–Gjønvik Archives—A private historical archive, the GG Archives' website has extensive collections of ephemera—articles, photographs, and brochures—on "immigration, military, and ocean travel, as well as fashions and the epicurean life style of past eras." Their mission is to preserve social and cultural history from the 1870s–1950s. For example, learn about housekeeping on board a steamship in this article from 1899. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  • EmilyAnn Frances, "46a-D'Agosto Family – Giuseppe comes to America: Exemptions from Serving in the US Military During WWI." Retrieved 2020-05-26.

Other Wikipedia References

GG Archives Promotion in the UK (2015)


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