GG Archives Press Kit
The Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives
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Formed: 1 January 2000
Headquarters: Atlanta (Marietta), Georgia
Major Collections: Ocean Travel, Immigration, Military, Vintage Fashions, Epicurean, WPA, Library, and Bangor Punta.
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 5,000 pages and 20,000 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 documents and much more.
Since 2000, the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives or GG Archives has helped genealogists, historians and researchers, worldwide, provide a more complete social and cultural context of their family history, or historical research. Students from the third grade through college have utilized the GG Archives as a primary source in social studies and history classes.
For over years, the GG Archives has provided images and information to researchers, production companies, and other organizations, worldwide. Production companies have utilized our photographs in movies, student film projects and television programs like “Treasure Quest – The Silver Queen” a production of the Discovery Channel about the SS Laconia (1911) of the Cunard Line.
Discover more about what your ancestors experienced in the time they lived by exploring the many collections of the GG Archives. Start exploring the GG Archives today! Enrich your life and your family history.
Our extensive collections of articles, brochures, historical documents, and books represent one of the largest private collections online available free to the public. The GG Archives has earned numerous awards since its founding in 2000 by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, its archivist, and curator.
The collections of the GG Archives can generally be categorized in 12 sections: Arts & Entertainment, Biography, Bangor Punta, Epicurean, FAQs, Immigration, Influenza Pandemic 1918-1919, Library, Military, Ocean Travel, Vintage Fashions, WPA, and a Gift Shop.
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.
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. She previously served as a Licensed Customs Broker at Georgia-Pacific. She immigrated to the United States from France during the 1980s, and is fluent in English, French, Vietnamese and Italian.
GG Archives in the News
"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.
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, https://doi.org/10.1093/dh/dhy059
"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.
GG Archives Publications
Immigration through Primary and Other Sources
Genealogist, Family Historians, Teachers, and Students: Download our Digital Learning Book by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives. A ready reference you can use to prepare student exercises and learn more about the role ephemera in our immigration history.
The White Star liner Titanic, the largest ship ever built, bound from Liverpool for New York, collided with an iceberg, four hundred miles off the shore of Newfoundland, on the night of April 14th, and about four hours later sank in water two miles deep.
Download our PDF Book Revisiting the RMS Titanic for a summary of the materials available at the GG Archives.
Journey Through The Covers, Volume One
Published: ©2015 by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives.
Edited and Compiled by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, Archivist.
This is the first volume of high-resolution prints of some of the many beautiful brochures and passenger lists that are part of the extensive holding of the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives. Many of these maritime related ephemera dating from the late 1800s through the early 1900s included excellent graphics on their covers.
Voyage To America: Ludvig Kristian Gjønvik, June 1913
Published: ©2015 by the Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives.
Edited and Compiled by Paul K. Gjenvick, MAS, Archivist.
The book describes a young Norwegian's journey from Norway to Boston in June 1913 including documents, photographs, and information about the voyage using the vast resources of the GG Archives. Excellent example for those seeking to publish a similar book for their family.
Articles About the GG Archives
Antoine RESCHE, L'exploitation de la ligne de l'Atlantique Nord par les compagnies françaises et britanniques (1890-1940), Mémoire présenté en vue de l'obtention du grade de Docteur de l'Université de Nantes sous le sceau de l'Université Bretagne Loire, Soutenue le 7 décembre 2016. http://www.theses.fr/2016NANT2024/abes. Accessed 2020-06-02. Resche discusses the GG Archives and its link to genealogical research, especially immigration to the US with related documents, brochures, and articles. See pp. 677-678 for a summary of the GG Archives and materials used throughout his doctoral thesis. . Resche also discusses how the White Star Line archives were largely destroyed or distributed amongst many collectors. The GG Archives has made many documents from the steamship lines public.
"Finding Arrival Records Online." National Parks Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, https://www.nps.gov/elis/learn/education/finding-arrival-records-online.htm. Accessed 2020-05-24.
"How to Trace Your Immigrant Ancestors." National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. http://www.schundler.net/HowtoTraceYourAncestors.pdf. ggarchives.com: 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. Accessed 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, https://upfront.ngsgenealogy.org/2017/08/gjenvick-gjnvik-archives-some-great.html. Accessed 2020-05-24.
"Understanding the Immigrant Experience of Your Ancestors. – Further Exploration [GG Archives]" Focused Family Research: Free Genealogical Resources. https://www.focusedfamilyresearch.com/immigrant-experience.html"…superb examples of many documents used by immigrants and the steamship lines." Accessed 2020-05-29.
"Vintage Images of Steamship Tickets and Brochures." Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: Helping You Research Your Family History Around the World. 23 February 2015. https://saskgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/02/vintage-images-of-steamship-tickets-and.html. Retrieved 2020-06-05.
"GG Archives (Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives) An Amazing Resource On-Line For Genealogists And Historians." Ancestry Worship Genealogy, 16 May 2015, https://ancestryworship.blogspot.com/2015/05/gg-archives-gjenvick-gjonvik-archives.html. Accessed 2020-05-24.
"Immigrant Articles at Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives." Herding Cats Genealogy, 26 Oct. 2019, https://www.herdingcatsgenealogy.com/blog/immigrant-articles-at-gjenvick-gjnvik-archives. Accessed 2020-05-24.
Mooney, Tom. "Out on a Limb: Great Time to Be Genealogist with New Materials Available." Times Leader, 2 Oct. 2017, https://www.timesleader.com/features/677362/out-on-a-limb-great-time-to-be-genealogist-with-new-materials-available. Accessed 2020-05-25.
Maria Dalbello, "Reading Immigrants: Immigration as Site and Process of Reading and Writing." Reading and Writing from Below: Exploring the Margins of Modernity, Northern Studies Monographs 4, Published by Umeå University and Royal Skyttean Society. © 2016. Extensive use of immigrant images from the GG Archives. http://umu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:929174/FULLTEXT01.pdf. Accessed 2020-06-01.
"Genealogy Odds and Ends: Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives." Venturing Into Our Past: The Newsletter of the Jewish Genealogical Society of the Conejo Valley and Ventura County (JGSCV), Vol. 12, Issue 12, September 2017. https://www.jgscv.org/pdf/newsletters/Venturing_V12_N12.pdf. Accessed 2020-05-29.
Diane Lynn Tibert, "Column: Exploring Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives," Roots to the Past: Atlantic Canada's Genealogy Hub. 31 December 2016. https://rootstothepast.wordpress.com/2016/12/31/column-exploring-gjenvick-gjonvik-archives/. Accessed 2020-05-30. Valuable site for researching immigrants to Canada or those who settled in the US who later crossed the border.
"Step4: Find Immigration Documents on the GG Archives Website." Researching Ellis Island Records Online, WikiHow to do anything.., URL No Longer Available Retrieved 2020-06-04/Removed 2022-06-30.
Nancy Messier, "Travel in Steerage – Websites to Learn More" in My Ancestors and Me, 4 October 2016, http://nancysfamilyhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/travel-in-steerage-websites-to-learn.html. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
Tamson Pietsch, "Commercial Travel and College Culture: The 1920s Transatlantic Student Market and the Foundations of Mass Tourism." Diplomatic History, Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2019, pp. 83–106. The STCA collection within the GG Archives was used extensively throughout this article. https://doi.org/10.1093/dh/dhy059 (Extract Only). Accessed 2020-06-01.
Desmond Keenan, "Chapter Four, The Economy III: Manufacturing, Shipbuilding." In Post-Famine Ireland: Social Structure – Ireland as it Really Was. Second Edition Revised and Enlarged. Xlibris Corporation, 2019, ISBN 9781796060423. Author discusses the Famous Big 4 of the New York Liverpool Service, their service, atmosphere, menus, and first-class accommodations.
Gjenvick-Gjønvik Archives, Wikipedia: The free encyclopedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gjenvick-Gj%C3%B8nvik_Archives. Accessed 2020-05-06