Research Center

“A people that take no pride in the noble achievement of
remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be
remembered with pride by remote generations.”
– Macauly

Research Center
Just part of the Research Center

Our Research Center located in the Log Museum in Prairie Village has a wide variety of research materials, most of which focus on helping families find their roots. We have  Norman County newspapers from the Ada Index and Twin Valley Times, as well as some of the earlier newspapers no longer in existence. Our collection also has a wide variety of church histories, plat maps, obituary records, township records, yearbooks, family histories, photographs and so much more.

If you want to start your own research project but are not sure where to begin, you can always stop by. We have a wonderful Executive  Director/curator (Solveig Kitchell), and knowledgeable volunteers who have been conducting research for years who would love to give you some pointers. The Research Center is open during regular museum hours or by appointment. The coffee is always on and volunteers are available to direct you to what you need.

MN Genweb
Member of the MNGen Web Project

If you can’t come into the Research Center, our online genealogy has an amazing wealth of searchable records. These include the Aalgaard Photo Index, marriage and death records along with a wide variety of other information. This is a great place to start your search if you are from a distance.

Obituary Collection
Obituary Books

Our faithful volunteers have compiled a vast collection of newspaper obituaries of people who lived in Norman county from the early 1890’s to present day. The Obituary Index can be found on online genealogy Individual obituaries can be obtained by request.

Aalgaard Photo Collection

In 2015 NCHS was awarded a Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to digitize the over 10,000 negatives of Norman County families photographed by Arnie Aalgaard taken from 1923 to 1973. We currently have scanned and indexed the years 1923 to 1951. Check out the index to see if any of your family is in this treasure chest of photos. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of a photo may order copies from NCHS.

Sorting negatives
Selecting negatives to scan
Aalgaard negatives
Just some of the negatives already scanned
Norman County Cemetery Books

In addition to cemetery resources published over the years by various groups, our members have compiled amazing cemetery books on many of the cemeteries in Norman County. These books contain church history, headstone photos, location in the cemetery and biographies on many of the people buried in the cemetery. These books are housed in the Research Center in the Log Museum in Prairie Village in Ada and the Red River Museum located in Shelly.

Cemetery Books
Sample Cemetery Book page