“Always something to learn each trip I make. The genealogical research library is among the top I have visited in the state. Organized and helpful, knowledgeable staff. “Visiting Genealogist
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. A job that will never be completed is our Master Index of information on individuals that at one time lived in Norman County. Currently, this Index includes over 100,000 separate pieces of information indexed by the individual’s name and where that information is located in the Research Center. This Index can be such a time saver when looking for particular family members.
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 and 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.
“Recently visited this museum and the Genealogy section specifically. I was able to find family photos, obituaries and if my relatives had marriage records at the courthouse — I found all at their Ada location. The people who helped me were wonderful and so knowledgeable. Would highly recommend – next trip to Minnesota I will go back for more information and records.”Visiting Genealogist
NCHGS makes it easy for those researching their family tree to find information, for example from the very basic birth and death information to cause of death or location of burial. We may even have a photo to go along with the other more detailed information. Thanks to the efforts of our many volunteers, a vast amount of information on the people of Norman County can be found in our Resource Center in the Log Museum at Prairie Village in Ada. If you are unable to visit us at Prairie Village, you will find a great deal of resources under the “Research Center” tab.