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Prairie Roots

A Publication of the Norman County Genealogy Society
Vol. 3 Issue 1
February 2000

Every family in America has played a role in our nation's history. A surge of interest in genealogy is helping to refocus our attention on the past. In addition to researching and creating a family tree, we can save our own family history by interviewing older family members, recording family stories on audiotape or videotape, writing down the history of and protecting family heirlooms, and saving family letters, diaries, Bibles and other papers. Stories that have been handed down from generation to generation are invaluable because they not only connect us to our families but also to our nation.

The Norman County Genealogy Society was formed on February 27, 1997. The following thirteen charter members were present at the March 20, 1997, organizational meeting: Roland Carpenter, Iris Duklet, Colleen Goltz, Ardis Horn, Sharon Larson, Roger Niebeling, Gladys Prussia, Ronald Rasmusson, Christine Roesch, Ronald Roesch, DeFloren Rude, Edna Rude, and Kathleen Skaurud. Today the group has grown to over thirty members. Officers for the year 2000 are Iris Duklet, president; Sharon Larson, vice-president; and Ardis Horn, secretary/treasurer.

Sharing information is what the society is all about. Society member Colleen Goltz maintains the Norman County Genealogy Society web site, and other volunteer members have provided much of the information found at that site. You can access the Norman County genealogy information at At this site you will find information, of interest to researchers whose ancestors lived at one time in Norman County, such as indexes of early death and marriage records, church and township information, some early confirmation class lists and a message board used for inquiries.

Colleen would like additional church histories for the genealogy society's web site. She is especially interested in additional old confirmation class rosters. An early history of Halstad is also needed. Family histories are being added to the site, and Colleen would welcome any copies of your family history for the society's records.

The Norman County veteran's discharge records are now complete. The completed data base of Norman County marriage records includes the years 1882 through 1968. A hard copy of the data base can be found at the Ada Public Library. Work continues on indexing the Norman County death records. When that data base is complete, a hard copy of that information will also be placed in the library. Work is also being done on updating the cemetery records.

A great deal of resource material is available in the genealogy section at the Ada Public Library to aid in researching your family history. You may find the plat books very helpful and interesting. The society has just recently subscribed to the "Memories" magazine for placement in the library.

Norman County Historical Society volunteers are working diligently on renovating the old school building in Shelly. The building will be used as a Red River history museum, and one room will house genealogy society records. The historical society would appreciate any photos you may have depicting early river history.

Last August's potluck picnic at the Shelly Park was a hug success, and the society hopes to do something similar this summer. Roland Carpenter, Deb Jacobson, and Roger Niebeling conducted genealogy workshops last October and November in Ada, Halstad, and Twin Valley. The classes provided basic information on how to get started researching family history. A total of twenty-one people attended the three workshops. The society hopes to continue conducting similar classes in the future.

Anyone interest in genealogy is cordially invited to the society's monthly meetings. The group meets at the Ada Public Library the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Family membership in the society is $10 per year, which also automatically provides membership in the Norman County Historical Society. Out-of-area residents can purchase an associate membership for $5 per year. Members, if you wish to continue you membership and haven't as yet paid your dues for the year 2000, please mail a check to Ardis Horn at Apt. 202, 100 First Street East, Ada, Minnesota 56510. If you would like to become a member, simply mail your check to Ardis at the above address-$10 if you are in the Norman County area or $5 for an out-of-area associate membership.

New Members: Lowell Gunderson, 703 4th Ave. E., Ada, MN 56510
Nikki Fetting, Valley View Manor, 705 W. Main, Ada, MN 56510
Gene & Pat Thompson, 536 5th Ave. E., Halstad, MN 56548

As of January 31, 2000, the treasurer reported a checkbook balance of $488.48.

Genealogy is detective work, and the computer is a great new tool for seeking information. Thank-you to the society members who have volunteered hundreds of hours to the various society projects. Additional help is always welcome!

Sharon Larson, Vice-President
Norman County Genealogy Society


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