Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2011 Visit to the Norwegian-American Genealogical Center in Madison WI -- Post 440 of (Not So) Wordless Wednesday

During our 2011 vacation to Springfield, Illinois and surrounding states, we had one day in Dane County, Wisconsin  in Madison at the historical society and library.  I wrote about it in Day 11 on the Seaver Midwest Genealogy Tour (posted 16 September 2011).

In the afternoon, 
we went to the Norwegian-American Genealogical Center and Naeseth Library (415 West Main Street in Madison).  My goal here was to find local family history in Dane County for Linda's Leland and Natvig families.  The Center has a very helpful and knowledgeable staff, and a wealth of genealogical material concerning Norwegian records and American records of persons with Norwegian heritage.  I was really impressed!  I obtained copies of transcribed church records, articles from a book of Voss emigrants, and more.  The director worked with my genealogy reports on the families, and looked up material in his 300,000+ person database which included vital records, cemetery records, probate, and more.  I was able to add some dates to my database.  

Here are some of the photos I took while at the Naeseth Library:

1)  I remembered to take a photo f the front of the library, graced by Linda:

2)  I think this is the area in the library with the Norwegian bygdeboks (farm books):

3)  Another area of the library with books and a card file:

4)  Linda with several books about Norwegian-Americans in the United States:

Next week will be photos from the area of Dane County, Wisconsin where the Leland and Natvig families settled, southeast of Madison.


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