Villenova Town Historian Barbara Nelson Wise was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society.
Wise presented the history of her family, the Nelsons, which emigrated from Denmark to the United States in 1880. The Nelson family settled in Scandia, Pa., and held a recent family reunion. Wise said records of the reunions were kept for 85 years, but her father once said the reunions go back farther. She showed a photograph of the family genealogy, which was written out on a long piece of paper measuring 30 feet and was taped to the walls of the house for people to study.
Showing family photographs and articles, the Nelson family history was presented to all, and everyone enjoyed the very informative presentation. A round of applause was given to Wise for her research and presentation. Wise concluded her speech by showing a pair of family wooden shoes which had leather on the top.
Villenova Town Historian Barbara Nelson Wise discussed the Nelson family history at a recent Chautauqua County Genealogical Society meeting.
The Chautauqua County Genealogical Society meets on the third Tuesday evening in the Barker Library in Fredonia for a business meeting and a program. George Davis is the president, and welcomes visitors and new members to the meetings.