National Danish-American Genealogical Society

National Danish-American Genealogical Society An organization dedicated to Danish genealogy, and Danish history, culture, and immigration. We provide resources to aid in your genealogical research.

Provide an organization that people interested in Danish genealogy and family history may join no matter where they live. Exchange ideas and information related to genealogical research and methodology. Our network of members ranges from seasoned research veterans to individuals just getting started on their genealogical journey. Provide instruction on topics of interest to members. Learn from fel

Provide an organization that people interested in Danish genealogy and family history may join no matter where they live. Exchange ideas and information related to genealogical research and methodology. Our network of members ranges from seasoned research veterans to individuals just getting started on their genealogical journey. Provide instruction on topics of interest to members. Learn from fel

Free Webinar: Danish Church Book ResearchMonday November 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm CST  Danish church books contain a fantasti...
07/26/2021

Free Webinar: Danish Church Book Research
Monday November 15, 2021

at 6:30 pm CST

Danish church books contain a fantastic amount of genealogical information and it’s worth researching the original scanned pages. But the layouts can be unwieldy and the handwriting sometimes near impossible to read. This program aims to give background about Denmark’s church books, review how the national archives present the pages, and give pointers about interpreting hand-writing or uncommon words. It will also illustrate flourishes used by different priests, including margin doodles. Guess what one priest drew for each marriage entry! The speaker is Cathy Kristiansen, of Danish Ancestors & History.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EzgjplcZQ1-V3uHeK-vOsQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Free Webinar: Danish Church Book Research
Monday November 15, 2021

at 6:30 pm CST

Danish church books contain a fantastic amount of genealogical information and it’s worth researching the original scanned pages. But the layouts can be unwieldy and the handwriting sometimes near impossible to read. This program aims to give background about Denmark’s church books, review how the national archives present the pages, and give pointers about interpreting hand-writing or uncommon words. It will also illustrate flourishes used by different priests, including margin doodles. Guess what one priest drew for each marriage entry! The speaker is Cathy Kristiansen, of Danish Ancestors & History.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EzgjplcZQ1-V3uHeK-vOsQ

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Free Webinar: Looking for the Women in Your Family TreeMonday October 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm CSTFinding female ancestors ca...
07/26/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Looking for the Women in Your Family Tree. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Free Webinar: Looking for the Women in Your Family Tree
Monday October 25, 2021

at 6:30 pm CST

Finding female ancestors can pose a unique challenge. Between name changes and females often not even being referred to by first name in records, it can lead to some tricky researching. Join us as Cathi Weber shares tips for looking in early records for women’s names and gives tips and ideas on where to look. Cathi Weber has been researching her family tree for over 40 years and is the owner of NorthStar Genealogy. She teaches genealogy classes and assists clients in researching their families. She is the president of the Anoka County Genealogical Society.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_51FjJPZHSdG3Px2-tPDhuw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Looking for the Women in Your Family Tree. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

September Meeting: Ask an Expert/Member ShareMonday September 27, 2021at 6:00 pm CSTSeptember has traditionally the mont...
07/26/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Ask An Expert/Member Share. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

September Meeting: Ask an Expert/Member Share
Monday September 27, 2021
at 6:00 pm CST

September has traditionally the month when members informally sat together and shared road blocks, successes, questions and networked with other members. This year we are excited to take it further with two Danish genealogy experts on hand to help answer your questions and give advice! And of course, we still want to hear your experiences, advice, and tips for fellow members as well!

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdOCtqD4qHtfuLd8eeGGnRHqVRx_Q_e_i

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Ask An Expert/Member Share. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

04/14/2021
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Free webinar: Virtual Potluck
Monday April 26, 2021 at 6:30 pm CST.
6:30 pm CST

Even if we can't meet in person, that won't stop us from having a potluck...a virtual one that is! Join us on Zoom to share your favorite Danish and Danish-American recipes, food memories, show off pictures of your Danish culinary skills or simply listen in and enjoy! Reminisce about food your ancestors made and learn about some new dishes as well. The format will be informal with guests able to share with each other.
Zoom Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88102026679?pwd=cjFKTDVGVEZCcGN3ZVBKUnFXMkRoQT09
Meeting ID: 881 0202 6679

Passcode: 397683

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Free webinar: Runestones and Runic Inscriptions  SATURDAY MARCH 20, 2021 AT 1:00 PM CSTRegistration is required, but fre...
03/14/2021

Free webinar: Runestones and Runic Inscriptions
SATURDAY MARCH 20, 2021 AT 1:00 PM CST
Registration is required, but free and open to all. Registration accepted until start of meeting. Link below.

What are runes? What does runic writing teach us about our Scandinavian ancestry? This presentation will provide an overview of the thousands of runestones existing today, primarily in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, but some in North America.
Speaker Loraine Jensen is the President and founder of the American Association for Runic Studies (AARS), a nonprofit organization promoting scholarly research on runes and runic inscriptions.
REGISTER HERE NOW:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83370513778
Meeting ID: 833 7051 3778
Passcode: 598815

Registration is required, but free and open to all. Registration accepted until start of meeting.

The uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought caused the Danish American Center to make the difficult decision to keep its d...
06/03/2020

The uncertainty that Covid-19 has brought caused the Danish American Center to make the difficult decision to keep its doors closed for safety until at least September of 2020, possibly even longer. NDAGS will not be able to hold meetings there for the time being. We are looking for ways to safely bring content to our members. Furthermore, recent protests and unrest on the South-side of Minneapolis and Lake Street have been occurring very near the DAC. Fortunately, the DAC building has been unharmed at this point. Our heart goes out to members of our community who are hurting through these times and look forward to happier days for all.

04/06/2020

"Historical Denmark: The Plague and Other Pestilence" was a lecture given by NDAGS February 2019, which was eerily apropos to the Corona virus situation we are all now experiencing. Our Danish ancestors lived always with the fear of contagion and its often horrific ramifications. The entire 18 page written lecture is presented here for you to read and discover some of what our ancestors went through. The PDF file is found at:
fil:///C:/Users/candh/Documents/NDAGS%20Secretary%20Stuff/NDAGS%20talks/Plague%20Facebook%20edition.pdf

Use this lecture for your personal educational purposes, but please be respectful and ask permission from the author before any use other than personal reading. (Message here to contact NDAGS)

03/22/2020

CANCELLED: NDAGS MARCH MEETING. The March 23 NDAGS meeting has been cancelled due to social distancing and concerns over the spread of Corona virus. The topic was "Honoring the Stories Behind the Stuff." This lecture is rescheduled for June 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm. We hope to hold our next meeting Monday April 27, 2020 at 7:00pm, topic of which is Bornholm.

01/29/2020

Naturalization: The Process, The Law and The Records

Monday February 24, 2020
7:00 pm

Our immigrant ancestors became Americans--somehow. In this lecture, we will take a look at the laws and processes that made that possible and at the records created along the way. We will learn where to find these records and what they tell us about our family's history.

Speaker Tom Rice, CG is a professional genealogical researcher, lecturer, and writer with long-time service to the MGS, IGSI, and MNHS.
Location: Danish American Center
3030 West River Parkway Minneapolis

This NDAGS Event is free and open to the public.

09/11/2019
shop.wisconsinhistory.org

Danish Genealogy Workshop in Madison, Wisconsin
Saturday October 26, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is presenting a full-day workshop in Madison, Wisconsin that will take you on a thorough tour of Danish and Danish-American genealogy research strategies and ideas. The four lectures included in the workshop are: Introduction to Danish Genealogy, Danish Vital Records, Websites Tips and DNA, and Using History to Make Your Ancestors Come Alive. Your will learn tons of great websites and practical information! NDAGS President Heather Nelsen Mullen will be speaker.
For more information and to register visit:
https://shop.wisconsinhistory.org/productcart/pc/Danish-American-Genealogy-10-26-2019-111p3589.htm?fbclid=IwAR1D5MjndsLBtLG9-mEZHqgrFO5H_mQTXdkT4M4FiJhy8aP1pF73qoCcb80

Another great issue of the NDAGS Beech Tree newsletter is out! This edition includes articles on Research in Copenhagen,...
09/07/2019

Another great issue of the NDAGS Beech Tree newsletter is out! This edition includes articles on Research in Copenhagen, the Danmark Adels Aarbog, Hints for using Family Search, Historical Danish Causes of Death, book review, events, and more! This issue has 14 pages of original content found nowhere else. Just one of the perks of membership to NDAGS! Membership info at https://danishgenealogy.org/membership

09/01/2019
www.danishmuseum.org

Did you know that Ø is the Danish word for island? It is often found at the end of the place name like Ærø, Fanø, and Sorø. Learn this and other Danish Genealogy Fun Facts at the "G is for (Danish) Genealogy" link from the Museum of Danish America at
https://www.danishmuseum.org/pdfs/genealogy-resources/g-is-for-genealogy-list.pdf

Danish Genealogy Workshop at UW Madison Saturday October 26, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Wisconsin Historical Soci...
07/20/2019
Danish American Genealogy - 10/26/2019

Danish Genealogy Workshop at UW Madison
Saturday October 26, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
The Wisconsin Historical Society is presenting a full-day workshop in Madison, Wisconsin that will take you on a thorough tour of Danish and Danish-American genealogy research strategies and ideas. The four lectures included in the workshop are: Introduction to Danish Genealogy, Danish Vital Records, Websites and Tips for Danish Genealogy, and Using History to Make Your Ancestors Come Alive. NDAGS President Heather Nelsen Mullen will be speaker.
For more information and to register visit:
https://shop.wisconsinhistory.org/productcart/pc/Danish-American-Genealogy-10-26-2019-111p3589.htm

Lecturer: Heather Nelsen Mullen is President of the National Danish-American Genealogical Society and has been active genealogically for over 10 years.To Register More Than One Person: Please register each person individually. Enter their name, and add them to your cart. Repeat as needed (one person...

Monday July 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm: Using LyfmapHave you heard of Lyfmap? It is a fantastic new resource to add to your gen...
07/18/2019

Monday July 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm: Using Lyfmap
Have you heard of Lyfmap? It is a fantastic new resource to add to your genealogical repertoire. Using a Google maps platform, you can search any address or location in the world to view or add photos, memories, or audio/video to create a timeline of who lived and what happened at a particular location. You can share these memories and photos with family members and bring your ancestors' locations and stories to the next generation and beyond. Lyfmap founder Larry Bieza will present how to use the many features Lymap and demonstrate the ways it accentuates genealogy and history. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis.

07/06/2019
www.familysearch.org

Free Webinar on Schleswig-Holstein Census Records from FamilySearch. Tuesday July 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm. If you can't tune in live, they generally archive their webinars for later access.https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/img_auth.php/c/cf/07-July_2019.pdf

06/17/2019

Using Family Search. Monday June 24, 2019 at 7:00pm.
As the world's largest collection of family trees and a collection of millions of records, FamilySearch is a tremendous resource. But its sheer size can be daunting, and there are many records available that won't come up in basic searches. Genealogy expert Kim Ashford will teach us tips on how to best utilize this vast free resource. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis.

Thanks so much to Doug Schumacher and Brent Holm for all the great stories and tips about traveling to Denmark and meeti...
05/22/2019

Thanks so much to Doug Schumacher and Brent Holm for all the great stories and tips about traveling to Denmark and meeting relatives!

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05/05/2019

National Danish-American Genealogical Society's cover photo

Over 370 people visited the Minnesota Genealogical Society 50th Anniversary Open House! Thanks to NDAGS volunteers for s...
03/31/2019

Over 370 people visited the Minnesota Genealogical Society 50th Anniversary Open House! Thanks to NDAGS volunteers for staffing our booth and helping lots of folks intetested in Danish genealogy.

03/27/2019

Great tips last night from Jeanne Bielke-Rodenbiker about Using Social Media in Genealogy! Facebook groups, Tumblr, blogs, Reddit, Instagram and even Pinterest can all be great resources to both find genealogical material and tips, as well as make yourself findable to an unknown relative. The idea of having a Pinterest board to keep your genealogy stuff organized, viewable for your family, and a way to connect up with distant cousins was certainly something I never thought of!

Using Social Media in Genealogy Monday March 25, 2019 at 7:00 pmLearn how you can use social media to discover family, r...
03/19/2019

Using Social Media in Genealogy
Monday March 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm
Learn how you can use social media to discover family, research techniques, and connect with other genealogists. Speaker Jean Bielke-Rodenbiker is a Hennepin County librarian who works with genealogy and teaches classes at the Southdale and Minneapolis Central libraries. She has been researching her family genealogy and helping patrons with theirs for over 19 years. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis.

Documentation is so important to our genealogy research. Get free charts and templates online at: https://www.familysear...
03/12/2019
Genealogy Research Forms Genealogy - FamilySearch Wiki

Documentation is so important to our genealogy research. Get free charts and templates online at: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Genealogy_Research_Forms
In addition to the Pedigree and Family Record sheets you are familiar with, there are also handy ones for heirloom inventory, oral histories, cemetery transcriptions, correspondence logs, article reading lists, and more.

Family history forms help to organize family history work.  They help to track research efforts reducing duplication of effort and make research work quicker and more effective.  There are a variety of free family history forms available to download.  The following links are not a complete list. ...

FREE CLASS: THE PLAGUE AND OTHER PESTILENCE IN HISTORICAL DENMARK.MONDAY FEB. 25, 2019 AT 7:00 PMOur ancestors led diffi...
02/16/2019

FREE CLASS: THE PLAGUE AND OTHER PESTILENCE IN HISTORICAL DENMARK.
MONDAY FEB. 25, 2019 AT 7:00 PM
Our ancestors led difficult lives just making a daily existence, but illnesses like plague, smallpox, cholera and more brought difficulty to an entirely new level. Using examples specific to Denmark, we will learn how these contagious hardships affected Danes of years ago AND learn how to incorporate this information into our genealogical studies. Presented by NDAGS President Heather Nelsen-Mullen. This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Danish-American Center 3030 West River Parkway, Minneapolis MN. For more information, visit our website at www.danishgenealogy.org For dues-paid members of NDAGS, a full transcript of the lecture will be available, as it will be for anyone attending the class in person.

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3030 West River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN
55406

General information

Anyone with an interest in Danish genealogy is welcome to join the National Danish American Genealogical Society. NDAGS membership dues are $20 per person and $25 per family each calendar year. Even if you can’t attend meetings, you will receive an electronic copy of each month’s speaker’s notes and our quarterly e-newsletter. Of course, you are always free to submit questions and provide feedback! Membership benefits include: Access to the Minnesota Genealogical Society Library with over 30,000 books, periodicals and other items to help researchers. Admittance to all NDAGS meetings and programs. Electronic (PDF) version of program handouts. Subscription to "The Beech Tree" quarterly e-newsletter which is filled with genealogy tips, Danish recipes, basic Danish language tips, and upcoming events. Not sure whether you want to join? Attend our next meeting as our guest!

Products

"Searching for Your Danish Ancestors: A Guide to Danish Genealogical Research in the United States and Denmark".

This publication was written by members of the National Danish American Genealogical Society and is available for $15 per copy (this includes postage and handling in the U.S.)

The publication is designed for both beginning and more experienced Danish researchers. Included are sections on Danish-American Lutheran Churches, census records, citizenship papers, passenger lists, military records, microfilmed Danish records and more United States resources.

Danish resources include: Danish church records, Danish military levying rolls, genealogically significant dates in Danish history, methods for sending money to Denmark for research and more.

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Our mission is to provide an organization that people interested in Danish genealogy and family history may join no matter where they live; a place to exchange ideas and information related to genealogical research and methodology. Our network of members ranges from seasoned research veterans to individuals just getting started on their genealogical journey. We provide instruction on topics of interest to members via monthly meeting with speakers, our quarterly newsletter, resources on our website, and more. Our goal is to encourage interest in Danish ancestry and heritage, encourage research and writing of family, emigration, immigration and settlement histories, and teach about both Danish-American genealogy and general genealogy topics.

To join NDAGS, or to learn more about our group, visit our website at www.danishgenealogy.org

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Niels Johansen B:25 May 1827 in Odder Parish, Aarhus, Denmark Cab someone tell me death info please?? TaK
Can anybody out there give me some clues as how to trace my Danish roots? All I have are my grandparents names dob's and dod's and my grandfathers 4 brothers info. They all came over in the 1920's thru the 1930's
I'm trying to find my unknown great grandfather. Several people in my family have done DNA tests and it seems he may have been from Denmark. It was rumoured he was a sailor. I found a man who fits the description - right age, place, occupation - and we seem to have a number of DNA matches to others in this line. His name was Emil Georg Sørensen, a sailor who died in Australia in 1907. The relevant Gedmatch numbers are A565400 and A304019.
I have an antique shipping truck that was found and purchased by my parents (now deceased). They were living in Minnesota at the time they found this trunk. I am guessing this may have been in the 1990's -->2000's. The inscription on the outside of the shipping trunk reads: ____________________________ Simen Kristiansen. Fertile Polk C.O. Minn. Nort Amerika. ___________________________ There is a town named Fertile, Polk County, in Minnesota. The trunk is old but I'm not certain if it is authentic or not. I am looking to see if I can find who it was connected with but I am finding this to be very difficult. Any ideas you may have certainly would be appreciated! Thanks much! Regards, Richard Pattison Tinahely, County Wicklow Ireland [email protected]
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Hello! I'm trying to help my sister-in-law track her Danish great-grandmother. I have a handwritten letter (Feb. 1937) from the parish priest in Vraa asking the grandchildren to write her as she was in a bad way. And I have a handwritten death entry (May 1937) that might be hers. Would anyone be willing to undertake deciphering the handwriting (and translating the death entry from Danish) to see if these might be for the same person? Thank you in advance to any kind soul who can help!
Dear friends in the Genealogist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am looking for any information about my Danish ancestors in Minneapolis. It is about Carsten Pedersen (Petersen), born 23.9.1823 in Fahretoft parish, Sydtoender county (Slesvig) His wife Karen Marie Pedersen born Jensen born 18.1.1827 in Breth Mark, Barrit parish, Vejle county. Their 3 daughters Hedevig Kathrine Petersen (born Carstensen) born 6. June 1859 in Breth, Barrit parish, Vejle county. Ane Marie Petersen (born Carstensen) born 25.march 1861, Breth, Barrit parish, Vejle county. Marie Kirstine Petersen (born Carstensen) born 11. sept. 1864, Breth, Barrit parish, Vejle county. The two daughters Hedwig Petersen and Anna Marie traveled with his parents from Antwerp to New York with the steamer ”Minerva” 22./23.4.1882. Already the year before, the 23.5.1881, the 3. daughter, Marie Kirstine Carstensen emigrated to Canton, Ohio. The parents returned to Denmark from Minneapolis in 1889. The daughters settled down in USA permanently. Can anyone help me to find traces of my ancestors, I will be very grateful. Sincerely Steen Moercholdt Soerensen Rosenvaenget 45 7130 Juelsminde Denmark.
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