The National Danish-American Genealogical Society (NDAGS) was founded in 1982.
We are a branch of the Minnesota Genealogical Society and are closely affiliated with the Danish-American Cultural Center of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.
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MeetingsThe National Danish American Genealogical Society typically meets every 4th Monday of the month, except for the months of August and December. We often hold our January meeting at another site so please check the monthly meeting details below.
Meetings are held at:
The Danish American Center
3030 West River Parkway South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Meeting time is 7:00 p.m. Central Time unless noted below.
Some past meeting programs have covered Danish immigration and history; reading old gothic script; use of Danish genealogy websites; organization of genealogy materials; military records; Denmark and the Napoleonic Wars; finding family in historical newspapers online; researching the Slesvig-Holstein region of Denmark; use of scanners and other technology; researching and writing creative family histories; Danish cookbooks; railroad records and history; court records; using maps and land records; crossing the Atlantic; and planning a trip to Denmark.
Members have the opportunity to share their discoveries, discuss problems, and ask for input from the group in their quest to find Danish ancestors.
2017 Meeting Schedule:
January 7, 2017 (Note: Saturday meeting date and special time of 10:00am - 12:00pm)
Tour of the Minneapolis Library's Genealogical Resources
Join us at the downtown Minneapolis Central Library for a walking tour of their genealogical resources. We will explore on-site and online collections, their state and county history resources, and even have a unique opportunity to tour the Special Collections area. (Please note: this is a Saturday off-site event, time 10:00am - 12:00pm. Location:300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis)
February 27, 2017
Danish Vocabulary for the Non Danish-Speaking Genealogist
Searching genealogical records in a foreign language can be both confusing and daunting. Danish language instructor Michelle Potter Bacon will educate us with a primer in basic Danish words that genealogists most commonly encounter, as well as some general useful vocabulary words too.
March 27, 2017
Organizing Your Records and Publishing Your Family Tree
Cathi Weber, owner of NorthStar Genealogy and President of the Anoka County Genealogical Society, will instruct us on how to form all the miscellaneous genealogical data we have collected into a format worthy of sharing. She will show us how to put it all together and share it with family. We will look at creating reports, charts, books and posters and printing and publishing options.
April 24, 2017
Spring Potluck and Book Review
Join us for nourishment of the body and mind. We will enjoy delicious potluck treats and discuss books of interest to Danish genealogists. Members are invited to share the names of books that they have found helpful too.
May 22, 2017
Learning about the religious, or "church history" of Danes in America is an interesting topic in its own right as well a great way to learn about our ancestors lives as well as assisting in the effectiveness of our family history research. Professor Mark Granquist, PhD, of Luther Seminary will speak on the topic of Danish-American Church History at the May meeting. Prof. Granquist previously taught at St. Olaf and Gustavus Adolphus Colleges and holds a M.Div. from Yale University and a PhD from the University of Chicago.
17th Century Danish History
NDAGS President Heather Mullen will take us on a journey through the major historical, political, and social events that our ancestors would have experienced in Denmark in the 1600's. Adding this knowledge to your genealogical research can really make your ancestors "come alive" for yourself and your family.
July 24, 2017
Traditional Danish Folk Costumes and Clothing
What did your Danish ancestor wear? How did they look? Join us in exploring traditional Danish folk costumes with expert Sarah Mass. We will even have the unique opportunity to view vintage sewing patterns of traditional Danish wear.
September 25, 2017
Join fellow NDAGS members in sharing your successes, questions, tips, and even areas you could use help in.
October 23, 2017
Migration from the Atlantic Coast to Minnesota
In part 3 of this emigration series, NDAGS Treasurer Myra Madsen will discuss the ways that our ancestors may have made their way to Minnesota once they reached the shores of America.
November 27, 2017
Annual Holiday Potluck
Guests welcome - there is always more than enough food to share! This meeting will start at 6:00pm.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
The library at the Danish American Center has a multitude of Danish genealogy resources. It's open the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month from 10am to 12pm and Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm.
MembershipAnyone 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 canít attend meetings, you will receive an electronic copy of each monthís speakerís notes and our quarterly e-newsletter. Of course, you are always free to submit questions and provide feedback!
Membership benefits include:
Publication for Sale"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.
Look inside! View the Table of Contents and Introduction here: PDF.
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