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.

The purpose of the group is to:

  • 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 fellow members as well as certified genealogy experts.
  • Encourage interest in Danish ancestry and heritage.
  • Encourage research and writing of family, emigration, immigration and settlement histories.

Download our brochure here: PDF.


The 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
Danish-American Churches
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.

June26, 2017
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.

August, 2017
No meeting.

September 25, 2017
Member Share
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.

December, 2017
No meeting.


3030 West River Parkway South
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.


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 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:
  • 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!

Membership Form Link

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.

Purchase Booklet Form Link


Links in Italics are in native tongue

General:  Danish Immigrant Museum
       Danish Pioneer
Grand View University
Danish American Center (Minnesota)
Genealogy:  Cyndi’s List
           Danish Emigration Archives
DDD Demographic / Genealogical Database
The Danish State Archives
My Danish Roots
VisitDenmark - Trace Your Danish Heritage
Family History Profiles
Index Of Vital Records
Minnesota Genealogical Society
Minnesota Historical Society


The Danish Pioneer
  Food Christian's Danish Recipes
    Traditional Danish Food Recipes
  Telephone Phone Directory
  Heritage Danish SisterHood of America
Government Affairs: Embassy of Denmark, Washington, D.C.
The Danish Ministry of Education
    Danish Institute for International Studies
Science:   The Danish Mathematical Society
Law:   Danish Law in English
History:   The Danish History, Books I-IX
Language:   Online English to Danish to English Dictionary
    Danish Grammar for the World
    Tsca's Danish Grammar in English
Travel & Tourism:  Official Travel Guide to Denmark
    Heritage Travel to Denmark
    Denmark for Romantics

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