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.

2018 Meeting Schedule:

Saturday January 13, 2018 10:00am to 4:00pm (Note: Saturday meeting date, special time and location)
Tour of the new Minneapolis Genealogical Society Library
Explore the new location and genealogical resources at the new MGS facility. Take a guided tour of the library, stop by the NDAGS booth, visit affiliate group booths for information, and much more. Even if your ancestors did not live in Minnesota, there are many resources you will enjoy. (PLEASE NOTE: This is a Saturday off-site event. Location:1385 Mendota Heights Road, Suite 100, Mendota Heights MN 55210)

Sunday February 25, 2018 1:00pm to 3:00pm (Note: Sunday meeting date and special time)
Introduction to Danish Genealogy
Do you want to research your Danish ancestors but donít know where to start? Have you started but hit a road block? Or are you an experienced researcher looking for new leads? NDAGS Officers Bill Holmquist, Myra Madsen, and Heather Mullen will provide guided instructions on hoe to begin and sustain your Danish genealogical research skills. (PLEASE NOTE: This is a Sunday event at a special time of 1:00 to 3:00pm.)

March 26, 2018
What Shall I Do With Old Family Photographs?
Genealogists play a key role in preserving family history, which includes the preservation and sharing of old family photos. Speaker Linda Heen will discuss this topic and how photos may help in uncovering and solving family mysteries.

April 23, 2018
Spring Potluck - STARTS at 6:00pm!
We will enjoy delicious potluck treats - guests welcome!

May 21, 2018
Cousins By The Dozens
DNA and genealogy is the latest trend, and can provide great leads to you research. But sometimes it is confusing on where to begin and what to do with the information that you find. Certified Genealogist and DNA expert Alice Eicholz, PhD, will guide us through the complex and exciting world of DNA.

June 25, 2018
Cemetary Research
More information to come.

July 23, 2018
Denmark, The Plague and Other Pestilence
More information to come.

August, 2018
No meeting.

September 24, 2018
Member Share
Join fellow NDAGS members in sharing your successes, questions, tips, and even areas you could use help in. A perfect opportunity to network with other Danish genealogists.

October 22, 2018

November 26, 2018
Annual Holiday Potluck and Officer Election
Guests welcome - there is always more than enough food to share! This meeting will start at 6:00pm.

December, 2018
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 (living at same address) 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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