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Events Calendar

Member Share

Monday September 24, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Join others interested in Danish and Danish-American genealogy at our annual Member Share. Share your successes, questions, or other items, or just come and listen to some entertaining information. Either way, it's a great time to meet our members and learn what NDAGS is all about. 

Location: Danish American Center 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis

Slesvig-Holsten: Danish and German

 Monday October 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm

The southern region of Slesvig-Holsten can be quite a genealogical challenge. Without even moving location, your ancestors may have been considered alternately Danish or German depending on time period and political landscape. Speaker Nancy Martin will help us sort out this confusing area and give tips on genealogical research and the history of this area. 

Location: Danish American Center 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis

"Finding Hygge" Movie (and snacks!)

 Sunday November 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Join us in watching "Finding Hygge," a documentary exploring Denmark's secret to happiness. The uniquely Danish concept of hygge has exploded in popularity but the Danish word and its definition are more  complicated than it seems. For those who seek happiness, this exploratory documentary travels around the globe to discover the true meaning of hygge and how to find it.

Watch the official movie trailer at:

Location: Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis.

Tour of George Latimer Central Library's Genealogical Resources

January 2019

Date and time TBD (will be a Saturday afternoon) 

Local libraries can hold some unexpected and helpful genealogical resources, especially large and long-standing ones like downtown St. Paul. Our annual January "field trip" will take us on a tour of what in-house and online resources Ramsey County has to offer. 

Location: George Latimer Central Library     90 W. 4th Street, Saint Paul, MN

Denmark: The Plague and Other Pestilence

Monday February 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Our ancestors led difficult lives just making a daily existence, but illnesses like plague, smallpox and more brought difficulty to an entirely new level. Learn how these contagious hardships affected Danes of years ago and learn how to incorporate this information into your genealogical studies. Presented by NDAGS President Heather Nelsen-Mullen.

Location: Danish American Center, 3030 West River Parkway South, Minneapolis.  

Everyone is welcome to stop by and join us for NDAGS meetings and lectures!

All NDAGS-sponsored events are free and open to the public. No pre-registration required.

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NDAGS-Affiliated Events are events hosted by other organizations that NDAGS is participating in.

These events may or may not have fees charged for attendance,  pre-registration requirements, or other conditions, as determined by the primary hosting organization. 

NDAGS-Affiliated Events

NorthStar Conference: Looking Back, Sharing Forward

October 5-6, 2018

Crowne Plaza West

Plymouth, MN

Presented by the Minnesota Genealogical Society, this conference offers two full days of learning opportunities for  genealogists and family historians! View the complete program schedule  and find out more about the twenty-five breakout sessions being offered  by fourteen regional and national genealogy experts. Registration is required. This year, breakout  sessions are organized in the program into five general tracks: DNA,  Heritage Research, Problem-Solving, Sources and Records, and Research  Tools. Don't forget to stop by the NDAGS booth at the conference!

Family History Fair

October 27, 2018

9:00 am- 3:00 pm

Minneapolis Central Library

This FREE event hosted by the Hennepin County Library system is always filled with a full day of informative speakers. Visit many ethnic and genealogical vendors and booths, including our NDAGS booth. Ask our NDAGS genealogists for some free Danish genealogy advice and searches! 

Minnesota Genealogical Society 50th Anniversary Open House

Saturday March 30, 2019

10:00 am- 3:00 pm

Minnesota Genealogical Center

1385 Mendota Heights Road Suite 100

Mendota Heights, MN

Come explore the resources at the Minnesota Genealogical Center Library. Visit ethnic booths of various genealogical societies, including our own National Danish-American Genealogical Society, and attend free mini-session lectures on genealogy topics. And of course there will be delicious refreshments. 

Previous NDAGS Meeting Topics

NDAGS Members get copies of Lecture Notes even if they can't attend the meetings!

We know that people's schedules are busy, or you may live too far away to attend. that's why all NDAGS memebers get electronic copies of all lecture notes. 

Request a copy of the lecture notes from a past meeting!

NDAGS members will receive copies of some previous lecture notes and newsletters upon joining, but members can request other previous lectures (as permitted by speakers) and newsletters as well. 

May 2018-- "Cousins by the Dozens" Using DNA in your Genealogical Research

 DNA and genealogy is the latest trend, and can provide great leads to your genealogical 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. 

April 2018-- NDAGS Cookbook and Potluck

Members shared their favorite Danish recipes, and some family stories behind them, to compile an NDAGS Danish Cookbook.

March 2018 ---What Should I Do with Old Family Photographs

Linda Heen showed us how to organize our family photos with tips on getting started, sorting, organizing, putting them in albums, digitizing, and how to use your genealogy skills to identify unknown people in the photos. 

February 2018--- Introduction to Danish Genealogy

 Do you want to research your Danish ancestors but don’t know where to start? Hit a road block? Looking for new leads? This lecture will provide step-by-step instructions,  links to online resources, and ample notes on how to begin and sustain your Danish genealogical research. 

January 2018-- Tour Of Minnesota Genealogy Center

With over 30,000 books, magazines, county histories, and more the MGC is a treasure trove of information. NDGAS members receive free admission to the LIbrary. Use their computer resources in-house too! Great resource even if your family didn't hail from Minnesota. 

Other past lectures

Traditional Danish clothing, 17th Century Danish history, 18th century Danish history, 19th century Danish history, planning a trip to Denmark, Danish Superstitions, U.S. Railroads, Using Newspapers in your Research, Using Family Tree Maker Software (July 2018), Cemeteries Death Records and Obituaries (August 2018) and much more!