Upcoming Events

Danish Military Records


Monday October 28, 2019 

 7:00 pm

Since the creation of the Royal Danish Navy on August 10,  1510 and a standing army of front line troops on November 17, 1614 the  Danish armed forces have seen action in many  a military campaign. NDAGS  member Ed Steenberg will lead a discussion at the October meeting on  the components of the Danish Defense Command (DFC), who served when, and  how Danish Military Records may help you in your genealogical research.

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

Winter Potluck, Learning about Viking Food, and Officers' Election


Monday November 25, 2019 

 6:00 pm

Many of us have perused assorted  Danish or other Nordic recipe books. At our November meeting, NDAGS  member Ed Steenberg will share with us a culinary journey through time  and space. Learn about the traditional meal, as we take a culinary  journey through Viking Age Scandinavia. 

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

NDAGS-Affiliated Events

North Star Genealogy Conference


Friday and Saturday 

October 4 and 5, 2019
12th annual genealogy conference, featuring plenary and  breakout sessions, as well as vendor booths and door prizes. Learn about private archives, writing family narratives, passenger records, case studies and much, much more. Don't forget to visit our NDAGS booth as well!

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West 

3131 Campus Drive

Plymouth, MN 

Information at: https://mngs.org/cpage.php?pt=98

Family History Fair


 Saturday October 26, 2019

Attend free genealogy lectures and visit ethnic and vendor booths.

Minneapolis Central Library

 300 Nicollet Mall 

Details to come!

Danish American Genealogy Workshop at Wisconsin Historical Society


Saturday October 26, 2019 

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This full-day workshop in Madison, Wisconsin 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. 

For more information and to register visit:


University of Wisconsin-Madison

Memorial Library, Room 126

Upcoming Events for 2020

Tour of LDS Family History Center


Saturday January 18, 2020

10:00 am

Tour the Family History Library with us to discover resources only available in person, use for free the many subscription services, and get genealogical assistance from a librarian. 

Location: 2801 Douglas Drive North

Crystal, MN 55422 

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

Honoring the Stories Behind the Stuff


Monday March 23, 2020

 7:00 pm

Do you have a box of old photos and memorabilia? Have you avoided tackling those boxes because you just don’t know what to do with it or you feel guilty if you don’t really want it? This program is designed to teach you a process to sort through your photos and memorabilia efficiently, while still honoring the memories they represent; and provide creative and space-saving tips to preserve them for future generations. 

Speakers are Holly Corbid, of Capture Your Photos and Amanda Lathrop, of  Lead Sheep Productions.

Location: Danish American Center 

3030 West River Parkway Minneapolis

Spring Potluck


Monday April 27, 2020

6:00 pm

Location: Danish American Center 

3030 West River Parkway Minneapolis

Danish Probate Records


Monday May 18, 2020

7:00 pm

Learn about the Danish probate process and the types of records to better understand how best to use them. We will look at the sometimes-difficult issue of finding our ancestors in probate records, get tricks to read and understand the language,  and briefly look at guardianship records, an important related set of records.

Speaker Bob Johnson is an attorney and holds a Certified Genealogist® credential. As a professional genealogist he has specialized in Scandinavian, U.S., German, and forensic genealogical research for over forty years. He studied in Sweden and is active in many genealogical societies throughout the U.S. and Scandinavia. 


Location: Danish American Center 

3030 West River Parkway Minneapolis


Monday June 22, 2020

7:00 pm


Location: Danish American Center 

3030 West River Parkway 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.

For more information, email us at  ndags.mpls@gmail.com 

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. 

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. 

June 2019-- Using Family Search

 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.  

November 2018---Movie: "Finding Hygge"

"Finding Hygge,"  is 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: https://vimeo.com/257971795

March 2019--Using Social Media in Your Genealogy

 Using social media for genealogy is a newer trend – it’s not just for posting pictures of your cat and catching up with old friends. See how you might use social media to discover family, research techniques, and connect with other genealogists.  Speaker is Jean Bielke-Rodenbiker, 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. 

April 2019 Spring Potluck and Ancestors Map

Join us for tasty treats and a fun time sharing the towns of our ancestors in Denmark. We will place markers on their towns, compare if we have similarities, and make it a first step toward a data collection for future connections. Even if you don't yet know your ancestors' towns of origin, join us and learn some tips on how to discover where they came from. 

May 2019--Taking a Trip to Denmark


Visiting the land of your ancestors is a dream for most genealogists, whether it be to an actual ancestral home or just to set foot in the country of your family roots. NDAGS members Doug Schummacher and Brent Holm have been on recent trips and will share their journey, advice, and experiences. 

July 2019---Lyfmap

Lyfmap 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 presented.

January 2019 Tour of St. Paul Library

 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.   To view indexes of holdings and see items that are digitzed, visit: https://sppl.org/saint-paul-collection/ 

February 2019-- The Plague and Other Pestilence in Historical Denmark

  •  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.  

November 2018--Movie "Finding Hygge"

 "Finding Hygge,"  is 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: https://vimeo.com/257971795

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), Slesvig-Holstein (October 2018) and much more!