Does Your Family Tree Have a Danish Branch?

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Many family trees have a Danish branch- are you looking for yours? This section provides useful tips and resources to start your search.

If you've already documented your Danish-Canadian family tree, please send up a copy for our records. You can either:

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Mail a hard copy to the:
Danish Canadian National Museum Society
Box 92, Spruce View, Alberta
T0M 1V0

When you Visit:

  • Find our Library
  • Stump our Guide: Can I visit the local cemetery?
  • Solve the Mystery: Find a map of your Oldefader's homestead
  • In our Gift Shop: Danish Federation Heritage books, old-timer's stories, and more

Family Tree Search Tips and Resources

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Gather as much information as possible from family members and documents (e.g., records,photos). That may help you figure out when your ancestors came to Canada, place of origin and their destination.

Many Danish Canadian families came north from the United States, where they may have lived for one or more generations. If you can't find archival information in one country, check records for the other country.

Danish names may have changed since the person left Denmark. During the immigration process, many Danish names were anglicized, misspelled, recorded incorrectly, or shortened. If you're having trouble following a trail, check out spelling variations or "sounds like" names. For example: Nilssen, Nilsen,Nielsen, Nielson, Nelson.

Family Tree Search Resources


  • Immediate orextended family members 
  • Long-time family friends, neighbours and co-workers (especially the older generation) 
  • Friends from current or past churches (especially Danish Lutheran or Lutheran churches) attended by family members

Records (Note: Some are online or can be ordered online for a fee)

  • Cemetery records and tombstone inscriptions (many are online)
  • Census information
  • Church of the Latter Day Saints' (LDS, Mormon Church) research centers (local and online). Note: This is a good starting point, but you may find that that some information has not been verified by documentation.
  • Church records (especially from Danish Lutheran or Lutheran churches)
  • Danish Brotherhood Records (available at the Danish Immigrant Archive at Dana College in Blair,NB, USA
  • Death/burial,marriage and birth/baptismal records
  • Funeral home records
  • Land records ,including homestead files
  • Military service records
  • Naturalization records and petitions for citizenship
  • Newspaper articles and announcements (births, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.)
  • Obituaries
  • Online genealogical sites
  • Town or county histories and museum archives in the area of settlement

Online Resources: Starting Points

Online Resources: Canada 

Online Resources: United States of America 

Online Resources: Denmark 

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Year round on Fridays: 10.00 - 4.00 pm

How To Get Here: Take Hwy 54 West of Innisfail, AB - Turn South (left) on Range Road 31 in Spruce View - Straight through the 4 way stop in Dickson, AB. 0.8km south on the right.

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