Family Tree Search Tips and Resources
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.)
- 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
Helpful Books (Available for Purchase)
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