Danish American Heritage Society FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
I have some Denmark-related artifacts, letters and papers that I would like to donate. No family member is interested. How do I find a suitable home for them?
Can I easily search your entire site for something of interest. For instance, for Bredo Morstøl?
I have a few old Danish letters I'd like to get translated. Who should I contact?
I'm a DAHS member and I didn't receive my recent issue of The Bridge. What should I do?
What are the official dates for the past Denmark censuses?
This is the March 2017 statement from Angela Stanford, the Museum of Danish America’s Curator of Collections on this matter:
“For its Curatorial collections, the Museum of Danish America considers donations of three dimensional objects, identified photographs, and some paper materials. New acquisitions must have a strong provenance, or documentation, that helps place the piece into a context and provides a story or information for exhibition and/or research. For the Genealogy Center and Special Collections, donations of books and documents are considered. All collections must connect to Danish immigration or to the broader story of Danish America.
Sometimes, donations are not accepted. This can be for a variety of reasons, but is typically due to a lack of information about the piece, it exists within our collections already, or it exhibits extremely poor condition. For more information about the donation process and what we accept, please go to http://www.danishmuseum.org/get-involved/donate/artifact-donations and click on the link for the brochure, “Artifact Donations.” Questions can also be directed to the Registrar/Curator of Collections at 712-764-7001 or to the Genealogy Center Manager at 712-764-7008.”
Angela added the following about other collections of Danish American material:
“The Danish American Archive and Library in Blair, Nebraska and the Danish Immigrant Archives at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa also take donations according to their respective collections parameters. There are also several smaller, more locally centered Danish museums scattered across the United States. While the Museum of Danish America is the only national museum dedicated to Danish America, those institutions also seek to build their collections and are usually very open to donations. Local county historical societies, state museums, and area libraries or genealogy centers are also good homes for pieces relating to those respective locales.”
Finally, there are two Danish homes in the United States. These might welcome certain items, such as books or magazines, for use by their residents.
You can find contact information through the Danish Links page of our website.
To find all occurences of Bredo Morstøl in our website:
Go to google.com.
In the search box at the top, enter sites:danishheritage.org “bredo morstøl”
- Mac users create the letter ø by option-o.
- Windows users?
This will list all our webpages containing Bredo Morstøl.
If you don't see Bredo Morstøl's entry on such a page:
- On the Mac, command+F opens the find bar at the top. Then enter bredo morstøl in the find bar. This finds the first occurence in the page. command+G finds subsequent occurrences.
- In Windows, use control+F.
The Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa offers a translation service. They charge $40 an hour for non-members, $30 for members. Their link follows.
Please fill out and submit the Contact Form at the bottom of the Home page and I will check into it. Please include your current mailing address. -- Web Coordinator
You can see a list courtesy of mydanishroots.com at
More-recent censuses are not on-line, and older censuses are only partly on-line.
My favorite site for viewing census data is ddd.dda.dk.