Research and Translations
FHGC staff and volunteers will provide genealogical research services for visiting patrons as well as individuals living at a distance. Click here for a copy of our Translation & Research Guidelines (på dansk klik her).
FHGC translators are able to translate most Danish letters and documents, including those in old Gothic handwriting or print, as well as Danish church and census records; and can make referrals for translations of both modern and Gothic German-language documents.
Research and Translation Fees:
- $30 per hour for members of The Danish Immigrant Museum.
- $40 per hour for non-members.
- A postage/handling fee will be added to all requests, in addition to document and photocopying charges.
To Request Research:
- Fill out the Research Request Form (på dansk klik her). Enclose the completed form with any supporting information that may be useful.
Include a check or money order for a minimum of 2-hours' work, payable to "The Danish Immigrant Museum."
- Danish residents: follow instructions on form for money transfers.
- We will acknowledge research requests and payment upon receipt. Due to the large number of requests we receive, limited staff and our policy of taking them in date order, please expect a minimum of 8-10 weeks before a report is returned to you.
Note: For those of you who might want a quicker turn-around time, Danish researcher Per Andersen of Copenhagen has offered his research services. His webpage is www.familyresearch.dk and he can be contacted by email.
To Request a Translation:
- Send or email a clear copy of the material to be translated, rather than the originals. The Danish Immigrant Museum cannot be responsible for original documents.
- Print and fill out the Translation Request Form.
- Include a check or money order for a minimum of 1 hour's work, payable to "The Danish Immigrant Museum"
- Completion time is usually 1-4 weeks
- For longer documents we will be happy to give you an estimate of the time involved.
Gift Certificates are also available for research and translations. For an order form click here.
Email or Mail To:
The Danish Immigrant Museum
Family History & Genealogy Center
PO Box 249
Elk Horn IA 51531-0249
Questions & Estimates:
Michele McNabb, Librarian/Manager
The Danish Immigrant Museum and its Family History & Genealogy Center (FHGC) are continually seeking and collecting information on Danish immigrants who came to North America. To create a file for your ancestors, print our Immigrant Information Form, fill it out, and send it to us with any additional documentation you care to share..
Honoring Danish Ancestors:
Danish ancestors may be honored in perpetuity by having a plaque with their names, dates of immigration, and area of settlement placed on The Danish Immigrant Wall of Honor. For information about submitting names go to the Danish Immigrant Wall of Honor.
To hear stories about Danish immigrants and the many artefacts found in the museum collection listen to our weekly audio presentation, Across Oceans, Across Time®, broadcast locally by KJAN AM1220 and accessible through our broadcast link.