The stories of the immigrants, some happy, some sad, and all of them fascinating, are told here through pictures and documents from the everyday life and special occasions of Danish immigrants to America.

Each year the Museum of Danish America's Genealogy Center displays a photo exhibit in the lobby. These have now been made available online in Viewed Through the Lens: Visual Resources. Among the many interesting exhibitions are G is for Generations, In Service to County, New and Old and Immigrant Babes! All exhibits here were on view between 2004 and 2011. The photographs came from museum members and the Genealogy Center collection.

Another exciting new category is Primary Sources, in which we show you not only original documents found in our collections, such as marriage or birth certificates, but also how to use them as research tools.

Viewed Through the Lens: Visual Resources is both a teaching aid and an online exhibition on its own, showcasing many of the fascinating image resources in the collections of the Museum and, most especially, of the Genealogy Center.

Thyra Müller Rasmussen, confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kimballton, Iowa, 1918 Unidentified confirmation group, Iowa, ca. 1890s Unidentified young man and probable siblings, Flensburg, Schleswig, probably ca. 1870s Unidentified young man, Christianshavn, Copenhagen County, 1870s Unidentified young woman, Aabenraa, Denmark (then Schleswig, Germany), ca. 1885 Unidentified young woman, confirmed in Iowa, ca. 1900 Unidentified young woman, Kolding, Vejle County, 1870s Virgil Hansen, confirmed in Elk Horn Lutheran Church, 1943 "Eleenore," Denmark, location unknown, 1877 Andrew Nelson (Anders Nielsen) Christiansen, Hampton, Nebraska, 1906 Andy, Kai and Osa Nyby, confirmed in Hope Lutheran Church in Portage, Indiana Ane Margrethe Kristine Jensen (aka. Nielsen), confirmed in Klim parish, Thisted County, 1903 Anena "Nina" Caroline Carlsen, confirmed in Kennard, Nebraska, 1920 Anna Rasmussen, confirmed in Ajstrup parish, Aalborg County, 1930 Annette Rahbek Floystrup (Fløjstrup), confirmed in Immanuels Church, Kolding, Denmark, 1964 Betty Louise Starr, confirmed in Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Chicago, Illinois, June 9, 1946 Confirmation Class, St. Peter Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Detroit, 1939 Confirmation Classes - Confirmation Fashions, Elk Horn Lutheran Church over 50 years David Johnson, confirmed in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Harlan, Iowa, 1965 Edele Ruth Johanne Larsen, confirmed in Rødby, Maribo County, Denmark, 1940 Elisabeth Marie Larsen and sister, Lora Ingrid Larsen, confirmed in Holden, Alberta, Canada, 1933 Elna Ragnhild Jensen, confirmed in Femø Kirke, Maribo County , Denmark, 1923 Erna Claire Jensen, confirmed in St. John's Lutheran Church, Cozad, Nebraska, 1948 Estella & Luvella Nielsen, Spring Valley Lutheran Church, Turner County, South Dakota, 1914 Fanny Hilda, Freda Bertha, and Godfred H. Hansen, Exira, Iowa Frederikke Amalie Lynggaard, confirmed in Farum church, Frederiksborg County, 2013 Gerda Martine Vadsager (Wadsager), confirmed in Bethany Lutheran Church, Spencer, Iowa, 1921 Haakon & Ida Stadsvold, confirmed at Oak Hill Lutheran Church, west of Brayton, Iowa, ca. 1924 Harry William Lindorff, confirmed in Alden, Minnesota, 1928 Henning "Palle" Jakobsen, confirmed in Bandholm Kirke, Lolland, Denmark, 1960 Immanuel Nielsen, confirmed in Ebenezer Methodist Church, Nexø, Bornholm, 1917 Inga Hildur Maria Bak-Jensen, confirmed in Kastellet parish, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1949 Karen Sofie Johansen, confirmed in Hyllinge parish, Sorø County, 1905 Niels Kristian Thorvald Mousing Jensen, confirmed in Aarhus Domkirke (Cathedral), 1915 Pastor Anders Hansen, Maple Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin Rigmor Else Johanne Rasmussen, confirmed in Ringe parish on the island of Funen in 1913 Sune Schønnemann, Denmark