Viewed Through the Lens:

Primary Sources

Primary sources are important sources of information about individuals. Usually they are contemporary documents that relate to events in lives of the people named in them.

The museum and the Genealogy Center possess a varied collection of both official and private documents that describe the lives of immigrants in Denmark and America from the cradle to the grave.

Similar documents may still be in the hands of family members who wish to know what they are and how to use them to further their understanding of the life and experiences of their immigrant ancestors.

Here we show a number of these documents and explain what they are and the various ways they can be used in genealogical research.