About the Genealogy & Education Center

The Genealogy & Education Center is the research library of the Museum of Danish America and has one of the largest collections of materials on Danish immigrants in the United States, including many rare and unique items. In addition to supporting museum exhibitions and collections, the Center is open to the public for research. Since 1996, the Center has assisted many individuals in finding links to their Danish immigrant past and has located lost relatives for both Danish and American genealogists.

Family History Resources

A significant collection of family history resources and background materials relating to Danish immigrants, settlements, and institutions may be found at the Genealogy & Education Center.

Translation and research services are also offered for a fee; see Translation and Research Services for details. The Genealogy & Education Center is a member of the Iowa Library Services Southwest District and is an affiliate library for microfilm and microfiche materials that can be rented from the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City.


Donations of materials relating to Danish and Danish-American genealogy are always welcome, but we recommend that you contact the Center first to see if your material is appropriate for the Genealogy & Education Center collection.

Visit the Genealogy & Education Center

The Center is located on Main Street in Elk Horn, Iowa, about one-half mile from the Museum of Danish America grounds. Staff and volunteers are available to assist both novice genealogists as well as experienced family historians who need help with Danish research. Advance appointments for research assistance are preferred, but walk-in patrons are also welcome.

This virtual tour of the Genealogy & Education Center is sponsored by Dennis Andersen.