Family History Library Nordic Day

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The Nordic Specialists at the Family History Library invite you to a free Saturday Seminar focused exclusively on Nordic genealogy topics. This is the first quarterly Nordic Day seminar in 2022. All classes will be presented as webinars. Each class will be recorded and added to the Help Center on FamilySearch.org.

Come learn from our expert staff of genealogists and special guest presenters. Learn how to effectively do research in the Nordic countries. Explore such topics as church, census, taxation, immigration, and court records. Learn more about Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish research. Discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.


In order to attend these classes you will need to register using this link. We will use Zoom for these presentations. Your information will be processed in accordance with their privacy & security policy located at Zoom Privacy & Security Policy.


For a complete list of classes offered by the Family History Library see the Family History Library Classes and Webinars page.


Family History Library Nordic Day
Tuesday, 12 April 2022 Title Description Presenter Class Handout
9:00-10:00 AM MDT Using DNA to Find the Unknown Father in Sweden Between 1864 and 1917 it’s difficult to find an unknown biological father in Swedish records. Gratefully, this is within range to use autosomal DNA data as a tool to solve the problem. Come learn how autosomal DNA was used to find a biological father in a case study scenario. Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG® Class Handout
10:15-11:15 AM MDT Swedish/American Immigration and DNA: A Case Study Our ancestors are often lost as we seek to find their country and place of origin. Americanized names, unfamiliar naming practices, lack of information in America, and language barriers can stand in the way of our success. This class will examine DNA as one additional source we can examine to help identify our ancestors and connect them to their birth country. Savannah Larson, BA Class Handout
11:15 AM -12:00 PM MDT Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
12:00-1:00 PM Using Y-DNA to Solve Brick Walls in Denmark Denmark has amazing records but there are still times when researchers hit brick walls using the paper trail. Y-DNA is a new source that can be used to help you extend your Danish ancestry further back. Tanner B. Tolman, AG® Class Handout
1:15-2:15 PM MDT How to Find Living Relatives in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland Finding living relatives is vital to your success when using DNA to solve genealogical problems. Come discover the many resources to find living relatives in Nordic countries! Liv H. Anderson, CGSM, AG® Class Handout

Presenters[edit | edit source]

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, BA, AG® has been doing Swedish genealogical research for over 35 years. He lived in Sweden for two years and then received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Philosophy with a minor in Swedish. He has been employed for twenty years at the Family History Library as a Nordic research specialist. Among his work assignments Geoff has helped thousands of people search for their Swedish ancestor’s, engaged in many archival visits in Sweden, authored hundreds of pages into the Family Search Wiki, and routinely presents at conferences. In his spare time, Geoff founded The Swedish Genealogy Guide LLC where he offers additional tools for Swedish genealogy from his website. He is the author of A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History published in 2020.


Liv H. Anderson, CGSM, AG® a native of Kristiansund, Norway with her first encounter with genealogy at the Trondheim Archive when she was 12 years old. Liv has worked for FamilySearch for over 35 years. The first 5 years in the Evaluation Department, processing individual and marriage entry sheets; the next 11 years in the Cataloging Department, and since November of 1995 as a Scandinavian Research Consultant. Liv is a Certified Genealogist through the Board of Certified Genealogists, Washington, DC and has accreditation in Norwegian research through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists, ICAPGen.


Savannah Larson, BA, is especially fond of stories. She has a bachelor's degree in Family History from Brigham Young University and has accumulated over ten years of family history experience. She's personally researched families in the United States, Mexico, and the Nordic Countries. Nordic Research became her obsession after she spent time in Sweden and learned to speak Swedish. She has a deep love of Swedish culture, food, language, and people that has stayed with her ever since. Aside from her job at the Family History Library, Savannah spends her time painting, writing, and playing with her two little boys (who will obviously speak Swedish!).


Tanner B. Tolman, BA, AG® is accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen) for research in the Denmark Region. He has a deep passion for Danish genealogy and has worked to deepen his knowledge of the different records available. Through this, he has discovered obscure records that have made it possible to extend lines that were previously considered dead ends. He is a research consultant at the Family History Library on the Nordic team.