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Family History Library Nordic Day

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The Nordic Specialists at the Family History Library invite you to a free Tuesday Seminar focused exclusively on Nordic genealogy topics. This is the second 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. 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, 19 July 2022 Title Description Presenter Class Handout
9:00-10:00 AM MDT Guild Records in Sweden (Intermediate) The guilds in Sweden were an integral part of society from medieval times until the mid-1800s. They controlled production of many diverse products, influenced trade, and largely managed the workforce that created them. Because they were not bound to the land, the people who worked in guild trades were often more mobile. This makes them harder to find in the records. Come learn about guild records and how to use them for Swedish genealogy! Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG® Class Handout
10:15-11:15 AM MDT Exploring Norwegian Sailor and Seaman Records (Intermediate) This class will teach what kinds of information is available in the sailor records (marine) and seaman records (people signing up to go to sea) in Norway. Liv H. Anderson, CGSM, AG® Class Handout
11:15 AM -12:00 PM MDT Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
12:00-1:00 PM The Gods of Land and Power: Danish Estates and Their Records (Intermediate) Estates dominated the lives of your Danish ancestors and they also created excellent genealogical records. As you come to a better understanding of the 800 estates in Denmark, you will inevitably come to a better understanding and appreciation of your ancestors' lives and you will have an easier time finding the records needed to extend your Danish ancestry. This class will explain what estates were and their history, how they were organized, what records they created, and how to use and find them. Tanner B. Tolman, AG® Class Handout
1:15-2:15 PM MDT Understanding Swedish Probate Records (Intermediate) Swedish probates, also ,known as estate inventories, are extremely valuable documents to help confirm family relationships and get further insight into the lives of our ancestors. This class will review the important laws and customs regarding probate records. It will then walk viewers through how to determine when estate records will be useful, how to find an estate record, and how to interpret the information provided in the record. Savannah Larson, BA 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 over 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.