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 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Nordic Day on January 9, 2021 will not be open for public attendance. 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 census, church, immigration, and vital 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 must register. To attend the webinars please go to 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
Saturday, 9 January 2021 Title Description Presenter Class Handout
9:00-10:00 AM MDT Nordic Paleography - Understanding Common Abbreviations and Symbols We often see abbreviations and symbols in the Swedish records. What do they mean, and how do they shed light on the lives of our ancestors? Savannah Larson, BA No Class Handout today
10:15-11:15 AM MDT ArkivDigital Basics This class with discuss how to use the subscription website, ArkivDigital to find your Swedish Ancestors. It will include instruction on using helpful indexes, finding church records, probates, and more. Savannah Larson, BA No Class Handout today
11:30 AM -12:30 PM MDT Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break
12:30-1:30 PM Figuring out Jurisdictions in Denmark Jurisdictions can be complicated in any country, but they are especially so in Denmark. This class will teach you how to figure out which jurisdictions or estate your ancestor belonged to so you can find their records Tanner B. Tolman, AG® Class Handout
1:45-2:45 PM MDT How to Use the Swedish National Archive Website, Riksarkivet The Swedish National Archives (Riksarkivet) is one of the oldest authorities of the Swedish government with roots back to the 1200s. Riksarkivet has a wide variety of records and documents that were created for many different purposes at the national, regional, county, and local level. Come learn how to access the databases and digitized records of this fantastic website. Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG® Class Handout
3:00-4:00 PM MDT How to Find People in the Norsk Slektshistorisk Forening (The Norwegian Genealogical Society) Here we will learn how to access early records for Norway. Some are about ministers from as early as 1535, including where and when they served. These include areas that used to belong to Norway, but are now in Sweden. We will also touch upon some other early families in Norway. Liv H. Anderson, CGSM, AG®

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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 and published A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History in 2020. He is also the editor for Swedish American Genealogist, a quarterly journal published by Augustana College and the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center in Rock Island, Illinois.


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.