Find Your Scandinavian Ancestors - June 2023

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Find Your Scandinavian Ancestors

Learn how to search for your family history in Scandinavian countries. Genealogists with ancestry in Denmark, Sweden and Norway will learn the history and geography of each country, their terms and language, and how to research patronymic names. Lessons, videos, and links will show how to identify immigrant ancestors and how to find and use Scandinavian church, census, and other records.

DATE: June 12,2023 - July 9, 2023

According to Norse mythology, the gods molded the first humans out of tree trunks. While those looking to trace their family back to a pine or spruce may be out of luck, this class is ideal for individuals seeking ancestral roots in Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Though the prospect of researching Scandinavian ancestors may seem as intimidating as a Viking warship, it’s actually never been easier to fill out your family tree—without ever leaving home. Genealogists with ancestry in Scandinavia will learn the history and geography of each country, their terms and language and how to research patronymic names. Lessons, videos and links will show how to identify immigrant ancestors and how to find and use Scandinavian church, census, and other records.

What You'll Learn:

  • History and geography of Scandinavian countries and what it means for your research
  • Understanding of patronymics and other naming patterns
  • Genealogical language and terminology
  • How to use church records
  • How to use census records and household examinations
  • Where to find and using estate, military and other records
  • What to do when you get stuck

Course Outline

  1. Identify Immigrant Ancestors
    1. Information needed to take the search overseas
      1. Name
      2. Place
      3. Date
    2. Records to Use: In the US, in Scandinavia
  2. History and Culture
    1. Brief History of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden
    2. Language
    3. Surnames
  3. Geography
    1. Where is Scandinavia
    2. Administrative districts and how they impact records
    3. The importance of finding the parish
    4. Maps, Gazetteers, Parish guides
  4. Church Vital Records
    1. How to find and use them
    2. Birth Records
    3. Marriage Records
    4. Death Records
  5. Censuses (Denmark, Norway) and Household Examinations (Sweden)
    1. How to access online
    2. Tips for finding ancestors
    3. Using in combination with vital records
  6. Other records
    1. Other church records
    2. Probate and estate records
    3. Military records
  7. Conclusion
    1. Common Research Problems and Solutions

About the Instructor

David A. Frywell

David A. Fryxell founded Family Tree Magazine, the nation’s most popular genealogy publication, and continues to write for the magazine as a contributing editor and “TimeLines” and “Now What?” columnist. He also compiles the magazine’s annual 101 Best Websites feature. He is the author of seven books, most recently MicroHistory and The Family Tree Scandinavian Genealogy Guide. He was previously editor-in-chief of Writer’s Digest Magazine and Writer’s Digest Books, along with other F&W magazines, wrote the Nonfiction column for Writer’s Digest for more than a decade, and served as the director of the annual Maui Writers Retreat. He has written more than 1,000 magazine and newspaper pieces, for publications including Playboy, Reader’s Digest and Travel & Leisure. He’s been an editor at TWA Ambassador, Horizon, Pitt and Milwaukee magazines, the St. Paul Pioneer Press newspaper, and executive producer of Microsoft’s Twin Cities Sidewalk Web site.

 

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