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Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, AG®[edit | edit source]

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris AG has been doing Swedish genealogical research for over 35 years. He has been employed for 20 years at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah as a Nordic research specialist. Among his work assignments, Geoff has helped thousands of people search for their Swedish ancestors, engaged in many archival visits in Sweden, authored hundreds of pages into the Family Search Wiki and routinely presents at conferences. He is the author of the book, A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History, which was published in 2020.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • BA University of Utah: Philosophy major, minor in Swedish
  • AA Salt Lake Community College

Employment and Service[edit | edit source]

  • Nordic Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City
  • Editor of Swedish American Genealogist (2019-2020)
  • Founder of Swedish Genealogy Guide, LLC (2014)
  • Course Coordinator Swedish Track for Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) (2012)
  • Board Commissioner, International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogist (2010-2011)
  • Director of Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2008-2009)
  • Assistant Director of Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (2006-2007)

Credentials[edit | edit source]

  • Accredited Genealogist through ICAPGen for the following regions:    

     Sweden
     Denmark
    

Memberships[edit | edit source]

Upcoming Presentations:[edit | edit source]

  • 2021

Past Presentations:[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Library Nordic Day, Salt Lake City (Family History Library), May 2021
  • Genealogy Session Online, Arlington Heights Group, Swedish American Museum, Chicago, March 2021
  • Family History Library Nordic Day, Salt Lake City (Family History Library), January 2021
  • Saturday Swedish Research Seminar, Denver (Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado), 2020
  • Swedish Genealogy Workshop, Lindsborg (Old Mill Museum, McPherson County, Kansas), October 2020
  • Family History Library Nordic Day, Salt Lake City (Family History Library), September 2020
  • National Genealogical Society NGS, (Virtual Conference), July 2020
  • Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, Swedish & Finnish (Virtual Conference), June - October 2020
  • Nordic Countries Research Seminar, Salt Lake City (Family History Library), 2019
  • Swedish American Genealogist Workshop, Salt Lake City (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center), 2019
  • Fall Conference, Minneapolis (Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota), 2019
  • Scandinavian Power Hour, Salt Lake City (RootsTech), 2019
  • All-day Swedish Research Seminar, Denver (Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado), 2018
  • Swedish American Genealogist Workshop, Salt Lake City (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center), 2018
  • National Genealogical Society, Grand Rapids (NGS and FamilySearch), 2018
  • Swedish Genealogy Workshop, Lindsborg (Old Mill Museum, McPherson County, Kansas), 2017
  • Swedish American Genealogist Workshop, Salt Lake City (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center), 2017
  • Norse Fest, Salt Lake City (Natural History Museum of Utah), 2017
  • Nordic Conference, Salt Lake City, (Family History Library), 2017
  • Sweden and Finland Course, Salt Lake City (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), 2017
  • All-day Swedish Research Seminar, Denver (Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado), 2016
  • Nordic Conference, Salt Lake City, (Family History Library), 2016
  • Swedish American Genealogist Workshop, Salt Lake City (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center), 2016
  • Fall Conference (Swedish Genealogical Society of Minnesota), 2015
  • Swedish American Genealogist Workshop, Salt Lake City (Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center), 2015
  • Swedish Genealogy Workshop, Lindsborg (Old Mill Museum, McPherson County, Kansas), 2015
  • All-day Swedish Research Seminar, Denver (Swedish Genealogical Society of Colorado), 2014
  • Swedish Research Course, Salt Lake City (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy), 2012
  • Släktforskardagarna, Gävle (FamilySearch for the Federation of Genealogical Societies in Sweden), 2012
  • Swedish Genealogical Workshop, Springfield (NGS and FamilySearch), 2011
  • Swedish Genealogical Workshop, Salt Lake City (NGS and FamilySearch), 2010
  • Tools, Resources, and Trends for Scandinavian Research on the Internet, Salt Lake City, (BYU Computerized Genealogy Conference), 2010
  • ICAPGen Annual Fall Conference, Provo (International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists), 2010

Classes and Lectures[edit | edit source]

Date Title Description
2021 Early Tax Records of Sweden, part 1 (1535-1577) Are you trying to push your family lines back to the 1500s in Sweden? Maybe you have followed an ancestor through the parish records to the early 1700s, then you switched to the mantals tax records, but they stopped in 1642. Where do you look now? Between 1535 and 1635 there are 12 different types of tax records! Come learn about these early tax records. See if you can trace your ancestors back to the birth of modern Sweden.
2021 Early Tax Records of Sweden, part 2 (1599-1635) This continues the fascinating journey of early tax records from 1599 up to the mantals tax records.
2020 FamilySearch Tutorial and Resources for Swedish Genealogy
2020 Finding the Unknown Father Many Swedish researchers reach a stumbling block in their research when they discover a birth record of an ancestor where the mother is unmarried and the father’s name is not given. Finding the unknown father will be determined by 3 key factors. Come discover the strategies to find the unknown father.
2020 Swedish Genealogy Files: Mystery of the Unknown Father pre 1810 It’s discouraging to search for an "unknown father" in Swedish records. Your success to find the “said to be father” will heavily depend on the marital status of the man and woman, the time period as laws changed over time, and the legal choices made by the mother. This presentation focuses on the these 3 factors before the legal reform on this matter in 1810. The presentation is built upon a case study.
2020 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.
2020 The National Land Survey – Lantmäterie
2020 Obstacles to Swedish Church Records Swedish church records are some of the best in the world for genealogy. Still, as you do the research you will run into obstacles that can be frustrating or confusing to overcome. This presentation is focused on experience based strategies for success.
2020 Laws and Courts – Domböcker and Småprotokoller
2020 Inheritance and Death Duties - Bouppteckningar
2020 Taxation, Mantalslängder, Taxeringslängder, Tiondelängder and Jordeböcker
2020 The Parish Archives, A Deeper View, part 2
2020 The Parish Archives, A Deeper View, part 1
2020 Swedish Genealogy Files: Mystery of the Soldier Lars Holm Thirty-five years ago, a letter was received from the military archive in Stockholm stating very little had been found about the soldier Lars Holm of Västerlövsta parish. This end of line ancestor was well documented in military and parish records with no success. Revisited in 2015, this mystery was solved using an innovative combination of military, parish, and court records.
2020 National Genealogical Society NGS, Swedish Research Problem Solving Workshop 4 Case Studies 1. Household examination strategy breakdown, 2. Birth information in household record cannot be verified in the ministerial book, 3. Place name is hard to find, 4. How to overcome gaps in records.
2020 Best Practices on Family Tree for Nordic Ancestors There are unique challenges in Family Tree for people with Nordic ancestors. Some of these challenges are tied to the system, others have a cultural origin, and some are to be expected with an online collaborative environment. The goal is to establish a clear and strong identity for each ancestor on a person page. This class will discuss both the challenges and solutions with an emphasis on doing the best practices.
2019 Swedish Mantals Tax Records How to effectively use the mantalslängder, including historical context, strategy tips, and access to records. It is one of the sources that you can use to search before the earliest household records. Originally it was intended to be a “one time” tax. Instead, it became an annual tax for over 300 years in Sweden
2019 Find the Unknown Father in Sweden History, records, and strategy to find the unknown father in Swedish records.
2019 Danish Military Levying Rolls Discover how to use the Danish Military Levying Rolls. Especially useful between 1790 and 1845.
2019 Swedish Probate Laws and Records Focused on the laws that the records were based on, for greater analysis and interpretation.
2019 Court Records of Sweden: Domböcker and Småprotokol Learn to search the court minutes by knowing what is in the records, how they are organized, strategies, and key words.
2017 Figure Out Place Names for Swedish Genealogy As you follow your ancestors and their families in the Swedish records, you will see many place names. Sometimes you will not be able to interpret it for a variety of reasons such as, the place name is not written clearly , it was abbreviated, or it's an unfamiliar house, farm or village. Or maybe it’s a little place which doesn’t appear on the household record place index, it's far away from the parish you have been researching, or the spelling of the place has evolved. This presentation offers 12 steps to figure out Swedish places names so you can continue the research process.
2017 A You a Viking? If your family came from a Nordic country then you know there are Vikings in your family tree. But can it be documented? In some cases, yes it can! This presentation will focus on how it can be done. Come discover the fascinating story of how to document your genealogy to Viking times.
2017 Swedish Naming Customs Have you been confused by a first or last name in Swedish records? Maybe you cannot find your ancestor because their given name was recorded differently? Or, maybe their last name changed completely? But why would a person change their last name? The answers to these questions depend on the time-period, social standing, and the laws at the time.
2017 Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy Swedish probate records (also known as estate inventories) are known for having rich genealogical information. We usually glean the key information and move on, but what’s the bigger picture? Why are there more probates than wills? What are the laws behind them? This presentation will focus on the probate laws and how they help us understand the probate records.
2017 Databases for Swedish Genealogy With the advancement of technology, and interest in genealogy, we are fortunate to have so many great databases for Swedish genealogy. For this presentation, I’m going to focus on the databases that I use the most to help guests with ancestors from Sweden.
2016 Use the Full Scope of ArkivDigital for Swedish Genealogy ArkivDigital has the main record types of household exam, birth, marriage, death, and moving records for all the parish collections before about 1950. But ArkivDigital has so much more including incredible databases, and tax, military, court, and emigration records! We use these records in combination with the main parish records to find our Swedish ancestors. The goal of this class is to help you use the “full scope” of Arkiv Digitals collections.
2016 Parish Record Substitution Sometimes the main strategy of using household records, birth, marriage, death, and moving records breaks down. This can happen for many reasons such as the records lack key information, there are gaps in the records, parish records begin after the time period you need, records were partially or completely destroyed. When this happens, you have to use a substitute record to find the supporting evidence that you need. The goal of this presentation is to help you identify records for those times when the main strategy fails.
2016 Migration, Travel papers, and Government Inns in Sweden There are many reasons why people move from one location to another. Sometimes the move was temporary for work or business purposes. Other times it was a relocation of primary residence. If a person moved to a place they were “generally known” then the move was easy. Moving to a location where you were “completely unknown” was risky as it always stirred mistrust among the locals. This presentation will focus on the travel papers (respass), the government inn (gästgivarigård), and migration patterns in the kingdom of Sweden. As other resources are available, parish moving records and certificates are not included in the focus of this presentation.
2016 Jurisdictions for Swedish Genealogy Have you wondered what jurisdictions existed when your ancestor lived in a time and place? This presentation will offer a general explanation of how some jurisdictions in Sweden came to be, why they were created, and what type of records they kept.
2016 Interpreting Money in Swedish Church Records For over 1000 years’ money has been used in Sweden. We see monetary amounts written in many records such as probates, parish account books, court, tax and other records. Wherever we see it written, the question is “what does it mean?” The answer is complex and fascinating. Once you understand, the recorded amounts provide insight into the daily lives of your ancestor.
2016 Mistaken Identity of Johanna Andersdotter (Lab)

FamilySearch Learning Center video courses and other Recorded Webinars[edit | edit source]

Publications[edit | edit source]

  • "A Practical Guide to Swedish Church Records for Genealogy and Family History." Swedish Genealogy Guide, LLC (October 2020)

FamilySearch Wiki Articles[edit | edit source]

Blog Articles[edit | edit source]


Languages[edit | edit source]

sv-3 This user is an advanced speaker of Swedish




  • Swedish: Read, Write, Speak
  • Danish: Read
  • Norwegian: Read

Website[edit | edit source]

UserBoxes[edit | edit source]

Flag of Sweden2.png This user is a participant in WikiProject Sweden.
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