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Nordic Family History Conference
In order to attend these classes you must register. When registering please check ALL of the boxes you wish to attend. To attend via webinar click here. To attend in person click here. We will use Eventbrite to process your registration. Your information will be processed in accordance with their privacy policy located at Eventbrite's Privacy Policy.
TIME Monday, 11 September Tuesday, 12 September Wednesday, 13 September Thursday, 14 September Friday, 15 September
9:00-10:00 AM MDT 2017 Is the Year of Nordic Records! Learn What's Coming! What's New in Arkiv Digital Probate Laws and Records for Swedish Genealogy Norwegian Church Records Danish Estates
10:15-11:15 AM MDT Panel Q&A: The Who, What, Where, Why, and How of Nordic Records on FamilySearch Name Searchable Databases in Arkiv Digital Databases for Swedish Genealogy Norway: We're Getting Married! Traditions and Records. Little Used Records on the "Arkivalieronline"
1:15-2:15 PM Exploring the Feast-Day Calendars for Norway, Denmark, and Sweden Swedish Naming Customs Introduction to Icelandic Church and Census Records "Lensrekneskapsbøker" in Norway Painting a Picture of Your Danish Ancestors Through Their Tax Records
2:30-3:30 PM Scandinavian-American Resources Military Records in Arkiv Digital “Finnish Immigration and Methodology: How to tackle Finnish challenges” Norwegian Migration and Immigration Research in Copenhagen

Nordic Family History Conference[edit | edit source]

The Family History Library and the Research Specialists of the Nordic Reference team invite you to a free, week-long conference focused exclusively on Nordic research. The conference, which will be held September 11th - 15th, 2017, is perfect for beginning and intermediate genealogists interested in learning about records of Nordic localities, and Family History Library collections.

Come and spend a week at the world renowned Family History Library learning from our expert staff of genealogists as well as experienced guest genealogists. Learn how to effectively use historical records, and how to 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. And discover new techniques, strategies, and methodology to apply to your genealogical research problems.

Seating in the Family History Library Classrooms, is limited to 120 participants, so be sure to register early to secure a spot.

Registration for the conference begins on 10 July 2017.

Webinar Attendants -*

In Person Attendants -*

Please bring your free tickets provided through your Eventbrite registration for entrance at the door. 500 spots will be available to webinar attendees and 120 seats.

We hope this conference will not only be informative and instructive, but that it will also encourage and inspire you to continue your family history research. Perhaps this will be just what you need to break through that 20 year old brick wall research problem. We look forward to working with you!

*We will use Eventbrite to process your registration. Your information will be processed in accordance with their privacy policy located at

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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.

Elaine Hasleton, AG®

Jeffrey Svare, AG®

Whitney Peterson,, Whitney Peterson, a Utah native, has her bachelor's degree in History from Brigham Young University. As some of her ancestors came from Denmark, part of her emphasis was on Danish research. Previously she worked for, and currently works for FamilySearch on a team whose focus is to identify, prioritize, and recommend records for capture, publication, and indexing.

Anka Magee, BS, AG®, Anka is currently working as an International Research Consultant at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has presented classes at various conferences and Libraries: National Genealogical Society (NGS), ICAPGen conferences, UGA Salt Lake Institute, BYU Genealogical conferences, and has taught numerous classes at the Family History Library in SLC. She worked as an instructor at BYU for a number of years. There have been numerous field trip experiences in Scandinavia, England and Germany. She has done research in various archives in Scandinavia and the British Isles. Anka is a proud native of Norway and is accredited in Norwegian, Danish, and Swedish research through ICAPGen.

Kathy Meade, Kathy Meade has been assisting persons with their Swedish research for more than ten years. She is the North American representative for ArkivDigital, a company that offers an online subscription service to Swedish historical records. She has given many presentations throughout the country as well as written genealogy articles for the Nordstjernan newspaper. She serves on the advisory board for the Swedish American Genealogy Center at the Swedish American Museum in Chicago and volunteers at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library helping patrons with their Swedish research.

Geoffrey Fröberg Morris, BA, AG® Geoffrey began family history research as a teen when he was mentored by his mother (a native of Sweden) who was accredited in Swedish research. He received a bachelors degree from the University of Utah in Philosophy with a minor in Swedish. He has been employed for over 15 years at the Family History Library as a member of the Nordic research team. Among his work assignments, Geoff has engaged in many archival visits in Sweden and Denmark. He has authored hundreds of pages to the Family Search Wiki, and presents at conferences routinely.

Bradley Marchant, BA, AG®, Bradley D. Marchant is an accredited Swedish genealogist with 18 years experience doing family history research. He specializes in Nordic, British Isles and Latin America. Currently, he catalogs for FamilySearch for new records coming from the field. He is also an avid fan of DNA research as he has now learned of newfound Portuguese, African and South Asian ancestry. Bradley has no proven ties to Finnish ancestry as he is a proud Swede, but his DNA shows Finnish ancestry on both sides of his pedigree. “It’s in my blood!” Bradley is a foster-adopt father to two boys who make his life both chaotic and amazing.

A. Boyd Nielsen, BA, AG® A. Boyd Nielsen, founder of Nielsen Genealogical Services, has been involved in genealogical research for over 50 years. He specializes in Scandinavian, Germanic, British, and North American research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and German from Utah State University. He is an accredited genealogist through ICAPGen®. He is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Utah Genealogical Association, a Commisssioner on the ICAPGen® Board and on the grading committee for ICAPGen®. He also serves as the Scandinavian Chair for ICAPGen®.

Tanner Tolman, Tanner Tolman has been doing professional genealogy since November 2012. He is currently completing a Family History Degree at BYU and graduates in August. He specializes in Danish research and is working on becoming accredited.